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f there’s a better way to spend a sunny, lazy, bank holiday than wandering about Cardiff, I’ve yet to hear it. Maybe it’s because I knew I was about to be appointed editor of this amazing magazine but everything felt perfect. The delighted tourists, the contented natives, the woman in a patterned pink hijab enjoying her ice-cream in the park, the man in a stunning sequin dress sipping a pint by the waterfront, the loved up couples slowly following the Taff Trail – it was like the colour has been turned to enhance and highlight what a beautiful, diverse and evolving city Cardiff is. I am so honoured to now be a part of this scene and be able to share in telling the story of Wales’ capital.


yd y gwn i, does yna’r un ffordd well o dreulio diwrnod heulog a hamddenol ar ŵyl y banc na thrwy grwydro o gwmpas Caerdydd. Efallai mai’r rheswm am hynny oedd fy mod yn gwybod fy mod ar fin cael fy mhenodi’n olygydd y cylchgrawn gwych hwn, ond roedd popeth fel pe bai’n berffaith. Y twristiaid bodlon, y trigolion diddig, y ddynes mewn hijab â phatrwm pinc yn mwynhau ei hufen iâ yn y parc, y dyn mewn ffrog drawiadol â secwins yn mwynhau peint ar lan y dŵr, y cyplau cariadus yn cerdded gan bwyll bach ar hyd llwybr Taith Taf – roedd fel pe bai’r golau wedi’i droi ymlaen i harddu Caerdydd ac i ddangos mor brydferth ac amrywiol yw’r ddinas hon sy’n esblygu’n barhaus. Rwy’n ei hystyried yn fraint cael bod yn rhan o fywyd Caerdydd yn awr a chael y cyfle i adrodd stori prifddinas Cymru ar y cyd ag eraill.

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Issue 202/May 2019 Cover Feel like royalty at a Balmoral Quay home


12 SUPPER CLWBS Fine food becomes entertaining

at ffresh

the arts

17 INTRO The landlord of hope and glory, Al Murray,

comes to St David’s Hall

18 WHAT’S ON Arts, gigs, comedy, festivals, and family

fun – it’s time to update the events diary

food & DRINK

26 food festival Cowbridge celebrates 15 years of

its delightful food and drink festival

30 RESTAURANT Checking out the Old Havana bar 33 REcipe Angela Gray’s amazing mini meringues 35 FOOD & Drink NEWS Tommy Heaney’s new


Pontcanna venture, and Dusty Knuckle’s new plans


38 Editor’s Choice No grey areas with these


stunning black and white accessories

40 FASHION A sartorial wish list for those on the

wedding guest list


48 health & beauty Our reviewer cuts to the

chase at Guy Christian City Salon

60 great escapes Taking time out at Aberystwyth’s

Nanteos Mansion

62 country retreats Where to escape and relax 65 INTERIORS Expert advice on kitchen trends


53 business insider A movers and shakers special 57 CARDIFF LIFE AWARDS Meet Bay Island Voyages

who won the Award for leisure and tourism


70 new builds Exploring the modern additions to

this beautiful old city

78 showcase This transformed Victorian swimming

baths in Penarth is making a splash


8 sPOTLIGHT The newsy bit 23 wYBURN & WAYNE The social whirl of our

favourite dynamic duo

44 sNAPPED Celebrating International Women’s Day,

cars, pasta, and new hotels

51 first person Cardiff Blues’ John Mulvihill 82 CARDIFF lives Meet Sophie Garrod of WMC

Editor Sarah Moolla sarah.moolla@mediaclash.co.uk Managing editor Deri Robins deri.robins@mediaclash.co.uk Senior art editor Andrew Richmond Graphic design Megan Allison Cover design Trevor Gilham Contributors Emma Dance, Lucy Wilkinson, Nathan Wyburn, Wayne Courtney, Elsie Chadwick, and John Mather Advertising manager Mark George mark.george@mediaclash.co.uk Deputy advertising manager Kate Butterfield kate.butterfield@mediaclash.co.uk Account manager Claire Hawkins claire.hawkins@mediaclash.co.uk Production/Distribution manager Sarah Kingston sarah.kingston@mediaclash.co.uk Deputy production manager/production designer Kirstie Howe kirstie.howe@mediaclash.co.uk Chief executive Jane Ingham jane.ingham@mediaclash.co.uk Chief executive Greg Ingham greg.ingham@ mediaclash.co.uk Cardiff Life MediaClash, Circus Mews House, Circus Mews, Bath BA1 2PW 01225 475800 www.mediaclash.co.uk @The MediaClash © All rights reserved. May not be reproduced without written permission of MediaClash. We’re a Bath-based publisher, creative agency and event organiser Magazines Our portfolio of regional magazines celebrates the best of local living: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Salisbury. We also publish foodie mag Crumbs (www.crumbsmag.com, @CrumbsMag). Agency From the design and build of websites to digital marketing and creating company magazines, we can help. Events We create, market, promote and operate a wide variety of events both for MediaClash and our clients Contact: info@mediaclash.co.uk

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Bradley smiles and watches the birdies…



Doctor Who star Bradley Walsh, Cold Feet’s James Nesbitt and singer Brian McFadden are back as part of the star-studded line-up at the Celebrity Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort in July. Bradley, who is currently in Wales filming his second series playing the retired bus driver and time-travelling companion, Graham O’Brien, returns to an England side hoping to regain the trophy they lost in the final last year to Wales. He says, “The Celebrity Cup is one of my favourite weekends of the year, at Celtic Manor which is my favourite hotel in Britain! We have such a lot of fun as players and it really is a fantastic couple of days. I was lucky enough to be in the winning team in 2017 and hopefully we can get our hands back on the trophy this year.” Other celebrity golfers appearing on the fairway on 13 –14 July will include Mrs Brown’s Boys’ Brendan O’Carroll for Ireland, Scottish presenter Jenni Falconer, and the sports reporter Michelle Owen who will be representing Wales. For more: www.celtic-manor.com

Michelle will be representing Wales



Welsh National Opera’s Youth Opera of young singers will present a fully staged production of Brundibár on 22 and 23 June. The children’s opera, which comes from the Czech word for bumblebee, delivers a message of hope and unity triumphing over an evil tyrant. Ironically it was made famous by Nazi propaganda footage of a performance in the Theresienstadt (also known as Terezín) concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia. The camp was used from 1941-1945 as a fake ‘model ghetto’ for fooling Red Cross representatives. The Jewish girls were seen to receive good food and a well-rounded education, but many of them were later deported to extermination camps like Auschwitz to be murdered.

Children in the concentration camp

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This powerful and moving story about the girls is also being told in an accompanying exhibition, which is based on the book The Girls of Room 28. It reveals, through survivor interviews, documentation, and artwork, how the girls aged between 12-14, lived in a dorm-like atmosphere and received instruction in the arts, often thanks to many of the Jewish elders also interred, who were later starved to death. What makes the WNO Youth Opera WNO music director performance even more poignant and Tomáš Hanus remarkable is it will be conducted by WNO music director Tomáš Hanus who has a particular emotional connection to the work – his mother is one of the survivors of Theresienstadt camp, and took part in the concentration camp performances. She also contributed to The Girls of Room 28 book. Tomáš says, “Making music and art is a powerful ingredient for the freedom of humanity and freedoms of each individual. For the children in Terezín concentration camp, separated from their parents, music provided them with freedom in the face of a Nazi regime attempting to steal their hope and prepare them only for death. “Hans Krása’s Brundibár allowed those children to breathe, to experience human dignity, friendship and beauty… sadly for most of them it was the last ray of sunshine to enter their lives before being brutally murdered in Auschwitz. All children, no matter their circumstance, deserve to feel the sunshine that the arts and creative freedom can bestow.” For more: www.wno.org.uk


”It’s nice ice baby!” “Maybe we shouldn’t have bothered packing our swim trunks and flip flops?”




A triathlon coach from Cardiff has become the first Welshman to complete the world’s toughest, coldest, windiest ultra-distance race. Mark Whittle finished joint fifth at the 6633 Arctic Ultra in Canada in March. He explains, “The 6633 Arctic Ultra has a fearsome reputation, with winds blowing up to 70 miles per hour, temperatures dropping to minus 40⁰C, and around 75 per cent of competitors dropping out before the finish.” The 380 mile quest involves mountain passes, frozen rivers, ice roads, and some of the world’s most inhospitable terrain throughout its gruelling nine-day duration, with each racer pulling a sled behind them and carrying all of their clothing, food and water for the entire journey. Mark, who did most of his training in South Wales in the mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park, says, “For me, the 6633 was never a race. With such a high DNF [Did Not Finish] rate and the extreme conditions in the Arctic Circle, my goal was to try and finish the race. So to finish in joint fifth place, and to complete the race on my first attempt, has left me extremely pleased.” For more: www.whittlefit.com

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Time to throw away the mower? Artificial grass is set to be the must-have garden trend this summer!


arpet Castle in Caerphilly are quickly becoming one of the leading artificial grass brands in Wales and as people across the region are embracing this gardening revolution. We caught up with Andrew Graham - one of the directors of this rapidly growing local company, to answer a few common questions people have when deciding whether to take the leap and reclaim their weekends!

What do you think is driving the popularity of artificial grass? No more weekends spent mowing the lawn is obviously a big motivation. I know a lot of people enjoy lawn mowing- but not everyone! Customers who buy artificial grass from us are typically busy people who want to regain their weekends or retired people who want to take it a bit easier. The product looks so realistic that in a lot of cases the lawn looks even better than real turf. Is it difficult to install? Not at all. We have a great team of installation experts who can do all the necessary groundwork and fitting for you. But a lot of our customers just do it themselves. We’ve added a ‘how to fit’ guide on our website which details the whole process, including ground preparation and how to install a weed membrane underneath.

Is the product durable? Yes it’s incredibly robust. The products we sell come with a nine year UV guarantee and the built-in drainage holes mean that any rain just drains away- like it would do with regular turf, we have a display in store on which hundreds of customers have walked and it still looks fantastic. It’s completely suitable for pets and it can be easily hosed down. Are there any pitfalls which customers should look out for? You just need to ensure you’re buying a quality product. We supply products from the best artificial grass manufacturers in Europe but there is a lot of cheap Chinese grass on the market, particularly online which customers should definitely be wary about. The whole point of installing artificial grass is to remove stress from your life, so really you would want a product that is going to last many, many years and not cause you problems.

guide anyone through the entire process. What made you expand into artificial grass? My dad started our carpet business almost 50 years ago but about five years ago we noticed the huge potential in artificial grass and just went for it really. We went into grass in a big way because we felt that customers need confidence and want to deal with a specialist. As the region’s biggest retailer we now get preferential treatment from the big suppliers in Europe and we can pass all that advantage onto our customers. I think the huge number of amazing reviews that we receive on social media stands for itself. Have you found the number of people buying artificial grass increasing? Absolutely! Every year we are amazed at the growth I customer numbers and this year has got off to a great start so I think we’re on target to break our own records again! ■

What maintenance is required? Not much to be honest. It depends on how perfect you want your garden to look. If you want to you could brush any leaves off and any marks can be removed with water and a bit of detergent. Does it really look like the real thing? Absolutely! The technology has developed substantially in the last few years. People are often amazed when we show them the products. We have hundreds of rolls in stock and plenty of samples for customers to take home. We realise some customers will have lots of questions but our great team in-store will happily

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SINGING FOR YOUR SUPPER The new supper clwb where the food comes with a side order of fabulousness

By John Mather Trolley Dolly’s serving up laughs

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Mark Bubbins gets funny at ffresh

Small plate food and big laughs collide



ales Millennium Centre is about to launch a weekly Saturday supper clwb giving a whole new meaning to the phrase, ‘this tastes funny.’ Each Saturday of the month will feature a themed-night, either comedy, drag, burlesque or musicals. The nights, starting 1 June will see guests treated to a Bellini cocktail on arrival, three small plates from Wales Millennium Centre’s contemporary Welsh menu, and a dessert cocktail, all while enjoying live performances from the very best in local, national and international talent. Sarah Leigh, general manager of arts and creative at the centre, helps fill us in, “We’ve been running our cabaret venue, ffresh, at the Centre for almost three years and, since starting it, we have been honing our choice of acts and the overall experience. The Saturday Supper Clwb is the next step for us. We want to create an event for audiences that fully showcases the world-class entertainment we present and a fantastic dining experience, combining the two to make one sublime might out.


