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16th annual edition


A comprehensive guide to eating out in Cardiff Restaurants • Cafés • Bars • Pubs • Hotels

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Contents Foreword ...................................4 Modern British ...........................5 Welsh ......................................14 British .....................................15 Fine Dining ..............................15 Modern European.....................17 Seafood....................................18 French .....................................20 Bistro ......................................21 Italian......................................22

Spanish ....................................24 Mediterranean..........................24 Steakhouse...............................25 Gastropub ................................25 American .................................26 Vegetarian ...............................26 Bar & Restaurant .....................27 Café & Bar...............................32 Café & Restaurant ....................32 Café .........................................32

Café & Deli ..............................34 Traditional ...............................35 Indian ......................................39 Chinese ....................................43 Thai .........................................44 Japanese ..................................44 Asian .......................................45 World Cuisine ..........................45 Chef Profiles ............................46 Index .......................................48

The cost of producing this guide has been met by advertising revenues from the restaurants featured within. We only include restaurants that we know, from either experience or recommendation, provide a quality service, and our journalists review the majority of the establishments. However, some reviews are supplied by third parties, and no review in this guide should be taken as a direct recommendation by Food & Drink Guides Ltd. Printed November 2018.

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Tommy Heaney

I love Cardiff, it’s a fantastic city and I am delighted to have seen a real surge in independent restaurants opening recently. As the food scene expands, we’re seeing an increase in visitors coming to the city for foodie reasons. I’m proud of how the food and drink industry has come together: it’s so important that we continue to champion and support what we’re all trying to achieve. Luckily, there’s a real wealth of businesses to get behind. The street food scene has come a long way in recent years; anyone visiting Cardiff must head to the Old Brewery Quarter for a bite to eat at Sticky Fingers. The Depot is also a great spot and is home to some of the city’s most creative events. It occupies a 24,000-square-foot warehouse and was the first to offer the people of Cardiff a permanent indoor street food venue, and let’s not forget the Street Food Circus. This year, I proudly opened my first solo restaurant, Heaney’s, in Pontcanna. We offer a relaxed space where people can grab a drink and eat delicious, unfussy seasonal food. We’re excited to be joining the well-established local restaurant scene. I’m a huge fan of Milkwood, Bully’s, The Conway and Dusty Knuckle – their pizza is fantastic. Further up the road is the brilliant Heathcock, brought to you by the people behind the Hare & Hounds. We’re also extremely lucky to have the team from Hang Fire in Barry Island, who in my opinion do the best wood-smoked delights in the UK. I was lucky enough to compete against chef Chris Harrod on this year’s Great British Menu and can tell you first-hand his food is incredible. Chris and James Sommerin both hold Michelin stars that draw diners from far and wide. The Bar 44 group showcase exceptional Spanish cuisine and exciting things are happening at Park House Restaurant & Bar with Matt Waldron at the stove. Like many restaurateurs in the area, we only work with the best local suppliers, including local forager Sasha Ufnowska from Llangynwyd, who supplies us with foraged herbs from the area. I was truly humbled to be asked to write the foreword for this year’s Cardiff Food & Drink Guide, and I am even more humbled to be in such good company, with so many local gems to discover. No matter what you’re looking for when choosing somewhere to dine out in Cardiff, you’re sure to eat well thanks to the variety on offer across the city.


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 Location 6-10 Romilly Crescent, Pontcanna, Cardiff, CF11 9NR t: 0844 625 6616w: e:

