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Friday, 28 September 2012

Plan UK

Some of you may already be aware that instead of corporate christmas cards, we support of number of overseas children from some of the poorest countries in the world.  One of them is called Yaovi from Togo and we get updates throughout the year which we pass around the staff.  We find this a lot more rewarding than just the annual christmas card production.  And so we thought we should share this with, just in case some of you were wondering where your card is!

Yaovi has a brother, Kossi and a new born sister, Adjo.  The nearest health facility is over 2 hours away!  Yaovi is 14 (see picture) and attends school in the Blitta area, part of the Sotouboua district.

We also sponsor Prem, now 17 from  Urmul, Lunkaransar, India.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Recipe for Pan Fried Mullet

Pan Fried Mullet on Green Beans and Smoked Bacon

Grey Mullet is a plentiful fish around the North Wales Coast, though a special knack is required in catching them, your best bet is to call at your local fishmonger.

Malcolm’s MermaidSeafood Llandudno has his finger on the pulse and the local fishermen know where to go and sail for their freshest fish.
Ask Malcolm to gut and scale your mullet
2 Fillets of Grey Mullet
150g of Green Beans (we use locally grown from Cae Melwr Llanrwst)
75g of Smoked Bacon (O.E Metcalf Llanrwst)
50g of Baby Plum Tomatoes (we use locally grown from Cae Melwr Llanrwst)
50g of Cooked New Potatoes
With a sharp knife scour the fillets and gently rub with sea salt and olive oil.
Place in your frying pan skin side down over a medium heat .
Turn when you see the edges going brown, fry again for a further 3-4 min                                                      Place in a medium over for about 8 minuets
Meanwhile blanch off the beans and leave to cool
To Assemble the Dish
Fry off the Smoked Bacon until crispy, cut green beans into bite size pieces                                                             add the green beans into the frying pan.
Share between 2 plates
Place the mullet on top of the green beans and smoked bacon
Garnish with sautéed potato and warmed baby plum tomatoes, drizzle with lemon and olive oil.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

New Summer Grill Room Menu

We are pleased to announce our enhanced value new Grill Room Summer menu.  Hopefully it will change to the weather out lookout as well.  There are some new dishes, notably a creamy mash fish pie, Seafood and chicken Paella as well as local lambs liver and world famous Welsh Lamb Rump.  Our Daily Specials continue to showcase the best of market fresh local produce.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Don't knock the boat

Our thanks go to one of yesterday's younger customers' for leaving us this small but thoughtful 'thank you' card - how lovely!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Days Out

Looking forward to the week ahead, then here are just some ideas of what to do in the area;

Ty Hyll - The Original Ugly House and home of the Snowdonia Society - fine example of a welsh cottage built in a day - Capel Curig 01286 685498 www.snowdonia-society.org.uk

Bodafon Farm Park - family friendly day out with deer, lamas, goats, horses and birds of prey 01492 549060 www.bodafonfarmpark.com

Welsh Mountain Zoo - spend the day with exotic animals from all around the world, with fantastic views included www.welshmountainzoo.org.uk 01492 532938

Great Orme Family Golf - a nine hole pitch and putt with all the fresh air you could hope for and stunning views across LLandudno Bay 07990517020 http://ormegolf.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Local Go Karting

Dropped in today at our local track, Glan Y Gors near Pentrefoelas, about 15 minutes drive away.  They were hosting the 2012 Karting Championship, basically the Formula 1.  Force India Formula 1 Racing Acedemy drivers and support teams were present.  Really impressive to see the kids absolutely flying around the track at speeds of up to 100 mph about 2" off the ground.  Found the only Lotus Go Kart in the UK as well so no pressure on that young man!  The place was buzzing but it was great to see such a center of excellence in our back yard - good luck to all.