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  • Meeting the Producers

    Coles Distillery

    I was lucky recently to be part of a group to be driven around our area to meet some local producers. I was keen to go, as although I know well my very local producers, I cannot say the same for some of those that are a little further away.

    The day was organised by Cywain, which is a Mentor a Business project, encouraging collaboration between businesses and getting more local produce from producers, through suppliers to the end consumer.

    We started our day off at Coles Distillery, which is just outside of Carmarthen at LLanddarog. This is a family run business with two brothers who are completely passionate about the alcohol they make. They have a great USP, they are the only distillery in Wales that make their alcohol completely from scratch-from the grain. Every other distillery in Wales, we were told, buy in their alcohol and start there making process from here. The Coles brothers actually start it from the grain itself. They have engineered their own processes, machinery and equipment and made these themselves-it’s quite a thing to see. And because of how they have their alcohol production set up, they can make any number of alcohol varieties. They make beers and ciders, gins, brandy, rum and whiskey.

    Although, at the moment you cannot buy the whiskey as it is still in its storage phase. Apparently, although we are in Wales, and are making Welsh Whiskey, we(as in the country) still have to abide by the rules for making Scittish Whiskey (!!?!?), and so, it is deemed that Whiskey has to be laid down for 3 years and 1 day before it can be bottled and sold. So, we have one more year to wait before we can get our hands on that!

    The distillery room is full of stainless steel, spotless shiny metal all around and the smell is quite glorious! There are oak barrels of liquor all laid on their sides, patiently doing their thing, and the smell is intoxicating. Although, once you’ve been in there for a while, whilst listening to the very interesting talk on the Coles family journey, you stop noticing the lovely aroma.

    You can watch a video which tells you all about the family and the distillery, you can have a tour right around the distillery and their cider making barn, there is a very informative notice board, with the whole process laid before you, with little boxes of all the different grains,  herbs and botanicals that are used in the production of the various alcohols.

    Then you can have a wander into their pub, which is on site and choose some lovely artisan hand crafted alcohol to take home. You can buy an empty bottle and fill it with your own choice (you can get these refilled afterwards if you wish) or you can buy a sealed bottle of their finest, and there’s such a choice. There’s a honey based rum, which is good for a cold! There’s a rum named after a pirate from Milford Haven, so of course, I had to buy that one!

    The rum is called Cadogan, and it’s a dark rum, the colour comes from the molasses that the alcohol is mixed with (I never knew that!) and it’s nice enough to just sip like a port or you could  add a mixer, should you wish.

    Here’s the story behind the name of the rum: The Cadogan was the ship of a Milford Haven Pirate called Howell Davies. Unlike other pirates though, he did not rely on arms and power to get what he wanted. He was an intelligent man and used all kinds of tricks such as bribe and disguise to get his loot. His pirate career only lasted 1 1 months before he was deviously ambushed and shot 5 times.

    Coming back to the pub, this is a classic village inn with a marvellous thatched roof and a intriguing décor serving good honest pub food.

    They undertake distillery tours at 11am most days, and so, it’s a great place to visit for a tour then enjoy a spot of lunch, on your way to us here for your first night’s stay in Pembrokeshire. You can always buy a little momento of your visit and enjoy that when you get back home, which will give you fond memories of your visit

  • Puffling feeding on Skomer

    Skomer Puffins make the BBC News

    Skomer Puffins are thriving

    How wonderful, the BBC have profiled the Puffins on Skomer Island!

    I have long been an advocate of these fantastic birds. For me, they are such healing creatures, you cannot fail to watch a puffin and smile. They just make everything in the world alright. To see them clumsily trying to get airborne from the water is a delight. Watching them you would never think that they could fly the huge distances they do when they migrate from Skomer Island in late July each year.

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  • Facebook One Night Free Stay Competition Terms and Conditions

     

    Fields Lodge Free stay
    Fields Lodge Free stay

    The promoter is Fields Lodge Bed & Breakfast whose registered office is at Fields Lodge, Middlekilns Lane, Herbrandston, Milford Haven, Pembs.The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of Fields Lodge and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the or judging of the competition.

    There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
    By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

    Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via https://www.facebook.com/FieldsLodge/
    On the Facebook Social Media Platform.
    Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
    Closing date for entry will be 16th June 2018. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
    No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
    The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
    Here write out in simplest form how you enter the competition.
    10. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
    11. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
    12. The prize is as follows:
    The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
    13. Winners will be chosen by Fields Lodge
    14. The winner will be notified by email and/or DM on Twitter/Facebook and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
    15. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected .
    16. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    17. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
    18. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].
    19. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
    20. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the following address: info@fieldslodge.co.uk
    21. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
    22. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Fields Lodge and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found at .
    Fields Lodge ‘s decision as to those able to take part and selection of winners is final. No correspondence relating to the competition will be entered into.
    The entrant must be following @Fieldslodge  on Facebook  in order to enter.
    Fields Lodge shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.
    Fields Lodge also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.

  • Weddings in Pembrokeshire

    Weddings in Pembrokeshire….how we get involved

    Weddings in Pembrokeshire-you may wonder how we could be involved in these. You’d be surprised!
    From the usual hosting relatives that have had to travel, to hen pamper days, to hosting the bride & her entourage and organising make-up and hair stylists on the big day, to then being the romantic backdrop to the Wedding night, we have helped make many memories.

    Romantic Room
    Romantic Room

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  • St Jerome's Talking Tapestry

    The Talking Tapestry of Langum

    A visit to St Jerome’s in Llangwm, will bring you to the Talking Tapestry of Langum, a marvellous creation generated by the community of Llangwm and Hook-originally the land holdings of the De La Roche Estate.