“We’ve chosen four of our audience’s favourite genres of cabaret – from the current ffresh programme, and are working with four of the Centre’s favourite artists to curate the entertainment; a night at the musicals with David Mahoney; drag with our resident drag queen Connie Orrff; comedy with Cardiff’s own Leroy Brito; and burlesque with Foo Foo Labelle. Each of the artists will bring to Cardiff the best local and international performers in their genre to entertain audiences whilst they enjoy food and drink from the Centre’s new menu, all included within the £30 ticket price.”


This concept of experiencing unique evening entertainment in intimate settings with strangers and delicious food is gaining in popularity throughout the nation. Sarah offers a reason for this supper club

Expect the best of British burlesque

Enjoying a cocktail or two with your show is the way forward

rise, “We are all part of the digital world now which has lead to more people saying that they are more lonely than ever even though we are more connected than ever. I think that we are all looking for communal experiences which we can share with our friends and also make new relationships and connections outside of social media and this is the perfect way to do it, even better, we can do it with a cocktail in our hand.”


“There are already supper clubs happening across Cardiff; however, we bring to the table the highest quality of entertainment and artists to take the diners’ experience to the next level,” says Sarah. “We have the best international artists combined with the best local artists.” This is backed up by the stellar line-up; on 1 June, bilingual host Connie Orff brings with her the hottest drag talent from across the UK with Dixie Normous, Dolly Trolley, and headliner Charlie Hides from TV’s Rupaul’s Drag Race. Next up is David Mahoney on 8 June who curates an evening of musical theatre featuring Tiger Bay The Musical star Vikki Bebb, classical singer Steffan Rhys Hughes, and musical-theatre sensation Tom Hier, with piano accompaniment from David George Harrington. This is followed by Foo Foo Labelle and the Cardiff Cabaret Club on 15 June who will introduce a fun-packed evening of British burlesque featuring Stage Door Johnny, Miss Betty Blue Eyes, Vixie Rouge, Goldie Luxe, Kittie Katastrophe and Arabella Sparkles. The June culinary and theatrical programme ends on 22 June with a comedy night fronted by Cardiff comedian Leroy Brito, who says, “I’ve really enjoyed performing at ffresh and so can’t wait to host a night at the new supper clwbs at Wales Millennium Centre. It’ll be an evening of great comedy with Igacnio Lopez, Eleri Morgan and Mike Bubbins.” For more: www.wmc.org.uk

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Experience a taste of Italy at Dyffryn Gardens this summer To celebrate 110 years of the Pompeiian Garden, the team at DYFFRYN GARDENS have created an Italian inspired vegetable garden within the Kitchen Garden


nly fifteen minutes outside of Cardiff, Dyffryn Gardens is one of the best gardens that the nation has to offer. With a Victorian mansion and Edwardian gardens boasting two walled gardens and an enormous glasshouse set within 55 acres of gardens, the property is nothing short of spectacular. The Italian Garden is a celebration of 110 years since the construction of the property’s Pompeiian Garden. This garden room was inspired by a trip to Italy by Reginald Cory,

the son of the estate’s owner, around the turn of the century. Cory was an influential British horticulturalist who inherited the Dyffryn estate in 1910 after his father’s death. Following the success of last year’s World War I inspired allotment garden, the team at Dyffryn have worked this year to create an Italian-themed garden. As well as being a delight to see, it will provide fresh ingredients for use in Dyffryn’s cafés and give visitors the opportunity to buy its produce. The garden contains a replicated typical Italian allotment shed, along with an array of vegetables from across the Italian landscape. This includes Italian onions, garlic, cannoli beans and some unusual purple cauliflower from Sicily. The vegetables will then be used in recipes that will be served in the café for visitors to enjoy. Growing Mediterranean vegetables in the climate of South Wales has presented the Kitchen Garden team with some interesting challenges. One of these has been the trial of growing tomatoes outdoors in the typical Italian way. Blight often forces British gardeners to grow their tomatoes in greenhouses to protect them. As a result, the garden staff at Dyffryn have had to design elaborate horticultural strategies in order to allow the Italian tomatoes to flourish.

The Italian Garden will offer keen gardening enthusiasts the ideal opportunity to ask any questions they may have to Dyffryn’s expert gardeners and volunteers. The Italian Garden will remain on display throughout the summer and autumn, with different varieties of Italian-influenced vegetables being grown until around October. The Italian Summer theme will also be celebrated across the site, with an Italian-influence in our family activities, shop and cafés. Be sure to pop by and have a look round. ■

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the arts s n a p s h o t s o f C AR D I FF ’ S c u lt u r a l l i f e

TIME AT THE BAR The bigoted, bald, and small-minded little Englander, Al Murray The Pub Landlord, makes his presence felt in our post-Brexit world. Raising his glass, he invites us to join him at St David’s Hall with this stirring summons, “Citizens of Hope and Glory! Our new tomorrow beckons. A new tomorrow that smells reassuringly of yesterday, but with wi-fi. One last heave and we will be there. And when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Although the going won’t get tough and anyone who tells you it is going to be tough is lying. “Come join me to marvel at the majesty of our green and pleasant land. A land globally renowned for our culture, history and places, like the world-famous Salisbury Cathedral. Join me to step backwards into the future.” Al Murray, The Pub Landlord, will be at St David’s Hall on 3 June with his Landlord of Hope and Glory tour; www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

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What’s on 11 May – 14 June

See Susan Gathercole’s work at the Martin Tinney Gallery until 6 June


ROBINSON: THE OTHER ISLAND Bianca, shipwrecked by the modern world, dulls her loneliness by escaping her empty flat to explore the pages of a 300 year-old book, where Robinson, alone and lost in the glittering pristine Pacific, also tries to stay sane. Chapter; www.chapter.org

Until 25 May

LOSE YOURSELF Lose Yourself written by Welsh playwright Katherine Chandler is a funny, powerful and poignant story for right now. This major new play will take you on a fast, dark ride

with three people who have one goal – to get out into the night and lose themselves. The question is, can a celebrity status save you? Sherman Theatre; www.shermantheatre.co.uk

brothers, a rather spectacular coat and songs including Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me. Donald Gordon Theatre; www.wmc.org.uk

12 May

AN EVENING OF ERIC & ERN This is a brilliant homage crammed full of renditions of those famous comedy sketches, that hits all the right sunshine notes. The show is full of Morecambe and Wise’s most loved routines, songs, sketches and that special musical guest. New Theatre Cardiff; www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

MILKSHAKE MONKEY’S MUSICAL: live Milkshake Monkey suffers from stage fright so it’s a good thing he has got lots of friends, including Noddy and Fireman Sam, to help him. Little ones will enjoy this live and exciting spectacle. Donald Gordon Theatre; www.wmc.org.uk

14 – 18 May

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT Sparkling re-telling of the biblical story of Joseph, his 11 jealous

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15 May

15 May

HOLLIE MCNISH: 2019 TOUR Hollie returns to ffresh to perform poems, chat honestly and openly, and read from her latest poetry collections. ffresh Cabaret Bar; www.wmc.org.uk

16 – 18 May

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL Starring EastEnders’ Cheryl Fergison, singer Maureen Nolan, Casualty’s Rebecca Wheatley, and comedian Katherine Lynch, Menopause the Musical is heading out on another UK wide tour. This hysterical show packed full of one-liners about night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss, is backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendo-laden versions of pop classics. New Theatre Cardiff; www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

16 May

JON RONSON: TALES FROM THE LAST DAYS OF AUGUST AND THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT Critically acclaimed, award-winning, best-selling writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson

what’s on 31 May – 1 June

will recount his recent adventures in the porn world. It promises to be a mysterious, funny, sad tale about porn, kindness, violence, bad thoughts and the wonders of remaining curious. St David’s Hall; www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

OLIVER! Actors Workshop’s junior performance group presents Lionel Bart’s much loved family musical, Oliver! Chapter; www.chapter.org

4 – 8 June

17 May

DIRTY DANCING The classic story on stage is back, exploding with heart-pounding music, breath-taking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing. All together now, ʻNobody puts Baby in a corner.’New Theatre Cardiff; www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

ON THE BENCH An wonderful evening of poetry, song and drama, with members of Disability Arts Cymru experimenting with their new work. Weston Studio; www.wmc.org.uk

18 May

above: All the fun of the Eisteddfod from 27 May until 1 June left: Sophie Hagen talks boy bands at the Sherman Theatre on 17 May below: Leroy Brito is on hand to help with the Comedy Scratch at Weston Studio on 14 May

A DECADE OF DANCE This performance features favourite songs and shows from across the years, reinvented and performed by all the dance centre students. Showcasing tap, ballet, modern, street and contemporary dance, there is something for everyone in this special spectacular. Sherman Theatre; www.shermantheatre.co.uk

5 – 8 June

19 May

7 – 9 June

21 – 25 May

11 – 12 June

COTTON FINGERS A timely, politically charged and vividly written show made by an exceptionally talented all female creative team. As social and political upheaval grips the country she loves, can Aoife regain control over her future? Sherman Theatre; www.shermantheatre.co.uk

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: WERQ THE WORLD A team of intergalactic queens and stars of Drag Race battle to save the galaxy in this fabulous fest. Donald Gordon Theatre; www.wmc.org.uk

NEITHER HERE NOR THERE Funny, intimate, political, a bit livid, powerful, powerless and patient – Sonia and Jo host a series of conversations that happen over six minutes. Chapter; www.chapter.org

NORTHERN BALLET: VICTORIA Northern Ballet’s new biopic brings the sensational story of Victoria to life in dance. Queen Victoria’s diaries revealed a life so fascinating, her daughter Beatrice tried to rewrite history. Her irrepressible love for Albert sparked a royal dynasty, but his untimely death brought the world’s most powerful woman to her knees with grief. New Theatre Cardiff; www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

21 – 25 May

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EVERYMAN THEATRE: COMIC POTENTIAL This is a play that combines many interesting elements – it’s a tender romance, a thriller, a nostalgic recollection of the silent comedians of yesteryear, and a biting satire of the current nature of television production. Chapter; www.chapter.org

