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Food/Arts/Entertainment/Shopping/Property Issue 189 / High Summer / £3 @CardiffLifeMag












Fairyhill is a magical spot for your wedding night. For the full feature, turn to page 17; INSET: Grab this little fella from Barney & Beau. See page 36


sk anyone to name some of their favourite things about Cardiff, and the old arcades will, almost without fail, come somewhere near the top of

the list. Perhaps, then, it shouldn’t be surprising that so many people voted for their favourite arcade shop, bar or restaurant in FOR Cardiff’s campaign to position Cardiff as the City of Arcades. In fact, somewhere in excess of 9,500 of us cast our vote – far more than the organisers had hoped for. It really is heartening to see people really getting behind the independent retailers in this way. Because, it is places like the arcades, and the people working within them, that really give Cardiff its character and make it so unique and special. But just because the votes have now all been cast and counted, and the winners announced (see page 40) it shouldn’t be the end. Let’s hope that the campaign serves as a reminder of how important it is to support the shops we love, and which play such an important part in the city.


e baech yn gofyn i unrhyw un restru rhai o’u hoff bethau am Gaerdydd, mae’n eithaf siŵr y byddai’r hen arcedau yn weddol agos at frig y rhestr. Felly, ni ddylai fod yn syndod o gwbl bod cynifer o bobl wedi pleidleisio dros eu hoff siop, eu hoff far neu’u hoff fwyty yn yr arcedau, yn rhan o ymgyrch FOR Cardiff i sicrhau bod Caerdydd yn dod yn Ddinas yr Arcedau. A dweud y gwir, penderfynodd dros 9,500 ohonom fwrw ein pleidlais – sy’n fwy o lawer na’r nifer yr oedd y trefnwyr wedi gobeithio ei chael. Mae gweld pobl yn cefnogi manwerthwyr annibynnol fel hyn yn galonogol tu hwnt, oherwydd lleoedd tebyg i’r arcedau – a’r bobl sy’n gweithio ynddynt – sy’n gyfrifol am gymeriad Caerdydd ac sy’n gwneud y ddinas yn un mor arbennig ac unigryw. Ond ni ddylai ein cefnogaeth i’r arcedau ddod i ben oherwydd bod y pleidleisiau wedi’u bwrw a’u cyfrif a bod yr enillwyr wedi’u cyhoeddi (gweler tudalen 40). Gobeithio y bydd yr ymgyrch yn ein hatgoffa o bwysigrwydd cefnogi’r siopau yr ydym mor hoff ohonynt ac sy’n chwarae rhan mor bwysig ym mywyd y ddinas.

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Issue 189/High Summer 2018


Cover The winners of the vote to choose the top 10 stores in the Cardiff Arcades. Picture by Alex Jenkins



14 Weddings Romantic boltholes for wedding

nights, minimoons and honeymoons

32 Days OUT Show off your city to visitors

the arts

23 INTRO Ffotogallery’s new exhibition in their

new home

24 WHAT’S ON Time to update the events diary 29 State of the arts A look at what’s been

happening and what’s to come at Wales Millennium Centre


36 Editor’s Choice You’ll be green with envy over

these top picks

40 City of arcades The top 10 Arcade stores – as

voted for by you!


44 FASHION Autumn’s a-coming 48 Health & beauty His and hers treatments

at Goji

food & DRINK

53 FOOD & Drink NEWS Tasty little newsy morsels 54 RESTAURANT Small plates and sunshine at Buffalo 58 CHEF Andrew Frost is making his mark at Park

House Restaurant


71 business insider Who’s moving, shaking,

inventing and innovating this issue


76 showcase A Penarth property to fall for


8 sPOTLIGHT News to peruse! 63 sNAPPED Adventures in partygoing around the city 82 CARDIFF lives Chef John Cook shares his secrets

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Everybody’s talking about…

Final whistle for Sam Cardiff Blues, Wales and British and Irish Lion flanker, Sam Warburton, has called timed on his illustrious rugby career. Capped 74 times by Wales and a further five by the British & Irish Lions, the former Whitchurch school boy led his country for a record 49 times, but announced his retirement on 18 July after struggling to recover from neck and knee surgery. Sam said, “Unfortunately, after a long period of rest and rehabilitation the decision to retire from rugby has been made with my health and wellbeing as a priority as my body is unable to give me back what I had hope for on my return to training. “I cannot thank the Welsh Rugby Union and Cardiff Blues enough, who have gone beyond the call of duty,


in providing the support I received to help me get back on the field, for which I will be forever grateful. “Since I first played aged 10 at Llanishen Fach Primary School, then Whitchurch High School and Rhiwbina Juniors RFC, I always dreamed of playing for my hometown club the Cardiff Blues, Wales and the British and Irish Lions. To look back on my career, I’m extremely proud of what I managed to achieve.” Sam will go down in history as the most successful British & Irish Lions captains of all time. Last year he became only the second man to captain the Lions on two tours as he led the famous touring team to New Zealand, repeating the honour he first undertook in 2013 in Australia. Follow Sam on Twitter @samwarburton_

Superstar Sam Warburton


A good degree

Just days before announcing his retirement Sam Warburton, along with Paralympian Nathan Stephens, was among those honoured with fellowships by Cardiff Metropolitan University. On accepting his accolade, Sam said, “It’s a fantastic honour to be awarded an honorary fellowship from Cardiff Metropolitan University. To be recognised by such a great university with a fantastic reputation is flattering.” Nathan Stephens added, “It is extremely overwhelming and a great honour to be awarded with an Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff Met. “Cardiff Met has been a huge part of my sporting journey, allowing me to study and train at the same time. “I am now working closely with the university to provide the same opportunities for the future generations of para athletes.” Others to be honoured by the university included Professor Mabel Opanda Imbuga, Karen Betts, John Foster Thomas, May Faisal El-Khalil, Bethan Gray, and Alison Johns. For more:

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On your marks

Best foot forward for Ian Warner

The annual Kidney Wales Cardiff 10K and 2K family fun run takes place on 2 September, and there’s still time to sign up. This year, the race will see a new route through the city centre, with around 10,000 people expected to take part – making it the biggest race yet. Among those already signed up is living donor Ian Warner. After making the brave decision to donate a kidney to a relative in need, Ian began fundraising for Kidney Wales when he chose to enter the Cardiff 10K as part of his post-operation journey back to fitness. With more than 20 Cardiff 10Ks under his belt, Ian thought he had hung up his running shoes for good when he crossed the finishing line of the event in 2016.

However, a prostate cancer diagnosis has seen the 60-year-old once again target the Nation Radio 10K as part of a rehabilitation programme to improve his fitness. On his fundraising activities and efforts to keep fit, Ian said, “My experience as a donor brought home how important your kidneys are and how much, I think it is fair to say, people take them for granted. “I ran my last Cardiff 10K two years ago, and that was supposed to be it. However, after being diagnosed with prostate cancer and having the prostate removed, I needed to keep fit, therefore here we are! So, why not take the opportunity to raise funds for Kidney Wales once again?” To sign up, visit


Setting sail

Renowned for its intense racing, the adrenaline-fuelled Extreme Sailing Series™ returns to Cardiff Bay for the seventh consecutive year over the August bank holiday. The UK stop on the action-packed global circuit, which spans the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, will play host to a fleet of elite-level international sailing teams. They include British squad, INEOS Rebels UK, whose crew are mentored by senior members of Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team. Spectators can enjoy live music, fun activities, bars, food stalls and expert commentary of the racing, while taking advantage of the perfect viewing spot from the free-to-enter public Race Village. Extreme Sailing Series™ commercial director Scott Over said, “The Extreme Sailing Series is all about incredible adrenaline-pumping, elitelevel racing, and is the perfect headliner for Cardiff Harbour Festival. This buzzing city provides the Series with all the ingredients for a phenomenal event. We are looking forward to returning to this cultural hub for the seventh time, as the crowds turn out for yet another superb sailing spectacle.” For more: Boats back in the Bay

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Help yourself

South Wales’ First Community Fridge is proving so popular that more volunteers are needed to help collect and manage the stock at the Cathays Community Centre. The scheme was started at the beginning of June by Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival and FIZZI Action to allow left over food from people’s homes, restaurants, café, shops and businesses, to be shared between people in a community. Seth Oliver, director of FIZZI Action said, “FIZZI has been honoured to be able to deliver South Wales’ First Community Fridge working with Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival. And thanks to the National Lottery Awards for All for making it possible. We’ve had so many people and organisations who want to support this project and we need more volunteers spending an hour or so of their time each week helping to collect or monitor the food stock. No experience is necessary just a passion to reduce food waste!” To volunteer, email I CARDIFF LIFE I 9

A night to remember

From opulent bridal suites for the night after your nuptials, to romantic boltholes for a bit of post-wedding R&R, to farflung exotic destinations for the dreamiest of honeymoons, we’ve got it covered….. The Principal Suite at the St David’s Hotel



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The vows have been made, the party is over and the guests have gone home. Where will you spend your wedding night?

New House Country Hotel

Why we love it: The fantastic views over the city are a wonderful sight to behold on your first morning as newlyweds, and although it’s only a short drive from the centre, the serene surroundings will make you feel a world away from all the hustle and bustle and the craziness of the day before. The room: The newly refurbished Countess Suite has a four-poster bed, living area and gorgeous views over Cardiff.

Holm House

Why we love it: For a touch of coastal luxury it doesn’t come much better than the elegant Holm House in Penarth. With just 12 rooms you can be assured of as much (or as little!) attention as you desire. There’s also a rather lovely spa to help you wind down after all the excitement. The room: Bron Y Glyn really delivers on interior panache with its stunning feature four poster bed and free-standing bath perfectly positioned in the bay window to combine a relaxing soak with stunning sea views.

The Bear Hotel

Why we love it: If you’re looking for somewhere properly chilled then this is your place. There’s a real home-from-home feel at The Bear so you can kick back, rest and rejuvenate after the big day. Cowbridge High Street is right on your doorstep too – ideal for a morning after stroll. The room: There’s two bridal suites at The Bear. Both come with a four poster for that opulent touch, but one (overlooking the High Street) is more traditional in style, while the other (at the back of the hotel) is more contemporary.

St David’s Hotel

Why we love it: Cool contemporary styling and panoramic views over Cardiff Bay make this hotel something rather special. There’s also a fabulous award-winning spa. The room: The Principal Suite is seriously luxurious with a separate living area and no less than two private balconies.


top: New House Country Hotel; middle: Seaside chic at Holm House; bottom: Bridal Suite at The Bear

Why we love it: Set within a stunning Georgian wedding venue, Fairyhill offers luxurious suites and bedrooms that are exclusively yours when you book a wedding there. Just the name sounds magical, and the woodland, rolling lawns and tranquil lakes mean that it certainly lives up to expectations. The room: The happy couples tend to stay in Room 1 as the suite offers the best views of the rolling Gower lawns and its ‘talking piece’ is a huge mirror with a hidden TV. Inspired by the Soho House brand, all the rooms have been recently refurbished to offer ‘country chic’ accommodation on the Gower. It was reported that Hillary Clinton stayed in this room on her recent Swansea visit so if it’s good enough for the former presidential candidate and first lady then it must be pretty special! I CARDIFF LIFE I 17



If you’re not jetting off on your honeymoon straight away, then take a few days to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the first few days of wedded bliss in one of these beautiful boltholes…

Vale Resort

Relaxation credentials: Set in 650 acres of beautiful Welsh countryside the Vale Resort offers a tranquil escape you can make the most of some quality ‘me time’ together. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the surrounding grounds and local country trails, visit Vale Grill restaurant and if you’re still not ready to call it a night then head to the Salamanza Champagne Bar to toast your newly-wed status. There’s a spa too – the largest in Wales, in fact – with five bespoke relaxation zones including heated water beds and Slumber Zone with actual beds. Your bolthole: The bridal suite boasts wooden floors, free-standing bath and balcony with panoramic views over the golf course, and there’s some special treats for newly-weds too!