RC Recently opened, Heaney’s is Tommy Heaney’s first solo restaurant. Despite this, Heaney’s has already become a firm neighbourhood favourite thanks to its delectable food and relaxed atmosphere. Inside, the interior is stripped back and £15 to trendy with wooden tables and contemporary furniture scattered throughout, £30 alongside a stylish bar where guests are invited to enjoy a tipple or two. The real draw of Heaney’s is undoubtedly the food. Working closely with local producers, the team sources the finest quality ingredients to create beautifully presented dishes that delight diners. The menu changes regularly, though you can expect to find an impressive range of snacks and sharing plates. Start with some of the delicious sourdough bread served with Marmite butter or perhaps the mouth-watering smoked duck. Follow with the sensational cured monkfish Open: accompanied by grapes, cucumber and horseradish sorbet, or succulent barbecue Tues-Thurs 11.30am-11pm; Welsh lamb with anchovies and sea vegetables. The tripled-cooked chips with Old Fri & Sat 11.30am-midnight; Bay seasoning make for the perfect Sun 11.30am-11pm side dish, alongside the tenderstem broccoli with smoked cod roe and hazelnut. Dessert offerings are equally sumptuous, with the salted caramel dessert proving a real crowd-pleaser. The Sunday lunch is particularly popular and has already received consistently glowing reviews, although booking in advance is recommended. Whatever your reason for visiting, you’re sure to be mesmerised by Heaney’s for all the right reasons.

Gliffaes Country House Hotel

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 Location Gliffaes Road, Crickhowell, NP8 1RH t: 0844 625 6388 w: e:


Surrounded by the rolling hills of the Black Mountains, you’ll find Gliffaes Country House Hotel. Providing a fine dining experience with a contemporary interpretation, Gliffaes is a hugely popular spot for visitors exploring the Brecon Beacons; it’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Set in 33 acres of beautiful grounds and woodlands, the country house is steeped in history and you can expect to find welcoming log fires and cosy armchairs.

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The menu changes regularly and reflects the best produce found within the local area. For starters, we plumped for duck confit atop exceptionally light leek and potato blini with maple and mustard dressing, and a delightfully moreish crab and Welsh ale tartlet. I then enjoyed the assiette of lamb – crispy lamb heart, meltingly soft confit and perfectly pink cutlet, with crushed peas Food Served: and rich rosemary jus. My partner opted for the delicate fillet of sea trout Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, presented beautifully with a fluffy 4pm-5.30pm, smoked fish croquette, Wye Valley 7.15pm-9.15pm asparagus and a soft poached egg bathed in buttery chive sauce. We couldn’t resist rounding things off with dessert, and the pears poached in spiced Port on a bed of creamy rice pudding, as well as the gooey chocolate fondant with homemade ice cream and boozy cherries were utterly scrumptious. With its charming location and delicious food, we left feeling thoroughly spoiled and were already planning our next visit. Cardiff Guide 2018-2019


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The Three Salmons Hotel  Location 3 Porthycarne Street, Usk, NP15 1RY t: 0844 625 6187 w: e:


Nestled in the beautiful market town of Usk in Monmouthshire is The Three Salmons Hotel. The Three Salmons is over 300 years old and is a much-loved cornerstone of the community. Making use of the building’s original features, £24 to the hotel and restaurant boast exposed wooden beams alongside red carpets £30 to create a cosy, olde worlde atmosphere. With a warm, crackling fire and a charming garden, The Three Salmons is a venue for all seasons. The award-winning restaurant regularly receives praise and accolades for its unrivalled hospitality and superb food. The head chef brings his creative flair to the kitchen and adapts menus seasonally to showcase a delectable range of ingredients from local producers. On the main menu, you can expect to find starters like ham hock terrine with piccalilli, crispy capers and fennel toast, as well as sundried tomato and mozzarella arancini served with rocket, spicy balsamic and heritage tomato jam. Follow with slow-cooked lamb shank served Open: Mon-Sun noon-9pm with smoked garlic mash, roasted root vegetables and redcurrant gravy or perhaps opt for pan-fried hake accompanied by chorizo, crushed new potatoes, winter vegetables and chilli butter. The Three Salmons offers a seasonal wine list that features a hand-selected array of New and Old World wine to complete your dining experience. In addition to the plethora of mouth-watering dishes and drinks, The Three Salmons also has 13 en-suite bedrooms, so why not stay the night and make the most of this fantastic venue? Modern British

