Castle Gate Restaurant & Bar – Caerphilly’s answer to Mint and Mustard

As soon as we walked into Castle Gate Bar and Restaurant, we were immediately impressed with the new modern décor.  It was bright, airy and contemporary; immediately appearing a ‘class above’ the more traditionally decorated Indian restaurants in the county.

We were warmly welcomed at the door by Robi (the manager) and taken to our seats. As we walked through, I was pleased to not only see that social distancing measures were in place, but that this had not done anything to destroy the atmosphere. Yes, tables were spread out, dividers were in place and hand sanitiser was readily available, however none of this was to the detriment of the ambience that regular customers have come to expect at Castle Gate.

After ordering some traditional Asian beers, we ate our poppadoms happily whilst perusing the menu. The selection was varied (without being overwhelming) and I made a mental note to tell my vegan friends about the array of delicious looking choices available. As the staff were so friendly, I asked for their recommendations and soon opted for the Fish Onion Roast followed with the Goa Fish Curry; my husband preferring to go for the Slay The Dragon as a starter and the Lamb Lalucha for main. We then ordered a reasonably priced pinot grigio to accompany the dishes.

Our starters were soon brought out and I was delighted by the delectable presentation. I know appearance isn’t everything when it comes to food, but it was great to see the starters delivered in a way that matched the contemporary feel of this newly refurbished restaurant and echoed the dining experiences being provided in award-winning venues like Mint and Mustard. We quickly tuck in and our taste buds were not disappointed. The Fish Onion Roast, which was made up of fried fillets of white fish marinated with southern spices, was flavoursome and well-seasoned. It melted in my mouth and was a wonderful taste experience.  The Slay The Dragon dish, a Mysore delicacy consisting of pineapple flavoured, honey glazed chicken cooked over charcoal in the tandoor, was equally as delicious and the meat was succulent. Both dishes seemed to strike the balance between the modern and authentic Indian dining experience perfectly.


After such a great start,  we eagerly awaited the arrival of the main courses. To be honest, I was a little apprehensive. Asides from the Mint and Mustard’s Sea Bass (where the pan fried fish is placed on top of the curry), I had never actually eaten a proper fish curry before. I was unsure what the consistency would be like and I was a bit nervous that it would taste ‘too fishy’ and that I would not be able to enjoy the flavour of the curry itself. It was therefore, with rising trepidation (‘why had I trusted this unknown waiter instead of my own instincts?’) that I took my first mouthful. And quite simply at that point, I was speechless. Despite all my reservations, the Goa Fish Curry was simply scrumptious. Indeed the divine combination of perfectly cooked white fish in a spiced coconut milk on a bed of crushed potatoes and caramelised onions was so moreish that I resented previously agreeing to share it with my other half.

Fortunately, however, this traditional fish curry was not the only appetising item on the table. The peschwari naan and pilau rice were cooked to perfection. Moreover, the succulent lamb (in my husband’s choice of Lamb Lalucha) had been seasoned with an aromatic selection of spices and was tender and succulent.  I could see why this (the chef’s own unique recipe) was such a hit as it was a perfectly balanced curry and the meat had clearly been prepared with great skill. Indeed, whilst my preference was the Goa Fish Curry, my husband was adamant that he had ordered the better dish.  We have decided to agree to disagree on this one!

So how would I rate our dining experience? Well, to be honest, I don’t think I could give anything other than top marks. The food was more flavoursome, the wine was crisp and light and the atmosphere was fantastic. We’ll definitely be heading back. I mean who needs Cardiff, when we have amazing local restaurants like this on our doorstep?

Disclosure: Robi had kindly offered us our meals for free this evening. However, we will definitely be heading back soon and would be more than happy to pay for these fantastic dishes. We paid for our drinks and found they were reasonably priced.

Taste of Summer at Llancaiach Fawr, Nelson

The sun is finally out so why not join Llancaiach Fawr for A Taste of Summer this June?

An historical season food event in the Manor and Blas Lleol food and craft fayre.

Normal entry fee applies to the Manor, which includes a fee fro the Blas Lleol Food and Craft Fair.

Please call 01443 412248 or email for further information.