29 May – 2 June

ORBIT THEATRE: SHREK Join Orbit Theatre, the excellent Cardiff amateur company, who bring those favourite Shrek characters this summer half term for a magical fairy tale adventure. New Theatre Cardiff; www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

TWELVE CABINS TWELVE VACANCIES The show interlinks personal tragedy with the events of Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal sixties horror classic Psycho. Chapter; www.chapter.org


COMEDY SCRATCH Comedian Leroy Brito and star of BBC One’s Tourist Trap and BBC Sesh, returns to ffresh for a night of comedy – but this time he is bringing some friends. Join us for a night of new material from some of the most exciting names in Welsh comedy. Featuring Ignacio Lopez, Esyllt Sears, Chris Chopping, Priya Louise Hall, and Mac Bernie. Turn to page 12 for news of Leroy’s supper clwbs. Weston Studio; www.wmc.org.uk

15 May

THE GUILTY FEMINIST: LIVE The Guilty Feminist podcast has become a comedy phenomenon with over 50 million downloads since it launched in late 2015. Comedian Deborah Frances-White

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What’s on and her guests explore the noble goals of 21st century feminists whilst confessing the insecurities, hypocrisies and paradoxes which undermine those goals. St David’s Hall; www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

17 May

SOFIE HAGEN: BUBBLEWRAP, HAPPY FAT After a total sell-out of her Dead Baby Frog tour in 2018, Sofie comes to Cardiff with the show that won her the Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer award. Bubblewrap, is all about self-acceptance, mental health and boybands. Sherman Theatre; www.shermantheatre.co.uk

26 May

LUNCHTIME FAMILY COMEDY SHOW A fun lunchtime show for all the family. Now you don’t need a babysitter to enjoy your weekend stand-up. Glee Club Cardiff; www.glee.co.uk

31 May

STUDIO COMEDY CLUB Sherman Theatre showcases some of Britain’s brightest and funniest comedians. Sherman Theatre; www.shermantheatre.co.uk

3 June

STAND UP FOR SHELTER CYMRU Homelessness is no laughing matter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while helping the charity make a difference. Featuring Welsh comedian Kiri Pritchard-McLean and 2018’s Britain’s got Talent winner, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy). Glee Club Cardiff; www.glee.co.uk

3 June

AL MURRAY – LANDLORD OF HOPE AND GLORY TOUR 2019 Join Al who marvels at the majesty of his idea of a green and pleasant land. A land just off the coast of France, except now it feels a little bit further away. Find more London landlord musings on page 17. St David’s Hall. www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

7 June

GEORGE EGG: ANARCHIST COOK A one-off chance to see George Egg perform his award-winning total sell-out Edinburgh debut, involving live cooking as well as laughs, this is a surreal mix of stand-up comedy, striking innovation and extreme multitasking. Chapter; www.chapter.org

8 June

MARK WATSON: THE INFINITE SHOW Cluster-bombed with yoghurt on Taskmaster, half-killed on Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island, the comedian and author returns to what he’s best at: being indoors. Sherman Theatre; www.shermantheatre.co.uk

9 June

LARRY DEAN – BAMPOT Fresh from a sell-out international tour and smash-hit Live at the Apollo debut, Larry Dean has a new hour of ‘the unexpected and excellent’ says the The Times, with his thoughts on self-esteem and what it means to be Scottish. Chapter; www.chapter.org

Music 11 – 12 May

SWEET ADELINES INTERNATIONAL QUARTET OF NATIONS 2019 CONVENTION The very best in women’s acapella and barbershop singing that the UK and Netherlands has to offer comes together in this musical fest. St David’s Hall; www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

13 May

MEN I TRUST Electro- dreamy pop from acclaimed and proper indie Canadian trio, who refuse to sign to or a label. Clwb Ifor Bach; www.clwb.net

17 May

WET WET WET The band, who originally formed in 1982, are back, with all the hits and more. We know this because we feel it in our fingers. We feel it in our toes. Tramshed; www.tramshedcardiff.com

17 May

KILLER QUEEN Tribute royalty Killer Queen have been performing their copycat homage to Queen since 1993. With expert musicianship, extraordinary energy, and accurate portrayal of the world’s greatest live band, they have rightfully earned respect. St David’s Hall; www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

23 May

OH SEES Cardiff welcomes back the San Franciscan rockers who powerfully blend together garage, punk, psych, prog, folk, and pop in whatever ways they see fit, with unforgettable powerhouse performances. Tramshed Cradiff; www.tramshedcardiff.com

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above: Celtic Manor goes car crazy on 16 June left: Go see the phenomenal Oh Sees at St David’s Hall on 23 May below: Daniel Wright’s beautiful ceramics are on display at The Albany Gallery until 1 June

what’s on

MINISTRY OF SOUND – THE ANNUAL CLASSICAL Ministry of sound presents The Annual Classical. Witness the biggest dance compilation of all time, re-imagined with a 50-piece orchestra. St David’s Hall; www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk


giant props exhibition Design for Performance students have been thinking big with this exhibition of supersized props. Linbury Gallery; www.rwcmd.ac.uk

Until 1 June

MAGGIE BROWN AND DANIEL WRIGHT An exhibition from Pembrokeshire based artists, the painter Maggie Brown and ceramicist Daniel Wright. Daniel produces hand thrown earthenware tableware covered in white and coloured slips and hand drawn transfers screen printed in black enamel. The Albany Gallery; www.albanygallery.com

Until 6 June

NEW PAINTINGS This exhibition from Susan Gathercole and Sigrid Muller will feature 40 paintings and show just why they are regarded as among Wales’ leading artists. Gathercole’s work reflects her fascination with simple, domestic objects, while Muller uses layer upon layer of pencil crayon on a background of pooled watercolour washes. Martin Tinney Gallery; www.artwales.com

7 – 30 June

FREEDOM SEASON Welsh National Opera presents a curated season rooted in exploring themes of human rights, justice and political imprisonment. Along with an extensive series of talks, discussions and debates, theatre performances, exhibitions, an immersive digital reality art exhibition, and community engagement work. Turn to page eight for the poignant story behind the children’s opera Brundibar, which is being performed 22-23 June, and its connection to WNO music director Tomáš Hanus. For the full programme visit www.wno.org.uk

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WWE LIVE 2019 Fans will be able to see all their favourite WWE Superstars live in action all under one roof. Motorpoint Arena Cardiff; www.motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk

30 May – 14 July

ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019 Cardiff will welcome New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England, Bangladesh, South Africa and World Cup qualifier champions, Afghanistan. Cardiff Wales Stadium; www.principalitystadium.wales

other Until 25 May

CAFFICADABRA: TIM BROMAGE An evening of close-up capers from magician and Chapter Peilot associate artist, Tim Bromage. If you’d like him to join you for a few moments, just say the magic word...! Chapter; www.chapter.org

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MARY PORTAS IN CONVERSATION: THE WORK LIKE A WOMAN TOUR Mary – retail expert, businesswoman and ‘Queen of Shops’ – comes to Cardiff to discuss her life, career and new book Work Like a Woman. Sherman Theatre, www.shermantheatre.co.uk

27 May – 1 June

URDD NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD / EISTEDDFOD YR URDD One of Europe’s largest annual touring youth festivals, the Urdd National Eisteddfod, is visiting Cardiff Bay during May half-term. There’s so much for the whole family to discover during a visit to the festival, from performances in the Pavilion to sports sessions, live music, colourful stalls, competitions and theatre productions. www.urdd.cymru

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Northern Ballet’s new production tells the story of Queen Victoria Comedian George Egg, who comes to Cardiff on 7 June, takes a pressing call

7 – 30 June

THE LAST GOODBYE In July 2016, holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter toured the Majdanek Concentration Camp in what he vowed would be his final visit. The Last Goodbye reaches profound levels of immersion in service of the first ever-virtual reality testimony that will be archived and preserved. This

is part of WNO’s Freedom Season. Donald Gordon Theatre; www.wmc.org.uk

16 June

MOTORING AT THE MANOR Fasten your seat belts and get into gear this Father’s Day because its going to be fast and furious up at the

Manor. Get up close and personal with some world-class motoring machines from race, rally, super, hyper and classic cars, as well as the opportunity to meet some motoring legends. You can even enjoy a demonstration drive with a pro. Celtic Manor; www.celtic-manor.com n

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Wyburn & Wayne Cardiff’s dazzling answer to Ant & Dec, Morecambe & Wise, or more accurately Edina & Patsy, giving you their take on what’s been HOT in and around our city

We partied til the sun came up


ardiff has been booming with exciting events over the past few weeks, and of course we’ve tried our best to make it to as many as we could. We’re selfless like that! Starting with St David’s Hall which was home to yet another incredible show by Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro. And boy, do those boys know how to put on a show! Their Road To Albert Hall show is a mix of classic theatre with Motown and sparkly pop. What more could you want? We caught up with them before the show and they’re always super excited to perform for the Welsh crowds. Cardiff was full of X Factor alumni recently, and we had the pleasure of interviewing Jake Quickenden, who was starring in Hair The Musical, celebrating its 50th year at The New Theatre. We loved the show, it leaves you in a psychedelic trance and feeling like you’re part of the tribe and storyline. Also starring in the Age of

Aquarius classic is Marcus Collins, that boy can sing. In fact, the whole cast was incredible and we highly recommend seeing the show if you haven’t before, and being honest, even if you have! Another interview we had for our Radio Cardiff show was with X-Factor’s 2014 winner Ben Haenow, who returned to The Globe in Roath for another intimate gig. He’s always a great laugh and undoubtedly one of the most talented to ever come off the show. and we wish him all the best with his new album. However, we cannot mention that TV show without talking about Alexandra Burke who won the show in 2008. She was based here in Cardiff for a few weeks as the lead role in The Bodyguard Musical down at the Wales Millennium Centre. Wow, her portrayal of Rachel Marron, who was played by Whitney Houston in the movie which also starred Kevin Costner, and her vocals on all those well-loved left: Hanging out with Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro; below: cheers to Cardiff!

Alex’s picture is sealed with a kiss

“Nathan presented her with a portrait created in lipstick and kisses from his own lips” Whitney songs, was second to none. It’s so clear why she’s gone on to have such great chart and theatre success. After our chat Nathan presented her with a portrait created in lipstick and kisses from his own lips, which she loved. Dining wise, we tried the new menu down at the Caribbean restaurant, Turtle Bay, which is always one of our favourites – they never disappoint. We also checked out the gorgeous Côte Brasserie on Mill Lane. They have a little switch up seasonally so that keeps it exciting too – check out our social media for the review. There’s also this thing now called the Bottomless Prosecco Brunch. Well, we tried that for our friend Sophia’s birthday at Grey in The Hilton Hotel... well, what can we say? We kept searching for the bottom of the glass and it never came. The staff were brilliant and very attentive and you 100 per cent get your money worth. It was a very happy birthday for Sophia, and it was a very happy time for us too...! Elsewhere we attended the Sophia Gardens outdoor cinema event showing Bohemian Rhapsody. This outdoor trend is certainly picking up and we can see why.

