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Sustainable restaurant to open in Carmarthen



Deri and his team: Working on the new restaurant

Deri and his team: Working on the new restaurant

A CHEF passionate about wholesome, local and seasonal produce needs your help to open his brand new restaurant, The Warren, in Carmarthen this September. 

Deri Reed, known to many as The Ethical Chef, has launched a Crowdfunder to help him secure the funds to open The Warren, a friendly venue that serves simple and honest food and drink.

Having been a chef for ten years, gaining experience in numerous restaurants and winning awards for his street food, Deri Reed decided it was time to fulfil his life-long dream and open his very own restaurant.

With a menu focussed on homegrown vegetables, great Welsh produce, specialist craft beers, local ciders and quality wine, as well as focussing on becoming an exciting venue for music, art and performance, The Warren promises to be the next big thing in Carmarthen.

The Herald spoke with Deri Reed about his 70 seater restaurant, which will open on Mansel Street very soon.

Deri told us that he has wanted to open a restaurant for ten years, and became a chef for this very reason.

“I needed to find the right location and the right people,” he told us, “The business has grown organically.”

The chef travelled around the country, but did not find the right venue for his first restaurant while on the road.

“There’s nowhere like home,” Deri told us when we asked why he finally settled on Carmarthen.

He believes that The Warren will have a very good impact on the town because it’s ‘not just another fast food chain’ – it’s wholesome, it sources its products locally and it gives people a choice.

Deri said: “Food choices are very important and we want to give people a sustainable option. We only have one planet – one shot – and we need to look after it.

“We don’t want to force people, however, so we’re not completely vegan, organic or raw – we don’t want to be pretentious.”

Sourcing their products from nearby farms, as well as growing salad and vegetables on their very own roof, The Warren’s dishes will be as local as local can be!

“It’s a worthwhile project and your money will be well spent. We’re providing a congenial environment for like-minded people to exchange coversation,” commented Deri.

“We want to do things right from the off; it’s very difficult for small businesses in the food infustry so we want to get it right because we want to stay here for a long time.

Deri is amazed by the support that his Crowdfunder page has already received. He told us that a Swedish man messaged him to say that he wanted to donate £500 to the project despite the fact that he did not want any of the rewards that came with the large amount.

“He just wanted to go for a run with me,” said the chef, who is also a keen barefoot marathon runner, “He really wanted to support me and all he wants out of it is to go for a run with me when he visits.

“He’s the first ambassador – it’s incredible.

“Another person emailed me this morning to say that they wanted to donate more than the biggest pledge (£2,000). People really want to see it work, it has a loyal following already.”

You too can support Deri by going to his Crowdfunder page (http:// Whether you pledge £10 or £2,000, there’s something incredible on offer for you!

Everyone who pledges £20 or more will receive a ticket to The Warren’s launch evening, where the wonderful Jodie Marie will perform, taking place on August 27.

Other rewards include being part of The Warren’s ‘Wall of Fame’, attending a tasting evening, desigining a dish for the menu, a membership card, becoming an amassador and a VIP evening for you and 30 friends.

Despite the fact that Deri will be extremely busy with his new restaurant, those who love his Ethical Chef street food and catering need not worry.

The Ethical Chef will continue and is even doing a cooking demonstration at Abergavenny Food Festival (Sep 17-18) in front of thousands of people this year.

Deri stated: “The Ethical Chef is how I made the money to do this and there will be a heavy influence from that project on the new restaurant.

“It’s been designed by the people involved in it – The Warren will be built by the people working here.”

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Boris Johnson expected to resign as Prime Minister today



THE PRIME MINISTER, Boris Johnson is expected to tender his resignation today, according to sources close to Number 10.

Less than a month on from surviving a leadership challenge, the PM’s premiership will come to an end after senior ministers were among those to quit the government in protest at Downing Street’s handling of a series of recent scandals.

The latest of these being Mr Johnson promoting Chris Pincher to the role of deputy chief whip in February despite being told of a sexual misconduct complaint against the Tamworth MP in 2019.

On Tuesday, the PM apologised for allowing this job move to take place – but this did not stop the resignations of both his health secretary Sajid Javid and chancellor Rishi Sunak minutes later.

By Thursday morning, more than 50 Conservative MPs had resigned from their government roles.

Commenting on the news that the Prime Minister will be resigning today as Conservative Party Leader, Andrew RT Davies MS, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Senedd, said: “I’ve always said it was essential for the Prime Minister to hold the confidence of our country, party and parliament. Clearly, that is no longer the case.

“Boris Johnson’s legacy will always be that he ended the deadlock and got Brexit done, delivering on the will of the British people.

“As well as securing a historic victory in 2019, Boris ensured our return to freedom out of the Covid-19 pandemic. Regrettably, it has now become very difficult for him to deliver on the mandate he secured.

“As a friend and supporter of the Prime Minister, I recognise his achievements over the last three years. It now falls to the Conservative Party to select a new leader to deliver on our manifesto commitments for the remainder of this parliament.

