In the heart of Bristol city centre is a jazz venue called Jazz at Future Inns. It is underneath Chophouse Restaurant, both of which are part of Future Inn Bristol. That’s right, a restaurant with live music in Bristol, and Thursday nights are dedicated to Jazz. Each week sees a different local or internationally known artist, duo, ensemble or group.
Welsh rarebit is a simple but very popular dish of toasted bread covered in a cheese sauce or melted cheese, mixed with mustard, spices or ale, and has been popular since the 1500s under the name of ‘caws pobi’, which is Welsh for toasted cheese.
Nobody’s quite sure of the origin of the name, but it’s generally believed to be a jest at the expense of the early poor of Wales, from the South Wales Valleys, who may largely have subsisted on rabbit and ale (though how this relates back to cheese on toast, I am not sure). The dish was thought to be a staple in the diets of Welsh men and women.
Welsh rarebit on homemade bread and served with a rhubarb compote. Photograph was taken for Thomas Restaurant at Future Inn Cardiff’s summer 2019 Taste of Wales Menu
For hundreds of years, communication took place in several ways, you either sat down and had a conversation with someone or you wrote your thoughts and feelings down in a letter. I am not talking about the letters that you get from the bank or bills, but the incredibly intimate ones.
I love reading stories or coming across collections of love letters that have lasted through time. Soldiers on the front lines telling their mother or the betrothed that they are well and are longing to see them again, as well as begging for snippets of home. When they received them, did they smell like home or of their lovers’ perfume? Some even included pressed flowers or a lock of hair to remind them of the wonders of home.
Us ladies have it tough when it comes to arranging a hen party. If you are lucky enough to be given the responsibility, there can be a lot of pressure. Has it been something that the bride-to-be has dreamt of since she was a little girl? And how do you accommodate different personal budgets, their time and worst of all, expectations?
I have been in the wedding industry for a long time and have heard all manner of adventures and incidents from brides and grooms. I have also been to my fair share of hen parties – I am sure I have seen more willy-straws than you have had hot dinners. I have put together my top tips on getting organised, keeping calm and pulling off a kick-ass event.