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Father’s Day Gifts

June 4, 2021

Father’s Day is coming!  Sunday 20th June 2021 to be precise and we have some incredible Father’s Day gift ideas for you.

Now is the time to start planning that super gift for a Super Dad/Step-Dad/Grandad/Pops – because we have to agree that our father figures are out of this world.

Valley Mill Father’s Day Gift Guide

Dads, First time Dads, Dads to be, Grandads, Stepdads, Father figures … the Dad who has everything, not only do we have gifts for all your Dads and Father Figures but ideas to help you celebrate on the day too.

Father’s Day Ceramic Mugs

Dad you are really ROARSOME
Fabulous gift for a fabulous Dad because he is ROARSOME

Fancy a Brew?  Gift your AMAZING DAD with a fun, thoughtful and practical mug.  Great for dunking his digestives, sprinkling those mini marshmallows on his hot chocolate or serving up his morning wake up coffee. 

Strong, practical, stylish and a great quality mug for everyday use.  Go on, enhance his drinking experience. 

Movie Night

How does settling down on the sofa for a cwtch/cuddle with your Grandad watching a movie or reading a good book sound?  Then why not gift him one of our super comfy cushions for Father’s Day. 

Cuddle and cosy up with Grandad on Father's Day with the lovely Valleu Mill cushion
Grandad. The Man. The Myth. The Legend.

Thank him for all he does with this ideal decorative addition to your home.

We were once told “Cushions are the flowers of a living room”.  This means our cushions really must be the perfect gift.

Make it even cosier with one of Valley Mill’s Welsh woollen blankets.

Cosy up with a Valley Mill Welsh woollen blanket
Team up a cosy cushion with one of Valley Mill’s snuggly Welsh woollen blankets.

Gift A Welsh Slate Photo Frame

Who’s got the best Dad? You have of course!

Daddy and me photo frame. Welsh slate and handcrafted in Wales
Valley Mill personalised Welsh slate photo frame

Treasure your memories with our stunning Welsh slate photo frame.  Thank him for all he does with this ideal decorative addition to his home.

Daddy & Me … What a way to display that superb memory of your superhero!

‘Iechyd Da’ Dad

Our square ceramic & Welsh slate coasters are a fun and eye-catching way to serve Dads beverage in style. 

Valley Mill Square ceramic coaster
Square Ceramic Coaster – View the full range here

Coasters are a subtle addition to your home decor but have an important function.  Valley Mills eye-catching designs not only look great but protect your tables from drips and scratches.

Dad Ti'n Un Mewn Miliwn :  Dad You’re One in A Million.  Oerfect welsh slate coaster gift on Father's Day
Dad Ti’n Un Mewn Miliwn :  Dad You’re One in A Million

Backyard Picnic or BBQ?

If the way to your Dad’s heart is through his stomach then why not treat him to a backyard picnic or even fire up the BBQ. Check out our latest BBQ blog for some amazing recipes.

Serve up your Dads favourite BBQ meal on one of our Valley Mill Welsh Slate trays

Is he a cheese lover? Serve up his favourite cheeses on one of our cheese boards.

Serve up a selection of your father's favourite cheeses on one of Valley Mill's Welsh slate cheese boards.

Need a waterproof picnic blanket to serve up your Dad’s favourite treats? Made in Wales, our quilted cotton picnic rugs are ideal for park picnics and fun days out. The thoughtful combination of waterproof materials and a carry strap means they’re designed to be perfect for any adventure!

Adventure time on Father's Day. Grab a waterproof picninc blanket.
See our full range of Picnic Blankets here AND check out our June Online competition to win a ‘Picnic For Two’

Welsh Slate Father’s Day Hanging Signs

Let your Dad know how special he is to you and hang a reminder in your home to show him how much you care. 

He will love this Welsh slate sign and will be a treasured gift which will always remind him of you.  An ideal gift for all father figures young and old.  Valley Mill celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.  Show him how much you appreciate him with one of our thoughtful gifts. 

Hip, Hip, Hooray for Hip Flasks

June offer of 10% off personalised hip flasks valid until Sat 19th June 2021 17:00
Why not gift your Father figure a personalised Valley Mill hip flask

Often the perfect traditional keepsake to mark special occasions, or the ideal gift for those who enjoy long walks and campfires, our stainless-steel hip flasks have a classic design that can be personalised with your unique message. 

PLUS between now and Saturday 19th June 2021 17:00 we are offering 10% OFF personalised hip flasks online and instore in Union Street, Swansea. T&C’s apply.