It is of course an amazing film, but it was the perfect evening for it too. It left us vowing to see more Adventure Cinema events. We also hosted The Big Welsh Wedding Show down at The Depot. Be sure to check those guys out for all your wedding inspiration. Thanks for asking us Fran and Holly. We had a brilliant time. And of course we had that incredibly glorious Easter Bank Holiday... and we took full advantage. We not only hosted a fundraiser karaoke afternoon/ evening for Prostate Cancer UK at The Butcher’s Arms in Canton, but we partied afterwards until the sun came up... you’re never too old for doing that right? Life is for living we say. Coming up 11 May, we continue our fundraising to keep St Andrew’s Church open by bringing back The Roath Bake Off! We’re cooking up a treat of celebrity judges, live entertainment and a whole load of cake. Check out our socials for more info on how to enter – on your marks, get set, apply! To keep up to date with Wyburn & Wayne follow them on Facebook, Twitter @WyburnWayne and Instagram @wyburnandwayne

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AND THE EAT GOES ON… We’ve got 15 fabulous reasons to visit the 15th Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival


t’s a big year for Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival which takes place on 26 – 27 May. This year’s event marks the 15th anniversary of the foodie spectacular, and there’s more reasons than ever before to eat, drink and be merry!

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Tickle the taste buds From perfect pickles to moreish meats, curries, cheeses, chutneys and so much more – just a flavour of some of the tasty treats available to sample and buy from more than 100 of the very best artisan producers that Wales and the UK has to offer.

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Quench the thirst Scrumptious ciders, great gins and the finest real ales, whiskeys and wine to enjoy. There will be tempting teas and premium coffees a plenty too.


Sweet treats Chocolate brownies, cupcakes, confectionery and fabulously-flavoured ice creams, fudges and flapjacks guaranteed to hit the spot.


Fun for all the family Child friendly and free activities to entertain young and old – magician Simon Sparkles, face painting, willow weaving, birds of prey and creative cookery for youngsters with arty cooks and their giant pasta shells.


A very vegan affair. New for 2019, a site dedicated to all things vegan; situated in the Duke of Wellington car park and all included in the festival ticket. Tast Natur foraged and home-grown botanical syrups, speciality beers courtesy of Tomos a Lilford and scenty shampoo bars from Rush Organics will be just a few of the highlights.


World Food in Wales The festival is teaming up with Cardiff charity Oasis to celebrate the cultures influencing every day food in Wales by championing regional producers.


Ready, Steady, Cook! International flavours take on the challenge – who will win? Red tomato or green pepper kitchen – it’s the festival goers who decide.

“Perfect pickles to moreish meats, curries, cheeses, chutney”

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clockwise from opposite: ’Mum! Get your own ice-cream!’; Stalls packed with local produce; rock lobsters aplenty; ‘Give this to your mother so she doesn’t try to nick yours’; Say hello to Cardiff street food vendors Meet and Greek


Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook? Two secret famous faces put their (limited) skills to the test and are challenged to make a meal guided by two professional chefs.


Watch and learn Live demonstrations and fascinating talks providing top tips from TV chefs, including a demonstration from star of Britain’s Best Home Cook, Katie Davies.


Get crafty Pick the perfect gift with personalised pottery, glassware, ceramics, jewellery and local artwork all on display.


Cowbridge Food Collective Highlighting local farmers and smaller producers and bringing the local farmers market to a whole new audience.


Beat the traffic Free park and ride from sites including Cowbridge Comprehensive and Penllyn Estate, with buses flowing throughout the day from one site to the next and taking visitors to the heart of the action right in the centre of town.


Delight in the discounts As a festival ticket holder, benefit from an array of discounts from local Cowbridge traders including the fabulous Fablas icecream; the independent free-house 1 Town Hall Square; and Fich & Ramous hair salon.


Caring for the environment Water stations will be providing free top ups for visitors with their own water bottles and in recyclable paper cups – no plastic, no polystyrene and responsible waste management.


Soak up the festival vibe This is a high street bustling with a wonderful, carnival-like atmosphere as local traders, the community and visitors join in the festival fun – this is much more than just your run-of-the-mill food festival.

Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival takes place on 26 and 27 May. Day tickets cost £5 and weekend ticket cost £8. For further information and to book tickets please visit www.cowbridgefoodanddrink.org

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Old Havana

It’s a rum old do when Emma Dance visits the Cuban-inspired joint


f cocktails are your thing, then the flourishing Castle Quarter is becoming a bit of a go-to destination, with libation peddling and lively venues aplenty. Among the more recent additions is Old Havana, which proclaims itself to be ‘the home to fresh and authentic Cuban food and drinks.’ Certainly, with an old-style Cadillac parked up in the covered outside seating area, and cosy booths with plenty of leather and mahogany, there’s been some effort made to get a Cuban feel, even if it is a slightly clichéd version. The drinks menu is pretty decent with, as you might expect, an emphasis on concoctions created with Havana rum. There’s plenty of other options though if rum ain’t your spirit of choice, and although there’s nothing particularly unusual, everything is more than quaffable. Sometimes though, especially a cocktail or two into proceedings, you just gotta eat – am I right? And unlike

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many of the bars in the vicinity you can grab a decent bite at Old Havana up until 10pm. The emphasis here is most definitely on the drinks though, so the food menu is pretty limited – in fact it’s predominantly made up of variations on toasted sandwiches, with a couple of other bits and pieces. We start with the antipasti sharer board which is, I think meant to be Old Havana’s interpretation of the Italian classic. There’s a good selection of delicious nibbles, with salami, ham, sundried tomatoes, red pepper hummus, guacamole, flatbread and tortilla chips, but unfortunately the promised pimento peppers stuffed with cream cheese had been replaced without warning by strips of roasted red peppers and a separate mound of cream cheese which lacked the piquancy that pimentos would have delivered, and there just wasn’t enough flatbread and tortillas to scoop up the cheese as well as the other two dips. I order the Classic Cubano sandwich which claims to be ‘bursting with pulled pork, cured ham, salami,


“What you are going to get at Old Havana is a really fun night out” Swiss cheese, pickled gherkins and mild yellow mustard.’ Were all those things present? Yes, they were. Was it bursting with fillings? I think that’s a bit of a stretch. It’s a good toasted sandwich, but sadly it didn’t live up to my memories of a Cubano eaten in Miami’s vibrant Little Havana neighbourhood, not least because the bread was more of an Italian-style panini than authentic light, crisp Cuban bread. My companion chose the Cuban club sandwich with roast chicken, cured ham, tomato and paprika mayo. What earned it the ‘Cuban’ label we’re not quite sure, the paprika in the mayo perhaps, but nonetheless it was tasty enough. I think that Old Havana’s claim at authenticity is probably not backed up by what it’s producing, and it’s not going to rock your culinary world. What you are going to get at Old Havana though is a really fun night out fuelled by reasonably priced rum-based cocktails. And let’s face it, sometimes that’s all you really want. n

Dining details Old Havana, 6 High Street, Cardiff; www.old-havana.co.uk Opening times Midday – 2.30am. Food served until 10pm Prices Sandwiches start from £7.95 Service and atmosphere It’s all about the fun Vegetarian choice A couple of veggie options on the menu Drinks Lots of them! Especially rum-based cocktails. After all, it’s basically a bar

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Queen of Puddings with Lemon and Elderflower Curd By Angela Gray Serves 4 This seasonal recipe is taken from the fifth in the series of Angela Gray’s Cookery School books, Spring Recipes, which celebrates the time of year with fresh, zesty flavours, vibrant colours and lots of inspiring ways to enhance your day-today cooking at home. “Bringing the first shop of new season ingredients into the kitchen is still exciting for me,” says Angela. “There is always a new idea to try, bringing a freshness and vigour to everyday cooking. I love all the green vegetables that are available, some of which only have a short season, such as asparagus, spring greens and purple sprouting broccoli.” Angela Gray’s cookery school at Llanerch Vineyard was chosen to join an elite selection of 50 top schools in The National Cookery School Guide, and voted into the top 10 in the UK by both The Independent and The Telegraph.

For the meringue 225g caster sugar The 4 saved egg whites Method 1. Butter 4 large individual ramekins or chef rings (place on a baking sheet lined with parchment) and heat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/Gas 4. 2. Bring the milk, cream, zest of 1 lemon and 25g butter to the boil, then turn off the heat. 3. Beat the 4 egg yolks with the 100g caster sugar, then strain the hot milk over them, whisking constantly to make a custard. 4. Push the brioche slices into the ramekins or the base of the chef rings, pour in the custard and let them sit to soak for 5 minutes, then bake for 20 minutes. 5. When the brioche has 6 minutes left in the oven, spread the sugar for the meringue onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and heat in the oven (the same temperature) for 6 minutes. Remove the brioche bases and

the sugar. Whisk the 4 egg whites until they form peaks, then whisk in the hot sugar and continue whisking for a couple of minutes, until the meringue is thick and glossy. Mix the lemon curd with the elderflower cordial and spoon onto the brioche bases. Next, spoon the meringue into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle, then pipe a ‘Mr. Whippy’ style meringue topping. 6. Finish the meringue tops by caramelising the outside with a chef ’s blowtorch. If you don’t have one, pop into a preheated oven at 220°C/200°C Fan/Gas 7 for about 7 minutes until they start to colour. If using chef rings, to decant, run a knife around the inside of each ring to release the pudding. Use a spatula to ease onto a serving plate. 7. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – utter bliss! Recipe from Angela Gray’s Cookery School: Spring Recipes by Angela Gray and Huw Jones, published by Graffeg.

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Ingredients For the custard 400ml whole milk 200ml double cream 1 medium lemon, zest only 25g butter (extra to butter ramekins) 4 large (60g) eggs yolks (save whites for meringue) 100g caster sugar 4 x 5cm thick slices of brioche

For the topping 140g good lemon curd 2 tbsp elderflower cordial

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Dusty Knuckle feel on ‘top’ of the world following their kickstarter success


Pizza specialists Dusty Knuckle have successfully raised more than £40,000 to help them turn an old park warden’s house in Sophia Gardens into a brand new 60-cover restaurant. The success of the kickstarter campaign, which lasted 30 days and received pledges from more than 650 backers, means that Dusty Knuckle can commit to developing the site in the most sustainable way possible; from the materials used to overall design of the space. Dusty Knuckle founder Phill Lewis explains, “We looked for the perfect venue for a long time, and when the Warden’s House came up, we knew this was it. The site will allow us to make the most of our strengths; to have an open kitchen where customers can watch our chefs at work; a small kitchen garden for us to gather produce; and a massive outside seating space for people to be surrounded by nature, with the park and castle as the backdrop. “Thanks to the amazing support we’ve had with the kickstarter campaign, we can afford to create a space that really stays true to the core Dusty Knuckle ethos. We are so thankful to everyone who pledged to support us and can’t wait for people to see what’s in store for them.” For more: www.dustyknuckle.co.uk

Dusty Knuckle founder Phill Lewis

LEFT: Local produce is a priority; INSET: Tommy has reached the Masterchef finals twice

SECOND SITE Having launched his first solo venture, the eponymous Heaney’s in Pontcanna last autumn, chef Tommy Heaney has now opened another venue. Located right next door to Heaney’s, Uisce (pronounced ish-ka) is a coffee and wine bar offering a more casual-style of dining and will ensure Tommy can literally be in two places at once, meaning his full care and attention can be across both venues. Breakfasts will include local produce and an extensive list of fresh juices, while the lunch menu will see options like home-made bagels with salt-cured Welsh beef and pulled Welsh lamb crumpets with salsa verde. Evening diners can select wine and charcuterie at night. For more: www.heaneyscardiff.co.uk Uisce will offer a more casual dining experience to Heaney’s