Seren Diemwnt  Location 48 High Street, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2DZ t: 0844 625 6693 w:


Seren Diemwnt, which translates to shining star in Welsh, is a fine dining restaurant with a host of prestigious awards to its name. A regional winner at the Food Awards Wales and a finalist in the Welsh Hospitality Awards, Seren Diemwnt is an integral part of Llandaff’s High Street and offers the perfect spot for a relaxed, refined lunch or a delicious dinner. The restaurant was founded by experienced and passionate chef Gethin Rees, and diners are offered a variety of experimental and traditional dishes.

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To begin, choose the adventurous but mouth-watering pan-seared scallops, served with strawberry compote and chocolate sauce, or perhaps you’ll sample the sweet and sour vegetables. At lunch, the Thai fishcakes are also a popular option, offering a lightly spiced and aromatic flavour. Next, choose from a varied Open: Tues-Sat 9.30am-3pm, selection of mains, including juicy pan-seared duck breast, succulent pheasant breast rolled in poppy seeds, lemon 5pm-10.30pm and chilli, and a dish of red pepper, spinach and mushroom ragu. The traditional dishes on offer range from battered fish and chips to Welsh rib-eye steak. Younger diners will be delighted by the children’s menu, which lists a kids’ steak burger, sausage and mash, and focaccia cheese and tomato pizza. For those on the move, a range of sandwiches and salads are available to take away. 6

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 Location 58-60 Bridge Street, Cardiff, CF5 2EN t: 0844 625 6607 w: e:


The Heathcock recently opened under new management in 2018 but is already making waves due to the combination of exquisite food and superb range of ale, craft beer and intriguing wine on offer. This charming pub is the ideal place for everything from refreshing drinks and light lunches to hearty three-course meals. The tasteful interior combines contemporary style with traditional touches to create a welcoming and relaxed ambience, alongside the attentive and friendly staff who are more than happy to help during your visit.

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The Heathcock delivers unpretentious, locally sourced food that’s put together with real flair and finesse. The menu changes regularly, though you might expect Food Served: to find starters such as hand-dived scallops with button mushrooms, smoked Tues-Thurs noon-2.30pm, bacon and apple, and pork terrine and pickles. To follow, plump for the rare 6pm-9pm; roast venison haunch served in red wine with wild mushrooms and Dauphinoise Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, potatoes, or the steamed brill 6pm-9.30pm; served with braised octopus, fennel Sun noon-4pm and green sauce. You’ll also find tasty sharing dishes such as whole wild salt-baked sea bass accompanied by fennel and crab mayo. The popular Sunday lunch is not to be missed and booking in advance is recommended. The Heathcock is the perfect place to enjoy a quality tipple, whether to complement a lovely meal, or to sip while chatting with friends. This is a true gem that visitors come away raving about.


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 Location North Dock, Llanelli, SA15 2LF t: 0844 625 6690 w: e: Occupying an old Victorian pump house in Llanelli, Sosban is one of South Wales’ most innovative restaurants. Executive chef Andrew Sheridan heads up a talented team that brings together beautiful, seasonal menus. Andrew combines the finest local ingredients with flair and creativity to present bold dishes that have a story to tell. It’s the finer details that set Sosban apart from other restaurants. The à la carte menu might see guests start with Jerusalem artichoke and truffle soup or perhaps the chargrilled jumbo prawn with prawn mayonnaise and puffed potatoes. For your main, the wild mushroom risotto featuring truffle and black garlic, and the sumptuous ash-coated venison loin served with beetroot ketchup, black pudding and blackberries both come highly recommended. A delicious range of sides and tempting desserts complete the menu. The Sunday tasting menu remains as popular as ever, with the 90-day-aged Hereford beef dish being the stand-out offering. You’ll also find six- and nine-course tasting menus with vegetarian versions of both available, making for an excellent treat for someone special.

