The Lansdowne Pub, Canton: New Chef, New Menu

The Lansdowne pub in Canton has developed quite a reputation in recent months. It’s probable that some of that status is due to the long-term residency of Cardiff BBQ legends Hangfire Smokehouse, who often created queues out-the-door as punters came in search of the best slow-cooked meat in town. Continue reading


The City Break: Pictures of Prague

It’s been a bit quiet on the blog over the past couple of weeks I know. Apologies, but at least I have an excuse – you see, I have reached that age where every month seems to bring a new engagement, wedding invitation or hen-do to plan for! This past weekend I spent in Prague, celebrating the engagement of one of my oldest friends, who is due to marry her fiance in a ‘beer festival’ themed wedding in September.

Even though it’s not strictly the kind of content I usually pop on the blog, I thought I’d share a few pictures with you anyway, because Prague was just lovely. Enjoy!


Pizza Express: The New Lunch Menu / Vegan Pizza

Note: This will be a 2-part blog post. 

I was recently invited to try out the new lunch menu at Pizza Express, but I also wanted to write about their new vegan pizza from the main menu, and explore the headlines that they have been making recently in light of the revelation that they serve halal chicken as standard in all of their restaurants. For easy reading, I have split the post in two. Hope you don’t mind! Continue reading


HungryCityHippy Scoops Best New Blog and Best Food Blog at the Wales Blog Awards 2014 (Video)

I’ll keep this one short and sweet :) As the title of this blog post suggests, I am CHUFFED TO BEANS to share with anyone who might have missed my millions of updates on Twitter and Facebook (sorry about that) that on Thursday night at the 2014 Wales Blog Awards at the Chapter Arts Centre, I picked up not one, but two awards – taking home the winners trophy in both of the caegories that I had been shortlisted in.

Hungry City Hippy was awarded the ‘Bloggie’ award for Best New Blog and Best Food Blog 2014, which came as an incredible shock, especially seeing as I was up against so many awesome, well-established and influential blogs. In fact, the competition was so stiff that I hadn’t really given the evening much thought. When Hungry City Hippy was called and I had to go up to collect my award and certificate, I suddenly realised that I’d have to say a few words! I can’t for the life of me remember what I said then, so I thought I’d share my thoughts here.

I am delighted and absolutely made up that the judges chose my blog as the best food and best new blog this year. I started wrtiting it purely as a hobby, and also as an outlet for me to share my opinions and concerns about food and animal welfare in an appropriate place. I was hoping to meet other likeminded people, and to influence and challenge those who perhaps hadn’t given it much thought previously. For me, winning these awards is a small but significant victory for ethical eating and environmentalism, and I even had a couple of people approach me after the award ceremony to say that the blog had made them think a bit more about the food they eat and where it comes from. I couldn’t have wished for anything more. You can read more about the night and all of the other very talented winners in this piece from Wales Online.

Oh, and there’s a video too.

A massive thanks to anyone who has read the blog, commented, shared any of my posts, and followed me on social media. And a huge thanks to the Blog Awards judges and sponsors who saw fit to highlight the blog in this way. I really, really appreciate it, and I’m even more determined to make HCH bigger, better and hippy-er than before :)



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Pie Minister: Bringing Pie to the Masses on St Mary Street

I first heard about Pie Minister opening on St Mary Street when someone commented on my blog post about the emergence of a ‘craft beer quarter’ in Cardiff city centre. Pies and beer! A match imagemade in heaven, they suggested. What I didn’t admit at the time is that I had already foolishly dismissed Pie Minister in my head, assuming it would be cheap meat and soggy pastry; an uninspiring junk food outlet for the post-rugby and pre-nightclub masses. Nothing to be excited about. Or so I thought. Continue reading


Sampling the New Monthly Menus at El Cantara, Soho

Whilst it’s not always possible to find a restaurant serving ethical meat, these days, it’s relatively easy to find a decent vegetarian meal as an alternative – no matter where you are. Though it’s true that there are still some restaurants who fall short of the mark in terms of imagination, in my opinion El Cantara Restaurant in Soho isn’t one of them. Continue reading

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