Hide at St Donats

Relaxation credentials: The clue is in the name – in the heart of the Welsh countryside, in a private arboretum overlooking the wild heritage coast, Hide at St Donats is a proper get-away-from-it all kind of place. Your bolthole: Cosy up in one of three Cabans or the Bugail (Shepherd’s) Hut. (There’s the two-bedroom Walden Lodge as well, but the smaller hideaways are deffo more romantic). Tucked between trees, bushes and wild flowers the Cabans have plenty of space with a private terrace, bathroom and kitchenette. Cwtch up beside your Chilli Penguin Wood Burning Stove, and wake up with the most beautiful views across the meadow towards the sea. The Bugail Hut is nestled into the secluded arboretum and sheltered below a Plain tree. Snuggle up in bed with views of nature all around – you can see out but no one can see in.

Celtic Manor

Relaxation credentials: Set in 2,000 acres of glorious Usk valley

parkland Celtic Manor is the ideal setting for a minimoon (or wedding night!). The resort has an award-winning and newly refurbished Forum Spa offering the best way to begin married life in pampered style. A rejuvenating range of spa treatments for both men and women will ensure you carry the wedding day glow a while longer. If you prefer something more active, three championship golf courses and an abundance of adventure activities await. A choice of seven restaurants includes everything from a romantic candlelit dinner to a chance to bring the clan back together to continue the family celebrations the following day. Your bolthole: The two Presidential Suites are perfect for those seeking the ultimate in luxury with large terraces enjoying fantastic views over the golf course, a spacious sitting room and a private dining room for up to 10 guests. As well as a master bedroom with marble bathroom, oversized bath and double shower with steam facility, there is also a guest bedroom with bathroom, a small kitchen area and a study.

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top: Pamper yourself at Vale Resort; middle: Cute Caban; bottom: Celtic Manor spa


Coed Y Mwstwr Hotel

Coed Y Mwstwr Hotel

The paradise island of Bali

Bright lights of Bangkok

Relaxation credentials: Set within 17 acres of enchanting woodland and landscape of gardens, few places can rival such a romantic setting. The gardens are especially lovely at sunset, when you can lose yourself in the blissful sounds of nature and share a special moment with that special someone. Don’t miss indulging in one of the acclaimed afternoon teas while you’re there. Your bolthole: The main bridal suite, adorned in tints of teal and gold, is the epitome of eclectic elegance and oozes contemporary chic; with a deluxe double bed, two plasma televisions, and sweeping views over the surrounding vale countryside. Alternatively, The Coach House junior suite 1 with its high oak beam ceilings, chic chandeliers, ornate marble bathroom, classic wooden flooring and rich shades of velvety chocolate, is rather gorgeous too.


Sun, sea and sand, or chic city break, make your honeymoon a holiday of a lifetime. And with Cardiff Airport right on the doorstep the world’s your oyster…


Flight time from Cardiff: 14hr 45min. (Stopover – 90 minutes) What to expect: Famed for its miles of unspoilt white sands,

delicious cuisine and array of activities on offer, Thailand is perfect for honeymooners seeking an exotic holiday.


Flight time from Cardiff: 13hr 40min (Stopover – 2hr 5min) What to expect: The state of Kerala in South India offers an


Serenity on the Keralan waterways


Sri Lanka at sunset

Madrid, Spain: the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Ryoal of La Almudena at sunset

“The colour, flavour and cool vibes of Bali can be found around every corner” abundance of emerald water and golden sandy beaches, breath-taking mountain ranges, rich culture and authentic Indian flavours.

Sri Lanka

Flight time from Cardiff: 13hr 5min (Stopover – 1 hr) What to expect: A warm and colourful welcome awaits visitors

to Sri Lanka, with something to offer every kind of traveller. Miles of railway make it easy to explore laid-back Ella, a hilltop village nestled in the mountains, while the more adventurous can trek their way through tea plantations or seek out temples, waterfalls and viewpoints. Uda Walawe National Park offers visitors the chance to see herds of elephants and wild buffalo in their natural habitat.


Flight time from Cardiff: 18hr 35min (Stopover 1hr 45min) What to expect: A honeymooners’ paradise, Bali offers couples

a romantic retreat to remember. Known as the ultimate tropical paradise, Bali is the place for keen divers and surfers and culture vultures seeking to learn more about Indonesia. Famed for its community of warm and friendly locals, the colour, flavour and cool vibes of Bali can be found around every corner. There’s nightlife, cuisine, spas and shopping to explore but there’s another side to the island too. Don’t miss the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and mysterious Goa Gajah cave for a real Balinese experience.


Flight time from Cardiff: 2hr 15min What to expect: Romantic palaces, rose-filled parks, café-lined

streets and rooftop bars make Madrid an ideal destination for honeymooners seeking urban chic. Explore neighbourhood tapas bars, toast yourselves with Cava and party until dawn. n

DIRECTORY New House Country Hotel, Thornhill Road, Cardiff CF14 9UA; www.townandcountry Holm House, Marine Parade, Penarth CF64 3BG; The Bear Hotel, High Street, Cowbridge CF71 7AF; www.townandcountry St David’s Hotel, Havannah Street, Cardiff CF10 5SD; www.stdavidshotelcardiff.

CF72 8JY; Hide at St Donats, Tresilian Wood, St Donats, Vale of Glamorgan CF611ZB; Celtic Manor, Coldra Woods, Newport NP18 1HQ; Coed Y Mwstwr Hotel, Coychurch, Nr Bridgend, CF35 6AF; www. townandcountrycollective. Cardiff Airport, Rhoose, Cardiff CF62 3BD;

Fairyhill, Reynoldston, Gower, Swansea SA3 1BS;

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Vale Resort, Hensol Park, Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan

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NICK HOLLY DAVID PORTEOUS-BUTLER PENELOPE TIMMIS 23rd August - 15th September View the exhibition on our website 74b Albany Road, Cardiff, CF24 3RS | T: 029 2048 7158 | E: Gallery open: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am-4pm

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In the picture

Sam Ivin, Lingering Ghosts

Ffotogallery’s new exhibition, Ffotoview, is a celebration of Welsh and Wales-based photographic talent, including work from 12 selected artists on, an online calendar unveiling a new featured artist each month. From eco-villages in West Wales to empowering images of Muslim women, the landscapes and communities of the south Wales’ valleys to the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Cardiff, Ffotoview explores different perspectives on life in contemporary Wales and various approaches to photography in a digital age. It is part of 40:40 Vision, a year long programme of exhibitions, events and projects marking Ffotogallery’s 40th anniversary and is being held in the space being developed into its new city centre venue. The exhibition runs until 29 September. 29 Castle Street; I CARDIFF LIFE I 23

What’s on 10 August 10 September

The Gentle Good

PLAYS/SHOWS Noson Lawen A variety night in the Welsh language with Heather Jones, Noel James and guests. Chapter;

Inspired by research into psychic phenomena, Victorian magic tricks and the novels of Philip K Dick, the performance treads a fine line between surrealism and cynicism; playing with truth, fiction and the grey areas in between. Chapter;

Pirate Adventure!” It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. Motorpoint Arena;

14 – 18 August

21 – 25 August

28 August – 1 September

10 August

Summer Holiday The Musical The hit iconic 1960s film starring Cliff Richard is now the feel- good musical of the year, bringing music, laughter and fun to the stage as it becomes the happiest hit musical around. Wales Millennium Centre;

18 August H.o.r.s.e

Let it be Experience the iconic music of The Beatles with this spectacular new concert jam-packed with more than 40 of The Beatles' greatest hits! Wales Millennium Centre;


Paw Patrol X barks the spot in the new tour PAW Patrol Live! “The Great


Evita Telling the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita follows Eva's journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the 'spiritual leader of the nation' by the Argentine people. Wales Millennium Centre;

31 August

An evening with ant middleton Ant Middleton, adventurer, survival expert, TV presenter, ex elite forces soldier, will be sharing his experiences and exploits as a modern day explorer and expedition leader. St David's Hall;

2 September

Flawless presents: CHAse the dream robot This fantastically high energy, acrobatic, feel good family show follows the journey of 10 big dreamers, seeking the opportunity to live their ultimate dance fantasy on board the Intergalactic Dream Ship. Wales Millennium Centre;



6 – 14 September

FAULTY TOWERS: THE DINING EXPERIENCE Basil, Sybil and Manuel will once again serve a three-course meal along with plenty of laughs and audience participation in their fivestar immersive show – but the show is never the same twice, because it’s 70% improvised. Wales Millennium Centre;

6 – 7 September

THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN The League of Gentlemen will return to the stage for their first UK tour in more than 12 years with a brand new live show. Motorpoint Arena; ABOVE: Book now to see Rhod Gilbert at the Motorpoint Arena in May LEFT: Evita enthrals the crowds BELOW: Adventurer Ant Middleton will be putting his survival skills to the test in Cardiff

MUSIC 17 August

CHAMBER PHILHARMONIA COLOGNE “Classical music the world over” is the motto of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne. Whether playing in a little village church, in the open air, in Cologne Cathedral or in the Sydney Opera House – their enthusiasm to play music is the same every time. Llandaff Cathedral;

7 September

SEVEN DRUNKEN NIGHTS This celebration of the music of The Dubliners is a celebration of Irish music itself and a guaranteed evening of music, humour and ‘craic’. St David's Hall;

9 September

THE GENTLE GOOD The Gentle Good is the stage name of the award-winning songwriter and folk musician Gareth Bonello. Based in Cardiff, Gareth draws on the traditional music and culture of his homeland to create beautiful modern folk music with a distinctly Welsh character. Acapela;


Until 18 August

17 August

WHITESNAKE UK Whitesnake UK concentrate purely on reproducing the classic sound of Whitesnakewithout the aid of backing-tracks, gimmicks or wigs. For a 100% live performance that will leave you shouting for more, Whitesnake UK are sure to deliver… The Globe;

20 August

SUMMER SHOW A changing exhibition of more than 50 established and emerging artists in a variety of media, including including Sir Kyffin Williams RA, Donald McIntyre, William Selwyn, Peter Morgan and Karl Davies.. The Albany Gallery;

Until 30 September

A SLIGHT ACHE A Slight Ache focuses on work that use materials drawn from daily life but that possess a visceral emotional intensity and suggestions of ritual or performance. Chapter;

1 – 23 August

SEAN PAUL Dancehall legend, Grammy Award winner and much loved hit maker extraordinaire Sean Paul will be appearing, for one night only. Motorpoint Arena;

NEIL CANNING Born in 1960, Neil is an artist synonymous with bold abstraction. He gained early success painting semi-figurative landscapes in his native Oxfordshire, before moving to Wales in 1990. Martin Tinney Gallery;

21 August

HAYSEED DIXIE Everyone’s favourite Rock-Grass band is back in Cardiff. The Globe;

23 August

the stoic self-belief and power of the Manic Street Preachers, all mixed with their own creative sonics and direction, The Joy Formidable are a band to believe in. Clwb Ifor Bach;

12 August

THE JOY FORMIDABLE With poetically enchanting lyrics that take the lead of Dylan Thomas and

PRINT IT 2 Print workshop with John Abell and Paul Eastwood. You will learn about a range of printing techniques and will be given the materials to develop your own prints. BayArt; I CARDIFF LIFE I 25

What’s on 16 August


Seven Drunken Nights; Chamber Philharmonia Cologne comes to Cardiff; below: Penelope Timmis’ Bouquet , part of an exhibition taking place at The Albany Gallery middle:

