The new Pilot, Penarth

The first thing you notice when you walk into the new Pilot is the chairs. Although there appears to be consistency in the tables, the chairs appear to have been sourced from the end of line aisle at <insert your favourite furniture retailer here>. Faced with the prospect of spending the evening sitting on some white plastic thing that appeared [&hellip

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Newport Food Festival 2012 – A Prologue
Newport Food Festival Logo

Back in 2011 @babettesffest wrote about the 1st Newport Food Festival as “The New Kid on the Block“. At the time we both really liked it as it really felt like it was trying to be inclusive both to the social and food cultures of Newport. Now on Saturday 6th October 2012, Newport Food Festival returns for a second year.  [&hellip

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Hiraeth at The Felin Fach Griffin
Hiraeth at the Felin Fach Griffin

Long time readers of this blog and followers of my twitter feed will know that I’ve long been a fan of The Felin Fach Griffin and not just for the food. (In fact as I write this I’m reminded of the fact that I’m long overdue to do an updated review, as the talented Ross Bruce has now been Head [&hellip

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Oscars of Cardiff – New Sunday Lunch Menu

For the few of you left that don't know yet, Oscars of Cardiff occupies the old site of Le Gallois in Romilly Cresent. A location I've always liked as the restaurant itself is light and airy due to the glass frontage and I can always find somewhere to park.   But that was then and this is now, so what [&hellip

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Introduction to Baking Bread Course at the One Mile Bakery

One of my enduring memories of childhood was going in ‘town’, with my parents, on a Saturday morning to do the weekly shop.  No Tesco™ in those days, Aberdare had a Fine Fare (anyone else old enough to remember Pink Stamps?) and apart from Boots and Woolworth’s that was about it for national chains. One of the highlights of our [&hellip

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The One Mile Bakery, Bread Soup and Jam

South Wales based foodies and social media users can't fail, over the last few weeks, to have noticed the buzz that's been created by journalist, home cook and baker Elisabeth Mahoney's new venture The One Mile Bakery. There was such chatter at one point that I jokingly tweeted that I'd soon be opening an Estate Agents in Pontcanna as I was [&hellip

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Wright’s Independent Food Emporium

So having filled our bellies at Y Polyn, it seemed the obvious choice to go and check out Simon & Maryann Wright’s new venture, just up the road in Nantgaredig. Twitter had brought news that they had opened, just a few days earlier, at the site of the old Four Seasons restaurant. So off we went not quite knowing what [&hellip

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Y Polyn, Carmarthenshire

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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The Old Swan Inn Beer Festival – Llantwit Major

As April rolls into May, hopefully bringing some better weather, news has arrived at Corpulent Towers of a new beer festival in Llantwit Major.  The Old Swan Inn, part of Knife & Fork Food Ltd (think Woods Brasserie and The New Conway) is having its first Beer Festival on the weekend of the 27th to 29th of April.   What's [&hellip

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Sosban Restaurant, Llanelli

Finding a decent place to eat on a Monday night isn't always easy but when it's your Wedding Anniversary and the wife wants to go 'somewhere new', the pressure is really on. So imagine my relief when I discovered that somewhere I'd been meaning to go for a while, had just started to open on Mondays. One quick phone call [&hellip

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