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Open: Weds & Thurs noon-3pm, 5.30pm-9pm; Fri & Sat noon-3pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm; Sun noon-4pm

Carefully chosen wine pairings complement all dishes and the attentive staff are more than happy to advise you. The attention to detail and exemplary service, alongside its spectacular setting, make Sosban the perfect destination for celebrations of all kinds. Cardiff Guide 2018-2019


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R.P. Culley & Co at The Exchange Hotel  Location 4-5 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff, CF10 5FQ t: 0844 625 6672 w: e:


One word best describes the lovingly refurbished Exchange Hotel – magnificent. Once home to Cardiff’s thriving 19th-century coal exchange, it’s a building steeped in history and with a story to tell. The sheer beauty of this establishment extends from the imposing Gothic facade, historical framings and acres of wooden panelling, to every carefully selected element that reflects its industrial heritage. It radiates grandeur and unpretentious luxury but also comfort, fun and a sense of adventure.

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To dine at The Exchange is a joy. Head chef Keith Clash is truly passionate about choosing locally sourced produce, but never compromises on the quality. This was apparent from the delicious tasting menu, as we tucked into Welsh mussels in smoked garlic and chilli cream, with beautiful bread to dip in piquant sauce. The kitchen team elevates humble ingredients with flair and care – such as Culley’s Salad with sweet potato, smoky cauliflower and avocado. The seared scallops with roasted spices, accompanied by the subtle sweetness of strewn pomegranate seeds, was a dish to remember. To follow, I plumped for the delicious British chicken breast served with tarragon mash, wild mushroom and pancetta and brandy sauce, whilst my dining partner opted for the sumptuous Welsh rack of lamb. The ethos of quality is apparent in the house wine too, which is unique to the hotel and named after local philanthropist and caterer R.P. Culley. He would have approved of the rich, fruity merlot and sublime sauvignon. Smoked beer is a speciality from behind the bar.

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For dessert, the bara brith bread and butter pudding served with rum-soaked raisins was meltingly good, as was every chocoholic’s fantasy, the wonderful Welsh chocolate tasting plate. We sealed the deal with a platter of Welsh cheeses that included the award-winning Black Bomber Cheddar and a creamy goat’s cheese, accompanied by a glass of Port. Themed evenings and afternoon tea ensure there’s something for everyone at The Exchange. From conferences to birthday parties, private hire of certain areas of the restaurant is also available, and the helpful team will guide you throughout the process. Whatever your reason for visiting, you are guaranteed a very special culinary experience.

The Black Rabbit

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 Location Wind Street, Laleston, Nr. Bridgend, CF32 0HS t: 0844 625 6172 w: e:


Tucked away in the picturesque village of Laleston you’ll find The Black Rabbit, a restaurant that occupies a beautiful stone house that’s steeped in history and has been serving residents and visitors since the 14th century. Making use of the building’s original characteristics, the restaurant carefully balances historic charm with contemporary touches to create a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Not long open, The Black Rabbit is already making waves due to its delicious fare, beautiful location and outstanding hospitality.

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From catch-ups over wholesome lunches to scrumptious evening meals with friends and family, The Black Rabbit is an establishment for all occasions. The menus represent the very best of modern British cuisine, with the kitchen team delivering contemporary, seasonal takes on age-old recipes served in a relaxed, casual setting. Head-chef and owner Jonathan Lewis (chef profile page 46) enjoys expressing his creative flair through his food, and only the freshest and finest local produce is used here. Start with the likes of spiced cauliflower fritters accompanied by sweet curry and mango yoghurt with coriander dressing, or perhaps opt for roasted king scallops teamed with seaweed butter, pickled samphire and salt-roasted hazelnuts. For a sumptuous main, plump for lamb rump served with spring pea mash, broccoli purée, black cabbage and roasted garlic and lamb jus. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, why not try the seared fresh salmon alongside tomato and sweet chilli risotto and baby spring vegetables. Why not end your meal on a sweet note? All the desserts are delightfully enticing and prove hard to ignore. Indulge in the magnificent chocolate dome served with liquid raspberry and fresh mint ice cream or the rhubarb and white chocolate custard tart. Afternoon tea is also available at The Black Rabbit, although booking 24 hours before is required. The restaurant experience, from service to the ambience, makes this space a firm favourite with locals thanks to Jonathan and his partner Charlotte. With a kitchen team this skilled, alongside service that really shines, it’s no surprise that this restaurant is building an impressive reputation. So why not treat a special someone and discover its charms for yourself?

