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So, we’ve already had the central Into a cocktail shaker full of ice pour
heating on and packed away the 75ml of Voodoo Tiki Desert Rose Te-
cocktail umbrellas and curly straws. quila (infused with pear), 15ml Coin-
Summer’s long gone and now’s the treau, 60ml sours, 15ml of orange
time for seasonal berries and cool juice and a dash of grenadine and
comforting cocktails. Apples and shake! Pop some grenadine on a plate
pears, plums and blackberries are all and dip your cocktail glass in, then do
in season here in the UK and are per- the same with some sugar for a lovely
fect ingredients for some chilledout, sweet taste. Strain your tasty bever-
mellow mixes. Harvest yourself some age into the glass and garnish with
of these: a lime wheel. Now, that should blow
your bloody doors off.
Smashing Pumpkin Martini.
Into a cocktail shaker full of ice pour Looking out the window I think its
75ml cinnamon vodka, 30ml Ama- autumn. But perhaps I should have
retto and 15ml Bols Pumpkin Smash gone straight to winter drinks? Still,
Liqueur. Stir gently and pour into a this lot will keep you warm for now,
fi ve of the best...
chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with and check out
toasted pumpkin seeds. Smashing! – it’s a sweet website.
haunted pubs
Ice Queen.
Please visit Alex and Dave at
Into a chilled champagne fl ute pour
30ml of OP Aquavit (A Swedish car-
Ah, public houses – social hubs of the away infused spirit), 30ml Cham-
highest order. And in keeping with October’s
bord, a dash of lime juice and top
inevitable Halloween spookiness, here’s your
up with Champagne. Garnish with
chance to make some truly supernatural
Prickly Pear Margarita.
acquaintances in taverns which have been
Tequila is made from the blue agave
serving up more than one type of spirit.
Tequilana Weber plant, part of the lily
family, which is native to Mexico. Not
a lot of people know that.
Duke Street, Cardiff, 029 2064 9871

This tardis of a tavern is rumoured to be inhabited by a moody mariner, angry at his wife

for committing adultery. The ladies’ loos and cellar are particular hotspots for chilly expe-
riences, and stained glass windows supplement its spooky aura, but it itself possesses a
Pumpkins date back many centuries.
warm, cosy and family-friendly atmosphere along with great grub.
nilla extract / 4oz cup sugar, for the top.
The name pumpkin originated from
Preheat oven 170
C. In a small sauce-
the Greek word “pepon” for “large
pan, heat milk to just below boiling. In
Llanvihangel Crucorney, Abergavenny, 0187 890258
a medium bowl, lightly beat eggs and
If anything should put you off your food, it’s knowing that a rebellious sheep-stealer
People have been making jack-o-lan-
add the pumpkin, sugar, spice and va-
was hung in the very spot where you are settling down to enjoy your Sunday roast.
terns at Halloween for centuries. The
nilla. Mix until well blended. Gradu-
Indeed, the Skirrid was the venue for over 180 hangings and has been described as one
myth originates from the story of
ally whisk the hot milk into the bowl,
of the most paranormally active places in Wales. But you’d never suspect that under its
Stringy Jack. Having tricked the devil
whisking continually. Evenly divide
wood-panelled dining area, gorgeous surroundings and lamb speciality dishes that it
twice Stringy Jack made him promise
mixture into 6 ramekins. Place the
possessed such a dark history.
never to claim his soul. When he died,
ramekins into a roasting tray and fi ll
God wouldn’t let Jack into heaven
2/3rds with hot water. Put in the oven
PRINCE OF WALES WETHERSPOON’S PUB and the devil, true to his word, would
and bake for 30 minutes. The custard
Wood Street, Cardiff, 029 2064 4449 not claim him into hell. So with no-
centers should be slightly wobbly. Take
This classy converted theatre is reputedly haunted by an actress who perished where to go, Stringy Jack walks the
out of the oven and leave to cool.
backstage, eek! But its reputation as a weekend favourite should keep the spooks away. night with only coals from the devil to
Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of sugar on each
Serving real ales and hot food throughout the day, the Prince of Wales also hosts a light his way. People make jack-o-lan-
custard, and blowtorch the tops to
curry club on Thursday nights. terns to keep the tormented soul out
caramelise the sugar.
of their homes.
But folklore aside, pumpkins are great
Tintern, 01291 689207
for you as they’re fi lled with beta-car-
Don’t fret, the silent drifting of a white lady from table to table at the Anchor Inn is
otene which the body converts into vi-
simply a worried wraith searching for her lost son. The ominous toot of a tin whistle
tamin A. A diet rich in beta-carotene
can also be heard on occasions. Six real ales are on offer, as well as homemade cider
can protect against heart disease. So
and hot food.
tuck into these!
Pumpkin Crème Brûlées
Llanrhidian, 01792 90015
1/2 pint milk / 6oz pumpkin puree,
Sightings of a shady character who dresses in Regency clothing have led regulars to
canned, frozen or freshly prepared / 4
name him as ‘Henry’. Obviously one of his favourite haunts, the Welcome To Town
oz brown sugar / 3 eggs, lightly beaten
delivers an extensive menu which includes local seafood, catering for all taste buds and
/ 1 teaspoon all spice / 1/2 teaspoon va-
yielding confi dent bistro cuisine.
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