“I wish him, Carrie and the rest of his family all the best for the future and thank him for his service to our country.”

Reacting to the resignation of the Prime Minister Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MS said:

“Finally this whole sorry and undignified saga has come to an end. It was always abundantly clear that Boris Johnson was unfit to be Prime Minister and those that backed him to the hilt have a responsibility for the mess and destruction he and his brand of populism has had on our country.

“The Welsh public won’t forgive so many Welsh Conservative MPs for propping up Boris Johnson for so long against various scandals while at the same time ordinary families were struggling to cope with the cost-of-living crisis.

“Johnson or no Johnson, for many former Conservative voters the party they once knew is beyond redemption and will not be coming back.”

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Werndale Hospital recognised for outstanding patient care in national award



STAFF at Werndale Hospital near Carmarthen have been recognised for the quality of their patient care. 

The prestigious ‘Private Hospital Group of the Year’ award is presented to an organisation that has shown excellence in its delivery of care, commitment to the community and innovation within healthcare.

Werndale Hospital was also recognised for their initiatives to support staff in their career progression and wellbeing.   

The latest statistics show, 98% of patients at Werndale Hospital were satisfied with their overall level of care, 98% of patients would recommend their care to family and friends, and 98% of patients rated the nursing staff as excellent or very good. 

In addition, independent analysis of Circle hospitals’ hip and knee procedure outcomes of health improvement shows that Circle scored 8.4 versus an independent sector average of 7.8 in the hip category, and a score of 15.4 versus an independent sector average of 13.9 in the knee category.   

The award presented to Circle Health Group, owners of Werndale Hospital, in London in June, also noted the extraordinary contribution the teams at the hospital had made to the community. 

In 2021 alone, Werndale Hospital partnered with Air Ambulance Wales and raised £1,205 to support the charity’s work in the community.  

In addition to the charitable work, Werndale Hospital was recognised for it’s commitment to support staff through a series of wellbeing initiatives and career development opportunities. The judges were particularly impressed with the launch of the ‘Be Heard’ survey at the hospital.   

The survey looks to empower staff to feedback on everything from the working environment at the hospital through to their own career ambitions. Building directly on the feedback from this survey, the ‘Grow Your Own’ campaign was launched which supported staff to work towards specific qualifications from nursing degrees with partnered universities through to bespoke management programmes and MBA qualifications.   

As a direct result of this support for staff at what is a challenging time for healthcare workers, Werndale Hospital and Circle Heath Group were recognised as being a Top 20 Best Large Company to work for.   

At the heart of Werndale Hospital’s approach to treating patients is a commitment to the community they serve.  

 Paolo Pieri, CEO of Circle Health Group, said:  “The award is a testament to what an amazing year 2021 was for Werndale Hospital with considerable investment into the facilities and services on offer to patients in west Wales. I couldn’t be prouder of what our staff and doctors have achieved.”  

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Aberglasney Gardens delighted to win 2022 Trip advisor Travellers’ Choice Award



ABERGLASNEY Gardens is thrilled to have been recognised by Tripadvisor as a 2022 Travellers’ Choice Award winner for being in the top 10% of attractions worldwide.

The Award recognises businesses that consistently deliver great service with the Gardens being rated ‘Excellent’ by 342 visitors.

The award celebrates businesses that have received great traveller reviews from around the globe on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months. As challenging as the past year has been, Aberglasney stood out by consistently delivering positive experiences to visitors.

Aberglasney’s Director of Operations Jim Stribling said: “We are delighted to have once again won an award from Tripadvisor. It is fantastic recognition for the team’s hard work and dedication. To rank among the top ten percent of those listed on Trip Advisor as one of the best places to visit is outstanding.

“We are grateful to all those who take the time to leave us a review after visiting. It is no cliché when I say all the team, be it in the gift shop, the gardeners, the tearooms and the administrative team, all take the reviews on board to help make a visit to Aberglasney the best possible experience for everyone.”

Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel guidance platform, helps hundreds of millions of people each month become better travellers, from planning, to booking, to taking a trip. Travelers across the globe use the Tripadvisor site and app to discover where to stay, what to do and where to eat based on guidance from those who have been there before.

With more than 988 million reviews and opinions of nearly eight million businesses, travellers turn to Tripadvisor to find deals on accommodation, book experiences, reserve tables at restaurants and discover great places nearby.

As a travel guidance company available in 43 markets and 22 languages, Tripadvisor makes planning easy no matter the trip type.

“Congratulations to the 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Winners,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “The Travellers’ Choice Awards recognise the best in tourism and hospitality, according to those who matter most: your guests.

“Ranking among the Travellers’ Choice winners is always tough – but never more so than this year as we emerge from the pandemic. Whether it’s using new technology, implementing safety measures, or hiring outstanding staff, I’m impressed by the steps you’ve taken to meet travellers’ new demands. You’ve adapted brilliantly in the face of adversity.”

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