Cen, The Celtic Manor One of my favourite bits on Masterchef, aside from the amazing cookery and occasional culinary disaster, is when they give a brief update on what past finalists have been up to; you know, a book deal here, a pop-up there, a country-wide Mexican restaurant chain, the usual. One such finalist was… Read More Master Chef
Etc, Penarth. “Conceptual fusion restaurant” are not words that immediately spring to mind when you think of Penarth’s dining options. Yes, we now have a Michelin star in Restaurant James Sommerin, and Bar 44 continue to do all things tapas in their own superb way, but Etc have certainly gone out of their way to… Read More Style Over Substance.
Milgi, City Road, Cardiff Cardiff is certainly not short of a burger bar or steak house or two. Every other week it seems there’s another contender to the “Cardiff’s Best Burger” throne, with everyone from independent pop-ups, big chains and even some of our, ahem, posher venues getting in on the act. If you’re hankering… Read More Going Veggie.
It’s fair to say I’ve had a pretty good start to the year when it comes to food, not least thanks to two full long weekends in as many weeks up in London Town to test out some new places! Here’s a run down of my top picks; We kick off with a quick visit to… Read More The London Edit
The Classroom, Cardiff And Vale College, Dumballs Road Leaving your restaurant in the hands of catering and hospitality students may not seem like the brightest idea if you actually want your restaurant to succeed, but that’s exactly what The Classroom, on the top floor of Cardiff and Vale College’s City Centre campus has done. From… Read More In The Classroom
Hangfire Southern Kitchen, The Pumphouse, Barry How to kick off the blog for 2017? It needed to be something big, something authentic, something tasty… Which led me straight to the doors of Hangfire Southern Kitchen. It’s been nearly a year since the pop-up BBQ queens opened their first permanent home, and I think it’s safe… Read More Ribs, Brisket & Pumpkin Pie
Christopher’s, Covent Garden & Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Islington There are few things that get me feeling as though Christmas is on it’s way than a December trip to London. The bright lights, Christmas window displays, and the slightly manic mood of the shoppers elbowing their way past those who dare stop and linger in a doorway.… Read More London Town
The Conway, Pontcanna The nights are drawing in, there’s a distinct chill in the air, and the leaves are starting to fall. Autumn is finally here, and what better way to spend an Autumnal Sunday afternoon than with a group of friends and a big old Sunday pub lunch. Nestled in leafy Pontcanna, The Conway… Read More Sunday Lunch
Barley & Rye, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff I love it when a restaurant really surprises me. Not in a “this place has a great reputation but it was a complete disaster” sort of a surprise, but when somewhere really shines, and unexpectedly so. Regular readers of the blog will know that a mid week pre-cinema eat… Read More What A Find
It was the end of an era this week. After 10 weeks of baking, the time had finally come to draw this year’s Bake Off to a close and bid farewell to the show as we know it. Before it got to that however, there was the small matter of 3 final bakes to decide… Read More Bake Off; The Showstopper