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Pierre Le Bistrot


When deciding where to go for dinner with work to celebrate the end of our series, ‘Pierre Le Bistrot’ seemed like a good option. A relatively new restaurant serving, (as you might have guessed from the title) French cuisine. The restaurant is in The Brewery Quarter, minutes away from Cardiff/Caroline Street’s ‘Chippy Lane!” I’d heard good things about it from some of my colleagues and thought the menu looked pretty good so that’s where I decided to book.

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The restaurant inside has lovely wooden tables and chairs and a low lighting creating a relaxing atmosphere. There was also plenty of various wines to choose from, we opted for the Rose – which was fruity and light.

While waiting for our starters we were given baskets of warm, fresh bread to nibble on as an ‘Amuse Gueule’ which was a nice little treat. For my starter I had’ Parfait au foie de volaille,’ Chicken liver parfait with sourdough toast and red onion confiture, which was delicious. My friends had the ‘Assiette Méditerranéenne’ to share which cost £10.50 between 2 and looked incredible and was definitely worth the money. My other colleague had  “Salmon rillette of fresh and oak-smoked
Scottish salmon” for her starter which also looked and according to her tasted delicious.

For my main I had Fillet of sea bass baked with plum tomatoes,
shaved garlic, olive oil, flat leaf parsley with spicy chorizo which was really tasty. Our main courses were accompanied by potato dauphinoise and fresh broccoli, Chantenay carrots and red cabbage.

As a big group we had to pre-order which worked out really well as all our food came out at the same time and was piping hot and really tasty. I am looking forward to my next visit to the restaurant as I was very impressed with the service, food, wine and atmosphere.  MERCI ‘Pierre Le Bistrot’ 🙂



Le Bistrot Pierre
The Old Brewery Quarter
Caroline Street
CF10 1FG
(029) 2034 5990
Opening hours
Monday – Friday: 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Saturday: 12.00pm – 3.30pm
Sunday: 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Monday – Thursday: 5.30pm – 10.00pm
Friday and Saturday: 5.30pm – 11.00pm
Sunday: 6.00pm – 10.00pm



My experience as an undercover journalist

My first TV Credit

My first TV Credit

The last 3 weeks have been very chaotic but also extremely rewarding and exciting. I spent 3 weeks at ITV Wales working with the Welsh current affairs team. Despite wanting to write all about it during my time there, I was sworn to secrecy as I was working on an investigative programme with the Byd Ar Bedwar team. On my first day I was asked if I wanted to go undercover to find out if a modelling agency in London were scamming people, unsurprisingly I didn’t hesitate when I said YES PLEASE!!After a long and hard 8 months on the course it was time for me to put what I’d learnt into action, but this time not in the comfort bubble of Cardiff’s journalism school but in the REAL world.

After being invited to the first ‘Hacio’ meeting to discuss ideas for the new structure of their programme I was then asked to have a meeting to discuss my role as the roving undercover reporter. I was delighted that the team trusted me enough to send me to London to try to find out if this agency were breaking the law. One boy from Swansea had complained about them saying they’d taken money from him by pressurising him to pay for a portfolio of pictures. They promised him work as an extra on programmes like Eastenders and adverts like Heineken. When he had his pictures back he was really unhappy with the quality of them, he had to go through the BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,) to get his money back and never heard from the company again.

The team had already found more case studies that had experienced the exact same thing, but now it was my turn to capture it all on camera so that something could finally be done to stop them. On my second day on work experience I was getting a taxi to Cardiff train station to meet the team to get the train to London. I’d made a phone call to the agency on the Monday to make an appointment, they were happy to see me the next day! We arrived in London, waited for our camera man to arrive then headed to Soho. Before going into the interview myself and Sian tested out the hidden camera to make sure it was all in tact and off I went.