ARTIST TALK – Matthew de pulford Matthew de Pulford is Programme Curator at the Whitstable Biennale. G39;

23 August – 15 September

NICK HOLLY, DAVID PORTEOUS-BUTLER, PENELOPE TIMMIS Colourful depictions of Welsh life, figurative palette knife scenes, and vibrant semi-abstract flowers and landscapes feature in this exhibition by three popular gallery artists. The Albany Gallery;

other 27 August

Cottrell Park Family fun day Face painting, disco, dance competitions, bouncy castle, children's play area, golf activities, barbecue. Cottrell Park;

Book now 18 September

Seasick steve Steve's latest album, Can U Cook? sees Steve mixing up all of his muchloved ingredients to deliver a fresh new record that’s full of sunshine as well as being a good ol' Seasick mix of boogie, blues, rock, Americana and folk music. Motorpoint Arena;

25 October

Robert plant and the sensational shape shifters Ahead of their headline shows at Bluesfest later this year, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will perform a very special intimate show at Wales Millennium Centre. Wales Millennium Centre;

8 November

he thought he’d hit rock bottom, he met a bloke...called John. This show sees Rhod as funny as ever, but like never before. Motorpoint Arena;


Friday 10 August

GLAMORGAN VS hampshire Vitality Blast, 7pm Sophia Gardens;

Friday 17 August

GLAMORGAN VS surrey Vitality Blast, 6.30pm Sophia Gardens;

Saturday 18 August CARDIFF CITY VS NEWCASTLE UNITED Premier League, 3pm Cardiff City Stadium;

Sunday 19 August

GLAMORGAN VS WARWICKSHIRE Specsavers County Championship, 11am (4 days); Sophia Gardens;

Saturday 25 August

Worthington’s champion of champions Following on from last year’s huge success, the 2018 Darts Champion of Champions will see a play-off between 256 darts champions in front of 1,600 darts fans; St David’s Hall;

Sunday 2 September

Reef The revitalized West Country rockers come to Cardiff. The Tramshed;

CARDIFF CITY VS Arsenal Premier League, 1.30pm Cardiff City Stadium;

9 – 10 May 2019

Monday 10 September

rhod gilbert – the book of john A lot has happened to Rhod in the six years since he last toured. Almost all of it s**t. And just when

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A centre of excellence The Wales Millennium Centre is one of the leading lights of Cardiff’s arts scene. Senior producer at the Centre, Sarah Leigh, takes a look back at some of this year’s highlights so far and looks ahead at what’s to come


here is a real buzz behind the scenes at Wales Millennium Centre and it’s already been a very busy and exciting year for us. We’re still feeling the excitement of Festival of Voice 2018 which saw amazing performances from world-renowned artists (including Patti Smith, Charlotte Church, Camille O’Sullivan, Gruff Rhys, Fatoumata Diawara, Tank and The Bangas, Billy Bragg and many more) and featured collaborations and co-productions with intriguing Welsh artists making work in different genres – from theatre to digital including Gagglebabble, 4PI Productions, August 012, Katell Keineg, Gwenno and Carys Eleri. After Festival of Voice we moved swiftly on to preparing Carys’ show Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff), which premiered at the festival, to go on to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. Carys performs a one-woman, science, comedy, music show using anecdotes from her own experience, individual style and a splash of neuroscience. She explores love and loneliness in our contemporary world, moving you to tears and laughter. If you haven’t seen this show yet, why not use this as an excuse to visit the glorious

city of Edinburgh and help Carys through the hiraeth she will be feeling being away from Cardiff for the month? In fact, make a weekend of it and see some entertaining work from other brilliant Welsh companies, who are all performing at the same venue – the multi-arts complex Summerhall renowned for hosting some of the most exciting companies in Edinburgh. Here are a few I’ve got my eye on…. Alan Harris’ Sugar Baby produced by Wales’ award-winning theatre company Dirty Protest, is back having received rave reviews at last year’s fringe and touring Germany, this one-man comedy set in Cardiff is at Roundabout @ Summerhall. You can also see Sherman Theatre’s production of intriguing two-hander Tremor in which an estranged couple reunite four years after their split … and our resident company Hijinx, in association with Spymonkey, take you to 17th century Paris where impotence is illegal in their new production aptly named The Flop. We are also busy preparing for our second season of Performances for the Curious, which starts this autumn at the Centre. The season returns to our Weston Studio and ffresh cabaret bar filled with exciting, compelling and critically-lauded new works from the

“Expect sequins, glitter and fabulous hair”

very best in contemporary theatre and performance. We kick off in November with the premiere of local bilingual company Neontopia’s new production Tuck designed specifically for ffresh and focusing on the contemporary Cardiff drag community. In the Weston, Leeway Productions premiere their ground-breaking production of Jason Robert Brown’s international musical hit The Last Five Years where the emotionally powerful score is coupled with sign language and beautiful movement by award-winning deaf choreographer Mark Smith. Freshfaced gender warriors Milk Present step over the border to present Bullish, a negotiation of ancient and new territories in transmasculine gender and identity through the story of the Minotaur coupled with Humanequin a production created with local young trans people and students from Radyr Comprehensive School. In ffresh we have a mixture of jazz, musical theatre, comedy, drag, circus and more highlights include the return of Hello Cabaret, Mary Bijou and local comedian Leroy Britto. From further afield, the band ARJUN travel all the way from New York, and I’m also looking forward to The Nat King Cole Story performed by acclaimed Jazz vocalist Atila as well as Mal Pope’s Cappuccino Girls. The full dates and listings are online at where you can also book tickets. Surely at Christmas we’ll take a break . . . Never! At a loss for where to plan your office Christmas party? Check out international opera and lycra-loving cabaret sensation Le Gateau Chocolat as he returns to the Centre, after his Festival of Voice debut, with his truly unique show, Icons, which walks the tightrope between his public and private personas. Accompanied by a live band Gateau unashamedly weaves through an eclectic mix of music; pop, opera, rock; Kate Bush, Whitney, Meatloaf, Pavarotti . . . expect sequins, glitter and fabulous hair. In terms of Welsh language offerings, we’ve got hilarious Welsh cabaret Cabarela and bilingual drag superstar Connie Orff in ffresh in December. The whole Centre will be full of activities and festive atmosphere in the lead up to Christmas, perfect for a festive family day out. For those looking to share the experience of theatre with younger ones, you can’t go wrong with Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical – an extraordinary production from the RSC with witty lyrics by Tim Minchin, which will be here at Wales Millennium Centre for the first time between 4 December and 12 January. Alternatively, for a more intimate but equally magical treat during the holidays, you can see Le Gateau Chocolat’s Duckie – a celebratory reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, from 20–31 December. n I cardiff LIFE I 29


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Daytripper Got some new-to-Cardiff friends or family coming to visit this summer? We’ve got a plan for a day out seeing some of Cardiff’s highlights….

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It’s always going to be hard to fit Cardiff’s best bits into just one day, but we’ll give it a go... 8.30am: It’s a bit of an early start, but hey, there’s lots to do! Start the day in Pontcanna with a spot of breakfast at KIN+ILK or maybe do it Danish style at Brød. Have a stroll around the neighbourhood before heading back through the park to Cardiff Castle. 10am: After a quick photo of the castle jump on the Hop-On, Hop-Off Cardiff Sightseeing Bus. It might seem like a bit of a cliché, but actually it’s a great way of getting about and finding out some fun facts about the city that you (let alone your guests) probably never knew. Cardiff Castle is the first stop and it leaves every 30 minutes so if you miss one, another will be along shortly. There’s 11 stops in all, and the whole circuit takes around 55 minutes.

11am: Head to the Lookout Café at the World of Boats (just past the Doctor Who Experience building) where you can have a coffee while enjoying some of the best views of Cardiff Bay.

1.30pm: Go for lunch in one of the many independent cafes in the old arcades. We’d suggest Madame Fromage in the Castle Arcade for its dazzling array of cheeses and Welsh speciality dishes.

11.45am: Walk back around the Bay, pausing for obligatory photographs at the Wales Millennium Centre, the Senedd, and the Welsh carousel. Take a detour into Mermaid Quay and pick up some Welsh cakes from Fabulous Welsh Cakes.

2.30pm: Spend the afternoon shopping in the arcades.

12.30pm: Pay a visit to Craft in the Bay to grab an example of some gorgeous Welsh craftsmanship as a souvenir, then hop back on the bus (Craft in the Bay is stop 8). It will take you down Lloyd George Avenue to St Mary’s Street and then to the final stop on the circuit – the Principality Stadium.

5.30pm: Time for a cheeky cocktail or two at Gin & Juice in High Street Arcade. The gin menu is immense, so ask the friendly bar staff for their recommendations. 7pm: Dinner at Park House restaurant (see page 58 for more). Much of the menu is locally sourced, and it’s presented with French flair. Make the most of the award-winning wine list by enlisting the help of the sommelier. All timings are approximate!

The arcades are a treasure trove of indie shops

10.40am: Get off at stop number four – the Norwegian Church and pop in for a mooch around the arts centre.


Gin & Juice (we’d recommend the gin)

KIN+ILK, 31 Cathedral Road, Pontcanna; Brød, 126 Wyndham Crescent; Cardiff City Sightseeing Bus;

Norwegian Church, Harbour Drive, Cardiff Bay; www.norwegianchurch Lookout Café and Bar, Porth Teigr Way; Fabulous Welsh Cakes, 14 Mermaid Quay; www. Craft in the Bay,

The Flourish, Lloyd George Avenue; www. Madame Fromage, 21-25 Castle Arcade; www. Gin and Juice, 3-5 High Street Arcade. Park House Restaurant, 20 Park Place, Cardiff; www. I cardiff LIFE I 33


FAMILY DAYS OUT The best summer outings in the South West

BATH, BRISTOL & SURROUND HOLBURNE MUSEUM Great Pulteney St, Bath; Colourscape is a celebration for the senses, an amazing experience of colour, music and light for all ages. 25 interlinked coloured chambers form a labyrinth on the front lawn of the Museum. Put on a cape and immerse yourself in a new world made up of soft curved edges filled with intense colour, and discover performance spaces filled with music and dancing. Tickets ÂŁ5 available on the day. 11am to 4pm BISHOP'S PALACE Wells; The Bishop's Palace & Gardens have been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy. We've got so much for families to do at The Bishop's Palace - whatever the weather, you can always have a great day out NATIONAL TRUST TYNTESFIELD Wraxall, Bristol; A Victorian gothic house nestled in the Somerset countryside with formal gardens, Kitchen Garden, woodland, parkland, family events and activities. AROUND AND ABOUT BATH Bath; Immersive, intimate and cost-inclusive local tours for curious, discerning travellers who want to experience authentic England

WELLS CATHEDRAL Wells; Perhaps the most beautiful of the great English cathedrals. Stand back to admire the stunning architecture, join in a service, go on a guided tour or attend a concert. All are very welcome REDPOINT BRISTOL Bristol; Indoor climbing centre with walls for all levels, lessons, a bouldering zone, viewing area and cafe BRISTOL HIPPODROME St Augustine's Parade, Bristol; www. The Bristol Hippodrome is a theatre located in The Centre, Bristol, England, with seating on three levels giving a capacity of 1,951

CARDIFF TECHNIQUEST Stuart Street, Cardiff; Science Discovery Centre in Cardiff Bay with 120 hands-on interactive exhibits, a science theatre, planetarium, and a lab. CARDIFF CASTLE Castle St, Cardiff; Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion located in the city centre of Cardiff, Wales. The original motte and bailey castle was built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders on top of a 3rd-century Roman fort.


