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Marvellous Morawelon

09 Jan

Morawelon is one of Ian’s and my favourite coffee and lunch stops. The view is amazing anytime of the year and although we hadn’t been there since New Year’s Day when we’d booked for their brilliant NYD breakfast……………we were back again of Saturday morning too! As I said the setting is delightful and the atmosphere at Morawelon is always welcoming. Owner Chris has worked incredibly hard to build-up a superb family business and Shaun, who is charge of front-of-house, has got the balance of professionalism and friendliness down to a fine art. Nothing is too much trouble for the Morawelon team. There is always a warm welcome and the coffee and food are first class. Booking is essential for their New Year’s Day breakfast, which has a varied menu to suit all tastes, but I assure you it is well worth it and gets the brand new year off to a good start. My advice is book early and hopefully I’ll see you there again!!!

Throughout the year, whether you want tea and a cake or a lunch or just a snack, then Morawelon is certainly one I’d recommend you try if you’re heading Newport, Pembrokeshire way. Obviously with such a superb setting, holiday times are often busy, but that doesn’t need to be a problem. If there’s a party of you wanting lunch and you wish to be certain of a table, simply pick up the phone and one of the team will be more than happy to reserve a table for you. I promise you’ll enjoy it.

 
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Wales Runs With The Seven Principles of Public Life

03 Jan

Something else I felt I had to share with you, as I’ve been told that the Welsh Government have agreed to the following:

The Committee believes that ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’ should apply to all in the public service. These are:

Selflessness Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.

Integrity Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.

ObjectivityIn carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

AccountabilityHolders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

Openness Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

HonestyHolders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

LeadershipHolders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

As I start off 2013 in my normal cynical journalistic mode, I really wonder if it will make the slightest bit of difference  to the Welsh people in general and more importantly the people that I come into contact on a regular basis which is our Best Of Welsh & Border producers and our food industry, those involved in tourism and the wider range of companies that support Welsh Country magazine through advertising. Reading through this is all sounds very idyllic, very correct and what some naively believe happens anyway, but cynics like me can only hope it will make a difference but sensibly decide not to hold our breath until it happens.   

 

 
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Welsh Beef, Or Is It?

03 Jan

This is not the first time I have posted on this topic, as it has been an ongoing problem in our meat industry for a long time. Apparently the Welsh Government has warned local authorities about passing off foreign beef as Welsh beef. This is because suggestions are raised that not all beef sold under the Hybu Cig Cymru, HCC, PGI, (Protected Geographical Indication) logo is Welsh. I have been told for a long, long time that a lot of so-called Welsh meat comes from across the border, from all parts of the UK, as well as from abroad. This sharp practice is having dramatic effects, not just on butchers, but on local farmers too, because this is not creating the price increase that a premium product should. So if that’s the case what’s the point of pumping so much money HCC’s way?

Supposedly all wholesale and butchers who sell Welsh beef and lamb are audited and licensed by HCC, but if this is the case, then why can’t HCC furnish me with the number of independent butchers? Of course this service provided by HCC has to be paid for. Butchers have, I know, reported this shoddy practice to Trading Standards, whose job it should be to sort out, but TS say they don’t have the funding to follow these complaints through. So this allows this deceitful practice to continue unabated, whilst TS keep themselves busy elsewhere. I understand the Welsh Government say sufficient funding IS with TS to stop this deceit, but surely the Welsh Government must insist that TS address this problem now before it gets even worse. Please don’t expect be to believe or hope that HCC will find a way of helping on this matter. I still don’t feel the Welsh public have the vaguest idea of what PGI actually is and means, but it is pointless me repeating myself to HCC, isn’t it?

Can we really afford Welsh people to lose further confidence in Welsh beef and lamb? Of course we can’t, but who is actually going to do something about it? Well as I have been commenting about this for ages, I can just assume all that will happen is more talk and little action, whilst the Welsh public, amongst others, get conned!!