I thought by this point I’d start feeling nervous, perhaps my heart beat would start speeding up but I was actually extremely calm and managed to persuade myself that I had to be convincing. As I waited in the reception I noticed a young boy was waiting to see the agency with what looked like an envelope with pictures in. I started chatting to him and found out he had paid 400 pound for these pictures and that the agency had assured him he’d make a lot of money with this professional portfolio.

One of my portfolio pictures!

One of my portfolio pictures!

An hour went by and then I was called up for the interview. She told me I needed a portfolio or I’d never be taken seriously, she provided me with my paperwork and took a 100 pound deposit from me. After about half hour i’d arranged my photo shoot in the same studio all the other people we’d spoken to had been sent to.

We spent the day filming on Thursday and interviewing a man who used to model for Storm to find out how a professional agency should act and he told us they never charge you for photos, only if you start making money. On Friday we headed to the Studio where I paid the rest of my money to the guy on the desk (390 pound.) In the ‘studio,’ there was already a guy having his pictures taken so myself and Ian (Byd Ar Bedwar) took the opportunity to speak to the photographer.

After finishing the pictures we did some interviews with myself and Sian and then headed back to Cardiff. I learnt so much in those few days and had a great time getting to know the team too. The following week I spent most of my time phoning all the companies that the agency said they worked for only to find they’d never even heard of them, resulting in the modelling agency removing all their advertised logos from their website. The more research we did the more proof we had that something wasn’t right. Unfortunately at this point we couldn’t prove the agency were linked to the photo studio which made things legally complicated, but Sian and Ian managed to find the company on Companies House and worked out that the director of the photo studio and the director of the modelling agency were both listed under the same company.

After 3 weeks of persistence and hard work, I then saw the programme being edited together and then voiced by Sian. I spent the evening with some friends to see all the final product. To see my first TV credit was a huge accomplishment and I’m so grateful that I was given such a great opportunity. It’s in Welsh but if you go online you can put the subtitles on- the link is http://www.s4c.co.uk/bydarbedwar/?lang=en

Me and Sian at the ITV News Awards

Me and Sian at the ITV News Awards

CJS Breakfast show

Practicing our Breakfast show

Me and Karen, practicing for the Breakfast show!

As a part of our exciting course we have the opportunity to work as a team to produce an hour and a half breakfast show. At the beginning of the week, we’ll have a breakfast meeting where we’ll all share story ideas and then assign a couple of stories to each member of the team.

Last week was my first breakfast show, and so we all spent the week gathering material, phone bashing and getting around our patch to get a range of light and serious stories to have an editorially balanced breakfast show. Myself and my colleague Karen volunteered to be the presenters. We spent some time in Bargoed speaking to people about the history of the town and the plans for its re-development.

We also went to speak to Andy Gorno, a Welsh food producer who has both Italian and Welsh heritage to find out who he’d supporting in the Italy V Wales on the weekend. On Thursday evening we sub-edited the programme to avoid any slip ups when reading through it.

It was one of the most exciting production days as we really got to know our content and worked really well as a team. The programme was recorded in three slots of half an hour, so here’s a sneak preview of our show:

(Team- Geraint Thomas, Tom Lewis, Tim Walsh, Niamh Hannon, Zahra Ullah, Kelly Bradnick (editor,) Karen Lyons, Lavinia Hoyos, Bethan Muxworthy.)

Cardiff has top score in Food Hygiene Ratings


(Broadcast 10/02/12)

Over five hundred food businesses in Cardiff now have a top score of five in the capital’s latest food hygiene rating . The scheme which is run by Cardiff Council and the Food Standards Agency rates the hygiene standards of places where people eat or buy food.

Our reporter Bethan Muxworthy has been to find out more.

(Written and produced by Kate Varley and Bethan Muxworthy.)

Cymru am byth

Wales V Scotland

Wales V Scotland 2012

I am very proud to say I have lived in Wales all my life and also very glad my parents decided to send me to both a fluent primary and secondary school. This made it easier for me to learn such a complex language as I was growing up. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many people tell me they wish they spoke Welsh and I really do understand how hard it is to learn from scratch.