Cotyledon is excited to be working with Llancaiach Fawr Manor in Nelson on four weekend events delivering Blas Lleol markets. We will be holding truly local markets at the manor which will tie-in with their demonstrations and activities. We want to showcase local food and craft and we’re looking for traders who can champion local ingredients and supplies in their wares.

Stalls are £25 per day (Saturday or Sunday) and £45 for the whole weekend. Overnight storage is available in the adjacent education centre which is alarmed and secure. There will be on-site parking for traders.

Please email or if you are a trader and are interested in taking part in this event.

Caerphilly Food Festival 2018 in Caerphilly Town Centre

The popular Caerphilly Food Festival is back on Saturday 12th May 2018 and is sure to delight locals and visitors alike!

There will be over 100 stall holders coming this year bringing a wide of delicious food and drink samples to please us all and give us the opportunity of trying some of the fantastic products that are made locally. There will also be cake demonstrations, activities for little ones, street shows and live music from RecRock!  Additionally, there are lots of wonderful local places to eat and relax in (please see our Big Phill Guide to look at the local places recommended by our followers) – the perfect day to head to the wonderful town of Caerphilly!

Would you to find out more? Well, here’s a review of last year’s event. Alternatively, please look below for information taken from the council website.

Over 100 stall holders will tempt visitor’s taste buds with samples of their delicious goods to try and buy – along with a wide range of unique crafts. This year the event will also feature exciting demonstrations from Broil King BBQ Theatre and some top class cake decorating workshops.

There’ll be plenty on offer for the little ones too, with numerous activities scheduled for throughout the day, including puppet shows and workshops, animals displays and craft workshops. Among the demonstrations and workshops, walkabout acts and street shows will be parading the town, entertaining the crowds, as well as RecRock Music who will offer live performances from local singers and groups.

Eating Out

The town centre is host to a number of high quality public houses, cafes and fast food outlets. Go to the Visit Caerphilly website to find out where to eat.

If you would prefer to bring your own food to the event, take advantage of the picnic area in Dafydd Williams’ Park (located to the side of Caerphilly Castle) and other places around the beautiful medieval castle.  Alternatively, head to Morgan Jones’ Park (a short stroll along Crescent Road), where there is a children’s play area and splash zone and lots of open spaces for picnics – pack the children’s costumes and let them have a bit more free fun!


Caerphilly County Borough provides a wide choice of accommodation, from luxury hotels to bed and breakfasts and guest houses. Whether you are visiting for an overnight stay or a short break, there is an excellent choice of accommodation available to suit all tastes and budgets. Go to the Visit Caerphilly website to view the accommodation available.

Contacts and useful information


If you would like to be involved in the event and provide sponsorship towards improving / enhancing the event, we welcome local and regional businesses to be involved in the event.
We can offer the following basic packages for the event but are open to offer and suggestions:-

  • Banner erected in a key location (Maximum banner size 2m by 1m) – £100
  • ​Logo and official website link on website – £200
  • Logo and official website link on website and a banner erected in a key location (Maximum banner size 2m by 1m) – £250

Event application forms (for exhibitors)

If you would like to apply for a pitch at this event, please read the ‘Conditions Of Acceptance & Event Safety Management’ document and the ‘Event Application Letter’. After reading these documents you can then complete and return the ‘Event Application Contact Sheet’ and the ‘Caerphilly Food Festival – application form’ to be considered for a pitch.

Breakfasts with Belle at The Moat House Inn

A great charity event for all those Belle fans!

Be our Guest and meet Belle from Beauty and the Beast! Only £8 per child. Includes a cooked breakfast, goodie bag and a meet and greet with Belle.
Booking is required. Limited spaces available. £2 from each ticket sale will be donated to The Autism Directory and Side by Side.

Allo! Allo! -An Immersive Three Course Dining Experience – Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa

Allo! ‘Allo! Listen very carefully; I shall only say this once…

An evening of unforgettable 1940s nostalgic entertainment.

This cast, who look like Rene, Edith and Yvette and friends, have a specific skill. With a live fully inclusive immersive 3 course dining experience.

There will be laugh out loud comedy and sensational singing from Yvette and maybe the Head of Gestapo with one very camp German officer will arrive!

