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Discover Delicious delicacies of Wales

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A NEW online marketplace promoting artisan Welsh food and drink has launched, with a bespoke three-course menu designed by former Masterchef contestant and Pembrokeshire native Tom Simmons.

Discover Delicious showcases the delicacies, with the unique menu featuring one-of-a-kind produce such as shiitake mushrooms grown in the hills of Snowdonia and rum infused with seaweed from the Pembrokeshire coast.

Discover Delicious connects food, drink and flavour lovers with the hidden gems on offer from all corners of the country, celebrating Wales’ amazing producers, their products and the incredible Welsh landscape that shapes them all.

The site offers some of the country’s best kept culinary secrets with other award-winning delicacies like Bara Brith, Beetroot Bombs and Mermaid Confetti.

Tom Simmons comments: “Bringing Welsh food to a wider audience is something I’m really passionate about. I’m proud of my Welsh roots and cooking with the amazing local produce available through Discover Delicious has exposed me to an even wider variety of authentic tastes that have influenced the creative development of my menu.”

From a former city worker who moved back to the Pembrokeshire coast to develop Welshman’s Caviar, to producers of world-famous sea salt that has been enjoyed by the likes of Barack Obama, the site features amazing produce from fantastic producers. Each delicacy has an insightful backstory, in addition to being delicious. Collectively, the producers have won numerous Great Taste Awards.

Founder of the site, Laura Pickup said: “We’re delighted to be bringing the wonderful food and drink of Wales to the wider UK audience. We love finding incredible artisan producers and helping them share their amazing stories and delicious produce. We hope to inspire people to try new, authentic, local and sustainable delights that are reared, grown or crafted in Wales.”

The project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Discover Delicious’ goal is to bring tastes of Wales to the UK, promoting both smaller producers on a large platform and helping established suppliers reach a new audience. Find brilliant flavours at: https://discoverdelicious.wales/

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Newgale: New £30m road proposed to combat coastal damage

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has revealed a preferred new route for a road around Newgale today (Sept 25) at an event in Roch.

The new stretch of road would begin at Pencym and end at a new roundabout near Roch.

A new route is needed due to fears about road closures during high tides and winds, as well as coastal damage caused by global warming.

Reports have suggested that the current Newgale road may not exist in 20 years times.

The new route could cost up to £30m – compared to £40m a proposed viaduct would cost – and would need funding from the Welsh Government.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “Transport officials will continue to work closely with the authority as they progress with their studies and firm up their proposals for addressing the current problems with the A487.

“Welsh Government is open to consider an application for funding to move forward the development work.”

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MP calls on Welsh Government to explain broadband delays

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STEPHEN CRABB has called on the Welsh Government to come clean over broadband rollout delays.

Minister Julie James AM, whose responsibilities include digital infrastructure and inclusion, has been urged to explain the reasons for delays to the rollout of superfast broadband to rural properties across Wales.

Last year, the Superfast Cymru scheme saw BT receive £425m in return for connecting the vast majority of premises in Wales to next-generation broadband.

When the contract ended, 90,000 mainly rural properties still had not been connected. Further details of another scheme to complete the work were due to be announced in July, but at the start of August, Julie James AM suddenly announced that ‘unforeseen issues’ were causing delays which could not be further discussed because of ‘commercial confidentiality’.

Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said: “It’s simply unacceptable for the Minister responsible to announce delays to the next stage of Broadband rollout but refuse to explain why. Access to reliable, fast broadband is of increasing importance to businesses, large and small, in Pembrokeshire and I have worked with many across the constituency to improve their broadband access.

“However, the digital divide continues to exist with rural communities in Pembrokeshire suffering again. It is an inescapable fact that delivery of broadband infrastructure is devolved to the Welsh Government and Julie James AM should now come forward and explain the reasons for these delays.”

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Air ambulance lands at ‘serious’ crash scene

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THE WALES AIR AMBULANCE has landed at the scene of a serious crash this morning (Sept 25) between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts on the A477.

Posts on Facebook from witnesses at the scene say a man is being treated by paramedics.

Police have said one car was involved in the incident.

In addition to the helicopter, Dyfed-Powys Police, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

The road is currently closed with diversions in place.

A police spokesperson said:  “Dyfed-Powys Police is at the scene of a serious RTC between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts, Pembrokeshire.

“The A477 stretch between those roundabouts is currently closed while emergency services deal with the incident. One car is involved; the driver has received serious injuries.

“No further information is available at this time.”

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