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Tis nearly the season to get married. And while romance is wonderful, choosing the right wedding guest outfit can be tricky. The rules sound simple – firstly we all know not to upstage the bride, that one’s easy. Then it needs to be stylish and comfortable because we want to look good all day and night, but also eat a second slice of that delicious wedding cake. This is why we say ‘I do’ to empire lines, wedges, wide brimmed hats, and high impact shades HERE COMES THE BRIGHT While you don’t want to outshine the bride on her day, it doesn’t mean you have to down play your colour choices. We adore this orange lace dress from Monsoon (7) that will brighten everyone’s day. Or, why not try this sophisticated All Saints pink dress (4), with a wrap waist that’s form-fitting and feminine. Alternatively, we love the bright yellow Karen Millen number (2) that boasts a flattering cinched waist. WITH THIS PATTERN, YOU’LL KNOCK THEM DEAD Not feeling the bold hues this season? There are plenty of stylish patterned options for you instead, We are lusting after this distinctive Vivienne Westwood print dress (5) that comes with two tie bells to accentuate your waist. If you’re after something more colourful, this Oliver Bonas dress (8) will absolutely impress. But if dresses aren’t your bag, there’s always the trusty jumpsuit. This navy spot jumpsuit, also from Oliver Bonas (6), nails the outfit in one go and is perfectly partnered with some killer heels. Attending a wedding in sunnier climates? A linen striped jumpsuit (1) is a summertime must-have that will keep you cool so you can carry on this season. HAPPY EVER AFTER Don’t forget to polish your look with some statement accessories. Pair any of the dresses or jumpsuits with these nude-coloured Kurt Geiger London Ally wedge heel sandals (9) that are a breeze to walk in and will match any outfit. To shield yourself from the sun and look stylish at the same time, go for a flat top hat (3). Lastly, complete your look with these elegant Vivienne Westwood oversized frame sunglasses (10). 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.stdavidscardiff.com

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International Women’s Day was celebrated in style on 8 March with a glitzy charity lunch and afternoon of entertainment in aid of St David’s Hospice Care. Leading Wales broadcaster Sian Lloyd got the proceedings under way for the Newport-based charity at the sold out inaugural Ladies Day event at Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous meal, took part in a wonderful fund raising raffle and were entertained by X Factor’s James Williams. They also heard from the World’s oldest skydiver, Cardiff’s Dilys Price, OBE, from speaker of the year Jane Manuel, from Denise Lovering, commercial director from Glenside Commercial and chair of Caerphilly Business forum, and Charlotte Leyshon, director of Lux Family Law, who spoke about female entrepreneurs and motherhood. The event raised £10,000 for St David’s Hospice Care. Bethan Darwin and Caroline Sims

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Andrew Creighton

To celebrate the opening of Cardiff’s First Aparthotel, Park Lane Aparthotel in Park Place Cardiff and their new Meet Space, A Space in the City serviced apartments team welcomed corporate clients to view the apartments and take a look at the space on 7 March. Guests were treated to free flowing drinks, canapés by local caterer Spiros and entertainment was from authentic Maori tribesmen to perform and give background on the Haka. Meet Space has been designed to provide a place to work, meet, think and network all under one room and provides both co-working space and private meeting hire. Photos by Peter James Morgan www.morganjamesphoto.co.uk

Sarah Jones, Monica McElveen, Andrew Harris, Steve McElveen – getting involved in the Haka

Haka man Bruce

Sarah Blackmore, Andrew Harris and Gareth Pugh

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Luca Malacrino and Jordan Davies at the launch of Piatto

Piatto outside


Piatto pasta house, the latest venture by Cardiff restaurateur Giovanni Malacrino and his actor son Luca, launched with not one, but two parties. More than 200 guests joined the team at the two events on 17 and 18 March, including reality TV’s Jordan Davies and Isobel Mills, from Ibiza Weekender, boxer Joe Cordina, and actor Thaer Al-Shayei. Guests enjoyed tasters from the menu including a vegan pesto di rucola e noci (rocket salad, walnuts and virgin olive oil, blended for a zesty variation on the basil classic), ravioli with wild boar, and spaghetti and ‘courghettini’ served in basket bowls of parmesan or vegan cheese. For dessert, guests sat under a roof blanket of lights and enjoyed pudding pizzas spread with thick Nutella or iced with a topping of berries. Jay Page, Luke Gater and Lloyd Stapleton

Photos by Ritchie Rich Photography

Lisa Marie Brown, Nicola Hewer, Vincent Simone, Claire Martin, Tracey Smolinski, Flavia Cacace and Carly Morgan

Dominic Attard, centre, with Flavia and Vincent

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Katie Matthews and Luca Malacrino


The new Lexus dealership



Lexus Cardiff officially launched its new state-of-the-art dealership on Hadfield Road in Cardiff on 27 February, bringing together customers, friends and family for a night of entertainment. The Lexus Cardiff team was delighted to be joined by Strictly Come Dancing duo Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, who performed the Argentine tango and also gave the opportunity for guests to join them for a dance workshop. Customers were also given an exclusive preview of the new Lexus UX, which is the latest in the line up for Lexus self-charging hybrid vehicles.

The new Lexus UX



Emma’s hair before and after

Emma Dance has a very happy hair makeover at Guy Christian


nip. The first piece of hair fell to the floor. Then another, then another. I felt slightly sick as I watched the pile of my tresses growing and growing on the floor of the Guy Christian City Salon. “We’ll cut the rest once you have your colour done,” said Maria. The rest? I inwardly panicked. How much hair was actually left? Don’t get me wrong. The whole hair cutting thing had been discussed at length with Maria and her colleague Jenny (who was in charge of the colour portion of the treatment), and everything that was happening had been agreed, but as a serial ‘trim-er’ and someone who hasn’t had more than about an inch of hair cut at a time for at least five years, the reality of seeing swathes of my long locks falling to the floor was faintly traumatic – at least initially. The thing is though, I never really actively wanted long hair. For many years my cuts

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always hovered vaguely around the shoulders, until five or so years ago I started growing my hair for my wedding, and then a combination of laziness and fear meant that I just sort of kept going.

“I haven’t had so many compliments about my hair for years” But I had decided it was time for a change, and so had put myself in the expert hands of the team at the Guy Christian salon in the Capitol Centre. And once the initial shock at the first couple of scissor snips had subsided I really couldn’t have been happier. Both Jenny and Maria were genuinely lovely – chatting, explaining to me what they were doing and reassuring me as we went along (I don’t think I was hiding my nervousness very well!). Years of bleaching and dying had left my

hair with brassy, yellowy tones – especially close to the ends, but Jenny performed some magic with her expert balayage technique, disguising the remnants of past treatments, and banishing any pesky grey hairs, with a combination of rich, warm chocolate and copper colours, leaving my hair looking shiny and healthy. Then once Maria had finished cutting in some layers to take some weight out of my thick mop, introduced some sweeping bangs to frame my face, and blow dried in some beachy waves to help accentuate the colours, my transformation was complete. And was it worth those initial moments of panic? Absolutely. I haven’t had so many compliments about my hair for years. And the time it takes to dry it in the morning has probably halved. So it’s a win all round! ■ A cut with master stylist Maria costs from £45 and balayage with salon manager Jenny costs from £80. Guy Christian City Salon, Unit 9 Capitol Shopping Centre, Queen Street, Cardiff; www.guychristian.com


Feels like home

John, currently the head coach of the Cardiff Blues, is an Australian professional rugby union football coach. He was previously assistant coach at Honda Heat and Western Force


“Our experience so far of living in Cardiff, has been nothing short of brilliant”

fter spending the past 20 years travelling and coaching around the world, Cardiff is beginning to feel like home. I have been here for almost a year now, since becoming Cardiff Blues head coach ahead of the 2018–19 season and arriving from Brisbane last May. It is amazing to think our season is now complete and it is safe to say the campaign has had its ups and downs. We did not quite manage to reach all of our targets, but I have been really impressed with the professionalism of our boys throughout. Their commitment to each other and the club has been outstanding. They are a great bunch of young men and are very tight knit. I’m really looking forward to the future with this exciting group at the Arms Park and in sport, as ever, I’m sure there will be more highs and lows. Now we are in the off-season however, I’m looking forward to relaxing in our new home and travelling around Europe some more. That is one of the great things up here, the proximity of so many amazing places – you just can’t do that in Australia. Our experience so far of living in Cardiff, has been nothing short of brilliant. I am really enjoying living in a capital city that has a big country town feel. Cardiff’s a great city and there is always something going on whether it’s sporting, cultural or business.  My twin daughters, Bella and Aimée have been over here since December and have absolutely

loved it. I was initially renting a place in Radyr, which was perfect as I was settling in – bang in the middle of the Arms Park and our training base at the Vale hotel. It’s a beautiful, quiet leafy suburb, which has a really nice local buzz and a great little Italian restaurant, Cicchetti. By the time the twins arrived, we were into our family home in Pontcanna. I absolutely love the area and its closeness to the city. It has such a great feel about the place with all the parks, coffee shops and restaurants. There is always somewhere new to check out. My wife Tracey is also now here in Cardiff with us, while our two elder girls Romi and Saskia have visited for a month but are now back in Australia to continue their university studies. We have all been able to visit so many amazing places, whether it’s the Victorian arcades or one of the many castles around Cardiff, Pen y Fan and the Beacons or some of the beautiful beaches further west, Wales has so much to offer. The culture, people and country itself has been a wonderful experience so far. We spent five years living in Ireland and our twins were born there. I feel that the Welsh and Irish are pretty similar and have a great outlook on life in general. So, here’s to many more in the Welsh capital. I’m looking forward to seeing much more in the months ahead.”

For more: www.cardiffblues.com

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Quote of the issue


Yet this person bagged a Cardiff Life Award for messing about on boats. See page 57 for their tale

The Big Number

Georgina Dransfield, Ffion Roberts and Ffion Rees join the team at Working Word



The turnover of the communications agency Freshwater last year. Turn to page 54 for more

TRI IS THE MAGIC NUMBER One of Wales’ largest independent PR agencies appoints three new recruits to its Cardiff-based team


orking Word, the award-winning PR agency continues to demonstrate its growth and success, this time with the appointment of three new recruits. The firm, which is based in Cardiff and London, has welcomed Ffion Rees, Ffion Roberts and Georgina Dransfield to its Cardiff office. Ffion Rees joins as account manager having spent the past ten years working in marketing

and communications, including two years working in China and Hong Kong. A former journalist, the fluent Welsh speaker made the switch from journalism into PR and, as communications officer at broadcaster S4C, oversaw a number of high-profile campaigns including promoting coverage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the NHS at 70 birthday celebrations, and the award-winning Welsh language children’s strand, Cyw. Joining Ffion at Working Word

are Ffion Roberts and Georgina Dransfield, who are both graduates from Cardiff University’s Master’s in International Public Relations and Global Communications Management. With previous work experience in PR covering non-profits, public sector, retail and travel, Ffion Roberts is another fluent Welsh speaker, and has already been successful in helping generate BBC Wales and ITV Wales coverage on television and radio for her clients.

