Six Nations beer fest

Luxury hotel and spa, The Metropole in mid Wales, is marking the Six Nations Championship 2014, with a celebration of the best ales the participating nations have to offer.

On February 1, when the championship kicks off with the Wales v Italy match at the Millennium Stadium, guests The Metropole can celebrate – or commiserate – with a Birra Moretti or a Peroni Nastro Azzurro.

For the Irish game there’s a vintage Magners cider to tuck into, and for the French game, a delicate Breton cider or a deeply hoppy red beer known as Gavroche.

Old favourite Spitfire, originally brewed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britan, puts in an appearance for England, along with Badger Fursty Ferret; and from Scotland there’s a dark beer called Highlander, and a light, golden beer – Jarl – for those who prefer something lighter.

And, of course there’s delicious Welsh beer – the two bottled Celt ales on offer are Dark Age with its hint of chocolate and caramel, and Celt Bleddyn, the brewery’s commanding IPA, as well as the hotel’s cask ales such as Felinfoel IPA.

Justin Baird-Murray, MD at The Metropole, said:

“We wanted to mark this year’s Six Nations by doing something special – particularly as the Welsh team will make history if they win the Championship again.  Either way, visitors to The Metropole can enjoy the best beers and ciders the Six Nations countries have to offer.”

Please call 01597 828509 for further information.

Metropole 6 Nations

Cheer up the depths of winter by booking a special break on St. Dwynwen’s Day

The tree is down and the decorations cleared away for another year.

With the festivities over, the long winter ahead can seem bleak.

Now is the perfect time to beat the winter blues and book a weekend away.

If you want to spoil your partner, why wait until February 14, the Welsh equivalent is celebrated on January 25 – St .Dwynwen’s Day.

The patron saint of Welsh lovers, Saint Dwynwen, is associated with Llanddwyn island on Anglesey in north Wales.

A well on Llanddwyn is dedicated to Dwynwen, and the movement of fish within its waters is said to indicate lovers’ destinies.

The well became a famous pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages, attracting lovesick couples from far and wide.

The remains of Dwynwen’s church can still be seen on the island, which is now a wild and beautiful nature reserve.

Many Welsh Rarebits hotels are offering special treats to celebrate St.Dwynwen’s Day.

So drive away the cold winter chill by booking a heart-warming break.