Zest at the Cardiff Marriot with River Cottage
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We broke the news here that Marriott Hotels were piloting a partnership with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage and that the Cardiff Hotel was to be part of that pilot. Marriott have realised that a growing number of diners have an interest in the provenance of their food and so, in response, they are trying to improve their sourcing so [&hellip

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The Chefs Table at Laguna Kitchen and Bar, Park Plaza Cardiff
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I’d been to the Laguna Restaurant at the Park Plaza once before when I had sampled a pre-theatre dinner before a visit to the New Theatre. What had impressed me at the time, and still does, is that it is a hotel restaurant that doesn’t feel like a hotel restaurant. A feat rarely achieved outside of London. At the time [&hellip

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Llansantffraed Court Hotel – Back On The Culinary Map
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Turning off the B4589 onto Llansantffraed Court Hotel’s private drive, I am immediately reminded that this four-star country house hotel and restaurant sits in a stunning location. The William and Mary style, grade II listed building is surrounded by 20 acres of lawns, and is complete with its own lake and walled kitchen garden, whose content is to feature heavily [&hellip

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Ceviche, London. Peruvian Kitchen & Pisco Bar
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I didn’t know anything about ceviche or Peruvian cuisine before I happened across Martin Morales on Twitter. Previously working at both iTunes and Disney, Martin quit his job in 2010 to launch Ceviche in February 2012. I don’t know what it was about his tweets that drew me to want to try the cuisine, especially as ceviche is normally the kind of cuisine that [&hellip

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Mint and Mustard, Cardiff – Chaakara Tasting Menu Sampler
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Gomezadams and I discovered Mint and Mustard several years ago. Consequently I am actually rather surprised this is the first review we have written. We were so excited by the concept of “Redefining Indian Cuisine” and the resulting fabulous meals that we had there.  When we first dined at Mint and Mustard, the Head Chef was Anand George who then [&hellip

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Purple Poppadom Deep Blue: A Harmonious Symphony of Flavours
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I entered a contest via Twitter for a free meal to trial Chef Anand George’s new  summer menu.  I was one of the lucky seven to win!  The theme of the new menu is “Deep Blue” as Chef is introducing a variety of fish and seafood dishes to the menu for summer. I had a trial menu so the dishes [&hellip

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Y Polyn, Carmarthenshire
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We had just spent a few hours wandering around a cold and windy Carmarthen. Despite a pleasant visit to the new market where we found an excellent butcher with home cured meats and bacon, a great organic vegetable seller and a little old lady selling home made cakes we found nowhere that took our fancy for lunch. Back in the [&hellip

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Crown Social, Cardiff

I think I was one of the first local foodies to pick up on the fact that “ex Michelin two star Chef Martin Blunos” was going to open a restaurant in Cardiff. The fact that he was going to do it in conjunction with Crown Hotels and Restaurants (CHR), owners of the one Michelin star ‘The Crown at Whitebrook’ and [&hellip

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The White Hart Village Inn, Usk

Ever since I was a kid, I've always loved looking at maps. In those days it was maps in encyclopaedias and atlases. Then, in my days as a Rally Navigator, it was Ordnance Survey maps with all their incredible detail. These days, of course, anyone interested in maps or cartography is living in the golden age of Google. Google Earth, [&hellip

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.cn Restaurant, Cardiff

“13 weeks,” said Nathan, our waiter, in answer to my question of how long had .cn been open.  I liked Nathan and not just because apart from MrsA, the niece and myself he was the only other Westerner there. I liked Nathan because he was extremely helpful and seemed to enjoy answering all our questions about the dishes.  I liked [&hellip

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