Georgina joins from another Cardiff PR agency, and has worked with many businesses, brands, and organisations across a range of sectors. She is currently supplying the Instagram Stories for the Visit Wales organisaiton to show off the wonder of Wales, and has bagged UK broadcast coverage for the country’s food and drink industry.

For more: www.workingword.co.uk

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MOVERS & SHAKERS Growing teams, promotions and prizes – it’s all happening in Cardiff’s businesses


Freshwater chief executive John Underwood, with MD and board member, Angharad Neagle

Theatre director Joe Murphy is the new artistic director at Sherman Theatre. Over the last five years, the theatre has firmly established itself as a valuable resource for Cardiff and has a national and international profile. Joe takes up the post in July, and will work with the theatre’s executive director Julia Barry. He says, “This exceptional building is home to world class Welsh artists working in both languages, it sits at the heart of an incredibly vibrant city, and it engages a rich mix of communities and audiences – I couldn’t imagine a more exciting place to be working.”  He is currently associate director at London’s Old Vic, and has previously held posts as associate director at Soho Theatre and artistic director of new writing company, Nabokov.  For more: www.shermantheatre.co.uk

KEY COMMUNICATION Independent communications agency Freshwater is set to implement a new growth strategy, after successfully completing a £2.6million management buyout of institutional and private shareholders. The Cardiff- and London-based business, which had a turnover of £4.8million last year and employs more than 50 staff, is aiming to double in size over the next three years through a combination of both organic growth and selective acquisitions. “Freshwater started life in 1997 as a traditional PR agency, but we have consistently been at the forefront of the fast-changing media environment, constantly developing our services to help clients

Georgia Evans and Abbie Anthony

meet their objectives,” says John Underwood, Freshwater chief ’s executive. “We are at the beginning of what promises to be an exciting new phase in our development, having now transformed Freshwater into a business that’s seventy per cent owned by its board and senior staff, putting ourselves firmly in control of our own destiny,” he continues. The group will continue to be headquartered in Cardiff, where two-thirds of staff are based, and it is also looking to expand its 20-strong London team, and to win new business from clients across the UK. For more: www.freshwater.co.uk

Joe Murphy to join Sherman Theatre

BERRY GOOD Berry Smith have promoted Abbie Anthony and Georgia Evans to solicitors. The Cardiff law firm has a long-term plan of supporting young legal professionals and so ensuring a continuous source of new talent, with Abbie and Georgia both completing training contracts with the firm. Abbie is a solicitor in the commercial and intellectual property team and regularly advises clients on potential IP strategies, particularly in relation to securing trademarks and protecting client brands. Georgia is a solicitor in the private client department and specialises in wills, probate and lastings powers of attorney. For more: www.berrysmith.com

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business insights


Women in Property’s new chair, Mandy St John Davey hopes to help new talent

BRICKWORK A Welsh woman has been appointed chair of the respected Women in Property association. Mandy St John Davey will be at the forefront of the property and construction industry-lobbying organisation, and hold the post for one year. “Now, more than ever, we need to inspire, support and nurture the young people coming through the pipeline into this sector via our schools, colleges and universities,” says Mandy.  “It is equally important we retain women in the industry and give them opportunities to flourish in the hope that they too, will ‘leave the ladder down’ for the next generation.” Mandy is a former Women in Property South Wales branch chair, as well as a property developer, entrepreneur, business mentor and property coach. For more: www.womeninproperty.org.uk

The Vale Resort has appointed a new human resources manager to its team. Victoria Charlesworth will be responsible for more than 400 employees at the four star golf, spa and leisure hotel. Victoria, who has more than 20 years of experience, mainly in the hotel and hospitality industry, as well as extensive experience in training, says,“I believe in the power of choice, of giving managers the opportunity to develop their management style and have witnessed first-hand the benefit professional training can have on individuals and businesses. I’m looking forward to empowering staff with opportunities to develop their skills and unlock any untapped potential.” For more: www.valeresort.com

Mark Loosemores with new recruit Elle McCook


Victoria Charlesworth is joining The Vale Resort

Elle McCook has joined the legal firm Loosemores Grows as a solicitor in the corporate/commercial department. Ellie completed her undergraduate degree in law at Aberystwyth University, obtained a Master’s degree in Climate Change and Human Rights Law, before going on to complete the legal practice course at Cardiff Law School. She says, “Loosemores has an excellent long standing reputation in Cardiff for its wealth of expertise and for the high quality service that it provides to its clients, making it an attractive and easy move for me at this stage in my career.” For more: www.loosemores.co.uk

WARM WELCOME Joint agents Savills and JLL have secured St James’s Place Wealth Management Group Limited as the newest tenant at 2 Kingsway, in the heart of Cardiff. The wealth management firm will be based on the third floor of the city centre building, which enjoys sweeping views of Cardiff Castle. They join challenger bank Monzo,

which will occupy the first and second floor. Rhydian Morris of JLL says, “The financial and professional services tenant line-up already committed to the building is a strong testament to the high quality grade A office refurbishment undertaken by Ardstone Capital. For more: www.savills.co.uk

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Sam Hartley, Jane Hides and Ed Hides of Bay Island Voyages

coming in, but then we hit the winter months which are usually a very quiet period and we did think ‘what have we done?’ However, this gave us some breathing space to make changes, plan ahead and promote the business.


BAY ISLAND VOYAGES Jane Hides, co-owner of Bay Island Voyages, the high speed boat operator offering a variety of boat trips in and out of Cardiff Bay, reveals how she went from hating boats, to messing about on them for a living and then scooping the Cardiff Life Award for leisure and tourism You won! Congratulations! Talk us through the build up / the nerves / the reaction to winning… We entered with absolutely no expectation of winning, especially when we saw who else was in our category; so becoming a finalist for us was an achievement in itself. On the night of the Awards at City Hall, we were so relaxed at the thought of not having to do a speech, that when we actually won and I was handed the mic, I got carried away and thanked everyone possible! How did you celebrate? And where is your award now? We did carry on late into the night at the Awards afterparty at the Kuku Club, but we also plan to celebrate with our full team next month, because none of this would be possible without their hard work. And, as I don’t think it would survive long on one of our boats, the award is currently in my living room. Are you Cardiff born and bred? I am, but my husband Ed Hides and our business partner Sam Hartley are both from New Quay, West Wales. They ended up in Cardiff because of work over 12 years ago and have remained here since; but all three of us are frequently back in Cardigan Bay visiting family and messing around on boats. Have you all always loved boats? Not quite! Until I met Ed 10 years ago, you would never have got me in a boat. I hated them, even crying silently on our second date when he took me on a rowing boat! That’s some turnaround! Tell us a little about Bay Island

Voyages – what is the company’s background? We are the original high-speed boat operator in Cardiff Bay dating back to 1999 when the completion of the Barrage created the 500-acre freshwater lake, enabling speedboat rides in the bay. We purchased the company in October 2016 at the end of the season whilst it had been closed for a few months, and have since developed a wide variety of trips to offer the public. What was the company’s inspiration? It was, and still is, to be the best highspeed boat operator in Cardiff Bay and offer a variety of interesting trips, not only in the Bay but out in the Channel and surrounding areas. Tell us a little about those interesting boat rides… We offer a variety of trips, ranging from a 15 minute Bay Blast, which is a highspeed, fast, adrenaline trip around the Bay. Then we’ve got two different coastal trips, where we go through the Barrage lock and out into the Bristol Channel and take in the coastline and Flat Holm and Steep Holm Islands. …and which is your personal favourite? That would have to be the Flat Holm visit, you can be there within 15 minutes once leaving the barrage locks, and it’s a three-hour drop off on the island, just spending time away from the hustle and bustle of a busy city. Also one of our newest trips is our full day on Steep Holm Island – we pick up from Weston Super-Mare and Cardiff, drop off at the island so you have a full day to explore

and learn more about the history and wildlife on offer. How might you describe your key clientèle? More often people expect our clientèle to be young adrenaline junkies, but actually we get a lot of older people going out to sea exploring the islands. Our age range varies from five to 90 years – there is no age limit on our trips, just height. If you are over 1.1mtrs tall and able to hold on, you can ride with us. We have also have children’s birthday parties, stag and hen dos, as well as working with film companies and offering private charters. What do you think it is about Bay Island Voyages that helped it secure the Cardiff Life Award win? I think only when you write down what you’ve done in the past year do you realise what you’ve actually achieved. The growth of the business in its first two years was exceptional, which led to a 50 per cent increase in staffing, the work with local charities and schools, as well as securing future partnership successes. What are the highs and the lows you’ve experienced in setting up and continuing the business? Any advice to someone who would like to do similar? Don’t buy a business when you’ve just had a baby! Seriously it was a hard time to begin with as I had a six week old, we’d just renovated our house, and then we bought the business. But the three of us worked long hours, and made a lot of changes in a short space of time in order to re-launch the business with a fresh new outlook. There were initial highs especially when we saw the bookings

What have you found to be the best tools for growth in your business? Hard work, graft and not being afraid of taking chances. We invested in a customised online booking system at the end of 2017 and that helped our business grow rapidly. It allows people to book any time of the day and night, and often we see a lot of bookings come in around 1am, which we would never have been able to take before. The use of social media, especially Instagram, has helped – people can see what our trips are about. And of course winning this Cardiff Life Award will help! Aside from your Cardiff Life Award of course, any other moment you have been particularly proud of? Our involvement with the Volvo Ocean Race, especially meeting the boats in the early hours of the morning and enabling the film crew to get the right shots, as well as some of the filming we have done with various media crews – seeing the boats on TV makes you smile inside. Is there someone in business that you admire and try learn from? I think all three of us admire the way our parents have worked in their businesses. My father was a chef and restaurateur. He worked long hours and really grafted to make sure his company was successful. Sadly he passed away in our early days, but I think he’d be really proud of how far we’ve come, and that we’ve won this amazing award. What do you think winning the Cardiff Life Award means to you, the team and the business? The award confirms that the hard work everyone in the team has put in, pays off. It really is a team effort. We couldn’t run the business without everyone’s input and trust in us.

For more: Bay Island Voyages, Lower Boardwalk, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay. tel: 07393 470476; www.bayislandvoyages.co.uk

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Meet the wills and probate specialists Where there’s a way there should be a will, and here we chat to a few regional experts about the importance of a will and the value of getting good professional advice Afonwy Howell-Pryce

Maria Cosslett

What should be included in a will? Is there anything specific that should be focused on? Your will should include all of your assets and personal possessions. This includes property, savings, insurances, art, jewellery and any household contents. What will happen if I die without a will? If you die an intestate person (without a will), then distribution of your estate is governed by law. Your spouse or civil partner will inherit according to law, but your children and other family members may be excluded. What is probate? Probate is a five-phase process that ensures that the correct taxes are paid against your assets on your death, and that the remaining estate is distributed to the beneficiaries indicated in your will, or in the absence of a will, according to law. Do I need to use a solicitor for probate? No, you don’t. But we always recommend it. This is particularly the case if the estate is above the inheritance tax threshold, if there is no will, the estate is bankrupt, or the estate has complicated arrangements. Probate is designed to ensure that the correct taxes are paid, and the advice of a professional is always recommended.