WE THE CURIOUS Harbourside, Bristol; We The Curious is a science centre and charity in Bristol, England. The aim of the centre is "to create a culture of curiosity"

PAIGNTON ZOO Paignton Devon; At Paignton Zoo you will find over 2,500 animals spread across 80 acres. The zoo is laid out so you can get up close to some of the animals across especially designed habitats.

TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRES Raleigh Road, Bristol; Intimate space, housed in a mixeduse cultural building, known for Shakespeare and in-house theatre.

LIVING COASTS Torquay Harbourside, Devon; All weather attraction costal zoo where you can mingle with playful penguins and get up close to Otters, Octopus seals and much more

WHITEHALL GARDEN CENTRE; FAIRY AND DINOSAUR LAND; Based at Lacock in Wiltshire Whitehall's Fairy and Dinosaur Land is open until Sunday 23rd September. ÂŁ3.99 per person.

HONITON AGRICULTURAL SHOW Honiton; An annual show which has grown to be one of the largest one day shows in Devon. A showcase for the best of local farming, produce, crafts and rural skills CASTLE DROGO Drewsteigton, Exeter; A dramatic castle overlooking the Teign Gorge with project viewing tower and garden with miles of pathways in the woods and a Bunty House replica for children to play in

Exeter Quay


KENTS CAVERN Torquay, Devon; Explore Kents Cavern an all weather attraction with a cave system notable for its archaeological and geological feature. Go back in time and step into the stone Age, visit the summer evening ghost tour this summer.


THE BEAR TRAIL Cullompton, Devon; Muddy outdoor adventure trail assault course for all the family to enjoy making a great day out. DONKEY SANCTUARY Sidmouth; The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon is open 365 days a year. There are hundreds of donkeys waiting to meet you here so take a glimpse of what our little corner of Devon has to offer LUNDY ISLAND Bideford; Visit Lundy island for a day on MS Oldenburg Lundy¹s supply ship and discover a unique island environment RHS GARDEN ROSEMOOR Torrington; gardens/rosemoor Nestled in the Torridge Valley, Rosemoor is an enchanting place to visit in every season; cherry trees blossom in the spring, the iconic Hot Garden dazzles with vibrant colours in summer, while the woodlands blaze with autumn finery and the Winter Garden catches the eye later in the year BUCKFAST ABBEY Buckfast; Nestled in the shadow of Dartmoor, in a beautiful wooded valley beside the river Dart, Buckfast Abbey offers visitors a tranquil refuge from the hectic pace of everyday life. The Abbey is a working monastery where a community of Benedictine monks live self-sufficiently, welcoming visitors from all around the world DARTMOUTH STEAM RAILWAY South Devon; Based on the glorious South Devon coastline in South West England, enjoy your days out in Devon on our steam trains, boat trips and paddle steamer - the only attraction in Devon that lets you enjoy the delights of Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth and the River Dart, Kingswear and Totnes on your day out! STUART LINE CRUISES Exmouth; Boat trips sailing the coast around Exeter, Exmouth, Torquay and Sidmouth, we give hundreds of thousands of happy passengers the chance to see the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, cruise the beautiful River Exe or visit a picture-postcard South Devon town BODMIN AND WENFORD RAILWAY Cornwall; Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway,

Salisbury Cathedral

Cornwall's only full size railway still regularly operated by steam locomotives

museum that emcompasses three buildings that contain 750 years of history

MORETONHAMPSTED MOTOR MUSEUM Moretonhampstead Devon; A motor museum where you can see a fine collection of over 130 historic vehicles from pre-1920’s to the 1990’s. This collection is complemented by motoring artefacts, automobilia and a viewable restoration workshop

MONKEY WORLD Dorset; Enjoy a fun-filled, fascinating day out for all the family at Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre in Wareham. The 65-acre park is home to the stars of TV’s ‘Monkey Life’ and ‘Monkey Business’, and provides sanctuary for rescued and endangered primates from around the world

SALISBURY & SURROUND THE WARDROBE MUSEUM (THE RIFLES BERKS & WILTS) Salisbury; 1200 items from the Berks & Wilts regiment exhibited in a historical residence CROSS KEYS ARCADE Salisbury; The only covered mall in Salisbury, often free face-painting and bank holiday events NEW FOREST CIDER Burley, New Forest; The home of Real Cider Pantry, shops and events END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL Larmer Tree Gardens; Outdoor music festival with camping, family friendly. 30 August to 2 September ARUNDELLS Salisbury; Grade II listed house – once the home of Edward Heath, the former prime minister KING JOHNS HOUSE Romsey; Located in one of Romsey's oldest thoroughfares, King John's House and Heritage Centre is an accredited

NEW FOREST LAVENDER FARM Landford, Salisbury; Nursery and tearooms SALISBURY ESCAPE ROOMS Salisbury; Called in to assist with specialist search teams, you and your team will need to find the evidence to make arrests. You have one hour! The only escape rooms created, built and run by UK detectives SALISBURY CATHEDRAL Salisbury; A living church and a place of prayer. It is also a centre of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, holding many events and exhibitions NEW FOREST WILDLIFE PARK Southampton; Falconry handling and training days home to over 50 species of birds of prey, including eagles, owls, hawks and falcons. We aim to make your day with us truly great STONEHENGE Amesbury, Salisbury; Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, consisting mainly of a ring of standing stones I CARDIFF LIFE I 35

NINA RICCI BELLA EAU DE TOILETTE, £55.50/50ML Meet the new apple of your eye. Or maybe your nose. (Is that a thing?) From Escentual, 63-67 Wellfield Road, Roath;

MONSTERA DROP EARRINGS, £21 Nail the botanical style with these stylish ear adornments. From Home By Kirsty, 64a Glenroy Street, Roath;


Add some vivaciously verdant touches to your home MATCHA BATH BALL, £4.50 Inject some colour into your bathing rituals with this bath fizz bursting with citrus and green tea notes. From Miss Patisserie, 7 High Street Arcade, Cardiff;

ISLA MUG, £15 Your morning cuppa will have never looked so good. From Oliver Bonas, 37 The Hayes, Cardiff;

NOODOLL RICEOUCH PLUSH TOY, £21.50 Probably the cutest cactus you’ll ever meet. (And definitely the most cuddly!) From Barney & Beau, Unit 6 Pontcanna Mews, Pontcanna;


ED’S ED S CHOICE LIME GLASS JUG, £26.99 You’ll definitely garner some admiring glances for your jug… From Shore, Windsor Court, The Esplanade, Penarth;

WHITE GOLD AND EMERALD RING, £2,090 “If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it,” sang Beyoncé. We think you’ll rather like this sparkly number. From Laings, 27 The Hayes, Cardiff; www.

LOTUSGRILL PORTABLE BBQ, £145 Al fresco cooking doesn’t get more stylish. From Kitchens Cookshop, 14 High Street, Cardiff; PEBBLE CUSHION, £44.99 All you need to do is sit back and relax. From Shore, Windsor Court, The Esplanade, Penarth;

APOCALYPSE NOW IN A MINUTE T-SHIRT, £15 The apocalypse might happen. But then again, it might not. Either way, you’ll look great. From I Loves The Diff; I CARDIFF LIFE I 37

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Cardiff – The City of Arcades When FOR Cardiff launched the City of Arcades campaign last month, they invited locals to join them in celebrating Cardiff’s historic arcades which house more than 100 independent businesses.


he seven Edwardian and Victorian arcades in Cardiff city centre have attracted shoppers for more than a century, with locals and visitors alike amazed by the diversity on offer within their walls. They truly are the jewel within Cardiff’s crown. As part of the FOR Cardiff’s City of Arcades campaign fans of the arcades shared their memories, stories and photos on social media; from one blushing bride-to-be who was so impressed with the service received from small jewellers S C Mitchell, in the Castle Arcade, that she is ordering her wedding rings from them too; to the Canadian tourists visiting Cardiff and the arcades for the first time, amazed by the choice and hospitality on offer. People were also asked to vote for their favourite shop, café, bar barber shop or hotel within the arcades. Choosing favourites was always going to be hard, but droves of people responded, with 9,500 votes cast in a little

“They truly are the jewel within Cardiff’s crown” over four weeks. The resulting top 10 reflects the diverse range of businesses found in the arcades and the sheer volume of votes demonstrates how much the people of Cardiff, appreciate the Arcades and the independents they house. Adrian Field, Executive Director of FOR Cardiff who were behind the campaign, said: “We created this campaign to put Cardiff firmly on the independent shopping map and encourage more people to explore this part of the city. “We want to say a huge well done to everyone who made the list and a big thank you to everyone that took the time to vote. You have helped us identify the businesses and the people behind them to feature in our advertising campaign to target shoppers in

Bristol and Bath.” The £75k advertising campaign will roll out in September across billboards, bus rears, digital screens and online advertising. Once described as Cardiff’s best kept secret, it’s now time to really shout about our City of Arcades. For more on the top 10 traders, turn over the page. n

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Top of the shops There’s no doubt that there’s a lot of love out there for Cardiff’s arcades. FOR Cardiff’s City of Arcades campaign, asking people to choose their favourite arcade spot saw 9,500 votes cast over just four weeks. Meet the top 10…. Photos by Alex Jenkins 40 I cardiff LIFE I

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Waterloo Tea, established in 2008, has become something of a Cardiff institution, with five tea houses across Cardiff and Penarth, and a sixth due to open soon in the city centre. The Wyndham Arcade branch opened in 2014, serving a range of more than 60 teas sourced from India, China, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Japan, as well as coffees and freshly prepared food. The tea house also doubles as a shop, selling tea and coffee equipment for home use and supplying tea to several of the big hotels and brands across the city and Europe. Looking for something different to do? The team host supper clubs and private events with a bespoke speciality menus. Kasim Ali, owner of Waterloo Tea Houses says, “It’s such a proud moment for all of us at Waterloo Tea to not only be recognised for what we do, but also to be a part of reinvigorating and championing the uniqueness of our beautiful city.”

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Professional skateboarder, MTV star, endurance runner and entrepreneur Matthew Pritchard owns Sleep When You’re Dead Tattoo and Barber Shop (known as SWYD) and has done it all. Filming Dirty Sanchez, Matthew travelled the world visiting tattoo parlours and barber shops across the globe and took inspiration from those places when he realised his dream and set up SWYD. “I’m really proud and honoured that Sleep When You’re Dead has been included in the City of Arcades Top 10, thanks to my amazing team and the hard work they put in,” says Matthew. “Since the campaign started, we’ve had some of our busiest weekends and we’d like to thank FOR Cardiff for starting this. We love being in the arcades and our future is definitely here as we continue to grow our business.”

