Those of you who grew up in small country towns will be familiar with the Abergavenny Saturday-night-ambience.
We stumbled ever so fractionally on the kerb and we found this provided a group of 16 year old girls with enough amusement to keep them laughing for a good 10 minutes.
Before I get lots of angry emails from local residents, we had a lovely time here. On the night in question, we were off to see the Kocani Orkestar, a famous Romany band from Macedonia who were playing in the Borough Theatre. It was a cracker of a concert.
In Wales, if the pubs don't seem very good, my advice is to head for the biggest hotel in town. In England you might avoid drinking in a hotel bar, and, indeed, the Angel looked the sort of posh place that would throw you out if it was in London (unless you were Burberry-clad), but in Abergavenny the bar the joint was jumping and the staff were incredibly friendly. The band were staying here and the old guy with the tuba passed round a hat in the bar after the concert. This is a great hotel - the drink, food and service was really excellent.
The Borough Theatre and the Angel have close links and you can get what looked like a lovely pre-theatre supper.
Dress Code: I have to use that word 'smart casual' though they didn't seem snobby about dress at the hotel. We were more like 'scruffy-casual' actually, and we looked a bit odd next to everyone else.
We went to the very first Green man festival in the eccentric Craig Y Nos castle grounds. It was a tiny folk festival then, with other events alongside, like a story teller and fire-eater.
Will be its 5th year in 2008 15th, 16th, 17th August. Super Furry Animals and Richard Thomson head the bill.
It has grown enormously and is now held in the grounds lovely Glanusk estate grounds near Crickhowell. Tickets are now quite expensive £105 for the weekend including camping.
‘what the perfect festival should be’ NME