I’m not sure that the Treehouse cafe/bistro in Baker Street really needs much introduction, but as it’s the beginning of the academic year there will be many new residents in Aberystwyth who have yet to learn that this has been one of the best places to eat here and at very reasonable prices since 1991.

The building itself is well named because it’s set over three floors, is very quaint with its winding staircases and does feel a little like you’re in a treehouse.
The ground floor houses an organic food shop and the other two floors encompass the eating areas.They offer an innovative menu using organic, local ingredients and have been recommended in the good food guide every year since 2011.

They make great homemade soup (to eat in or take away) and there’s normally a choice of two on the menu. I particularly like the pea and mint and the yellow split pea and coconut - but they make a great many more besides. The homemade bread rolls are freshly baked and often still warm, and there are alternatives for customers who can’t eat wheat or gluten.
Recently I had lunch there with a friend and I chose the Lemon and Fennel Roast Chicken with Roast Potatoes and Puy Lentils in a Red Pepper and Provençal Sauce from the Specials Board which was really good and full of flavours that worked well together.

My friend had the Chard Tortilla with a Beetroot Cream Sauce and Salad which looked really pretty on the plate, was apparently delicious and I made a mental note to have it myself another time! Amongst their ‘favourites’ are chicken burgers, veggie burgers, ploughman’s lunch and quiche of the day and a recent example of their ‘local dish’ of the day was cauliflower balti with Bombay new potatoes served with tomato relish and a green salad. Another one of their local dishes that I also enjoyed recently was their Welsh organic pork sausages with cider jus, peas and mash. They are licensed so I had a glass of Shiraz with it - delicious! The salads are always really fresh with lots of different ingredients and flavours but if you just want one of their scrumptious cakes, there’s a good selection to choose from and once again they also cater for customers who can’t eat wheat or gluten.

This is a well established place to enjoy good food and drink and pick up some delicious organic produce on your way out, and I’m sure I’m not the only customer who thinks that after all these years Aberystwyth wouldn’t be quite the same without it!

Neil Hannon is the creator and ever present front man of pop band The Divine Comedy who are fast approaching their thirtieth birthday. During the late nineties the group had nine singles in the top 40 including the legendary “National Express”. For one night only on the 7th October Neil and the band will be performing on the Arts Centre stage and Huw caught up with him to discuss their current tour, their new album Neverland and the next thirty years!

So Neil, welcome to Aberystwyth! Is this your first time in this neck of the woods?
I thought it was but I was speaking to Julie at the Cambrian News earlier and she said that I’ve been here before! You can ask Julie to fill you in about what happened last time…

Well she’s a good friend of mine so I’ll definitely ask her - Aberystwyth can be a small place sometimes! Now I’ve seen you’ve got a busy schedule ahead of you. You start in Paris then come to Aberystwyth – if there’s a more natural progression than Paris to Aberystwyth then I’m not aware of it but how do you come up with the schedule and is there any particular reason you’re kicking things off here? I don’t come up with the schedule. I do comment on it and try and bend Charlie my agent to my will but at the end of the day it’s just a big old compromise between so many different concerns and probably the least of those concerns is the route and how sensible and logical it is!

Four friends, two sets of brothers, set out to raise £4,000 for charity by completing gruelling marathon.

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