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“We opened on St David’s Day, a great day to start a business in Wales,” says Ross Jones of the eponymous Jones the Barber. Ross began barbering in 2013, opening his first shop in the Castle Emporium in 2015, before moving over to the Castle Arcade in 2017. They specialise in traditional barbering techniques and hot towel shaves, with both walk-ins and appointments available. Alongside the services you would expect, Ross has branched out and developed his own product range called “Jones and Sons”, including pomades, putties and waxes to keep your style sharp between visits. “My sons are very involved in the products and love testing things out,” says Ross, “They know exactly what they like and don’t like, and make sure to tell me what they think works!” “The City of Arcades campaign has been great at showcasing what Cardiff is best at. When you come to the arcades you get to meet the real Cardiff, a great community of really special people. It’s fantastic to be included in the Top 10 stores”

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Now entering its 23rd year, The Pen and Paper is a staple for artists and stationery lovers across the region and beyond, stocking everything from pens, pencils, paints and art supplies through to gift stationery. With nearly 40,000 lines in stock, the shop offers a far wider selection of items than you’d normally find on the high street. Alongside the art supplies and stationery, the store you will find the largest range of cards made in Wales, including those in the Welsh language, in Cardiff and a selection of jigsaw puzzles. “We’re really pleased to be in the City of Arcades Top 10,” says Wendy Bottrill who owns the store with husband Philip, “Visitors to the city love to explore and are always looking for something unique and different, but don’t always know what stores are here. I hope this campaign shows what great, independent shopping is available in our arcades.” I cardiff LIFE I 41

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Run by mother and son team Spencer John and Laurie Hubball, Simply V was born in 2013 out of a desire to share their cakes with the world. Having raised her family as vegetarians, Laurie and Spencer have been vegan for around 13 years and wanted to share their passion for the food they loved. After running a few pop-ups at local events, including Cardiff’s Vegetarian Festival, the pair were inspired by the vegan businesses they saw in cities such as London, Brighton, Berlin and New York. They say that seeing the variety available for vegans elsewhere was eye opening, making them think, “Wow! Cardiff needs something like this!” As well as store cupboard basics, Simply V also stocks ready-meals, snacks and sweets – with everything from pizzas and pulled jackfruit to fresh cakes and chocolate available in store. “The campaign has already had an impact on the store. Our customers have really got behind the City of Arcades project,” says Spencer, “They wanted to share our story and it was really humbling to find out we made it into the Top 10.”

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Working from her store in Duke Street Arcade, it is hard to believe Jian Chen only started painting in 2012. After posting photos of her work online, she quickly gained a cult following, with people clamouring to buy her unique and vibrant artwork. She spotted the potential of the arcade space and knew it would be the perfect location for her store. Jian specialises in water colours, with a small amount of work created in oils and acrylics, sometimes completing up to five new pieces in a week. As well as her original artworks, on display in her gallery on the basement level, she also prints her work onto everything from t-shirts and tote bags to keyrings and coasters. For a new business, like Jian’s, the campaign has really helped to spread the word about her art. “The City of Arcades campaign has really exposed my artwork to a new and wider audience,” she says. “I think it’s helped the arcades, showing people all the unique things, they can find if they just explore a little.”


Sobeys Royal Arcade

When Sobeys Vintage Clothing was looking to open its first store in Wales in 2016, there was no question about where the location should be, owner Andy Evans had fond memories of shopping in the arcades and could think of no better location that the Royal Arcade. Specialising in vintage, re-worked and vintage inspired items, Sobeys’ love of clothes is apparent. From 60s inspired paisley shirts, through to corduroy dungaree dresses and vintage Levi’s jeans, they specialise in good quality clothing that is kept on-trend through weekly deliveries. Andy says, “We try to be a store where if you are on your second visit you will probably be on first name terms with the people who work there.” “We’re excited to be part of the Top 10,” says store manager, Kristy Cromwell. “The campaign has really helped us engage with our customers and it’s been great hearing what they like about us and what makes us unique.”



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Since it was first opened by Henry Spiller in 1894, generations of Cardiff’s music lovers have fallen under the spell of local record shop, Spillers. Originally located in the original Queens Arcade, Spiller sold recordings on wax cylinders, examples of which are still in the store today, as well as gramophones and various musical instruments. The creation of Record Store Day over a decade ago, along with the explosion in vinyl record sales, has rekindled the enthusiasm for independent music stores, “It’s huge!” exclaims owner Ashli Todd. “This year we had the huge honour of Lauren Laverne broadcasting her Friday morning show for BBC 6 Music live from the shop, which is the most surreal thing I can remember ever happening in the store in my time here.” “It’s often reported how difficult it is trading on the high street at the moment, but the arcades are full of independent businesses who are really passionate about what they do. It’s great to be featured in the top 10 and I hope this campaign has piqued people’s interest to come and explore and see what we have to offer.”


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University friends Michelle, Ian and Steve were always passionate about games and saw a gap in the market for something different, so they opened Rules of Play back in 2011. As the interest in board games has grown, so to has the store, moving to its current base in Castle Arcade from a smaller site in the same location. New games are available weekly, and the store prides itself on being able to source the latest must-haves from across Europe and beyond. Along with the day job, the team also run weekly games nights across Cardiff and have also hosted three International TapleTop Days, the last of which saw more than 400 guests take part – the largest event of its kind in the city. Manager Dyfed Bowen says, “We pride ourselves on providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere so that you can come in feeling comfortable and leave feeling happy! That’s why we’re happy to be included in the City of Arcades Top 10.”

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Family-run business, The Card Shop, Cardiff, has seen many changes to Dominons Arcade over the years. Alison Manship and husband Chris took over the business from Alison’s parents who opened the store in 198 0. As well as cards, the store also sells gifts bags, novelty balloons and a range of Welsh cards and gifts designed by local artists. “When the store opened, there were very few places in the city centre to buy quality gift cards,” says Chris, “We pride ourselves on giving a personal experience and have stocking something that is unusual or different.” “People love the arcades,” says Chris, “It’s amazing to be included in the Top 10 stores. The campaign has been great for highlighting the fantastic businesses out there and we’re keen to keep the momentum going.” I CARDIFF LIFE I 43

FALL IN TO AUTUMN Summer may still be upon us but it’s never too soon to start planning for the next season and arm your wardrobes with next season’s hottest picks!

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR We’ve seen designers from Tom Ford and Michael Kors to Victoria Beckham go for head-to-toe animal print this season, and we couldn’t be happier! Release your inner feline with this Marks & Spencer Collection dress (7), its elongating animal stripes and tie fastening will perfectly accentuate your waist. Or, how about this Karen Millen ruffle dress (5)? Paired with a simple black heel and red lip, it will make for a perfect evening look! If leopard print is more your style, make a statement with this Whistles Agnes shearling biker jacket (3), available at John Lewis, so you can slide comfortably into autumn. Pair with on-trend jeans for an iconic look that works day or night. TIME FOR TEXTURE Mixing different textures is a sure fire way to keep your look interesting. We adore this knitted dress from Reiss (2), with its sleeveless fit-and-flare silhouette and neutral striped pattern. Pair with this soft leather Zip Box Bag from All Saint’s (10) for a fashion-focused look. Or why not try this pleated skirt from Marks & Spencer (4), which gives you the easiest way to work metallic into your wardrobe. When the breeze hits, layer up with this Mint Velvet duster jacket (1), available at John Lewis, crafted from a soft touch lyocell fabric which drapes effortlessly over the body for a perfect fit. Add a touch of colour and warmth to the outfit with a Mulberry scarf (9), available at John Lewis. SILVER TOUCH We’ve seen a splash of silver across the catwalks and we say the best way to rock this trend is with your accessories. Put your best foot forward with these M&S silver court shoes (8) and pair with loose fit trousers and a blouse tucked in for that laid-back chic style. Go the extra step and add a silver bag to the outfit, like this number from Oliver Bonas (6), for an extra edge! All items available at St David’s Dewi Sant in Cardiff or online at the time of writing. To keep up to date with the latest trends, news and offers, see St David’s on Instgram, Facebook and Twitter (@StDavidsCardiff) or at www.


Leopard print coat, £79, Per Una at Marks and Spencer






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1. Mint Velvet Duster Jacket, £159, John Lewis 2. Becky Striped Knitted Dress Neutral, £195, Reiss 3. Whistles Leopard Shearling Agnes Biker, £995, John Lewis 4. M&S Collection Pleat Skirt, £39.50, Marks & Spencer 5. Ruffle leopard dress, £180, Karen Millen 6. Jay handle detail bag, £42, Oliver Bonas 7. M&S Collection Print Dress, £49.50, Marks & Spencer 8. Silver court shoe, £25, Marks & Spencer 9. Mulberry Chevron Scarf, £225, John Lewis 10. Zip Leather Box Bag, £228, All Saints




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EMMA DANCE and NEIL ROSE get treated at Goji in Pontcanna


As I stood in the shower on the morning of my pedicure appointment, looking at my feet, I couldn’t help feeling a pang of guilt about what I was about to inflict on my poor unsuspecting therapist. My tootsies have not made the transition from the soft sheepskin boots and comfy trainers of winter into summer’s strappy sandals well. And, as a result, my feet are covered almost from heel-to-toe with blisters in various stages of the healing process. Coupled with the fact that my propensity to wander around the garden barefoot had lead to patches of hard, leathery skin, and a certain degree of ingrained dirt that no amount of scrubbing and pumicing seemed able to remove, it’s fair to say that my feet were far from pleasant. I mean, they were basically Hobbit feet decorated with some very badly applied blue nail varnish. So, then, the very first thing that I did when I arrived for my treatment at Goji was to apologise to my therapist Tracy, who was the unlucky soul who would be treating my soles. Apparently, I’m not the only person who is ashamed of their feet – nearly everyone apologises, she tells me. But, I’m still pretty sure that mine have got to be some of the worst examples out there right now. Or were. Because in the 45 minutes that I spent enjoying the Goji signature pedicure, a fairly miraculous transformation took place. If Tracy was anywhere near as repulsed by my feet as, by rights, I felt she ought to be

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she didn’t show it. She didn’t even chastise me when (slightly mortifyingly) removing the layer of blue paint revealed an even older, even more chipped layer of orange which clearly I’d lacked the motivation and/or time to remove before sloshing on another layer. There was soaking, scrubbing, trimming and some fairly heavy-duty filing (which I swear must have removed enough of the hard, dead skin to make me drop a couple of pounds), before my feet were covered in hot paraffin wax and then wrapped in foil. The paraffin wax nourishes and softens the skin, and while it was taking effect I was treated to a relaxing hand and arm massage. I was worried that having my feet encased in something so warm on such a hot day might be slightly uncomfortable, but actually it was very soothing and when the wax peeled off my feet felt wonderful. The finishing touch was an application of Zoya varnish. There were lots of colours to use from, but in the end I plumped for a neutral shade, with a hint of sparkle from the new bridal collection, which Tracy said would catch the sun beautifully. By the end, my feet were almost completely unrecognisable from the unloved appendages that had walked in there, and I’ve vowed to take better care of them in future. Emma’s Goji Signature Pedicure cost £45


Charlie Brooker once wrote that visiting the barber is made up of two of the things he hates most – looking at yourself in a mirror and making smalltalk. Throw in the dread of replying to the opening question of “what would you like done with it?” when your hair has a thick wave that can only be managed rather than styled and it’s a good summary of why getting a haircut is generally something I view as an occasional necessity rather than a treat. I just want a barber who can look at my hair and suggest the best way of not only making it presentable but also give it a bit of care and attention. If they can do that while I have a coffee or beer, even better. Goji ticked all of the boxes. There’s a floor dedicated to men’s treatments, with its own specialist staff, and a fridge full of beverages that you can help yourself to while you wait for an appointment. My barber, Gemma, was excellent throughout, first talking me through what she would do to tame the unruly mop and then taking her time over the cut. None of your ten-minute clippers and flash of scissors here – Gemma was meticulous and worked with the wave, thinning out the thick hair on top and blending it into the tapered sides and back. It looked great at the time and, a couple of weeks on, the cut is growing out well, holding its style

“Goji ticked all of the boxes”

with minimum maintenance on my part. Since I was in for “The Full Goji” my haircut was followed by a cut-throat shave. I’ve had this done twice in my life. The firsttime, in a proper old-school Italian/American barber in New Jersey, was a real treat. The second time however, in London a few years ago, was a pretty much unmitigated disaster, as the blood pouring from my sensitive skin led to the inexperienced barber abandoning the shave midway through and I was left to try to finish off the job with my girlfriend’s razor when we got back to our hotel. Not ideal. No such problems this time, thankfully. Gemma, noting my warning about sensitive skin, again took her time and made it the enjoyable experience a close shave should be. Indeed, the atmosphere was relaxed throughout, thanks mainly to my confidence that Gemma knew exactly what she was doing both with the scissors and the blade. Even the smalltalk was good and, after such a skilled cut and shave, I didn’t hate looking in the mirror either! Neils “Full Goji” cost £35 n Goji Hair, 175 Kings Road, Pontcanna, CF11 9DF; I cardiff LIFE I 49


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Hitting the spot

Eat, drink and be merry...