Open: Tues-Sat noon-3pm, 6.30pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm

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Hanson at the Chelsea  Location 17 St Marys Street, Swansea, SA1 3LH t: 0844 625 6516 w: e:


The warmest welcome awaits you at Hanson at the Chelsea, where a stylish yet homely interior invites you to explore further. The AA-rosette-awarded restaurant located in the centre of Swansea truly delivers when it comes £25 to to exceptional food and attentive service. Owner Andrew has worked in the £40 restaurant industry for over 30 years and his experience certainly shows, from the elegant decor to the delectable fare. Great care and attention go into every dish, all of which are made with only the finest local ingredients. The menu changes regularly depending on what produce is in season, though you might discover starters such as Swansea smoked salmon with melon and homemade rosemary focaccia. Choose from mouth-watering mains like fresh grilled swordfish linguine served with smoked pancetta and delicate Welsh cheese sauce, or perhaps the delightful peppercorn-crusted roast duck breast accompanied by gratin Dauphinoise and Open: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, a delicious Port and orange sauce. 7pm-9.30pm Those with a sweet-tooth might like to finish with dark rum and vanilla panna cotta with summer fruits compote or raspberry and mascarpone cheesecake. Hanson at the Chelsea is committed to providing the ultimate dining experience. Sit back, savour the friendly service, and take in the atmosphere and stylish interior, as this is a place you’ll want to return to time and again.

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The Old Rectory Country Hotel  Location Llangattock, NP8 1PH t: 0844 625 6194 w: e:


Tucked away in the scenic village of Llangattock in the Brecon Beacons National Park is The Old Rectory Country Hotel. Boasting spectacular views of the Black Mountains, the restaurant reflects the quality and standard one would expect from such an historic site. Dating back to the 16th century, The Old Rectory has retained all the character and charm from its past, with original beams and exposed brickwork featuring throughout.

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The food is as impressive as the surrounds, thanks to a kitchen team that produces a range of exceptional dishes made from fresh, seasonal produce. The restaurant presents a superb British menu with contemporary and classic favourites served in a relaxing, comfortable setting. You might start with the likes of flavoursome ham hock terrine served with piccalilli and sourdough bread or perhaps tempura squid with aioli. For the main event, choose the sumptuous rump steak alongside confit mushroom, chips and grilled tomatoes. Alternatively opt for the delightful sweet potato and butternut squash lasagne. If you’ve still got room, conclude your meal with Bailey’s and amaretto cheesecake with chocolate shards and almond cream. Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm, 6pm-8.30pm

The Old Rectory is also available to hire for weddings, conferences and other large functions. The experienced events team can help plan your event and will ensure your day runs smoothly. The attentive staff, stunning food and wonderful setting will ensure your visit is memorable for all the right reasons. 10

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Llanerch Restaurant

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 Location Hensol, Nr. Pontyclun, CF72 8GG t: 0844 502 2847 w: e:


It was hard to believe that we were just a short distance from Cardiff, as we drove up the gravelled lane toward our destination. Nestled in a secluded spot amid spectacular countryside, Llanerch Vineyard is Wales’ oldest commercial vinery, and it’s absolutely gorgeous.

