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Haverfordwest: ‘Forbidden Florist’ opens in stylish riverside location



HIDDEN away in the heart of Haverfordwest, Forbidden Florist is an innovative and striking new dining destination that creates a magnetic point of difference through innovative design and elegant décor. The quintessential experience for anyone who seeks an escape from the ordinary and the mundane. Welcoming people with open and enquiring minds, life travelers looking for new taste experiences.

Forbidden Florist is a luxury artisan bar and eatery offering delicious (and bottomless!) weekend brunches as well as extraordinary cocktails and sophisticated dining centered around fantastically exotic and exquisite seasonal flavours using locally sourced and in-season ingredients that are chosen to intrigue and excite.

Forbidden Florist is the brainchild of family restaurateurs Leon & Esther Edwards and Mark and Angela Edwards. With the support of their wider family they have dedicated the past two years of their lives to building and developing a concept that is truly unique and are finally opening the doors to the lucky people of Haverfordwest and the surrounding area in Pembrokeshire.

The restaurant consists of over 6,000sq/ft of dining and drinking space with 200 covers inside and another 40 covers outside in the riverside seating area. The design of the site boasts a truly spectacular opening roof which uncovers the entire main restaurant area to create an incredible outdoor dining and drinking experience perfect for the height of summer. Alongside the opening roof trickery the main dining area has an opulently designed island bar and a spectacular dining experience under the Forbidden Florist canopy tree which sprawls across four feature birdcage booths. Another party piece that will prove to be an instant hit with diners and drinkers will be the feature booths which come fully equipped with their own built in giant ice buckets for the perfectly curated at table bottle service experience.

Forbidden Florist will be renowned for its innovative and extraordinary mixology as much as its seasonal dining offering. The cocktails on offer are created bespoke using house infusions and modern mixology techniques that create stunning theatre and added flair. High-energy, infused with visual impact, creativity and glamour. Oozing style and sophistication in every aspect.

The restaurant serves up an elegant yet indulgent weekend brunch menu expect to see delicious dishes in the form of the Signature Brunch Plates, Gin Cured Smoked Salmon and Scrambled eggs, Steak & Eggs, Huevos Rancheros, Churros French Toast and Buttermilk Pancake Stacks. The opulent brunch menu offers up a bottomless drinks option and as always at Forbidden Florist there is fantastic signature brunch cocktails including; Breakfast Martini, House Bloody Mary, Spiced Banana Espresso Martini and Raspberry Bellini.

For the main event Forbidden Florist serves up menus centred around fantastically exotic and exquisite flavours using locally sourced and in-season ingredients in the shape of the; Pork Belly with Apple Cider Gravy, Pan Seared Scallops, Corn Fed Chicken & Asparagus, Dry Aged Steaks & Hand Cut Chips, Karaage Chicken, Slow Cooked Beef Shin Ragu, House Smash Burgers and Buttermilk Chicken Sandwiches. Not to mention a selection of elevated bar snacks from the grazing menu for guests visiting for drinks at the island bar or the intimate lounge bar tucked away at the rear of the sprawling site.

Leon Edwards Co-Owner: “We are a place where office workers, local residents and visitors can enjoy great quality food and beverage served with world class hospitality!. We are beyond delighted to be opening in Haverfordwest, this is the town we are from and we can’t wait to throw open the doors. We are so excited Forbidden Florist is now open. Working on this project has been a fantastic experience. The people of Pembrokeshire are in for something completely different and truly unique.

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Welsh Freeport competition heats up with Senedd vote



ON WEDNESDAY, the Senedd will hold a debate regarding freeports as the competition for UK and Welsh Government funding nears its conclusion.

Currently, three bids are in from across Wales for a chance to benefit from £26 million of direct UK Government funding, as well as reduced taxes for businesses in the freeport area. A Welsh freeport could see up to 16,000 jobs created and further investment or the local area into the billions.

Speaking ahead of the debate, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for the Economy, Paul Davies MS said:

“Benefits of a freeport cannot be understated, bringing much needed jobs and investment into some of the most deprived areas of Wales.

“The UK Government put the challenge to Wales to submit exceptional bids, and Wales has delivered.

“All three bids would help to transform their local communities in different ways. It’s essential that the UK and Welsh Governments work together to deliver that second freeport for Wales, maximising the opportunities that these bids have to offer.”

