Holidaying // Cardiff, Wales.



So this past weekend, we took a little trip to Cardiff! Jason spent the journey over there trying to convince me that we needed our passports, plug adaptors, and ‘Welsh money’. I wasn’t fooled by the idea of Welsh money (three years working in a foreign currency exchange’ll do that to even the most gullible of girls) but I was about five seconds off googling ‘Passport checks on the Severn Bridge’ when Jason stopped teasing me…

Idiocy aside, we had the absolute loveliest weekend! Our stay was courtesy of the Park Plaza hotel in Cardiff town centre, and is that a lush hotel? A real ‘fluffy robes’ kinda place. We do love us some fluffy robes! The staff are just about the friendliest people I’ve ever met (we even stayed up late having drinks with Sara, one of the women I’ve been liaising with over the past few weeks!) and they all went above and beyond the call of duty to make our stay as lovely as could be. Oh, and did you know that there’s a place in Cardiff dubbed by the locals ‘Chippy Alley’, since it’s made up almost entirely of chip shops?

Cardiff? You’ve stolen our hearts!


We spent Saturday afternoon taking part in a cupcake masterclass, led by Sara from the Happy Cupcake Kitchen. Liv from the ever wonderful ‘What Olivia Did’ and her beautiful Ma Sarah were also staying at the hotel for the weekend, and so together with the Purvises, Jason and I spent the afternoon happily playing with what can only be called ‘grown up edible playdough’. My cuticles are still green (I got a bit heavy handed with the old green colouring paste, but the less said about that the better. #snotcolouredicing), we all came away about a stone heavier and with glittery eyebrows, and it was awesome.

Baker-in-chief Sara not only showed us how to make sugar roses and pipe perfect buttercream swirls, but also taught us all about the ‘Valleys’ and told us that the thing to order in a Welsh curry house is a ‘curry and a half and half’. To laymen like us, that’s a curry with a half portion of rice, and half portion of chips. I’m telling you, the Welsh know their food.


At the end of the class, Sara told us that *if* the class had been a competition, Jason’s hydrangea cupcake would’ve won first prize. Confirmation that he really IS good at everything. I’ve not included a photo of it. Creative control rules and all…;)


Below: Want to play ‘Count the amount of edible glitter flakes I’m wearing in this photo?’ Answers in the comments below… Cider-with-Rosie-in-Cardiff-14

I’m at risk of getting overly gushy now, but the food at the Laguna restaurant really was The kind of meal you kind of mourn for once it’s finished, and you absolutely regret wearing a waist belt from around halfway through your main course onwards.

Below: Warm salad of new potatoes, black pudding, chorizo, ultra crisp bacon and a poached egg. Cider-with-Rosie-in-Cardiff-10

Below: Jason’s main course. Sirloin steak, mushroom, fries, and bearnaise sauce. And salady stuff, but you can bet your bottom dollar he left that on the side of his plate ;) Cider-with-Rosie-in-Cardiff-9

Below: Welsh lamb rump with a mustard crust, dauphinoise potatoes, broad beans, smoked bacon, and an olive jus. Absolutely to die for. Cider-with-Rosie-in-Cardiff-8

Round two of our photos from Cardiff to come later this week!

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  • Rosie W

    Wow, looks like the funnest weekend! I’ve only ever been to Cardiff for gigs – lots of evening spent in the CIA, the Barfly and various other venues, but I’ve never actually been to Cardiff to see Cardiff. It’s only an hour and a half from me too, so I think I’ll have to give it a second look :)
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

    • Georgina

      Barfly isn’t there anymore, heartbreakingly! So many of the great venues in Cardiff have been closed due to noise complaints.

  • Ema

    It looks like you had an amazing time! The only time I’ve been to Wales was to climb mount Snowdon, so you definitely showed a new side to the place for me. Those Cupcakes look perfect Rosie, and OMG i can not express my excitement that a ‘chip alley’ exists in the world! xx

  • lois

    ahh I spent many a late night in chippy alley in my uni days! Glad you liked Cardiff :) x

  • Michelle

    Ooooh me and the mr LOVE Cardiff. The St Davids Hotel is a pretty awesome sleepover too (definitely not as central as Park Plaza though!)
    Looks like you guys had a grand old weekend, lovely post :o)
    M x

  • Tamsin

    Oh I love trips like this. Cardiff is truly lovely. That Welsh lamb rump looks so amazingly good! x