Friday 23rd March 2018 from 7pm
£39.95 per person

Book online here!

Standard resort terms and conditions apply. Fully pre-payable at the time of booking, which is non refundable and non amendable.

Murder At The Maenllwyd with Maenllwyd Inn and Dying To Meet You Murder Mystery Company

Looking for something fun to do this March? Then,  check out this fun murder mystery event coming to Maenllwyd Inn!

 There has been a murder!!! You will be the detectives and solve the murder at the Maenllwyd Inn. Includes a 3 Course Dinner.

Guests to be seated at 19.00pm for introduction first Course arrives at 19.30pm. Pre bookings only £25.00 per person full payment in advance

Harry Potter – Magical Tea Time Treat – Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa

Bryn Meadow’s Magical Tea Time Treat is back for February half term – don’t miss out on this fabulous chance to escape to the wizarding world and think about how you would act on your first day at Hogwarts!

Back by popular demand – this half term we are celebrating our favourite wizard!

Saturday 17th February to Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 12pm or 4pm

Arrive at the train platform, to be registered by the Bryn Meadows faculty. Enter the Bryn Meadows Great Hall for a Magical Tea Time Treat – our author inspired afternoon tea. If you arrive early you can grab a drink in The Tea Shop (Blas Restaurant) or The Broomsticks (Winners Bar).

£24.95 per person
£12.95 per child (aged 3-12) *
Under 3’s free of charge *

Book online:

Sample menu:
* Chocolate wizards sorting hat
* Book of spells cupcake
* Golden snitch profiterole
* Griphook’s green goblin trifle
* Hagrid’s rustic scones
* Professor Sprout’s mandrake plant pot
* Assortment of traditional house elves sandwiches
* Madam Puddifoot’s freshly brewed tea/coffee or hot chocolate

* Please note there must be 1 adult per 2 children, including under 3’s. Standard resort terms and conditions apply. Fully payable at the time of booking, which is non refundable and non amendable. If you have specific dietary requirements, these can be catered for, however they may not be within the theme. This event is not affiliated with JK Rowling or Warner Brothers Studios.

Book your tickets here.



Looking for a great event in March? Then, please click here for more information!

Valentine’s Ball at Bryn Meadows, Golf, Hotel and Spa

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Weekend than with a romantic Valentine’s Ball at the wonderful Bryn Meadows?

Valentine’s Ball
Friday 16th February 2018 from 7pm

This Valentine’s weekend put on your black tie or killer heels and enjoy a romantic 3 course meal followed by entertainment from our resident DJ.

£24.95 per person


Roasted red pepper and tomato soup with heart croutons (v)
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Chicken wrapped in Carmarthenshire ham served with fondant potato, tenderstem broccoli, cream of wild mushroom sauce
Goats Cheese and Apricot Nut Roast with Roast Vegetable Gravy (v)
* * *
Passionfruit mousse (v)

Book online here!

Standard resort terms and conditions apply. Fully payable at the time of booking, which is non refundable and non amendable.

Valentine’s ‘EAT & PLAY’ · The Old Library

Valentine’s ‘EAT & PLAY’ · The Old Library – the perfect event for those who want a date night but cant’ get a babysitter!

The Old Library invites you to join them, this Valentine’s Day to celebrate without the stress of looking after a little one at the table!

“This year we are opening up The Old Library for a one night only, special three course Valentine’s Menu… And the best bit? You don’t need a babysitters! Bring the kids along and let them enjoy a full Tot’s play party session whilst you enjoy a romantic evening! Booking can be made at The Old Library or call 02920 225 243.”

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s gift? Then, click here!

Grand Charity Ball for Velindre at Bryn Meadows

Bryn Meadows invite you to a Grand Charity Ball in aid of Velindre Cancer Centre in conjunction with RAOB. Book tickets early to avoid disappointment!

Friday 2nd February 2018 from 7pm onwards.

Black Tie Event where wearing a touch of red is encouraged

  • Drink on arrival
  • 3 course dinner
  • Guest Speaker – Matthew J Watkins
  • Entertainment

£24.95 per person

Standard resort terms and conditions apply. Fully pre-payable at the time of booking, which is non refundable and non amendable.


To book tickets,  please go here!