How much is inheritance tax? Currently the tax-free inheritance tax allowance in the UK (which is sometimes called the ‘nilrate band’) is £325,000. An additional residence nil-rate band (currently £125k) can be claimed if a main residence is left to a direct descendant. The rate of inheritance tax is currently 40 per cent and is payable on the value of your estate which exceeds the nil-rate band threshold and any available residence nil-rate band. How can you pay less inheritance tax? Making a will; gifting the estate to your spouse or civil-partner – tax free; putting assets into a trust or leaving something to charity are just a few of the ways you can reduce your inheritance tax liability. Taking out life insurance will not reduce the inheritance tax liability, but the proceeds could help family members when it comes to paying the tax bill. The life insurance policy can be placed in a trust to ensure that the amount paid does not increase the value of the chargeable estate. Estate planning can be complicated, so you should take advice from an expert.

Robertsons Solicitors 029 2023 7777; www.robsols.co.uk

Evelyn James

JNP Legal 029 2076 3211; www.jnplegal.org Tell us a bit about your business... JNP Legal is an independent law firm which has been serving clients and local communities in Cardiff, the South Wales Valleys and surrounding areas since 1981. Over the years the firm has grown and developed their areas of expertise and we now have offices in Llanishen, Nelson and Merthyr Tydfil. As a firm, we focus on law for individuals, wills and probate, lasting powers of attorney, residential property, family law, children law, civil litigation, personal injury and crime. The team at JNP Legal is a collective of experienced, dedicated and professional solicitors and support staff who are passionate about delivering exceptional service and value for money. What is the private client team? The private client team is made up of solicitors, Evelyn James, Loran Beynon and Rachael McCarthy-Jones TEP. Solicitor and director of JNP Legal, Rebecca Rees, heads up the team.

Loosemores Solicitors 029 2080 3116; www.loosemores.co.uk

Afonwy Howell-Pryce

Maria Cosslett

The team is dedicated to offering a high quality, client focused service and has a wealth of knowledge in their area of expertise, which includes the preparation of wills, lasting powers of attorney, trusts, administration of estates, estate planning and court of protection applications. What advice would you give those who are looking to sort out their wills? Whilst the thought of making a will might be a daunting prospect for some, the pros of doing so greatly outweigh any cons. For example having a will allows you to determine who should benefit from your estate, who should care for your young children and can reduce the potential for claims being brought against your estate by disgruntled beneficiaries. Many people prefer to opt for ‘do it yourself wills’ rather than instruct solicitors. However the laws and regulatory requirements surrounding the making of a will can be complex. By instructing a solicitor you will have peace of mind that your will is an accurate, legal document devoid of the errors that can lead to disputes and costly legal expenses. www.mediaclash.co.uk I CARDIFF LIFE I 59

great escapes

Mansion house

Emma Dance escapes to the country for a night at Nanteos Mansion near Aberystwyth

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s we made the blink-and-you’llmiss-it turn from the A4120 and trundled down the single track road we couldn’t help wondering if the signs (and Google maps) pointing the way to Nanteos Mansion were, in fact, playing some sort of joke on us. After all, you’d think that a Georgian mansion might be a pretty easy landmark to spot, wouldn’t you? They weren’t (obviously), but tucked away in a 30-acre estate in the heart of the Ceredigion countryside, Nanteos is the very definition of secluded and it was some minutes before it popped into view. In fact, going to Nanteos is pretty much the luxury version of going off grid – don’t expect to get any phone reception, and wifi is patchy at best – which really is all part of the Nanteos appeal. And as someone who seems to be almost permanently attached to my smartphone, the opportunity to just switch off and digitally detox was more than welcome, especially in such gorgeous surroundings. There’s just 21 rooms in all (including an uberluxurious king suite and four family rooms), each named after people, places and events in some way associated with the history of the house, and sympathetically decorated to reflect the period of the mansion, but with contemporary twists and touches to ensure that you feel at home. The weather during our visit was typically Welsh – wet, windy and grey – so exploring the extensive gardens and grounds (complete with pet cemetery), apart from a quick wander, was out of the question. No matter though, since we were more than

happy to cosy up on the comfy chairs in our suite, reading, munching on the homemade biscuits that had been thoughtfully provided, and enjoying the peace and quiet. While in many hotels bathrooms can be something of an afterthought, not so here. Not in the least. The en suite was almost as big as the bedroom, with a shower, roll top bath, and heated wooden bench for some post-ablution luxuriating. When the website says things like, ‘If the tranquillity of our location doesn’t immediately touch your soul, then the opulent décor, sumptuous rooms, fine dining and discreet, attentive service will surely combine to cast aside the realities of everyday life. At Nanteos it’s all about you. Somewhere to come and go as you please; where privacy is assured and where time, if you want it to, stands still,’ they aren’t kidding. Preprandial cocktails in the library, followed by dinner in the rather grand setting of the yr Eos restaurant adds to our thoughts of possibly moving in forever. Chef Gerwyn Jones puts local produce front and centre in his menu of comforting classics with modern twists, and the cooking was bang on point in every one of the dishes we tried. Nanteos Mansion team have got just about everything right to create a relaxing countryside retreat. After all, sometimes you need to just need to unplug, unwind and get away from it all. And when you do, Nanteos Mansion is the place.

“The en suite was almost as big as the bedroom, with a shower, roll top bath, and heated wooden bench for some postablution luxuriating”

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country houses

left: Relax at Glen Yr Afon House Hotel; below: enjoy the gardens at Gellihaf House; bottom: the New House Country Hotel was built in the 1730


Luxe escapes, marvellous mini-breaks and superior staycations all on our doorstep


hether it be because of climate change fears, post-Brexit worries, or simply the desire to get away but not too far, the staycation is fast becoming the new vacation. Luckily there are a wealth of wonderful destinations close to Cardiff that make for an idyllic weekend away and here’s the lowdown on just three of our favourites… GLEN YR AFON HOUSE HOTEL Where: Pontypool Road, Usk, Monmouthshire NP15 1SY; tel: 01291 672302; www.glen-yr-afon.co.uk What: Family owned country house hotel, built in 1867, with 27 rooms plus a cottage in the grounds. Why: Nestling in the heart of the Monmouthshire countryside and located a short stroll from the picturesque town of Usk, this hotel offers relaxation and a high level of personal service.

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From the four-poster bridal suite to family rooms, all guest bedrooms are individual in character and furnished to a high standard, every room is fully en suite with trouser press, flat-screen television/DVD player, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities and most have views of the hotel’s spacious gardens. GELLIHAF HOUSE Where: Fleur-de-lis, Blackwood, NP12 2QE. tel: 01443 831518; www.gellihafhouse.co.uk What: The current Gellihaf House, which is now small and beautiful with just three guest rooms, was completed in 1931 and stands on the site where the old Gellihaf House Farm had been for generations. Why: The grand manor house, set in the picturesque Rhymney Valley, is in the impressive Arts and Crafts style, retains many original features and is surrounded by stunning gardens and grounds. And it’s these gardens that are Gellihaf ’s real USP – there is an upper lawn (once a tennis court) with its own summerhouse, which attracts the sun all day. The wild garden, called The Meadow, is a honeybee’s paradise full of wildflowers and

bee attracting shrubs. And from the pretty log bench, the Maesycwmmer viaduct and its breath-taking vista, can be truly appreciated. THE NEW HOUSE HOTEL Where: New House Country Hotel, Thornhill, Cardiff CF14 9UA. tel: 02920 520 280; www.townandcountrycollective.co.uk What: This 4-star hotel started life as a manor house, was built in the 1730s and is a muchloved venue for stays, weddings, and events. Why: Towering majestically over the city of Cardiff, this is the kind of retreat you don’t have to travel miles to get to. Dine al fresco and enjoy the landscaped gardens. Or you can simply relax in the refined, elegant and sumptuous rooms with original features and hideaway from the hustle and bustle of life until total calm is restored. n

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“A geometric or a Moroccan inspired tile has crept onto many a kitchen wish list” Artisan Interiors’ Rebecca Klein sees darker forces at work in the kitchen

Clever storage is an increasing must-have for Avantgarde’s clients

KITCHEN SINK DRAMAS Insider tips to the latest trends for stylish kitchen interiors


hether you’re thinking of a completely new kitchen, or simply want to refresh a tired colour scheme, three Cardiff designers share their insider knowledge on the hottest trends for the coolest kitchen. The first shocker is a move away from the bright lights of white in the kitchen for 2019/20. Ceri Hill, design director of the Chalkhouse Interiors, which helps us to create functional and beautiful handmade kitchens, explains, “Black, or almost black, is the new black. White kitchens have reigned supreme for years but now it’s finally time to move over to the dark side. If black is a little too adventurous, then opt for a really deep blue or dark green, less intimidating but equally dramatic.” Rebecca Klein, head interior designer at Artisan Interiors who specialise in bespoke German kitchens, agrees that darker forces at work. She says, “Deep yellows, forest greens, intense blues, burnt orange and terracotta reds – these dusky bold colours are not only restricted to the cabinetry – they have gradually made their way onto worktops, creating depth and bold statement pieces.” It’s not just white that has had its day; the metro tile might finally be down the tube as Ceri explains, “A geometric or a Moroccan inspired tile has crept onto many a wish list.

Also we can stop getting upset about distressing the wood. “The naked, raw wood texture is a fast-growing movement making its way back into our homes,” says Rebecca. And taps are no longer just stainless steel, as Kevin Daley, sales director of Avantgarde Designs a family firm with more than 50 years in offering high quality bespoke kitchens, explains, “Rose gold handles are seen more now and look so striking.” Apparently this is a metal made popular by the Apple’s use of it for iPhones. It would seem even smart storage is becoming fashionable. “Fresh herbs, knives, your iPad, that Moroccan chopping board from a friend – all items you require while making your statement dish,” says Rebecca, “An ingenious, yet simple wall panelling system allows you to showcase your most prized possessions, while keeping everything within arm’s length.” Kevin is seeing more and more clients choosing options such a chef ’s pantry and integral bin systems. As Ceri says, “Clever storage is a must, even in a traditional kitchen you need to think about incorporating some to ensure your kitchen is as functional as it is beautiful. Don’t be afraid to play hide and seek with everyday elements like the toaster and bread bin, and put them out of sight.” n For more: www.avantgardedesign.co.uk; www.chalkhouseinteriors.co.uk; www.german-kitchens-cardiff.co.uk

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am expected to work more than my contracted hours to open and close the store when my manager is on leave. Am I entitled to be paid for the additional time worked?

