I’m on a bit of a roll with Welsh foodie news this week. My piece on the ingenious folk at Selwyn’s, who are reinventing Welsh laverbread as an Asian-inspired seaweed snack, appeared in the South Wales Evening Post today (see cutting, below) and tomorrow I’m off to learn more about the Gower Brewery, which is set to quadruple its capacity and create 20 jobs as a result of a £1m investment package. These are good times for the Welsh food and drink industry.
Besides that, I’m editing the August edition of Healthcare Risk Management Review and having great fun with visual art features, including a piece on West Wales painter Peter Morgan, who has a show soon at Workshop Wales Gallery in Fishguard, and a business feature on the huge contribution Swansea’s elysiumgallery has had on the local economy. It’s done this by supporting start-up businesses and helping with the regeneration of Swansea’s High Street: its newest studios are located there and the gallery is holding some truly original and exciting arts events in the area.
I’m also just finishing a feature on the beautiful and utterly original Artists’ Map of Swansea, produced by artists Melanie Ezra and Rose Davies, which is lovely enough to frame but practical enough to take you on a fascinating and unpredictable tour of Swansea. Interviewing them really made me see the city with fresh eyes, and I urge you to buy the map and try it for yourself – it’s a snip at £2.
Later in the week I’m going to try to get a table at the Plough and Harrow in Murton, Gower. I recently interviewed chef-proprietor Nick Torrance–Jones for a feature in Swansea’s What’s On magazine and I was hugely impressed by the transformation he’s achieved there, by his unpretentious but imaginative menu, and by his uncompromising approach to sourcing. Lunch beckons… I’ll let you know how I get on.