Monday, 20 August 2012

Ralph on Tour.....Having a Wales of a time in Llandudno

Here's a little twist on Ralph's Life where I get to go on holiday and blog about it!  The Old Dear decided his batteries needed recharging so I thought he was going to take me to Maplin, however it involved stuffing more food and drink into a car than is physically possible and heading to some big kennel in Wales (which is actually a country and not a big fish).  

Bron Berllan Uchaf cottage is on the outskirts of Dyserth village which is four miles from the seaside towns of Prestatyn and Rhyl (home of the legendary 2p machines).  It has 5 bedrooms sleeping 12, with 2 sitting rooms a dining room, a large kitchen/dining area separate toilet and two bathrooms with showers and it is extremely well appointed throughout.


Bron Berllan Uchaf, Bron Berllan
Hiraddug Road, Dyserth, Rhyl
Denbighshire, LL18 6HS.

You can contact the owner Mr J Scott directly on either 07974875019 or 02476725423 and tell him Ralph sent you!

The views from the cottage to the 
surrounding countryside are stunning and from the upper area of the grounds you have a lovely sea view over towards Kinmel Bay

There's an extensive patio area leading to a well kept sloping lawn where you can go and talk to some very nice horses in the next field!  To the front there's another nice lawned area but beware of the steep drop to the roadway over the low wall.

Once all the stuff was unloaded from the car and the double fridge/freezer was full it was time for a chillax on the patio where drink was plentiful and thanks to the chiminena blazing away much fun was had late on into the night.

Now one of the highlights of the week was our visits to the lovely seaside town of Llandudno with it's pier and spectacular esplanade situated between the Great and Little Ormes with two wonderful beaches, the award winning North Shore and the quiet, sand duned West Shore and and which has kept its Victorian and Edwardian elegance and splendour, despite its modern attractions.  

Having wandered the town's extensive shopping area and in need of refreshment, one of Ralph's favourite eateries was Kava a charming little coffee house and licensed restaurant just off the main drag.  The staff are as attentive and friendly as the coffee and food is reviving and tasty!  After only one visit (like the bar in 'Cheers') they'll not only 'know your name' but remember your drink of choice.  

The highlight of several visits to Kava over the week was 'Corrie's' Les Battersby (aka actor Bruce Jones who was appearing in nearby Rhyl) having a cuppa with me (ok he was at the next table).  Apparently he wasn't overly starstruck by my presence so we didn't swap autographs.....

Now next door to Kava is a little shop that is very dear to my heart as it sells chocolate, and not just any chocolate as Grumpys is a traditional sweetie shop where you can take a trip down memory lane with their fantastic retro and old-fashioned sweets!

Grumpy's Sweet Shop - Llandudno

They have an amazing selection of traditional favourites as well as a plentiful selection of modern sweets! Every product listed has been chosen by Grumpy himself, and because of this they can be confident that you will be completely satisfied with your purchase!

Their shop stocks over 300 variations of sweets that you're bound to remember from your youth, and we're increasing our online product range every day. Remember; If you don't find exactly what you're looking for then please contact them and let them know. They'll do their very best to accommodate your requirements and seek out what you are looking for and
 you can order from Grumpys online!

There were only one downer over the week.  Missing one of Ralph's favourite groups Catfish and the Bottlemen playing Llandudno the day after I was due to leave (gutted).  On the plus side they're playing Sneaky Pete's as part of Ralph's favourite musical event EH1 LIVE on the 16th September in Edinburgh.

By way of an update...two years on they've just won Best Newcomer in the first BBC Music Awards...who knew - Ralph did of course...and he'll be playing Pacifier on his Radio KC Sunday Show plus it's in his Top 100 tracks which will be played on 28th December from 5pm.

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