• Breakfast

    Breakfast Trends

    Having run Fields Lodge as a Boutique Bed and Breakfast for over 6 years now, I have a certain level of knowledge as to what ‘people’ like for breakfast. And being independently judged over the years and consistently winning Pembrokeshire’s Finest Breakfast, I have found, through my own journey towards sugar free, gluten free, low carb that my own tastes have altered and this has driven me towards putting alternative options onto the menu, as it’s what I would like to eat!

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  • Sugar Free Homemade brown sauce

    Homemade, Sugar Free Fruity Brown Sauce

    Love your HP/ Fruity Brown Sauce?

     

    Looking for a sugar free brown sauce recipe to make some at home? I am a HP sauce fan! In fact, instead of asking ‘do you like HP sauce with your breakfast?’, it may be more appropriate to ask ‘would you like breakfast with your HP Sauce?’! And, I really do not enjoy a cooked breakfast without it. So, as part of my quest to reduce my intake of refined sugar and also to KNOW what I am eating, I have been researching a recipe that might replicate it. So far, I have tried quite a few different options, and, for the moment have settled on the one I am currently using in the B&B, for both myself and our lovely Fields Lodge guests. I shall give you the recipe that’s working for me below.

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  • Sugar free granola

    Sugar Free Granola

    Granola is very versatile item to have in your cupboard and I’m happy to share my recipes. It serves well as a ‘cereal’ with milk or atop yoghurt, or indeed, as a top on a fruit crumble, as an alternative to a flour based topping. This is great, as I love rhubarb crumble and so this is my new favourite topping. I thought I would share with you, my two favourite recipes. I’ll post one this week and the other next week- you can let me know which one is your favourite!

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  • Social Media

    Social Media in the Tourism Industry

    Social media…I run a bed & breakfast, no surprise there then! However, so many people think running a bed and breakfast entails cooking a breakfast and then you have the rest of the day off! I wish!

    Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, I love doing the best I can for my guests but there’s a lot more to it than just cooking breakfast!

    Social media is one of the other ‘jobs’ that needs to be done. Not just scrolling through what your friends are up to, but creating a ‘story’ of your business, what you’re up to, what’s out there for guests. A complete picture in an instance, if you like!

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  • Supper Platter

    Supper Platters..now availabe at Fields Lodge

     

     

    Garden Supper Platter
    Garden Supper Platter

    How about a Supper Platter??

    My Food Ethic

    My food ethic is great quality, local produce-and wherever possible this is what I stick to. If I can get it organic as well, well, that’s a bonus! My first priority is great quality, and this is easy, as we have such great food offerings in Pembrokeshire and Wales, this is quite achievable. I like to use local producers and local shops where possible, and I am lucky that some do deliver, as I do spend a lot of my time on the road buying provisions!

    We are situated in a totally uncommercialised village, and as such, evening meal options, without driving,  are sparse.

    So, in answer to this issue, as many guests do not want to go back out once they arrive, I am now offering Supper Platters-these are sharing platters, made up of a selection of meats(usually charcuterie types) and a selection of cheeses. I have done much research to bring to the table a good selection, and I hope I can tick most people’s boxes!

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  • Homemade Bread

    Homemade Bread-Know what you’re eating

    I love bread, homemade bread(recipe below) in particular, artisan homemade bread, even more! Unfortunately, it doesn’t like me! I have developed a wheat intolerance and find these days I’m better off staying away from it, which is a shame! I think the intolerance has come from all these years of eating wheat and gluten in so many things that I wasn’t aware of, to the extent that I was probably eating wheat at every point I was putting something into my mouth, and I think my digestion has said-that’s enough!

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  • Broad Haven Pembrokeshire Triathlon

    Pembrokeshire Triathlon

    Pembrokeshire Triathlon is on 24th June, based at Broad Haven. It is a swim, bike and run event and at the moment, the weather is looking good for it!

    These types of activities are growing in popularity in Pembrokeshire, where we have great seas and great coast, which can be both challenging and stunning, and with the warmth of the local people you will always feel supported, even by strangers!

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  • P1 Power Boat Racing Venue

    P1 Power Boat Racing

    P1 Power boat and Jet Ski Racing

    P1 Power Boat Racing
    P1 Power Boat Racing

    The 15th & 16th July sees the P1 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea at Milford Waterfront (P1 Power Boat Racing), it is a great achievement to have secured this event and Milford Haven looks forward to hosting it . This event has previously been held in Cardiff Bay and we are delighted to be hosting this in Milford Haven for the next few years. Milford Waterfront are sponsoring local brother & sister team Coleman Racing Team from Saundersfoot, so it will be great to cheer on a Pembrokeshire Team!

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  • Latitude Discount Voucher

    Fields Lodge Vouchers

    Discount vouchers for shopping locally

    We are now offering Fields Lodge Vouchers, these are vouchers that offer discounts at shops, eateries and businesses in the locality.