Pamper Time

Does your Father Figure have a beard that is in need of fabulousness? Why not treat him to a Norse beard shampoo or beard oil.

Make that beard fabulous with our beard shampoo and oil

No beard? No problem! We’ve got some amazing shaving products from Norse.

We love these Norse shaving soaps. Perfect Father's Day Gift

Write Him A Poem

Why not write your Pops a poem? Show him ‘he’s the man’ with a fun gift written by you. You can try out this poem generator OR Here’s one we made earlier to give you some inspiration. You could even get it engraved on a hanging sign.

Write a poem for your Dad for Father's Day
Write your own poem and if you fancy, get it engraved on one of our Welsh slate hanging signs

Father’s Day Gift for Caravanners

Awaken your senses with the uplifting scent of warm cup of coffee! Hand made natural soy wax candles. Perfect gift for an adventurous caravanner.

These natural soy candles have been handmade in Wales using the finest quality soy wax, for a longer burn time and better scent throw. 

Gift your caravanner Dad a Hoffi Coffi candle handmade in Wales at Valley Mill HQ

Treasured Memories

Looking for an extra special way of giving a gift of a tresured memory? Why not give this unique gift of a solid piece of Welsh Riven Slate personally engraved with your own high resolution image, to capture any memory in a very unique way that will last forever.

PLUS between now and Saturday 19th June 2021 17:00 we are offering 10% OFF photograph engraving online and instore in Union Street, Swansea. T&C’s apply.

June offer of 10% off photograph engraving valid until Sat 19th June 2021 17:00

This Photograph Engraving can come with a solid slate rear plinth which enables it to be free standing or you can choose to have it rope hung.

ONLINE COMPETITION

It's your chance to win a Picnic for Two set from Valley Mill

This June we are giving you the chance to win a fantastic Valley Mill gift pack worth over £100!

The ‘Picnic for Two’ pack consists of:

  • Valley Mill Picnic Blanket – luxury cotton quilted waterproof with carry strap (choose from star, palm leaf or triangle design)
  • Welsh Slate Small Rope Tray – hand cut with rope handles for a rustic finish
  • 2 x Personalised Water Bottles – choose from a variety of colours and personalised for you
  • Valley Mill Mixed Berries Candle – made from natural soy wax, wooden wick & comes with a Valley Mill Welsh Slate lid that doubles up as a coaster

Everyone who makes a purchase of £50 or more* ONLINE at valleymill.co.uk AND subscribe to our newsletters will automatically be entered into the draw! T&C’s apply.

READ FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THIS COMPETITION HERE

Check out our full range of Father's Day Gifts from Valley Mill

Treat your Father Figure to a gift that he will treasure. See our FULL RANGE here.

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Unleash Your Inner BBQ Master

May 30, 2021
Valley Mill BBQ Tips

In our last blog we wrote about the ‘Rise of the British BBQ’.  This is absolutely true.  Us Brits are banging out some amazing food and recipes in our BBQ get togethers. We are becoming Kings and Queens of the BBQ and we are here to help you unleash your inner BBQ master.

We are all thinking outside of the box when it comes to our recipes ideas. Let your creative side out. Why not host a vegetarian BBQ feast? Think of all the skewers you can create, from colourful vegetables to seasonal fruits. The options are endless.

Become the BBQ Queen or King of your home with some incredible recipes served on Valley Mill's fantastic Denby range
Fig Skewers with a honey & balsamic glaze topped with crushed roast pistachios served on one of our a Denby Studio Blue Chalk Ridged Bowl.

Planning for Success

We’ve teamed up with Oliver Woolnough and the team from Nothing But BBQ to guide you through the summer and show you how to upgrade your outdoor experience. We’ve got recipe ideas and creative ways to style up your ‘al fresco’ dining area.

BBQ Tips with Valley Mill and Olly Woolnough
Oliver Woolnough from Meat Matters Ltd & Nothing But BBQ serves up us his best BBQ and outdoor dining tips

Skewered

One of our favourite BBQ cookery books which was released recently is Skewered by Marcus Bawdon.  Marcus is a bit of a hero of ours as he really knows his stuff.  Marcus not only runs Country Wood Smoke BBQ School from his home in Devon but also is the editor of UK BBQ Magazine and has a series of cookery books available.

Fundamentals of Cooking Outdoors

When cooking outdoors you need to know the fundamentals of cooking on a BBQ.  From the best fuel to use, smoking woods and how to set up your barbeque, Marcus explains all of this and also why a lid on your BBQ can really help.