Street eats A street food festival is coming to Sophia Gardens every weekend from 17 August – 9 September. The Summer Feastival will run every Friday evening, all day Saturday and until 8pm on Sunday for four weeks, and each weekend will feature a changing line-up of different street food traders from across Wales and the South West. Whilst the Friday and Saturday events will appeal to weekend merrymakers and keen foodies; the Sunday events will deliver a more family-friendly vibe, with a variety of entertainment on offer including face-painting and stilt walkers.

An authentic Asian dining experience that encourages communal eating and allows the customer to cook their own food has opened on Wellfield Road in Roath. Hot Pot Spot is based on a 1,000 year old tradition from China that sees diners choose a selection of fresh, locally-sourced meat, vegetables and noodles to cook at their table in a simmering broth. Founder Trystan Cook said, “We’re so excited for people to try the Hot Pot way of dining. It’s more than just eating, it’s an experience. It’s friends and family coming together and literally making a meal of it! Customers are given free rein to choose whichever ingredients they want, whether they want a spicy or mild broth, and then they can mix their own dipping sauce at the sauce station. It’s their food, how they want it.” For more:

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Brew’s up The Grange, a community pub in

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Grangetown, Cardiff, is looking for the best homebrewers from across the city to enter their first ever Amateur Beer Festival. Whether entrants are already brewing at home or a complete novice, their brews will be put to the taste test during the festival on Sunday 26 August. The winner will have their beer made by Crafty Devil and put on tap at The Grange for a limited time. The prize will also include a £100 bar tab and a plaque in the pub crowning the home brewer of the year. The beers will be judged by a panel of prestigious judges including managers of The Grange and Lansdowne and brewers Crafty Devil. To enter, email with the entrant’s name and age to receive an entry pack with full terms and conditions.

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It’s good to share

Emma Dance discovers that small really can be beautiful at Buffalo


love eating out. Like, really properly love it. Don’t get me wrong, I like cooking too, but as the sole chef (and food shopper) in our household having someone else take responsibility for the whole food journey from buying the ingredients to getting them to my plate, is a genuine treat. My one problem with the experience, however, is the whole decision making thing. Because, there’s usually a whole bunch of stuff that looks completely delicious and I live in fear of making the wrong choice and having severe pangs of food envy when I see other people’s dishes paraded out from the kitchen. And of course, there’s the other issue, which is that I’m not a big fan of sharing my food. I’m very much a kind of “if you wanted chips you should have ordered them” type of girl, and woe betide you if your fork


starts wending its way towards my plate without express permission. So, then, Buffalo’s sharing plates menu is absolutely ideal. Because not only do I not have to nail my colours to the mast and choose just one thing, but because they’re basically designed for sharing and the ordering is very much a collaborative decision, fortunately for my dining companion, I don’t have the same ferocious possessiveness over the food. While we wait, I see some burgers being delivered to neighbouring tables and they look so good I begin to wonder if I’d made the right choice by shunning the fullsized plates. When our plates start to arrive though any doubts are instantly quashed. We’ve selected ourselves a veritable feast of six dishes (basically most of the menu) and everything looks very vibrant and fresh.


There’s an enormous bowl full of hummus garnished with za’atar, with a pile of warm pitta bread alongside, which is divine in its simplicity, and a tomato and cucumber salad with pomegranate molasses, sumac and mint which brings a light zingy freshness to the table. Chargrilled sweetcorn, a perfectly wonderful thing on its own, is made into something really rather special thanks to the addition of a spicy herb butter (apparently the chef was inspired by the beach barbecues of Bali.) We devour it greedily, rivulets of the butter running down our arms. Elegant it is not, but there’s something about the food that’s so demandingly tactile that makes it even more satisfying. Halloumi fries have that trademark squeakiness between the teeth, and that slightly addictiveness saltiness that keeps us coming back for more. There’s a pile of buttermilk chicken, perfectly crisp and golden, with the meat inside still moist, and sweet, sticky barbecue ribs, with meat that falls from the bone with the very minimum of effort. By the time we’ve finished the table is a mess and we’re a mess, our hands and lips completely covered with a delicious medley of sauces and seasonings from all our foodie conquests. But, you know what, we were very happy. Turns out that, on occasion, maybe I’m OK with the food sharing thing. n

“There’s something about the food that’s so demandingly tactile that makes it even more satisfying”

Dining details Buffalo, 11 Windsor Place, Cardiff CF10 3BY; Opening times Food served Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 9pm Prices Small plates, £3 – £5.50, or three for £12, four for £14 or five for £15; Mains and burgers, £9 – £16 Vegetarian choice Plenty. Especially on the small plates menu Drinks Fully stocked bar but think cool cocktails rather than fine wines Service and atmosphere Nicely chilled I CARDIFF LIFE I 55


A Different Window and Door Company Nicky and John Spragg of CARDIFF WINDOWS AND DOORS, tell you a little bit about themselves and their business.


he couple first met in 1989 and married in 1999 so next year is their 20th wedding anniversary! John was in the double glazing industry for more than 30 years, manufacturing, installing and surveying, whilst Nicky was in the financial services and utilities industry working in customer services and HR for most of her career. Work situations changed for both of them and in 2011 Cardiff Windows and Doors Ltd was created. They wanted to put their own spin on double glazing, keeping the things they liked and changing the things they didn’t. They started the business at home but in 2015 acquired their business premises in Heath in Cardiff. After extensive renovation and investment by them, they finally opened their office and showroom. They wanted any potential customers to be able to view their range of products before placing an order. They felt that it was important for customers to be able to see first hand the quality of the products before making any outlay. Both of them were extremely passionate about offering their customers something a bit different to their competitors. They don’t employ any sales people, just offering their customers an advisory service and consultation. This is the reason they have

become so successful in the last seven years They have even written their business values to reflect this; Open and Honest, Simplicity, Quality Comes First and finally Our Price is Our Price. At their showroom they have bi-folding doors, sliding doors, composite doors, french doors, casement windows and box sash in a number of different materials including aluminum, uPVC and timber. They offer a relaxed service at your pace. It’s so important that a customer gets what they truly want and if that means waiting a bit longer, they’ll still be there.


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Ann gave us a call as she wanted to talk about a potential project, knocking down a kitchen wall and opening up the space in a more social way for her friends and family. After setting up an appointment, we sat with an in her home for an hour or so. We usually only stay 30 minutes unless the consultation is to be longer at the customer’s request. We spoke with our builder and made Ann feel at ease with the project. We talked her through every step of the way. We could order and deliver the bi-folds within three working days so Ann was very pleased not to be left with a gaping hole at the side of her house for several weeks. Working closely with the builder we had the doors on standby. The next thing the doors were in. Ann was so pleased she also ordered box sash windows, casement windows and a new front door!

“If you are thinking of having your windows or doors replaced then I would highly recommend Nicky and John at Cardiff Windows and Doors. The service they provide is second to none, their attention to detail impressive and all at a reasonable cost. The boys doing the installation are some of the most polite and courteous I have encountered and their workmanship is faultless. They arrived promptly and got on with the job and always made sure they cleaned up after themselves. We are absolutely thrilled with our windows and doors - thank you!” Ann Jones Cardiff. ■

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Aiming for the stars Meet the Cardiff chef who wants to put the city, very firmly, on the foodie map By Emma Dance


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t’s been a while since Andrew Frost was in a professional kitchen in his native Wales. He’s spent most of the last 10 years or so in Paris (with a London interlude as part of the opening team at the now-famed Petrus, and a stint on a fine dining cruise ship) cooking off his derrière at some of the city’s finest restaurants. Now, though, he’s back, heading up the kitchen at the Park House restaurant, and determined to make Cardiff a proper foodie hotspot. “It’s like coming home,” says Andrew. “My parents were in Cardiff, I met my wife in Cardiff, I even did my apprenticeship in the St David’s Hotel back in 1999 so I’ve got fond memories of this place.” It wasn’t the memories that prompted his return, though, rather a desire to get the wider world to take Wales seriously as a gastronomic destination. “I suppose you could say it was pride that brought me back,” he says. “I watched the Great British Menu and I saw the Welsh chefs and to be honest I just didn’t think they were a particularly good representation of the country. “I thought I’d have a look at Cardiff and see what it was about and I stumbled across the Park House. They were looking for a chef, and I spoke to the owners and I came to visit and I got a really good vibe. It gave me a spark.”

That spark, it seems, has ignited a burning desire to get Cardiff, and Wales, recognised as one of the best foodie destinations in the world. “North Wales does pretty well for good restaurants, but in the south there’s not a lot,” he says. “In terms of street food, Cardiff is really up there, but in terms of fine dining, there’s very little. Of course, there’s James Sommerin in Penarth, but in the centre, there’s nothing. And Cardiff deserves a fine dining restaurant. “When I was working at the St David’s we won three rosettes, and then other restaurants in Cardiff seemed to be trying to emulate that. But now it feels like nowhere is trying for that any more. “There’s a lot of new bars opening, and Cardiff’s cocktail scene and pub scene is thriving, but hardly any new restaurants, and a lot of the restaurants in the city are chains which has hurt independents. “But I think now is a great opportunity for the Park House because people are getting annoyed with spending money on mediocre food, and they are questioning more and more where their food is coming from. “I remember when people were talking about closing the Arcades, but now they are full of independents – we’re starting to see a resurgence. “Tommy Heaney is going to be opening in Pontcanna, and all we need is one or two more people to come through and help spearhead the movement. “I’d love nothing more than to achieve and amazing restaurant here at the Park House, but also for someone else to achieve it. “With competition brings

customers and you need friendly competition. It makes you improve your game and you don’t get complacent. “And if we win a Michelin-star then it starts a snowball effect that can help the whole city because people start talking about it.” For Andrew, though, it’s not just about personal success, or achieving accolades for The Park House (although he does undoubtedly want those things). He wants to provide a showcase for local producers, and inspire a new generation of young Welsh culinary talent. Not much, then! “It’s not about me,” he says. “It’s not about the four walls of Park House. It’s not about Cardiff. It’s not even about Wales. It’s about starting a movement. “When I first came back, I struggled to find suppliers. I didn’t know anything was there and I got a bit upset and I started ordering most of my produce from France. “But, slowly, one by one, I found suppliers and now I’ve got to the point where maybe 70% of the produce I use is Welsh. And all my suppliers have the same ethos as me. They care about local produce and they care about what they are doing. They want to do something good, and

“It’s about starting a movement”

they want to push Wales on to a world scene.” “If I use someone’s produce and I tell the customers about them and we win a Michelinstar, then it helps them. “The lamb that I use is the best lamb I have ever tasted. The flour comes from this little mill and it’s so good you could just eat it with a spoon. We’ve got Cardiff Salad, which is being grown just down the road and is organic, beautiful veg, grown in Welsh soil by people who really care about what they are doing. We need to praise that to the world!”

