Food adventures in the Black Mountains

Foodie fans will be delighted to hear that Food Adventures, one of Welsh Rarebits’ partners, will be running a cooking masterclass at Black Mountains Smokery next month.

The masterclass will be run from the beautiful, 16th century Welsh longhouse near Crickhowell that’s home to  Black Mountains Smokery founders Jonathan and Jo Carthew.

The couple have won awards for the gourmet smoked fish and poultry and produce at their smokery.

Those attending the masterclass will learn how to use Black Mountains’ produce to make simple, elegant, seasonal meals for a dinner party or a quick weekday supper – as well as getting practical tips on how to present these meals beautifully.

The masterclass will be taught by private chef, Sarah Lee, and will combine a cooking demonstration with some hands-on experience.

Sarah has cooked professionally for more than 40 years, and her client list includes high sheriffs, lord lieutenants and celebrities.

The Masterclass with Smokery Tour will run from 10:30 to 3:00.

What’s included:

  • Welcome coffee/tea and cakes
  • Coffee and tea throughout the day
  • Three-course lunch
  • Behind the scenes session with Jo Carthew
  • Masterclass with private chef Sarah Lee -which combines a cooking demonstration with some hands on opportunities
  • Tour of Black Mountains Smokery

9 July 2014,  10:30 to 3:00, price £65

To book:

Smoked Chicken Crostini

Smoked Chicken Crostini

Summer is here!

At last, temperatures are soaring and everyone is enjoying soaking up the sun.

This balmy weather is perfect for al fresco eating – particularly as many of our hotels have fabulous views to enjoy as you indulge in good food and wine.

Gliffaes, near Crickhowell, runs an informal BBQ Sunday lunch on its terrace during the summer months.

The hotel is a perfect location for relaxing as the grounds are extensive and very lovely, and are bordered by the river Usk, which is well known for its magnificent fly fishing.

Tre-ysgawen Hall is situated on the isle of Anglesey, an area of Wales renowned for its beautiful beaches.  The water is warming up as summer gains force, so a dip in the sea will soon be a delight.

Many of the Welsh Rarebits hotels have swimming pools, so those who fancy a dip without leaving the hotel grounds can do so at their leisure.

And those who want to indulge in spa treatments can do so at a number of our hotels. The Metropole’s Rock Spa has introduced a sparkling strawberry summer scrub – guaranteeing perfectly polished skin for the summer months.


Flaming June arrives

June is here, and if the forecasters are to be believed, we may be in for some balmy weather.

One thing is for certain, summer has arrived in the Welsh Rarebits hotel kitchens.

Guests can look forward to delicious desserts such as summer pudding, fresh berry pavlova, strawberry and mascapone cheesecake…

The hotel kitchen gardens are coming alive with fresh herbs and salad greens too – look out for chives, sorrel, lettuce, basil, rosemary and mint.

Having enjoyed a mild winter, and a gentle spring, the blossoms on hotel fruit trees were spectacular this year, and owners are looking forward to a bumper crop of apples and pears later in the season.

June 21 is the longest day of the year, and is the occasion of the summer solstice.  This year it falls on a Saturday, and is the ideal time to book a summery escape on Wales’ stunning coastline, or tucked away in the country’s unspoilt hills.

A warm welcome and fabulous food awaits you.