    St Jerome's Church home of the Talking Tapestry
    St Jerome’s Church home of the Talking Tapestry

    It tells the tale from Medieval times, when invaders from across the sea came to the village of Llangwm(it’s present day name), formally- Langum.

     

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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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  • Awards

    Tourism Awards Preparation

     

    Well, it’s nearly upon us-Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards! The Award Ceremony is on this Thursday coming and the excitement is palpable. It’s been a struggle to get enough tickets for the awards, which is great, that so many people want to attend, and I am pleased that yesterday I managed to get the last ticket I was wanting to get. We are only a small team, but I wanted as many as possible to come, as, this year, one of the awards we are finalists for is ‘Best Customer Service Team’, so I thought it very appropriate that as many of the ‘team’ come along. And by that, I don’t just mean those that actively work in the B&B, but those that help and support me from the sidelines, that no-one ever gets to know about. It’s a great way to show those that matter, how much they matter.

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  • Pumpkin at Fields Lodge

    Bonfire Night and Fireworks at Herbie

    Halloween at Fields Lodge
    Halloween at Fields Lodge

    Halloween has come and gone and the next adventure is Fireworks on Bonfire night,  here at Herbie(local speak for Herbrandston). We set our display for Halloween in the hallway and we carved our pumpkin-I like the traditional designs for pumpkins, rather than the great designs that are out there now! I think next year we should have a staff Pumpkin Carving Competition and get the guests to judge. I will try to carve out a  pumpkin with the design of our logo too- I think that would look great. Coming back to the village and November 5th,  here, at Herbie, the community council who work tirelessly for the village, arrange a bonfire night and a firework display in the village Sports field.

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  • Awards

    Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards- The Judging Day

    Yesterday was the judging day for the Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards. These awards are held approximately every 2 years, and over the last few years, we have been very successful in winning Pembrokeshire’s Finest Breakfast on 2 successive occasions. We have also won awards in the Best Serviced Accommodation category and for this year, both categories were being judged on the same day.

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  • Awards

    Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards

    Award Time is here!

    Woo-hoo….. we have been listed as Finalists in a few categories in the Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards. This year their main sponsor is the Milford Waterfront Development, and within that the individual categories are then sponsored by other organisations. Individuals from these organisations are usually the judges for the various categories.

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  • The Girls at the Grove

    Gossip this week at Fields Lodge

    Gossip this week

    Well, here’s the gossip from this week in the B&B, we have been quite busy(as always!).

    We have the lovely Nia, who has recently started, is now honing her culinary skills and is practising cooking our tasty breakfast dishes. She has had a personal achievement this week- she has passed her Driving Test! There’ll be no stopping her now!

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  • Strawberries Fruit Compote

    Strawberries Galore!

    The strawberries have arrived at Haverfordwest Farmers Market! Springfields farm at Manorbier have been cultivating their own strawberries for years, and they’re the best strawberries you can buy-in my opinion.

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  • Fields Lodge Mugs

    Pembrokeshire Coffee

    We are very fortunate to have ‘Pembrokeshire’ coffee on offer here for our guests. The coffee has been awarded the Pembrokeshire Produce Certification Mark. And How??? I hear you asking, do we manage to grow coffee in Pembrokeshire?? Well, it’s not grown in Pembrokeshire, but it is roasted in Pembrokeshire, and that is what allows it to be called Pembrokeshire Coffee! We pride ourselves on bringing our guests as much of Pembrokeshire as possible.

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  • Milford Fish Festival

    Milford Fish Festival

    Yaaay! Milford Fish Festival is nearly here. It starts on Saturday 25th June at Milford Fish Docks and Milford Marina, and is the beginning of festivities that make up Pembrokeshire Fish Week- an award winning festival and one of the great food festivals in the UK.

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  • Sandy Haven

    My Favourite Pembrokeshire Beach

    My Favourite Pembrokeshire Beach

    We are spoilt for choice for beaches in Pembrokeshire- there are over 50 to choose from and Pembrokeshire is the Uk’s only true Coastal National Park. Miles of golden sand, red sans and grey to choose from -where do you start? I originally was going to write about my favourite 5 beaches, but after starting to write about my first favourite, I realised that this blog would just be way to long! So, today is just about my favourite beach-Sandy Haven.

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  • Our lovely new website

    Fields Lodge gets a new Website

    Have you seen our lovely new website for Fields Lodge??

    I’m guessing, as you’re on the blog, then you may have!

    Fields Lodge
    Fields Lodge

    However, that doesn’t preclude me from saying how great I think it is. I used to think my ‘old’ website was great, but now, I’m blown away with this one. I guess what was fashionable and IT functional 5 years ago is not what’s fashionable and functional today (although I have a few things remaining in my wardrobe from 5 years ago-maybe I could use that as an excuse to get a whole new ensemble?!?!).

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  • Romantic Breaks at Fields Lodge Bed & Breakfast

    Relax with  Romantic Breaks

    Romantic Breaks
    Romantic Breaks

    We love making people feel special when they’re on a stay with us, romantic breaks are a favourite amongst our guests.  We are happy to cater to any occasion, and our team of lovely girls do a really great job of dressing a room for a surprise.

    For those wishing to make the most of a stay away, we can offer an early check in, so you can relax as soon as you arrive.

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  • St Dwynwen’s Day January 25th

    St Dwynwen’s Day

    St Dwynwens Day is on 25th January and is the ‘Welsh’ Valentines Day. She is the Welsh patron Saint of Lovers and is celebrated on this day.

    Breakfast In Bed
    Breakfast In Bed

    Although no longer recognised by the Vatican as being an official saint, she is still widely celebrated in Wales, especially in her home county of Anglesey.

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