    I am keen to ensure my guests really enjoy and make the most of staying with me here, in this little corner of West Pembrokeshire. We have some great small local businesses that offer something a little different to the ‘usual’ offering at bigger town high streets, with their replicated large businesses and a uniform feel, no matter what town or city you are visiting.

     

    I have recently been liaising with several local businesses to offer discounts/money off/free gifts for my guests when they use their establishments.

    What vouchers are  on Offer?

     

    So, when you shop here, you get that one-off outfit not seen in Debenhams or that little Welsh delicacy that you just can’t get at home. You also have the chance to eat at some really great eateries and sample some outstanding local produce. Plus, quite often you get a much keener price than you can find, even on the internet plus, of course, some great old fashioned, personal service. You can also have the opportunity to take home a taste (or two) of Pembrokeshire and for those organised amongst you, you can buy your whole years Birthday and anniversary cards saving you a considerable amount in the meantime!

     

    I have partnered with the following businesses to offer all my guests that book with me some great offerings. Once you book, I will send you codes so that you can access the offerings, and start planning what you will be spending your money on whilst you stay!

    I know all these business owners myself and you can rest assured they are ready and willing to help you with whatever purchase you may have in mind. They really do care!

    Here’s the current list, and this will change as time goes by.

    Shopping:

    Cherubs

    Snapdragon

    Image by Vanessa

    Flowers & Favours

    Occasions Cards

    The Haven Emporio

    Latitude

    Past to Present

     

    Eateries

     Foam

    Pembrokeshire Yacht Club

    The HarbourMaster

    Café Torch

    Gordon Bennetts Traditional Fish & Chips

    Crows Nest Cafe

     

    Attractions

    Torch Theatre

    Milford Haven Museum

     

    Services

    Spot On Laundry & Dry Cleaning

    Salt Hair Salon

     

    Healthaspire Nutrition Centre

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  • Castles in Pembrokeshire, history coming alive

    Pembroke Castle
    Pembroke Castle

    There are many Castles in Pembrokeshire and we are lucky to have such a wealth of them, many have survived the ravages of time and have some great stories to tell.

    I would always advise taking a guided tour should you have the option, as this always brings history alive and fires up your own imagination whilst you are walking on ground that has been walked on by many hundreds of people over the ages.

     

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  • Puffin on Skomer

    Skomer Photography Courses-Puffins in action

    It’s April, which means it’s Puffin time and that means Skomer Photography Courses for lots of people! I’m a point and click photographer with my IPhone more than anything, I do have a ‘nice’ camera, but I hardly ever have it with me and as a well known photography quote goes ‘the best camera you can have, is the one that’s with you’! We are lucky enough to welcome quite a few photographers here at Fields Lodge, amateur and professional and we quite often have guests that are attending Skomer photography courses with Andy Davies Photography as well as some other photographers.

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  • Eectric Car Charging

    Electric Car Charging

    Charging Around Britain- Electric Car Charging

    We are happy to  provide Electric Car charging facilities and this has led to us recently hosting Stuart McBain, who is the first man to drive around the whole coast of the UK in an electric car. He is showcasing the importance of sustainability and renewable energy through his company, Charging Around Britain and travelling the 3,000+ miles whilst staying at Bed & Breakfasts along the way that offer electric car charging.

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  • Water Kefir Making

    Water Kefir Making, good for your gut

    Making Water Kefir

    With water  Kefir  making, we’re moving another step closer to better health, hopefully! I’ve bought in goats milk kefir from Chuckling Goats, a 21 day course(for myself)-it’s supposed to be really good for your microbiome and as you will know, if you keep in touch, I am on a journey to improving my health. I’ve been keen to try and cultivate it myself, but it just hasn’t worked. Varying issues I think, not enough knowledge being the main culprit. Anyhow, with renewed vigour, I’m having another go!

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  • My mis en place raedy for my Choclate Cake

    It’s Chocolate Cake Day

    Almonds just toasted in the Aga
    Almonds just toasted in the Aga

    Chocolate Cake Day! What a brilliant excuse to eat some cake, and chocolate at that! As some of you will know, I am on a food journey-trying to get to sugar free, wheat free, low carb. Not the best for chocolate cake potential, I’d say.

    However, here in Milford Haven we have the marvellous Nutrionalist Ellen Picton, based at Milford Marina(Click here for info on Ellen & her book), who has been helping me on my journey and also giving me plenty of ideas for better options for breakfasts for my guests. So, who’d have thought, but I have a wheat free, sugar free, chocolate cake recipe! We are delighted to have been certificated by Healthaspire to recognise our efforts towards healthy eating for our guests.

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  • Fields Lodge Mugs

    January Blues?

    Are you suffering from January blues? Apparently, January is the busiest month for divorce applications, with people getting to their ‘last straw’ over the Christmas period and of course, inevitably, people have overspent and it’s a long time until January pay day at the end of the month as many companies do pay December salary a little earlier, which is great for Christmas but just adds to the pain in January.

     

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