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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!
A glass of chilled Kir with cheese straws
Baguette with salted butter
Vol au vent of snails & button mushrooms with a garlic & herb butter
French onion & cidre soup with cheese crouton
Warm salad of smoked bacon, croutons, fine beans, poached egg, French dressing
As the availability of cheap and cheerful lagers seems to increase, it’s cask ales that have suffered with them not being found nearly enough in modern day public houses. However, by awarding the premier in pubs with the award, the Cask Marque has brought more attention to the great drinks that may have flown under your radar.
At The Oakeley Arms, we provide a fine selection of cask ales with many of them featuring in the nation’s favourite beers. Of note in the top 30 is Purple Moose which is often lauded as a full-flavoured drink which is on tap at reputable pubs across Wales. Other local ales such as Great Orme and Tomos Watkin are available also with the specially-produced Oakeley Dokeley Beer being exclusive to us here at The Oakeley Arms.
‘A Tasting Menu of Wales’
Our own bread with Welsh organic unsalted butter
Leek & potato soup, Welsh cheddar cheese crouton
Cardigan Bay seabass fillet stuffed with Welsh smoked salmon, baked with a laverbread & herb crust, chive sauce
Grilled Welsh lamb rump, braised leeks, creamy mashed potato
Welsh whisky & honey jus
UK garden designers Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer have released details of the new woodland garden that will be built at Blind Veterans UK's new Llandudno Centre. And work is already underway to transform 4 acres of woodland into a useful resource for local residents and those using the centre.
Founding Director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said: "It was a great honour to be asked to provide master-planning and creative designs to transform what was an unused but very valuable resource.
"The new woodland will include a series of experiences, linked by a matrix of paths, where vision-impaired ex-servicemen and women can enjoy the woodland in groups as well as on their own."
Jack Davison, 22, from St Tudno Hotel, Llandudno, won the North Wales heat of the National Chef of Wales contest Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea yesterday (Monday). The bi-annual competition is organised by the Culinary Association of Wales and sponsored by the Welsh Government, Unilever Food Solutions, Hybu Cig Cymru/ Meat Promotion Wales.
“It’s great to have won the North Wales heat and I now plan to try my best in the final and see what happens,” said Jack, a member of the junior Welsh National Culinary Team. “I chose three dishes that I had cooked before because I didn’t want to complicate things and I was really happy with the result.”
His menu opened with blow torched cured mackerel with tartare, beetroot and cucumber and continued with a main course of pan roasted duck with braised leg potato cake, blackberries and pear. Dessert was dark chocolate mousse cake with orange and chocolate soil.
newcomer to the Welsh boutique hotel market, was voted into the final three in the prestigious Wales Tourism Awards 2013 in the 'Best Place to Stay' category.
The privately owned Nanteos Mansion Hotel in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion is a new contender on the Welsh hotel market, with this only its second year of operation since opening its doors in early 2012 following a long and detailed £5 million refurbishment.
In the category 'Best Place to Stay (Guest Accommodation)' in the Welsh Tourism Awards 2013, Nanteos was placed in the final three, an immense achievement and a testimony to the hard work of all the staff at Nanteos Mansion and the Chef Patron, Nigel Jones.