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A New Look for Our Newsletter
As you will know from our bulletins or visiting Hawarden Estate Farm Shop and its big sister The Glynne Arms, we are people of passion when it comes to real food.
We often cannot wait to share our latest news and ideas with you. But we don't want to clutter up your inbox unnecessarily. So from now on we'll be sending one email newsletter a week, which will cover what's in store from both the Farm Shop and The Glynne. (And maybe a few thoughts about life and the universe, if they occur to us.)
Friday 18th – Sunday 20th April
10am – 5pm Friday & Saturday, 10am – 4pm on Sunday
- Craft and food stalls on all three days
- Hog roast on Saturday from 11:30am
- Children’s craft activities on Friday & Saturday
- Children’s Easter egg hunt on Sunday at 11:30am and 1:30pm, £2.50 per child
- Free tastings in the farmshop and wine cellar
- Special promotions across the centre
As part of the story of the princes of Gwynedd, a leaflet has been created detailing the Levelinus Stone at Pentrefoelas in rural Conwy. The inscribed stone, carved around 1230, ten years before Llywelyn's death, is in a mixture of Welsh and Latin and explains the meaning of LLywelyn's name. The stone was erected by the monks of Aberconwy in thanks for a large portion of land, over 3000 acres, surrounding Pentrefoelas that had been given to them by Llywelyn. The original stone is now in the National Museum, Cardiff but you will find a replica near a medieval mound. Copies of the leaflet are available at the Riverside Chocolate House in Pentrefoelas, which is located on the A5 six miles south east of Betws-y-Coed.
The Open Spaces Society, Britain’s leading pressure-group for common land, is delighted that the Planning Inspectorate has called a public inquiry into plans by the Heads of the Valley Development Company Ltd to develop common land at Rassau, Blaenau Gwent. These works are proposed ahead of the prospective Circuit of Wales motor-racing development itself. The company has applied to the Welsh ministers for consent to carry out major works on the common.
The public inquiry is scheduled for 24 June and will last for four days.
The two latest Around & About maps have been commissioned by the Riverside Chocolate House in Pentrefoelas and cover the Betws-y-Coed and Gwydir area, and the Pentrefoelas, Glasfryn, Ysbyty Ifan and Cefn-Brith area. These maps, produced under licence from Ordnance Survey, are ideal for walkers as they are pocket size, laminated and 1:16000 scale. Maps cost £3.99 each and are available at the Riverside Chocolate House, which is in the village of Pentrefoelas, on the A5 trunk road, six miles south east of Betws-y-Coed.
The title of this piece needs a bit of explaining. Why, you might ask, is a farm shop on the Wales/England border offering holiday discounts in Scotland? Well, Hawarden Estate Farm Shop is part of a big family of enterprises, which includes The Glynne Arms, the pub at the hub of Hawarden; Pedlars (www.pedlars.co.uk) which sources and sells wonderful vintage and funky new stuff for your home and is now also based here in Hawarden; and Balbegno Castle – a splendid holiday home on the Fasque & Glen Dye Estate in the Scottish highlands. (The link is the Gladstone family, who bring life, joy and originality to everything they do.)
Great idea #1
Don't just say it with a box of chocolates. Say it with a whole hamper of chocolates – with some delicious home-made marshmallow cake, sugared almonds and a box of Tea Pigs Earl Grey tea bags thrown in for good measure. Our hampers come in three sizes and, if you like, we'll take you round the shop, help you choose and then dress it all up with cellophane with a bow, ready for presentation on February 14. Can't fail.
Great idea #2
Gift vouchers valid at the Farm Shop and The Glynne Arms. This is so that the special person in your life can use and choose. A favourite wine, perhaps; or some rare, small-batch olive oil or vinegar from the deli; or a surprise lunch at The Glynne for two. It's up to them: you just give them the voucher.
Great idea #3
Our third great idea comes from Rob at the butchery, and we could hardly believe it when he suggested this: heart-shaped steak. Yes, really!
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