Having a very strong Welsh accent  means I often get  mocked jokingly by friends, and also get laughed at by family members as I talk at  100 miles an hour when I’m excited. There’s also the joys of Six Nations rugby days when Wales are playing and I put on my Welsh rugby top and sing the Welsh National anthem at the top of my voice.

Wales V France

Wales V France


Hen Wlad fy Nhadau
(Land of my Fathers)

The Welsh National Anthem

Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion enwogion o fri
Ei gwrol ryfelwr, gwlad garwyr tra mad
Tros ryddid collasant eu gwaed.

Gwlad Gwlad,

Six Nations in Cardiff

Welsh rugby shirt!

Pleidiol wyf i’m gwlad,
Tra môr yn fur i’r bur hoff bau
O bydded i’r hen iaith barhau


Land of my Fathers, O land of the free,
A land of poets and minstrels, famed men.
Her brave warriors, patriots much blessed,
It was for freedom that they lost their blood.

Wales! Wales!,
I am devoted to my country.
So long as the sea is a wall to this fair beautiful land,
May the ancient language remain.

A close friend of mine who I met at the start of my course has always joked that I will become ‘the face of Wales.’  Everytime I made a comment with any hint of negativity he would joke ‘as if the face of Wales could do anything wrong.’ I celebrated my 24th birthday on the weekend and couldn’t wait for my card he told me he ‘was working on.’  After 3 days I couldn’t help thinking he was lying when he said ‘it’s  in the house,’ but today when I finally got it…I decided it was worth the wait.

New Year’s Eve


It’s that time of year again, we’re all worn out from the partying and stuffed after consuming all the Christmas dinner left overs and boxes of chocolates. Lets not forget there’s still New Year’s Eve another excuse to put on those party hats, get the party poppers ready and dance our way into 2012.

It’s always difficult to know what to do on New Year’s Eve, but there’s plenty going on in Cardiff to help you decide. Some may prefer a quiet night in watching the TV with a glass of champagne but for others there’s that all important dilemma as to which party to attend. Cardiff is always a fun place to go as it has a number of great nightclubs and bars.

In fact it has been voted the most sociable city in Britain according to statistics released today by CitySocialising, a socialising network for meeting new people looked at the social habits of 160,000 members throughout the UK.

Buffalo Bar:

Beatbox Ballroom New Year’s Eve Party: Outdoor marquee and sound system/ some great DJ’s/ £10.00 a ticket.

The North Star:

Live music and a hog roast/ £5.00 a ticket.

Ten Feet Tall:

Top hats and tiaras/ DJ’s/ £10.00 a ticket.

The Globe Bar:

Johnny Cage and the Voodoogroove/£10.00 a ticket.

Bogiez Rock Bar & Nightclub:

The only dedicated rock bar in Cardiff- DJ’s and the tickets are FREE.

411 Bar:

Playboy bunny party. Tickets £10.00 before November 30th , see website for current ticket prices.

Cardiff Arts Institute:

Great atmosphere and party tunes, £5.00 a ticket.

Glam Nightclub:

Glamorous black and gold theme at the New Year’s Eve Ball. Massive giveaways. £15.00 a ticket (includes entry on New Years Day.)

These are some of the events going on this New Year’s Eve in Cardiff so ladies choose your party dresses and gentleman get your snazzy suits ready to celebrate in style.

Dobbin is still alive and kicking!


Christmas can be the most hectic and stressful time of the year, so when the golden opportunity comes along to set aside the red-hot credit card and the endless list of things to do, the choice of entertainment to get you into the Christmas spirit is all important. For some that might mean sitting at home, feet up with a mug of hot chocolate or glass of mulled wine watching TV offerings such as the Absolutely Fabulous Christmas special. For others, a trip to the cinema could be beckoning, with attractions such as ‘Arthur Christmas’ in 3D, written by Cardiff born Peter Baynham. Read the rest of this entry