A Midweek Retreat at Bluestone Wales

Bluestone Wales recently invited me to visit their National Park Resort as a New Year’s Treat. They provided me with accommodation to review for the blog, so Mr WFD and I went on a little adventure to Wales. The self-catering cottage we were provided with was simple, stylish and modern. The bedroom and bathroom were both spacious, with high ceilings and good quality furniture. We stayed in the Fox Cottage which is perfect for a couple.

Fox Cottage

Fox Cottage

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Kitchen

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A glimpse at the bedroom

The resort is located on the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Wales and it boasts nearly 300 luxury lodges. If you’re feeling to lazy for self-catering there is even a bed and breakfast option.

My first night’s meal was traditional fish and chips in The Knight Tafarn Pub. Simple and wholesome it didn’t disappoint. I don’t have fish and chips too often so it was actually a nice treat. Sometimes it’s the “naughty” meals that are the nicest. The pub is one of a number of places to eat in The Resort’s Village.

Fish and Chips at Bluestone

Fish and Chips at Bluestone

If you get bored of making your own food in your cottage or lodge it’s good to have these options, there’s even a take away service available which I didn’t use but it was good know (at a cost for deliveries under £20 though so keep that in mind). There are a number of villages and towns near the resort including Haverfordwest which has supermarkets for you to stock up on any food. We stayed in our cottage and made our own food once or twice which was quite nice, as the cottage was really comfortable.

There are plenty of activities around the resort and the grounds are well kept, I particularly liked the lake which was a nice spot to chill out and relax.

Lake on The Bluestone Wales Resort

Lake on The Bluestone Wales Resort

We took a trip to the Pembrokeshire coast and discovered a beach called Saundersfoot and it was beautiful! We also discovered castles and rivers that just made for a perfect day out, Llawhaden castle was one of the highlights. I had a chance to visit Tenby which is a beautiful coastal area and discovered Roald Dahl’s family holiday home, as a big fan of all of his work I was super excited!

Llawhaden castle

Llawhaden castle

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View from Llawhaden castle

Saundserfoot beach

Saundserfoot beach

Roald Dahl Tenby

Roald Dahl’s family holiday home in Tenby

Tenby

Colourful Tenby

View Tenby

Tenby

On our final night at Bluestone we ate at the Farmhouse Grill, and enjoyed Pan Fried Duck breast with soy and chilli noodles and red cherry and orange sauce. It was a really yummy meal, The duck breast was perfectly cooked to my taste, I couldn’t taste the chilli though, the noodles were certainly more sweet than spicy. The eatery itself is aimed more for families and big groups rather than romantic dinners though which is what The Carrag Las Fine Dining restaurant is for.  We didn’t get a chance to eat there but if you go let me know what you think.

Duck Breast and noodles

Duck Breast and noodles

One of our favourite experiences was the Well Spa Thermal Experience in which we enjoyed a sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pool and more. It was so relaxing and a perfect atmosphere to really wind down and forget about the hustle and bustle of London.

All in all I throughly enjoyed my stay at Bluestone. It is very much a family friendly resort, but there’s something for everyone and given it’s idyllic location it is the perfect getaway. This was my very first time in Wales and it was a great introduction.

If you want to find out more about visiting Bluestone or want to book yourself a break visit: http://www.bluestonewales.com/

Love Chin Chin Brings A Taste of Nigeria To The World

Chin chin is a Nigerian snack that I have grown up eating, in fact it is one of those snacks that I have always associated with special occasions and parties because that’s where you’re most likely to be offered bowls of chin-chin to enjoy. It is a simple sweet snack which I have often thought should be made more widely available to the masses, like its counterpart plantain crisps!

The wonderful team at Love Chin Chin sent me a couple of packets to try recently and I wasn’t disappointed. If you’re not familiar with chin chin it is a crunchy Snack which tastes like mini biscuits but has a vanilla sponge cake flavour, you have to taste it to see what I mean. Love Chin Chin has done a great job of keeping it’s unique flavour and shape, ensuring that the product will be enjoyed by people who have never tasted it before and those who have grown up eating it like myself.  As well as the original vanilla flavour there are also cinammon and chilli flavoured chin chin in the range.

Love Chin Chin is bringing a taste of West Africa to the world!

Love Chin Chin

Love Chin Chin in the Who’s For Dinner Kitchen

‘Crunches like a biscuit, tastes like a cake!’ – Enjoy at any time of the day; in the morning with coffee, in packed lunches, the ideal energy boost with tea in the afternoon and delicious to share as nibbles with friends over a glass of wine, beer or cocktails.

Using a unique traditional West African family recipe, the sweet snack is made with only natural ingredients and flavourings. Individual eye-catching 70g packs retail at £1.00 and come in vanilla, cinnamon, lemon and chilli flavours to tempt.

Founder and Managing Director Bolu Akindoyin couldn’t wait to get back from school every day for a daily treat of his mother’s Chin Chin. Word spread amongst his friends that this was something new and special and it soon became the highlight of the school day. “I was used to my mother being asked to prepare her Chin Chin for people for their special family occasions like birthdays and weddings, but we had no idea just how great it was:  until my friends kept asking for more. I promised that when I grew up everybody in the country would know how good my mother’s recipe was and the world would love her Chin Chin.”

Love Chin Chin

Love Chin Chin

It doesn’t need to be a special occasion now to get your hands on this delicious new snack treat. Love Chin Chin is now available across 70 selected Tesco branches nationwide in the World Foods aisle. Love Chin Chin is part of a new focus at Tesco designed to raise awareness of a growing wave of exciting new foods coming from Africa, as that continent slowly reveals its rich food heritage and culture to the world.

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