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There’s certainly no doubting Andrew’s passion, and it’s something he’s keen to pass on to young chefs. But, that is often easier said than done. “There’s a problem in the industry that no-one wants to work as a chef any more,” he says. “And in this part of Wales, there’s no-one to look up, there’s no one on the world stage. I think that we devalue the work of a chef, and people think that it’s hard work and it’s long hours and it’s a hot, sweaty kitchen and you get screamed and shouted at. “It’s not like that though. I mean, yes, you do have to work hard – but you have to work hard at any job. But in my kitchen we have music playing all day and we have a laugh. We sing and dance and experiment with food. “For me, it’s about guiding and showing the kids that you can cook and enjoy yourself and have a life and if you are passionate about food and love what you are doing you can go everywhere. “When I was 15, I got given an amazing opportunity to work in an amazing restaurant and learn amazing things and out of that I have come to where I am now. “I’ve had an amazing life, but that wouldn’t have happened if someone hadn’t given me that chance at the beginning, and I want to give that chance to somebody.” And, despite having only been with the Park House since September last year, Andrew’s already planning his world domination. “I want to open another restaurant,” he says. “And a bakery, and a vegetable shop. But, most importantly, it’s about making people happy, and helping the people around us, and getting Wales known for it’s amazing food – not just the rugby. And if I win three Michelin stars along the way, well, that’s just a bonus.” For more:


above: Plating with precision below: Welsh lamb is the best in the world. Fact.



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Lord Rowe-Beddoe and Lucy Stout Samantha Maskrey, Geraldine Twamley, Sean Crowley, Brian Weir and Rebecca Evans

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Christine Lewis, Alan Peterson, Maggie Peterson, Dafydd Bowen Lewis, Sara West, Sophia Neill and Robin Neill Karen Welch, Captain Sir Norman Lloyd-Edwards, Lord Murphy of Torfaen, Dame Kate Thomas, Simon Phillippo and Helen Dunning

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama hosted its annual President’s Dinner on 24 May. The evening celebrated another successful year for the college, which has once again been recognised as the number one training institution for drama in the UK in the 2019 Guardian University Guide. College president, Lord Rowe-Beddoe of Kilgetty DL, took the opportunity to thank invited guests for their support of the college through scholarships, bursaries, grants and sponsorship. The evening featured an exclusive performance from the college’s music and opera students and a dinner, provided by college sponsor, Catering Academy. Guests included vice presidents and fellows of the college as well as individual donors, and representatives of businesses and trusts who have financially supported the College, including Matthew Marsden, director of UBS Wealth Management in Wales; Director of BBC Cymru Wales, Rhodri Talfan Davies and Welsh Sopranos Janet Price and Rebecca Evans.

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Annie Cottington, Eldrydd Davies and Melangell Dolma

Rebecca Evans, Caroline Hitt and Julie Williams

Martha Musonza and Nick Ramsay

Catherine Fookes and Meena Upadhyaya

Rachel Flanagan, Hilary Lapin Scott and Karen Holford


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Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales has revealed its list of 100 Welsh Women – one of whom will be immortalised as the first outdoor historical statue in central Cardiff later this year. To mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, WEN has selected 50 women from the past who made a big impact on Welsh life and 50 inspiring women currently shaping Wales to recognise their contribution to our national life. Descendants of the monumental women from the past and living nominees were given exclusive access to The Siambr, the debating chamber at the heart of the Senedd to launch the 100 on 8 May. To find out more information on each of the women featured on the 100 Welsh Women list, visit Angela Giddon and Dilys Price


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The Red Arrows fly over the golf course


Mrs Brown’s Boys’ Danny O’Carroll takes a swing Max Evans meets and greets with fans


Team Wales was crowned this year’s Celebrity Cup winners at Celtic Manor Resort. The team captained by Gethin Jones stormed to victory in a tense finale against Team England on 1 July. The Welsh team triumphed with a stellar line-up of celebrities packed with rugby legends Gareth Edwards, Ieuan Evans, Jonathan Davies and Scott Quinnell, plus award-winning actor Phil Glenister. The victory marked the end of an actionpacked two day charity golf tournament at Celtic Manor Resort, where celebrities representing England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales battled it out over a nine hole course. Stars including Mike Tindall, James Nesbitt, Jenni Falconer, Thom Evans, James Anderson, Ronan Keating and the cast of Mrs Brown’s Boys swapped paparazzi for putters to raise funds for Velindre Cancer Centre.

Team Wales storm to victory Mike Tindall chats with daughter Mia

James Nesbitt, Bradley Walsh, Peter Jones and Brendan O’Carroll

Stuart Hogg, Greig Laidlaw, Rory Lawson, Thom Evans, Sally Alobaidi, Jenni Falconer, Angela Copp, Katie Keefe, Max Evans, Kirsten Buchanan and Richard Laing

Westlife singer Brian McFadden entertains the crowd at The Celebrity Cup at Celtic Manor Resort

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Christina Rees, Kirsty Bird, Laura Jane Willis and Gwenllian Thomas

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Web design and online marketing agnecy, Spindogs, celebrated a successful year by throwing a summer party for its clients on 5 July to thank them for their continued support. The party had an arcade game theme and guests were encouraged to get into the spirit by dressing up as characters from computer games.

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Final year students at Cardiff School of Art and Design, based at Cardiff Metropolitan University showcased their degree work at a private viewing this summer. A mix of disciplines including architecture, textiles, ceramics, fine art, artist designer maker were on display to illustrate the prestigious inter-disciplinary courses available at the School. The show was opened by award-winning, Welsh designer Bethan Gray, who has enjoyed a successful 20-year career within the design industry and was awarded Elle Decoration’s ‘Best British Designer’ in 2013/14 and also received an Honorary Fellowship from the university last month.

Jodie John, Grace Cupper, Abbie Preece, Sarah Davies, Rachael Head and Paloma Evans

Bert Jones, Georgia Ferrar and Annette Lindenburg

Lauren Heckler, Fliss Lockyear, Jude Pritchard, Frankie Wilcox, Ethan Dodd and Rob Kennedy Prof David Ferry, Dr James Green, James Marcus Bernstein and Will Treasure

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A charity ball, organised by two members of the Savills Cardiff team, has raised an £13,000 for two charities. The summer ball took place at the Park Plaza Hotel on 30 June and was attended by more than 140 guests. Organised and sponsored by Savills Cardiff, the ball was put on to raise funds for the Special Care Infant Parent Support (SCIPS) charity and the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital ‘Tiny Lives Appeal’, both based at the University Hospital Wales in Cardiff. The money raised will enable the two charities to continue to provide care and support to babies and parents on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the hospital. Should anyone wish to donate, visit the JustGiving website: Xxx Anna Lougher, Rebecca Lakin and Ed Lakin


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am trying to get our finances sorted out following a divorce, but my ex-husband won’t produce the requested details of his assets. How much power does the court have to force him to do this? I feel that fines and “contempt of court” are unlikely to be a deterrent, so this could go on for years. A: The court will take a very dim view of the matter if it has ordered your ex-husband to produce details of his finances and he fails to do so. “Contempt of court” is regarded as a threat to the administration of justice and is taken very seriously. Disregard of a court order to disclose information without good reason will lead first to a penal notice being attached and to your ex-husband being ordered to pay your costs. If he still fails to comply, then you can apply to a higher judge for proceedings to commit your husband to prison. Whilst, usually, this will

initially lead to a suspended sentence, it is a fairly powerful deterrent. Further, if your husband continues not to engage in the process it is open to the court to proceed to a final hearing and make its own inferences, based on the information available to it, which could lead to the court transferring all the available assets to you. It would therefore, be imprudent of him to ignore such an order. These matters are complex, however, and you would be sensible to instruct a solicitor experienced in such matters. n

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The Masterplan

Big plans are afoot for Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport has unveiled its vision for the next 20 years


he next two decades could see some major developments at Cardiff Airport. The airport has revealed a draft masterplan, which it hopes will enable it to grow passenger numbers from 1.5million a year, to 3.2million by 2040. The ‘Draft Masterplan’ was launched by Rt Honourable Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales; the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, Ken Skates; airport chairman Roger Lewis and airport CEO Deb Barber. The plan includes attracting new airlines to secure new routes; diversifying the airport to develop opportunities for aviation, cargo, education, technology and

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innovation; a brand new two-level terminal including the latest “smart” technology; building a new four-star hotel complete with business and conference facilities; developing a new multi-storey car park and creating a new transport hub with improved rail links. Roger Lewis, chairman of Cardiff Airport, said, “2018 has been a transformational year for Cardiff Airport and for Wales as we’ve already welcomed over 9% more passengers to the airport and more inbound visitors to the country than ever before. “We have always been ambitious with our plans and this draft masterplan continues to show the confidence we have in our business and in the region. The airport plays a vital role in delivering for Wales and developing even further as a viable alternative gateway to the UK.” Earlier this year, a new Qatar Airways route was launched between Cardif and Doha, and the departure lounge had a £4m makeover, which included the addition of two

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The Big Number branches of Costa, an extended WH Smith store, seats fitted with USB ports and plug sockets, a brand new business lounge and a revamped executive lounge with its own bar. The airport has also agreed a 10-year contractual joint venture with the Welsh Government to take over the operation, management and maintenance of the St Athan airfield and business park when existing arrangements with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Serco come to an end on 31 March, 2019. Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, added, “This masterplan has been created to set out milestones up to the year 2040 that enable us to meet our vision for the future and position Cardiff Airport as a key part of the UK’s transport strategy.”


The year by which Cardiff Airport hopes to have actioned the masterplan. See opposite for the full story

The airport is now seeking feedback on the plans, and asking people to submit their opinions before 14 September. Public events will be held on 6 and 7 September (at venues yet to be confirmed) which will give members of the public the chance to find out more and ask questions. For more details about the plan and how to comment, visit masterplan2014/

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Jordan Bishop

THE THIGH’S THE LIMIT A young businessman from Cardiff has launched a range of swimming shorts specifically for men with large thighs and regular sized waists. Jordan Bishop, 23, a rugby and children’s sports coach, developed the idea behind Stridez when shopping for swimming trunks for a holiday. Due to the limited choice available in stores and online for men his shape and size, Jordan was forced to buy large, ill-fitting shorts that would fit over his legs but were far too big around the waist. Concluding that he couldn’t be the only person out there struggling to find a pair of shorts to fit their size, Jordan ran a survey which he shared on social media, throughout his gym and with his fellow rugby players, the results of which overwhelmingly corroborated his personal experiences. After a year in development, Stridez has now launched as an online shop and is also being stocked in three locations in south Wales including 7 Clothing on Wellfield Road and Ion gyms in both

Cardiff and Neath. Jordan said, “I struggled for years to find shorts that fit me properly and eventually decided to take it upon myself to come up with the solution. As a nation of rugby players there are a lot of guys out there like me who have big thighs but leaner waists and we’re not being catered for by the fashion industry at large. “I think I have found a real gap in the market and hope Stridez benefits other men who have been experiencing the same issue. The positive response so far has been incredible.” Jordan launched Stridez with the support of Big Ideas Wales, part of the Business Wales service to encourage youth entrepreneurship in Wales. Big Ideas Wales is funded by Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund aimed at anyone between the age of five and 25 who wants to develop a business idea.

