Hello & Welcome

to the June edition of the BAY magazine with editor Lesley Williams

As we go to press on this issue, we’ve had one of the wettest Mays on record – it has certainly been a far cry from the May of 2020 when we basked in lock-down sunshine. As the hospitality industry slowly emerged from the Covid restrictions this month and we were allowed to eat out – literally – the heavens opened. Now that things are returning to some semblance of normality and we can once again meet up with friends in public places I’m looking forward to being able to bring you restaurant reviews. We did manage to squeeze in a couple of meals out before the copy deadline; a quick lunch in the King Arthur, and a birthday lunch in The Secret Bar & Kitchen. We also revisited a pre-Covid favourite, Truffle in King Edward Road for our first ‘proper’ meal out in months – all reviews are in my Culinary Causerie pages.

Something else that I have been missing are my regular sessions at the gym. Both Simon and I are members at the Gower College gym in Tycoch. It is a very convenient location for us and has all the equipment that we need. They have very strict procedures in place to keep us safe and well. Nicky Holland gives us good advice on how to get ourselves back to fitness – last month he told us to ease ourselves back into our routines and not expect to pick up where we left off. Even so, my muscles were definitely not happy 48 hours after my first session back. Nicky’s website has lots of great advice for those that are just starting out on developing their fitness as well as those who have already reached their goals. Details are at the bottom of his article.

     Ian is back with a walk this month, and although he could have travelled further afield he felt the need to stay local. This woodland walk isn’t heavy going and you should get to see some of our local wildlife. All we need now is for the weather to become a bit more seasonal.

The new Copr Bay Bridge over Oystermouth Road has certainly divided local opinion, but funnily enough the Slip Bridge wasn’t well received when it was first completed in 1915. Work on the Digital Arena has continued despite the pandemic, and a new road has been created – Cupid Way. Charles Wilson Watkins looks at the life of Cyril Cupid and why he has been honoured by having a road named after him. Charles connected with Cyril’s granddaughter to find out more.

Private chef Christos is back this month with a traditional, Greek beef recipe – Stifado. You don’t have to use beef, it would originally have been made with pork or rabbit and you could even substitute chicken. You will just have to adjust the cooking time, so you don’t overcook it.

We’ve teamed up with Dewkes of Mumbles to bring you a great competition to WIN a hamper of goodies worth £50. The prize will be tailored to suit your pet – whatever it is – and if you don’t have a pet, you can enter to win treats for the wildlife in your garden.

Have a wonderful June and we’ll be back in July.