Tanzanian Chicken Mishkaki

Oliver Woolnough shows us how to cook one of Marcus’ recipes from Skewered. This recipe is inspired by the flavours of India, The Middle East and Africa.

Ingredients:

1 green & 1 red bell pepper

2 skinless chicken breasts

For the Marinade:

4 tbsp plain/natural yogurt

1 tsp ground turmeric

2 finely chopped cloves of garlic

1 tsp runny honey

Juice of 1/2 a lime

Pinch of salt & pepper

2 tsp freshly chopped coriander

Chop your herbs with one of our hand forged stainless steel herb choppers.

Method

Cut the peppers and chicken breasts into 3 x 3cm squares. Mix the marinade ingredients together and stir in the cubes of chicken. Leave to marinate for approximately 1 hour.

Set up your grill with medium to hot coals for close proximity cooking.

Thread 2 cubes of chicken onto each skewer. Now add a few squares of bell pepper. Continue until your skewers are loaded.

Place your skewers onto the grill and cook for a few minutes before turning. Make sure they are cooked thoroughly before serving. This should take approximately 8-10 minutes in total.

Sprinkle with extra coriander to serve.

Now you’ve unleashed your inner BBQ master.

Monkfish Skewers

Check out this video of how to create the BBQ Coconut Curry Monkfish recipe from Skewered.  This is a mix of coconut milk, curry powder and lime, finished with coriander and freshly chopped chillies.

Don’t Forget The Extras

Your BBQ party doesn’t just have to revolve around the food cooked on the grill. Give your guests a treat with some of their favourite cheeses. We have a wide range of Welsh Slate cheeseboards.

Make It Personal

If it’s a personal touch you’re looking for then look no further than our amazing personalised products. You may be celebrating a ‘BIG’ birthday or having a corporate event, why not serve up some treats on our Welsh slate trays which can be personalised to your design.

You Didn’t Miss It

Don’t worry! You didn’t miss the recipe for this Grilled Sweet Potato Salad from Genevieve Taylor.

Set The Mood

Set the mood for the evening for a catch up with friends and family with Valley Mill’s ranges of candles and candle holders. Not only do they look fantastic but our huge variety of scents will really set the mood too.

Valley Mill’s Welsh slate tealight holder with our range of tealights make a sophisticated impression

A Gift For Your Garden

Welcome your guests with a Valley Mill Welsh slate hanging sign. We have ready made designs or you can personalise them with your very own design.

Father’s Day is COMING SOON!

Here at Valley Mill we have a whole load of products for your Dad/Step-Dad/Grandad etc lined up just for you.

Check back soon at valleymill.co.uk for the latest.

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Rise of the British BBQ

May 23, 2021
BBQ Tips with Valley Mill and Olly Woolnough

Forget the era of burning your bangers or cremating your chicken wings because the rise of the British BBQ is here.  Valley Mill and ‘Nothing But BBQ’ have teamed up to make your back-yard shindig the absolute best with our top BBQ tips. 

Are you ready for the great outdoors with your family and friends? We’ve teamed up with Oliver Woolnough and the team from Nothing But BBQ to guide you through the summer and show you how to upgrade your outdoor experience.

Part One of Oliver’s Top Tips

British BBQ food served on Valley Mill Welsh Slate tray
BBQ food served on one of Valley Mill’s Welsh slate trays.

Outdoor Cooking

Think of your BBQ as outdoor cooking and not just a sausage chucked on a grill.  When you realise that, almost any dish you can create in the kitchen can be recreated on a BBQ, then your family outdoor fun will become delicious too. Now really is the time of the British BBQ.

Top BBQ Tip – BBQ Choice

You need to get the right BBQ for YOU.  If you love a more traditional feel then a charcoal barbeque is the one for you.  Not got as much time on your hands? A gas BBQ heats up quicker which means you can get creating dishes sooner for your friends and family.   Either choice is good and it can also help if your BBQ has a lid.  This can assist you in keeping the temperature constant. It can even help make the food more moist and delicious.

Valley Mill Creative Marketing Manager Siâny uses a Weber charcoal kettle BBQ and she swears by it.  “I can cook beautiful dishes for the family and some real showstoppers too.  I learnt that the right BBQ makes all the difference.  It’s a top BBQ tip to keep everyone happy and coming back for more.”

Top BBQ tips from Nothing but BBQ personalised Welsh Slate tray
You can personalise your own Welsh Slate trays and table runners

Fuel

It’s so easy to grab a bag of charcoal or briquettes from your local garage but you can find that the chemicals in them can affect the taste of your food.  Just be mindful in which fuel you choose. We recommend you go for a choice which is natural so it doesn’t taint your food.

