The Potted Pig, High Street, Cardiff

April 18, 2012 1 comment

Words by James McLaren

Following Jay Rayner’s highly positive review of The Potted Pig a few months back in The Observer, half of Cardiff seemed to descend on this new city centre eaterie.

I eventually managed to make a reservation to coincide with my birthday, and, while it was nice… it wasn’t quite as special as review and reputution had made it out to be.

The signature of The Potted Pig is pig. Lots and lots of it. It crops up all over the starter and main course menus, so it would have been rude not to indulge. I went for the potted pig – a little glass kilner-style jar filled with slightly spiced pork melange/terrine with toast and pickles. It was delicious. My partner’s duck hash with fried egg also hit the mark, apparently.

For my main course I went for the 10 ounce New York strip steak with Maris Piper chips, kale and a bearnaise sauce while my partner went for the pork belly with baked carrot and greeen beans.

There’s something that struck me at the moment the dishes arrived: this is really nice pub grub, but it’s certainly no successor to Le Gallois. The plates were filled – a giant mound of pork and, naturally, a 10z steak like a slab of flesh. Both dishes were nice, and the triple-fried chips were pretty damned spectacular, but they lacked finesse.

The steak was cooked well, rare as I like, but there was no deft touch. Perhaps it’s unfair to compare but my partner had belly pork at Le Gallois so was able to compare and contrast. We concluded that the price differential was not so large as to make the now-defunct French restaurant anything other than really good value for money.

In summary, then, this atmospheric, somewhat dark, former bank vault is great for a nice romantic dinner or as somewhere to take the in-laws, but don’t expect anything more than quality pub food.


Who’s the DJ?

April 16, 2012 Leave a comment

There’s a new night in town – Cellar Door gives you a series of exciting DJs throughout the night, but they’re not going to tell you who they are until you get there!

“From running and being involved with events in Cardiff and across Wales since the early 90’s, the team realised that as times changed, the promoter seemed to be as much of the focus as the night itself.

“We want to get back to roots and put the focus firmly on the party and nothing else! It is also rather exciting trying to fill a night based on ‘Undercover local DJ’s’, rather than BIG NAMES on flyers.

“Our aim is to use quality local talent playing mostly – Tech House, House and Progressive, but also we may have a really nice chilled out bar vibe in room two. Saying that, if a choon is good and we think it fits the time of the night and the vibe, we will play it and we are happy for any DJ’s that play for us to do the same. We are not one of those music outfits that is only into one specific genre. Our ears are open to a wide range of sounds and styles.”

Cellar Door has already sold 150 early bird tickets for the night at The Vaults via Facebook, so there are about 200 more up for grabs and about to go on sale here:

and also at A Two Merthyr and Catapult.

For more information visit their Facebook page.

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Paraprosdokians…Friday play on words

April 13, 2012 Leave a comment

A paraprosdokian is a phrase or sentence that leads us down the garden path to an unexpected ending. I’ve always loved these, just never knew what they were called!

“Where there’s a will, I want to be in it,” is a paraprosdokian — Winston Churchill loved them.

1. Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.

3. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good Evening,’ and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

10. A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.

12. Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, ‘In case of emergency, notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR.’ What’s my mother going to do?

13. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

18. Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

19. There’s a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can’t get away.

20. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.

21. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

23. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

25. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

26. Where there’s a will, there are relatives.

27. He was at his best when the going was good.

28. She looks as though she’s been poured into her clothes, and forgot to say ‘when’.

Of courses there are more…just tell me when to stop!

29. I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

30. I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

31. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

32. Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason.

33. If God is watching us, the least we can do is be entertaining.

34. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of payments.

35. How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

36. A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don’t need it.

37. I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian.

38. Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

39. The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

40. Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back.

41.  A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.

42. I discovered I scream the same way whether I’m about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.

43. Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.

44. I always take life with a grain of salt, …plus a slice of lemon, …and a shot of tequila.

45. When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.

46. Some people hear voices. Some see invisible people. Others have no imagination whatsoever.

47. A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.

48. If you are supposed to learn from your mistakes, why do some people have more than one child.

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Chomp Festival – 18th March, Full Moon

February 17, 2012 1 comment

Flyer for the Chomp Festival at Full Moon Bar on 18th March:

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Rebel Bingo coming to Cardiff

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

A press release from the Rebel Bingo Club:

The debauched bingo party that has taken over the world is coming to your town 15th February.

It will be ridiculous.

The Underground Rebel Bingo Club from Rebel Bingo on Vimeo.

Rock, pop, hip-hop, dubstep, party tunes, and Underground Rebel Bingo.

“It’s a raucous night of drinking, swearing, dancing and of course rebel bingo. It was started by two guys in a basement and is now an underground phenomenon”

We are a tight knit unit of hardcore bingo players constantly on the move to avoid the old school bingo mafia. We dot around the globe causing havoc and getting ourselves in trouble. If you don’t know who we are, it’s because nobody told you.

Our nights consist of DJs, dancing, drinking and loud games of Rebel Bingo. It is like nothing you have ever seen before. We have invented a new mutant form of bingo.

In each town we involve local talent, DJs and promoters to get involved in what is now a global club.


No Boring People

No Old People

No Wankers

If you don’t like loud music, shouting and dancing don’t come.

The Underground Rebel Bingo Club

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Taliesin’s 50th Birthday – event at the Bunkhouse 7th Dec

December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

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Movember – Moustache Party, Henry’s Bar, 27th Nov

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment