Dylan Thomas only lived in New Quay between 1944-45, but the town makes much of this year in his life. 'The Dylan Thomas New Quay Trail' takes you through some of the places in the town associated with him, including, of course, a good many pubs. The town is said to be the inspiration for Llareggub (try writing the word backwards!) of Under Milk...more
The lovely bay sweeps for over 40 miles - a wild place, not over-developed by tourism.There is a local story of a an land lost to sea: land now under the waters of the bay. The story of the 'Sunken Hundred'. They say you can hear the church bells of a lost village ringing under the waves of Cardigan Bay. Certainly you can see remains of a sunken...more
Cardigan is a friendly town on the Teifi estuary, full of attractive Georgian and Victorian buildings; there is a lot to see including this otter statue, the river and..umm.. a castle mound dating back to C11th. (OK, Ok, maybe that should be 'quite a lot to see'!) There's a laid back, atmosphere - somehow practical and slightly hippy-surfy at the...more
I stayed at the Gwbert hotel with my husband the hotel was great the staff where very friendly and...more
Aberporth, Cardigan, SA43 2BS, gb
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Gwbert-On-Sea, Cardigan, SA43 1PP, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
We had a cream tea at the Castle Café and aside from being very reasonably priced, it was also extremely good. For 1.95 GBP I got two scones piled high with strawberry jam and cream and a pot of tea for 1. It took both of us to eat my scones. The dining area is small and feels like a local’s hangout, which can be nice. It has a downstairs area as...more
The Wishing Well Restaurant is located within the Rhyd Country House B & B. Please read my review on it for a more detailed look. We were first taken into the parlor, where we were given a menu and were able to order drinks. For a three course menu the price was 25 GBP per person. I ordered garlic mushrooms and Pete ordered French Onion soup as...more
Our meal was of a very poor standard. The soup was watery and had little substance and the main dishes were minimal with a king prawn dish for four persons consisting of one prawn!. There were no hot plates and the dishes were cold which contributed to the food being served at a tepid temperature. When asked at the end of the meal (which we didn't...more
What is a Cheeky Vimto?
Well, to understand that you have to know who Charlotte Church is - I'd be interested to know if her fame has spread round the world!
I hate the cult of the celebrity but if there's an article anywhere about Charlotte Church I can't pass it by. And she is said to drink this 'cocktail' :
- Pour 1 shot of Port into a pint glass with ice, top up with 1 bottle of Blue WKD (a nasty alcopop),
You can sample this local delicacy in Newcastle Emlyn.
Anyway, Newcastle Emlyn is a very nice Welsh market town with some great pubs and a wonderful Indian restaurant. The Ivy Bush probably doesn't go in for Cheeky Vimtos as it had a comfortable, real ale atmosphere and a really snug bar + good pool table. There are plenty of other pubs in town where you can sample them ... Yes, I have had too many of these...
Dress Code: The Ivy Bush was comfortable, slightly hippy - other pubs more the smart/casual look
As we were 'going back to nature' by staying in the vardo, I was determined that we were going to eat the 'Produce of the Land and Sea'. I read that there were restaurants serving simple local seafood, shops specialising in organic produce, local sheep cheese, a Honey Farm that created wonderful delicacies.. and no doubt lots of wild produce too. I imagined myself gathering nettles and edible funghi in the woods and on the hillside. I forgot that it was going to be November.
We arrived in Cardigan in the gathering dusk, damp, cold and tired. The road behind us had been swept away by rain and wind.
We did actually sample some delicious local produce: a really reviving bowl of Cawl (Welsh vegetable soup) in the Black Lion Hotel in Cardigan High St. After that we retreated to Somerfield Supermarket. Here, my husband got increasingly worried, as I kept saying: "We need to get really simple things that don't take a lot of preparation". He was beginning to get the idea - we weren't going somewhere with 'facilities'.
What to buy: What special items should you shop for in Cardigan?
Well, there is a handy supermarket!
You can also buy surfer gear; there is a great looking covered market for the organic cheeses we didn't buy (it was shutting up by the time we got there). Also a shop called "Gandalf's Garden".
And a fancy dress shop - there seems to be one in every Welsh town of any size at all. Why?
What to pay: The supermarket is very reasonably priced.
This makes for a good excursion (about 30-40 minutes by car) from the Cardigan area. On a wet, scrappy November day the hills looked a strange russett colour with indigo views. The bluestones of Stonehenge come from here: they are thought to have been hewn from the tor of Carn Menyn. An ancient track, the Golden Road, runs near the tor - once a...more
Hillforts occur in great numbers in West Wales. These are often smaller than the great hillforts of southern England, but there are many more of them. The best-known, and the most extensively excavated, is Castell Henllys, where Harold Mytum has not only excavated most of the interior - this Iron Age site has been the subject of an ongoing...more
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