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THE POWER OF THREE Loosemores Solicitors has announced the addition of three new appointments to its property department. Gill Hogan has now joined Loosemores as a solicitor specialising in commercial property, Amanda Fan-Watkins has joined as a specialist residential conveyancing solicitor and Laurie Jefferies has joined the team as a trainee solicitor. Senior partner, Mark Loosemore, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Gill, Amanda and Laurie to Loosemores. It has been an exciting period for our property team under James Pearn’s leadership. We aim to offer high quality legal advice and we also work very hard to provide a bespoke, personalised service to our clients. Gill, Amanda and Laurie all buy into that strategic approach and I am confident that they will look after our clients well.” For more:


Amanda Fan-Watkins, Laurie Jefferies, Mark Loosemore and Gill Hogan

A new space for working out

FIT FOR PURPOSE A new gym will be opening in the Red Dragon Centre in September. Simply Gym, which is run by Swanseabased Bay Leisure, will be taking over the 20,000 sq ft site formerly occupied by Evolution and is investing £1million to launch a brand new, state-of-the-art gym facility. The hope is to make the Cardiff location Simply Gym’s flagship offering with a full studio, a spin studio with ICG bikes, Hammer Strength equipment, web-enabled TVs on exercise machines, a ladies’ only gym and a coffee shop serving Starbucks. This will be the first Cardiff operation for the company, which currently runs five gyms in Wales and England, and will employ 20 new staff. Emma Constantinou, marketing manager for The Red Dragon Centre said, “We’re very pleased that Simply Gym has chosen The Red Dragon Centre for its flagship offering and are looking forward to working closely with the team to make the venture a success.” For more: /



As the judges said, “Wales Millennium Centre is at the top of its game. It’s at the heart of the city and is constantly contributing to the community. It’s a beacon for Cardiff.” Little wonder then that it scooped the Platinum Award, as well as being crowned the winner in the Leisure & Tourism category at this year’s Cardiff Life Awards. Here, head of communications Elin Rees, recalls the big night… including Cardiff’s New Theatre in March.

So how did it feel to win a Cardiff Life Award? Incredible! And to win the Platinum Award too was a huge surprise – the other category winners were all very worthy of the ‘winner of winners’ award and any one of them could have scooped it.

What’s the biggest challenge of working at this kind of venue? It is very busy! It can be hard to juggle everything sometimes but there’s no chance of getting bored here and I prefer to work in a busy environment anyway.

Why do you think Wales Millennium Centre won? Wales Millennium Centre belongs to everyone and I think most people in Cardiff have visited – whether it’s to see a show or to take part in family or free activities. I think people are also becoming increasingly aware of our charitable work. And 2017 was the year that we produced our largest show to date – Tiger Bay: the Musical – which audiences absolutely loved.

Who inspires you in your job? Many people have inspired me over the years. But, nowadays, my inspiration to work hard and be successful in my career is my two-yearold daughter. What advice would you give someone looking to go into this sector? Go out and experience as much of the arts as you possibly can. We are spoilt for choice here in Cardiff – there’s always something going on and you need to be aware of the breadth of Cardiff’s cultural scene if you want to work in arts PR or marketing.

What’s your favourite thing about working at Wales Millennium Centre? Just walking in to our beautiful building each day is really inspiring. And I work with lovely, talented, committed people. What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever been given? To try to combine your career with something you are passionate about – which is exactly what I’m doing now.

Rhian Richards and Elin Rees from Wales Millennium Centre


What plans are there for Wales Millennium Centre? As well as providing a home for the best international touring work we are now creating even more of our own productions, most of which we are developing alongside Welsh talent. What have audiences got to look forward to? In early 2019, our brand new production of Agatha Christie’s psychological thriller The Mirror Crack’d will be going on a UK tour –

What do you love most about being in Cardiff? The people in Cardiff really are lovely – I spent more than 10 years living in London and coming home to Cardiff and to be amongst Cardiffians has made me very happy. I also love the fact I can walk from my home to work through parks and along the river. It helps me relax. Tell us your favourite bit of Wales Millennium Centre trivia There are 121 acoustic profile holes on the base of every single seat in the Donald Gordon Theatre which means that, even if the house isn’t full, it will still sound as if it is. Take a look next time you’re here!

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Meet the Entrepreneur

If you’ve ever dreamed of being your own boss, take some advice from these guys... Nick Collins

Darren Crockett

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Tell us about your business in one sentence? An elegant catering and events company creating beautiful food for high profile foodies. How did you get into your industry? I started out in the kitchen when I was 15 and found the whole kitchen environment and lifestyle so exciting. It was demanding but I could see that it could give you that spark to want to get to work and do your very best in whatever section you would be in. What’s been the highlight of your career so far? I think I’m living in the highlight at the moment! I feel incredibly proud and honoured to work with with the team I have and sometimes when we have day with more than seven events, feeding thousands of people at an incredibly high standard I have to pinch myself as I couldn’t ask for a more loyal hardworking bunch What advice would you give anyone thinking of going into your industry? I think the perception of people who run their own business is that it must be amazing to be your own boss butI have never had so many bosses as I do now! From clients in contracts and venues, to brides, grooms and customers, they are all your boss in some way, so it’s important to stay grounded and humble and never let your ego get out – however successful you may be. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Don’t tell me sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon. In essence, nothing is impossible.

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Tell us about your business? Lucid Recruitment specialise in sales,

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Darren Crockett

Tell us about your business in one sentence? Do Digital Realities specialises in all types of 3D work for your business. How did you get into your industry? Interiors and product design have been my main interest since leaving college and I started the business when I saw a growing need in the market to outsource 3D services. I knew that it was something that I could do myself, and hopefully be good at. Was this always your dream career? No, but I always knew I wanted to run my own business. What’s been the highlight of your career so far? Winning the NatWest Welsh Entrepreneur of the Year and most recently winning the BiTC Cymru Responsible Business award for Talent Development in June for the DO Academy. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Embrace other organisations, people and technologies. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who appreciate your efforts. What advice would you give anyone thinking of going into your industry? It will be hard work, rewarding, satisfying and challenging, but above all keep the bigger picture in mind.

marketing and office support recruitment throughout South Wales and surrounding areas. We also have several nationwide clients. I’m surrounded by a fantastic team, affectionately known as the “Lucid Dream Team”, who boast more than 25 years of experience combined with local industry knowledge. How did you get into your industry? It happened completely by chance! Having worked in various sales and management positions for about 10 years prior to recruitment, and having been made redundant twice during the recession, I found myself seeking a new challenge. A friend of mine was working in recruitment and believed it would be a perfect fit for me. Recruitment combines sales, service and relationship building, all of which matched my personality and career ambitions. What’s been the highlight of your career so far? Without doubt, setting up Lucid Recruitment in 2014. I had always wanted to run my own

business and the timing was right for me to give it a shot! Recruitment, as with many industries is highly competitive, but I truly believe that if you are offering a competitive, excellent service, you will succeed. I am very proud of Lucid’s achievements over the last four years and I’m very much looking forward to an exciting future. What is the biggest challenge when setting up a business? Originally, my biggest challenge, was dealing with my own naivety. When starting out, you have no real understanding of what is involved. I had no idea how much I had to learn – apart from the fact that I needed an income! In my enthusiasm, I didn’t give much thought to the day-to-day tasks of running a business such as invoicing, payroll, marketing, tax and VAT. You need to be able to adapt and learn a variety of skills to survive and fortunately for me, this is all part of the excitement of running a business and I have loved the journey so far and wouldn’t change it for the world. I CARDIFF LIFE I 75

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t can be a tricky beast to tame – that work/ life balance thing. But this home has been created to help you achieve just that, with fixtures and fittings of enviably high quality, modern and flexible open plan living, integrated Sonos music and home entertainment system and even a small leisure complex complete with swimming pool and gym. The quality is tangible from the word go, with a solid oak front door opening into a entrance lobby, which leads to the beautifully bright and spacious open plan living space comprising sitting room, dining area and kitchen. There are three sets of doors leading to a decked seating area, and this has created a real abundance of light, and a sense of connection to the outside. The kitchen is a dream for any domestic god/dess, with olive wood and white gloss units with Corian work surfaces, a central island with induction hob, and integrated Siemens appliances and a wine cooler. It’s so supremely stylish, and designed for such ease of use that even the most mundane of chores will be a pleasure in this kitchen. The main living areas all have solid American oak floors, architraves and doors, as well as integrated floor lights. Also on the ground floor is an additional snug/study, perfect for anyone who works at home, or as a space for the kids. There’s a bedroom too, with en suite bathroom, and doors to the garden, which is ideal for giving guests their own space. A solid oak and glass staircase leads from the hallway to the first floor, where a central landing provides access to three bedrooms and a family bathroom. I CARDIFF LIFE I 77


The master bedroom is wonderfully spacious, with fitted wardrobes and full height doors opening on to a Juliette balcony with views overlooking the avenue, and to the Bristol Channel beyond. The second bedroom also has its own balcony so there’s plenty of space for everyone to enjoy the fresh air in privacy. There will be no excuse for skipping a pre or post work exercise session, thanks to the leisure suite with its heated indoor swimming pool, utility/shower room (complete with WC, heated towel rail and bespoke fitted storage units with integrated washing machine and tumble drier) and airconditioned gym with doors to the garden. The back garden is a delight – it’s a generous size and the lawns are fringed with mature beds and borders. The large decked seating area provides plenty of space for dining and entertaining en plein air and extends to provide a decked pathway leading to the leisure suite and beyond. If all of that doesn’t make you crave to move in as soon as possible, then consider the home’s location too and then try to resist. In a sought after and quiet road in the ever-lovely Penarth, there’s a wealth of independent shops, bars and restaurants, right on the doorstep, not to mention great schools, leisure facilities and the recently restored Art Deco pier. And, of course, all the attractions of Cardiff city centre are within very easy reach. The beautiful styling, attention to detail and high quality throughout makes this home something rather special, and you can be sure that living here will bring you endless pleasure. n


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“It doesn’t matter what you are wearing, as long as you’ve got good shoes”

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Jeff Bridges, The Dude!

What job would you be terrible at?

John Cook The chef talks cold baked beans, Claudia Winkleman and, er, getting whipped by a stripper! John is a well-known chef around Cardiff – he and his wife used to run Arbennig restaurant – and now he’s created DiRT events and supper clubs dishing up delicious veg-based delicacies. When he’s not cooking up a storm he’s busy attending to his husbandly and fatherly duties.

ups and events. We’re really excited about the flavours and the dishes we are creating.

Where do you live and what makes it special?

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

We live in the beautiful town of Cowbridge, but having spent a lot of our time in Pontcanna it definitely holds a special place in our hearts.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Hands down for me, it’s starting our new adventure as DiRT pop

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?

Being whipped by a stripper in my pants at my 18th birthday party in front of all my work colleagues. It was awful! Rene Redzepi, Skye Gyngell, Connor McGregor, Ryan Reynolds, Eric Cantona, Jay Z – there would be some entertaining conversations to say the least! When did you last cry, and why?

I’m not much of a cryer - sorry!


Any mundane office job, I need to be creative otherwise I get bored very easily! What’s on your bookshelf at the moment?

The Kitchen Magpie by James Steen – it’s a great book. Who’s your celebrity crush?

Claudia Winkleman, she seems like she can have a laugh as well.

What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

Cold baked bean sandwiches at 2 in the morning! Which piece of music would you put on at the end of a trying day?

Ms Fat Booty by Mos Def always gives me a lift after a long day

What’s your favourite piece of clothing?

Daps, I honestly think that it doesn’t matter what you are wearing, as long as you’ve got good shoes. My wife is always telling me that I’ve got more shoes than her – and it’s probably true! If you have a spare five minutes in the day, what are you likely to fill it with?

Coffee, I love going out to the

independent coffee shops around Cardiff when I get a spare five minutes. What’s your earliest childhood memory?

I remember when I was very small going out on the boat at sea with my dad and grandad. My brother and I used to love that boat, until the time we were stranded in a cove… but that’s another story! Favourite places to eat/drink and shop in Cardiff?

We love taking the kids to Dusty Knuckle. It’s best pizzas around and we all love the relaxed atmosphere those guys have created there. The courgette and burnt lemon pizzas are incredible. Ceri and I are looking forward to visiting Heaney’s when it opens in Pontcanna too. Tell us about a secret/ underrated Cardiff spot we might not be aware of…

If you like cooking at home, Exotica World Foods in Canton is great place for picking up herbs and spices that are harder to get hold of. It’s a proper little treasure trove.

We’d better let you get on…. What are you doing as soon as you’ve done this?

Prepping for our next DiRT event! n