The three Welsh Freeport bids are:

  • The Celtic Freeport (covering Pembrokeshire to Neath) which has estimated that it would create over 16,000 new jobs and up to £5.5 billion in new investment.
  • The Anglesey Freeport would support up to a £1 billion contribution to UK GDP by 2030, while also creating up to 13,000 new, high salary jobs in Ynys Môn.
  • The Newport Freeport (including Cardiff Airport) is aiming to increase non-passenger revenues to 50%, ending their reliance of passenger generated income.

The UK Government stated that “if a truly exceptional proposal were presented at the bidding stage” than a second freeport would be funded.

The Welsh Conservative debate reads:

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Recognises the opportunities for freeports to energise the Welsh economy, create high quality jobs, promote regeneration and investment.

2. Notes that three bids from Wales have been submitted for consideration by the UK and Welsh Governments.

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government to deliver two freeports in Wales, recognising the truly exceptional proposals submitted and the transformational benefits they can deliver for the Welsh economy.

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Site visit for National Park planners considering caravan park improvements



NATIONAL PARK planners, expected to allow officers to approve an application to relocate caravans in a caravan park, will instead attend a site visit there.

Huw Pendleton, of Celtic Holiday Parks, had applied for a change of use of land for the siting of nine relocated static caravans and associated infrastructure improvements at Meadow House Holiday Park, Summerhill.

The application, before the February meeting of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park’s Development Management Committee, had been recommended for delegated approval by officers if a string of conditions were met.

Delegated approval for the application at the 200-pitch site bordering the national park was mooted despite Amroth Community Council objecting to the application; recommending refusal.

A report for planners said 47 static pitches were previously permitted under a change from 55 touring pitches; nine of these static pitches now being proposed for relocation to an area of land within the holiday park.

It stated the overall number of pitches within the site is not proposed to be increased.

Correspondence had been received which raises concerns on the privacy impact from the proposed static caravans on existing residential properties, as well as the potential for noise and disturbance from occupiers of the site.

It was recommended for delegated approval with a string of conditions including the completion of a Section 106 agreement.

At the February 2 meeting, concerns were raised by neighbour Dorian Evans on amenity grounds, and by local county councillor Alec Cormack, who asked for deferment pending a site visit, saying there would be a “significant impact” on neighbouring properties, which was disputed by agent Gerald Blain.

Following a proposal by Councillor Simon Hancock, members agreed to attend a site visit.

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Successful forum held in Pembrokeshire for local landlords



A NEW scheme enabling local private sector landlords to lease their property to the County Council in return for a guaranteed monthly rental income (Leasing Scheme Wales) has been launched at a Pembrokeshire Landlords Forum.

Held at County Hall in Haverfordwest last week, the successful Forum was attended by more than a hundred landlords.

As well as the launch of Leasing Scheme Wales, the Forum included presentations on the new housing act Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016, fire safety in the private rented sector and eight key points for landlords.

The speakers were Fiona Brown, Private Rented Sector Liaison Officer for Pembrokeshire County Council, Gillian Owens from the National Residential Landlords Association, Stuart Macdonald from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, and Julian Ings from Rent Smart Wales.

Cabinet Member for Housing Operations and Regulatory Services, Cllr Michelle Bateman, said it has been a very worthwhile evening.

“We were so pleased to see the level of attendance from landlords in Pembrokeshire,” she said. “There was a lot of interest in the presentations, particularly in the new renting homes act, plenty of questions and good feedback.”

Organised by the County Council’s housing team, the Forum will be a regular fixture with another one planned for the summer – date to be confirmed.

Cllr Bateman said they were also very pleased with the interest shown in Leasing Scheme Wales (LSW). The scheme enables local private sector landlords to lease their property to Pembrokeshire County Council for between five and 20 years, in return for a guaranteed monthly rental income and full property management service. LSW is funded by Welsh Government and managed by Pembrokeshire County Council.

“This scheme will help more Pembrokeshire people to live independently in safe and affordable properties,” said Cllr Bateman.
“Landlords will not have to worry about the condition of their properties after a tenancy as we will be responsible for the maintenance of the property and will return it to the landlord in the same condition as it was before the tenancy started. We will also be responsible for all the void work – the work done on properties in between tenancies.”

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