  • Nia

    Aaaah, I love Cardiff! I was there last week for my older brother’s wedding! It’s so pretty! xx

  • Dannielle

    Sounds like such a lovely trip! I’ve never been to Wales but it looks great :) xx

    D Is For…

  • Dannielle

    you as well! everyones posting amazing posts about Wales, and it’s been on my list of places to go for ages. I’ve also always wanted to go on a cupcake decorating class, this sounds like the most perfect weekend away x
    Dannielle | Chic-a-Dee

  • Jessica Brown

    Looks like it was a lovely weekend! I really, really feel the need to go to Chippy Alley – sounds amazing! And don’t worry – I’m pretty sure I would have been tempted to Google passport checks, too! xx

  • Angie

    Ah Cardiff, my hometown…I love it so! Glad you had a lovely time here. Park Plaza is one of my favourite city centre hotels – and you’re right, there is some amazing food to be eaten at Laguna. P.S – best to avoid chippy alley after midnight on a saturday night…it is not a pretty sight haha xx

  • Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

    I love the cupcake with the sheep and hills!

  • Chloe

    I’ve just finished my first year at uni in Cardiff, and it’s one of my favourite cities ever! You literally can’t beat chippy alley after a night on the town. I’ve always wanted to stay at Park Plaza, it looks so beautiful and I am so jealous you got to stay there! The Castle is gorgeous too, spent lots of sunny days with a picnic on the grounds :) There’s so much to do, you should definitely return! x

  • Hannah

    Is 1/2 and 1/2 not a thing in England? I thought that was a standard option! Looks like you had a great time, come back soon! xxx

    • Rosie

      Not as far as I know? I’m going to look out for it next time we order a curry, such an amazing idea! :) Will definitely try to head back to Cardiff soon, we loved it!

  • Madeline

    Chips alley ? Rosie I believe you have found heaven !!
    Also what is this hidden talent of Jason’s who knew your man was such a whiz with icing? Impressive to say the least !
    Looks like you had a fabulous trip xoxo

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  • Nina

    I can’t believe you were in Cardiff the weekend that I was away! It looks like you had an amazing time, those cupcakes look so tasty! Can’t wait to hear more about what you think of Cardiff. To my great shame I am overly familiar with Chippy Lane (there is debate over whether it’s ‘Alley’ or ‘Lane’) but so is Gareth Bale who got arrested for getting into a fight there. Chippy Lane even has it’s own wikipedia page. God I love Cardiff
    Nina from little nomad

  • petal and plume

    wow, looks like the most wonderful time! beautiful captures, lovely words!

  • Allie

    Looks like a blast!! Lovely photos :)

  • Fathoosh

    Did u make all those cupcakes? Omg…awesome!
    Cardiff looks very appealing already….can’t wait for the next post

  • Kristin – My Life as a Teacup

    A lovely trip AND a cupcake class!? Sign me up!! This looks like such a sweet and relaxing holiday.

  • Chelsea

    This looks like the most amazing (and delicious!) trip. Can’t wait for the rest of the photos :)

  • Leanne

    I’m glad you enjoyed your trip to Cardiff and learning all about chippy alley lol.
    I didn’t realise half & half was a Welsh thing, I thought everyone did that!
    We had a Christmas party at the Park Plaza once, it was lovely. x

  • Ellie

    Looks like you had such a nice time! The cupcake masterclass sounds very fun. PS, your hair looks so long and pretty in these photos! xo, Ellie

  • Eadaoin

    Chip alley reminds me of Brussels – I went there with some friends and the lady who owned the apartment we rented told us to head straight for Pitta Street – full of kebab shops! It looks like you had such a fun weekend, there really is nothing like a weekend away. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Alice

    I MISS CARDIFF SO MUCH! I went to Cardiff University and the city absolutely stole my heart. I am heading back to stay with friends soon and I can’t WAIT!! I’m also chuckling away at Chippy Lane (which is what we students called it, rather than Chippy Alley) and the half-and-half thing- SO true! And the cupcake class sounds amazing. I’ll stop gushing now!! xx

  • Jenny

    My sister lives in Cardiff now. I’m really quite jealous. Even more so now that I’ve seen your photographs. I did not know half and half was a welsh thing!! Good job I’ve not tried to order it in an Indian around here :P

    I hope you had welsh cakes and bara brith? If not, you must return to Wales right this second!

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