A There is no statutory right to receive an additional payment for any overtime worked. However, your average pay for the total number of hours worked (including overtime) must not fall below the National Minimum Wage – currently £8.21 for 25 year olds and over. If you work overtime, the overtime rate of pay should be specified in the employment contract or in a paid overtime policy, even if it is to confirm that no overtime will be paid. Your employer should also be mindful that a written contract can be varied by an oral agreement. Therefore, if a written contract states that you will not be paid for any overtime worked, but you are then told by your manager

that you will receive extra pay, then it is possible that the verbal agreement will become binding. In a recent case the employment tribunal had to decide whether an employee was entitled to paid overtime for the additional time it took him to open and shut the store when the store manager was away. His employment contract did not mention anything about overtime. However, the employer did have a separate paid overtime policy. The employee issued a claim for £1,780 in lost wages for the additional hours worked. He was successful. The tribunal held that a term would be implied into his contract that he was entitled to payment for the additional time spent opening and closing the store, especially as there was an overtime scheme in place. However, the tribunal only awarded him £1,019. He was not entitled to be paid for the other jobs he undertook after closing the store, such as cleaning as this task could have been undertaken during the working day. n

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COVERING old GROUND How the new builds on the blocks are settling in quite nicely with their architectural ancestors By Sarah Moolla

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ust one quick glance look around Cardiff and you’ll see a landscape as diverse, eclectic and vibrant as the gorgeous people of the city. From Cardiff Castle, which dates from the late 11th century and sits pride of place in the heart of the capital, to the 21st century entertainment and arts mecca of the Wales Millennium Centre. There’s also the Victorian terrace homes, the Gothic pier head, and the modernist civic centre built in 1901. The old and the new have always sat side by side, shoulder to shoulder, getting along famously and also reflecting Cardiff’s reputation as a city that successfully blends heritage with evolution. It also means more and more skilled professionals are looking to make a move here, which in turn has seen a growth in the housing market. Here we take a look at just a few of the stylish, handsome and statement new builds and chat to a few of the developers about how they’ve helped to ensure the new marries with the old in perfect harmony.


Location: Trade Street, Cardiff Description: 100 apartments, one, two and three bed, in a warehouse-

inspired building within one of Cardiff city centre’s most exciting regeneration area. Price ranges: £145,000 to £525,000 Due to complete: May 2019 Being developed by Portabella; www.portabella.co.uk

Portabella’s commercial director Peter Reilly says, “The Brickworks space was once a corporation yard which is where building materials were stored during the construction of large parts of Victorian Cardiff. The buildings previously on the site were no longer fit for purpose but we chose to retain the stone façades of what are reputed to be former sea captains’ houses,

NEW BUILDS The stone façade of Brickworks

The outside space of The Moorwell penthouses

“We really wanted to reflect the industrial warehouse style throughout the building” The Moorwell development in Penarth was once an army auxiliary workshop

which now form part of the development. “The area immediately south of central station has been light industrial in use for many years, having originally been in service of the port of Cardiff during its heyday. As money didn’t really come to Cardiff until the coal, the city doesn’t have any of the big warehouse type buildings of other cities but we felt that this was a location where a warehouse of its type might have been situated and were keen to reflect its industrial past in this way. “We’ve already had comments from people who’ve assumed that it’s a warehouse building that we converted, which perhaps is testament to the design already being harmonious with its surroundings and we think is a great compliment. “We also really wanted to reflect the industrial warehouse style throughout the building and we’ve used exposed natural materials such as brick with raw and polished concrete and lots of creative design touches in the communal areas; with the apartments themselves however we’ve softened that look quite a lot to give a level of comfort without sacrificing the aesthetic.”


Location: Windsor Road, Penarth Description: a new development of 12, one and two bedroom apartments Price ranges: from £250,000 Due to complete: early 2020

Being developed by Project Three Developments, contact through Savills estate agents; www.savills.co.uk

Ben Wells, managing director of Project Three Developments, says, “The original building was designed and built by Stanley Sadler, conceived in the 1920s with his brother E. Aubrey Sadler for Sadler Bros Ltd. During World War II the building was used as an army auxiliary workshop. Initially only a single story, the second story and ramp were added in the 1940s. E. Aubrey Sadler died young and in the early 1950s the building was sold when it then became Moorwell Motors; and it’s this name we have revived for the residences. “The project incorporates the art deco character of the original building’s exterior, using the theme subtly throughout the interior design. We were committed to retain the art deco frontage of the building and have gone to great lengths to minimise any visual changes to the exterior. We have also utilised the 1920s style in other elements of the scheme, including the interiors. For example, we have a striking geometric design on materials for the communal areas. We also set out to combine contemporary interiors for the apartments with classic features such as herringbone flooring to the living space. Contemporary touches include central private courtyard for residents, balconies or terraces available, and all with secure parking.”

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“When the development was being planned, it was important to retain a strong waterside connection”

Schooner Wharf with its waterfront views

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Location: Schooner Drive on Schooner Way, Cardiff Description: A development of 85, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments offering

spacious outside terraces and balconies

Price ranges: £235,000 - £285,000 Built: In 2018/2019 with 21 plots out of 85 remaining

Being developed by Cardiff Community Housing Association; www.ccha.org.uk Catherine Maunder, Schooner Wharf head of sales, says, “The development is situated close to the port of Cardiff and was formerly used supporting this industry. When the development was being planned, it was important to retain a strong waterside connection and this has been reflected in the sympathetic design of large waterfront terraces and balconies. The developer has ensured that the scheme blends seamlessly with local buildings by following similar themes but using more modern architecture and materials. The interiors are all contemporary with the addition of good sized terraces and balconies maximizing the water views.” n

www.pablack.co.uk Prestige homes from Peter Alan

The Coach House, Mill Road, Lisvane ÂŁ595,000 EPC = D pa black Whitchurch 02920 612328

Stunning three bedroom detached former coach house built circa 1905. Full of character and beautifully presented and improved. 20ft lounge with maple wood floor, formal dining room, bi-folding doors to both reception rooms, high quality 18ft fitted kitchen. Two NK Porcelanosa shower rooms, downstairs cloak room. Stunning landscaped rear gardens, private gated entrance drive, must be seen! Simply superb!

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Birchwood Road, Cyncoed ÂŁ535,000 EPC = D pa black Albany Road 02920 462246

Three/four bedroom detached family house in lovely quiet location. Cardiff high school catchment. Stylish downtsairs cloak room, charming entrance hall, 16ft kitchen, utility room, 16ft lounge, formal dining room. 19ft family room. Ground floor bedroom & ensuite. 3 large 1st floor bedrooms. Large modern family bathroom, useful attic room, dual access in and out drive. Pretty sunny enclosed gardens. Lovely location. Must bee seen.




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aybe you hear the word modern home and you slightly recoil. You immediately think boxy, ugly, new build with no soul, heart or character. Often you’d be right, but then you see a home like this Balmoral Quays beachfront three-bedroom apartment in Penarth, and all those misconceptions are swept out to sea. It’s bright, light, full of joy, and surprises, with 21st century mod cons arranged over three glorious floors. The history of the building is it originally was the Victorian municipal baths that stood in the town for the best part of a century. The municipal baths closed in the 1980s and the building itself later became a pub restaurant – In At The Deep End. It was then bought up and slowly converted into four separate properties in 2005. The clues to its past are found in those huge

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original windows, the brickwork, glass lantern roof, and the ornate steel beams. With its open plan, mezzanine design, there’s an abundance of light throughout, and the arched windows, intricate ceiling work, the original and mightily impressive beams, and exposed brickwork add to the charm and the flow of the property. From the exposed walls in the bedroom and bathroom, to the white, pared back interiors of the lounge, and the luxe kitchen area, every room of this apartment has been thoughtfully and intelligently planned. Along with imagination and flair, the renovation work and recent refurbishment accentuates the unique features and history of this Grade II listed building, yet the ultra-high spec finish is evident in every room. There are three double bedrooms, with the master bedroom boasting en suite facilities, and a large family bathroom. Wooden floors, tiled heated flooring, high-end designer fixtures and fittings such as the Poggenpohl kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, and smart, seamless built-in storage comes as standard. But where this home really comes into its own is its

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own leisure suite, somewhat appropriate given its past, and consists of jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna, with the mezzanine level providing a gym and workout area. It’s an amazing balance of traditional and contemporary style, and there is a fully furnished option to buy as seen. With Penarth Esplanade, sea views and the main pier on your doorstep, this stunning property offers unique waterside living outside as well as in. Plus don’t forget there’s those breath-taking cliff top walks along the coastline. This spectacular and unique home, which is unlikely to be on the market for long, looks to offer, like many modern classics, a happy ever after for some lucky soul. n

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Bedrooms 3 Spa area




Bathrooms 3 For more: Cardiff Residential Estates, 22 Pantbach Road, Heath, Cardiff; tel: 029 2061 7885; www.cardiffresidential.com


“I do sometimes get mocked for liking jigsaw puzzles” my friends – even if it’s just for a coffee, I love watching the Cardiff Devils play at the Viola Arena, and from time to time I do love a bath. I do sometimes get mocked for liking jigsaw puzzles though…not very cool is it?

SOPHIE GARROD The communications assistant at Wales Millennium Centre shares her love of hats, jigsaws and Canton, and her dislike of DIY Sophie was born and raised in South London and came to Cardiff in 2015 for university to study journalism, media and cultural studies. She is a theatre blogger and reviewer on her website OneWomanWestEndShow. She also has the enviable job of being the marketing and communications assistant at Wales Millennium Centre. Tell us a little more about this amazing job of yours… I’ve always been a huge fan of the theatre so being able to work at the National Arts Centre for Wales is an absolute dream come true. I assist on marketing campaigns for the big shows we have in the Donald Gordon Theatre as well as our smaller seasons.

With all that going on, how do you find time to write your blog? I started the blog during university as a space to share my passion and it’s grown since then. It takes a lot of time to maintain both the social media side and the actual content for the site, but I absolutely love it. I write in-depth pieces about social issues within the theatre – such as race and racial casting, and last year I conducted some interviews to write a series on disability in theatre. I also write top-tips, fun listicles, opinion pieces and reviews. What’s your spare time hobbies, if indeed you do get any spare time? I enjoy going to the gym in Cardiff Bay, I cherish nothing more than spending time with

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Whereabouts in Cardiff do you live? I live in Canton, which I truly believe is the best part of Cardiff. There are wonderful markets, indie coffee shops and eateries hidden in every nook and cranny.   Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Samantha Barks is my favourite theatre performer and my idol so definitely her. David Attenborough, as well as Morgan Freeman and Stephen Chbosky – the author of my favourite book The Perks of Being a Wallflower.   When did you last cry, and can you tell us why? It sounds really stupid. I have a canvas on my living room wall with a lot of theatre memorabilia on it and sometimes I add new bits to it. I’d taken it down and put it on the living room floor to add some more to it and my boyfriend didn’t see it and stepped on it. Luckily only on the edge but I still shed a tear or two.    What job in particular would you be terrible at? Anything DIY. Engineer, builder, plumber, that kind of thing. Having said that, I haven’t ever actually tried banging a nail into a wall.   What’s on your bookshelf at the moment? Recent reads include Kindered by

Octavia E. Butler, A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart and This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay. I’ve just started Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott now. I read a lot, and everyday on the way to work. Who’s your celebrity crush? Ooh just the one? Then James McAvoy is definitely up there, but along with Jude Law.   Which piece of music would you put on at the end of a trying day to cheer you up? Ed Sheeran probably. He’s got a song for every mood and always does the trick.   What’s your favourite piece of clothing? I am a hat person. Baseball caps, winter bobble hats, summer hats, any hat. I love hats!    What’s your favourite childhood memory? We used to go to the South of France every year to a villa painted all in pink, which my brother and I called The Pink House. I remember driving up to it at the beginning of the holiday and barely being able to contain my excitement as I saw the pink walls peeping through the trees. Favourite places to eat/ drink and shop in Cardiff? The Bee and Honey in Canton is my favourite brunch place. I’ve also discovered The Lazy Leek in Kings Yard in Pontcanna. I’ve recently gone vegetarian, and all their burgers are vegan and always smell delicious. n For more: www.onewomanwestendshow.com

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