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Photos from today’s Insole Christmas Market

December 17, 2016 - Author: melyn

The redeveloped Insole Court in Llandaf Cardiff brings an old-world feel of the Cotswolds or Cheshire to the Welsh capital. The Christmas Market there today really helped to increase the quota of Christmas spirit. There was delicious lentil soup, Italian leather handbags and woven scarves, original pastels by local artists and lots of Festive hustle and bustle. Here are some photos I took:

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Cardiff Rumfest

October 1, 2016 - Author: melyn



imageI’ve come to Cardiff RumFfest at the Angel Hotel in town today.

I’ve only just arrived and the first rum I tasted was Wood’s Old Navy Rum. That was a dark, woody, rich flavour, which pairs well with Wood’s own brand of chocolate. Rum and chocolate, now there’s a match made in heaven.

The new Angostura 1787 15year old was something I’d been really looking forward to try. Master distiller John Georges has brought his first bottles over from Trinidad & Tobago to Cardiff with UK brand ambassador Sean Duprey. The Angostura 1787 sipping rum celebrates the establishment of the first sugar mill in Trinidad in 1787, at the famous Lapeyrouse sugar plantation. It is made from reserve rums which have been maturing for 15 years in charred oak barrels. The flavour is sweet, rich and sophisticated. The first shipments of Angostura 1787 will arrive in the UK in November and guide retail price is £59.99 for 70cl bottle. . The No1 Rum by Angustora is a real showstopper. Very classy, with a price to match.

Other rums I’ve tried so far include Mezan 2006, Rum-Bar Gold and Rum-Bar’s Rum Cream, which is a bit like Baileys.

The Angel is rocking, I’m going to carry on tasting. I’ll post any updates on the Twitter account if I get a chance.

Acknowledgement: my tickets to attend Rumfest was given by Angostura’s agency.

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Willy Wonka weekend fun at Insole Court

August 19, 2016 - Author: melyn

There’s a Willy Wonka celebration at Insole Court Gardens, Llandaf, Cardiff, on Saturday 21 August 2016. Between 15:00-18:00 there’s a fancy dress family picnic which has been sponsored by the Llandaf businesses listed on the poster below.


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Pearls and Tiaras on the lawn

May 23, 2016 - Author: melyn

Here’s some warning so you can get out your gladrags ready in time for this 10 June Pearls and Tiaras fundraiser for NSPCC:


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