Top BBQ Tip – How to light your coals

One BBQ accessory we would recommend is a chimney starter.  Oliver said “The next amazing invention after the wheel is the charcoal chimney starter”. OK, he’s sort of kidding but it REALLY is an amazing piece of equipment because it’s one of the easiest and quickest ways to light your fuel.  Check out this YouTube video which shows you how to light your coals.

Top BBQ Tip – How to put your coals in the BBQ

One of the easiest ways to control the temperature of your BBQ is by placing your coals on to one side of the bottom of the BBQ.  Why you ask?  When you cook in the oven you don’t have flames going across the entire bottom, so why would you do it on a BBQ?  It’s all about indirect and direct heat.

One of Oliver’s favourite BBQ sayings is “If you’re looking then you ain’t cooking”.

One of the best top BBQ tips that was shared with us when we were learning how to barbeque like a pro was make sure you have the right tools before you start.  Meat thermometer, extreme heat resistant gloves & tongs are all top of our list when organising a BBQ.  Do NOT panic though as you don’t need to spend a fortune on these and can pick up a thermometer from as little as £8.

BBQ Welsh Slate hanging sign personalised
Why not gift a BBQ lover in your life this wonderful Grillin’ & Chillin’ hanging Welsh Slate BBQ sign. You can also personalise your own.

The first recipe we want to share with you is actually a vegetarian recipe, as be honest, we all turn in to carnivores when it comes to a BBQ. 

Herby Sweet Potato Wedges with a Lemon Tahini Dressing

Live fire and British BBQ expert Genevieve Taylor is the author of ten cookery books including the bestselling Charred, a complete guide to vegetarian BBQ.  A proud omnivore, Genevieve is on a mission to prove that great BBQ isn’t just about Man vs. Meat. 

Valley Mill lifestyle photo shoot with Denby Potter Studio Blue medium ridged bowl.  Serving Genevieve Taylor Charred recipe
Add a touch of class by serving up your dish on one of our Denby Pottery bowls

You’ll need:

1kg sweet potatoes, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp smoked paprika, salt & pepper, 2 bags of 100g watercress.

For the lemon tahini dressing – 50g tahini, zest and juice of 1 lemon and 1 crushed clove of garlic.

Oliver shows us to how to recreate this amazing recipe.

Oliver Olly Woolnough from Meat Matters and Nothing But BBQ shows us how to cook like a pro in your garden
Olly Woolnough owner of Meat Matters Ltd & Nothing But BBQ

First up, make sure you scrub your sweet potatoes well with clean water.  Now chop them into wedges around 2cm thick.  Tip them into a bowl with the olive oil, oregano, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and give them a good mix so they are all coated.

Once your BBQ grill is hot, place a cast iron griddle or plancha on top of your grill.  You could even use one of our bake stones.  You need to be cooking on direct heat for this recipe.  Remember, direct heat means directly above the coals.

Place your seasoned potatoes on top of your griddle in a single layer.   Cook for around 30 minutes, flipping them occasionally.  Make sure they are cooked evenly. 

Whilst cooking you can make the lemon tahini dressing.  Mix together the ingredients with around 50ml of water (more if it’s too thick). 

To serve, place the watercress in a serving dish (check out Valley Mills choice of Denby Pottery).  Place the cooked sweet potatoes on top and drizzle over the dressing. 

Sweet Potato with watercress and lemon tahini dressing from Charred Genevieve Taylor

Genevieve’s Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger

Fancy something meaty and a British BBQ classic?  Then try this version of a classic from Genevieve Taylor. 

Style Dining

Make your outdoor dining experience just as good as your indoor by adding touches of style and class to your ‘al fresco’ dining area.

Welsh Slate Wine Racks

Welsh Slate wine rack, handmade in Blaenau Ffestiniog, oiled and finished in our workshop in Llansamlet, Swansea. The wine racks are completely unique and each wine rack is one of a kind.

Welsh Slate & Ceramic Coasters

Serve up a chilled glass of your favourite tipple on one of our Welsh slate or ceramic coasters.

Enamel Mugs

Our 12 Oz enamel mugs, designed and hand printed by our in-house design team exclusively for Valley Mill. Printed on both sides. Dishwasher safe

Find out now what else Valley Mill have to offer for your next BBQ with friends

BBQ TIPS PART 2 COMING SOON – Sunday 20th May 2021 at 10am