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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Happy Autumn!

The weather has turned truly Autumnal and we are in that familiar and lovely time of year when the mornings and evenings can be chilly while daytime, if sunny, can still be very summery. Strangely, now is a fantastic time to sow grass seed, as the ground is still warm enough from the summer and […]

Happy Birthday, Cashbrokers!

Two years down the line and still going from strength to strength for Cashbrokers Abergavenny owned and run by husband and wife team, Dean & Iolanda Jackson-Johns. Cashbrokers represents Pawn Broking in the 21st Century.  The store is bright and welcoming offering discreet and professional service to all its customers.  There is an attractive display […]

What’s in a name? Pubs, Taverns, Inns and Alehouses

Do you know your Alehouse from your Tavern and your Inn from your Public House? The existence of what we now call a ‘Pub’ goes back many hundreds of years. It seems our desire to meet and socialise over a tipple or two is timeless, stretching back across countless generations. Over the years, however, the […]

Nana’s Kitchen: Garden Apple Cake

Garden Apple Cake

I’ve mentioned before that the apple trees in my garden produce an abundance of apples at this time of the year.  This recipe is an ideal way for me to use them up, but of course any eating apples that you buy will be just as good. I often double up the quantities and bake […]

The Odd One Out

Many thanks to everyone who entered our competition to have their Halloween Story published in this month’s issue of the Focus. We enjoyed this spooky delight from June Penhelog. I made my way along the dark wet lane to my cottage with my bag of treats for tonight’s ghostly visitors. It was Halloween and I […]

Crime & Punishment in Victorian times

The stories of women who worked the ports were those of  sadness as well as badness.  Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History Society reports The records of the West Glamorgan Archive Service hold haunting ‘mugshots’ of fallen women including that of Elizabeth O’Brien. She was only 12 years old when she stole 45 hen’s eggs […]

The Park Hotel

The Park Hotel, Pandy

The Park Hotel Pandy (A465) Nr Abergavenny NP7 8DS Tel: 01873 890 271 Email: enquiries@parkhotelwales.com Web: www.theparkhotelwales.com   The Park Hotel is located in the foothills of the Black Mountain, close to Abergavenny, Llanthony Abbey, Offas Dyke and Pandy. The hotel comprises accommodation as well as a restaurant and a bar. It is also a […]

The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun, Pandy

  The Rising Sun Old Hereford Road, Pandy, NP7 8DL Tel: 01873 890254 Email:therisingsunpandy.com@googlemail.com www.therisingsunpandy.com Located just outside Abergavenny, in Pandy, the Rising Sun is a friendly and welcoming pub. During the past four years the premises have been updated and improved, to now include a brand new catering kitchen and, more recently, the completion […]

The Kings Head Hotel

The Kings Head Hotel, Abergavenny

The Kings Head Hotel 59-60 Cross Street, Abergavenny NP7 5EU Tel: 01873 853 575 Email: info@kingsheadhotelabergavenny.co.uk Web: www.kingsheadhotelabergavenny.co.uk   The Kings Head Hotel is a well run pub in the heart of Abergavenny, priding itself on its cosy and friendly atmosphere.  It is owned and run by husband and wife team, Ken and Ruth Watkins, […]

Y Cantreff Inn

y cantreff inn

Y Cantreff Inn 61 Brecon Road, Abergavenny, NP7 7RA Tel: 01873 855799 Email: cantreffinn@live.co.uk Web: www.cantreffinn.co.uk   Y Cantreff Inn, located almost opposite Nevill Hall Hospital is run by locally born and bred husband and wife Ian and Sheena Andrews. The pub has a fun and relaxed atmosphere, while the adjoining restaurant offers relaxed, informal […]