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On entering the 18th-century farmhouse, we made our way to the rustic bar where we were greeted by welcoming staff and ushered to our table. Passing through the smart bistro area, we were seated in the light, airy restaurant – a recent addition to the building, which looks straight out onto the vines and far beyond. Decorated in muted colours and with atmospheric lighting, it was open yet intimate, elegant yet relaxed, and the scene was set for the evening ahead. As we perused the select seasonal menu, we could see that we were in for a treat. To start, I chose the hand-dived Scottish scallops, which were juicy and cooked to a soft finish, with pea purée, bacon shards and crispy kale, while wine from the estate provided the perfect accompaniment to our meal. Just as we thought it couldn’t get any better, our eagerly awaited mains arrived at the table. My Welsh lamb rump, sourced from Duffryn Bach Farm a few miles away, was beautifully tender and worked wonderfully with the potato terrine and red wine jus. My partner sampled the local corn-fed chicken, served with fondant potato and a creamy fricassee of wild mushroom and leek, then finished with a delightful Parmesan crisp. To round things off, I indulged in sticky glazed pineapple with thyme and cinnamon, served with rum-poached pineapple, candied lime zest and refreshing lemon sorbet – the perfect palate cleanser. My companion opted for the equally tempting Chocolate Passion, comprising decadent chocolate ganache sprinkled with chocolate soil and crushed amaretti biscuits, with passion fruit gel and raspberry sorbet. The flavours and textures of both were perfectly balanced. Llanerch Restaurant is dedicated to showcasing the very best Welsh ingredients, and everything, including the service, is executed to the highest standard. Blown away by our wonderful experience, my partner and I will definitely be returning to explore this rural retreat some more.

Open: Mon-Sat noon-9pm; Sun noon-4pm

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The Bell at Skenfrith  Location Skenfrith, NP7 8UH t: 0844 625 1162 w: e:


For some quiet luxury, make a beeline for The Bell at Skenfrith, situated in a sublime spot amid rolling countryside, beside the River Monnow. Guests will feel instantly at ease at this family-owned, boutique country hotel, where flagstone floors and a large £30 to inglenook fireplace are well-balanced with stylish sofas and rocking chairs. £35 Head chef Joseph Colman refreshes his menu regularly, offering locally sourced, seasonal fare, with some of it coming from The Bell’s own kitchen garden. Start with the delicious grilled fillet of mackerel accompanied by pickled vegetables and citrus * mayo. For the main course, the Welsh lamb rump, served with braised leg croquette, Dauphinoise potatoes, tenderstem broccoli and minted jus is hard to overlook. To finish, accompany a selection of Welsh cheeses with a smooth glass of Port, or opt for the creamy yoghurt and vanilla panna cotta with local blackberries and Champagne sorbet. In addition to the mouth-watering food, the award-winning wine list is extensive – this alone is well worth visiting for. Open: Mon-Sun 10am-11pm Four-legged friends are more than welcome, with the hotel presenting six of its own circular walking routes around the lush local greenery. Don’t miss out on visiting the pretty kitchen garden before retreating to one of the light-filled, en-suite bedrooms; there are 11 to choose from. With all this under one roof, being named the Best Luxury Value Hotel at the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence should come as no surprise to The Bell at Skenfrith. *Disabled access in restaurant and bar.

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Bunch of Grapes  Location Ynysangharad Road, Pontypridd, CF37 4DA t: 0844 625 6535 w: e:

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Fondly referred to as The Bunch by locals and regulars, this award-winning gastropub has been a firm favourite in South Wales for many years now. Tucked away in the town of Pontypridd, the Bunch of Grapes occupies an unassuming stone building by the remains of an old Glamorganshire canal lock. The focus here, as it always has been, is all about fostering relationships with local and independent food, cider and ale suppliers. With a legacy of over 20 years supporting independent breweries, The Bunch is the ideal destination for those who enjoy an unpretentious pub with an excellent range of beer, cider and ale, alongside delicious homemade food to boot. Guests can enjoy excellent fare in the bright and open dining room, safe in the knowledge that every dish is created with locally sourced, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. Alternatively, if you just fancy a tipple, why not pull up a chair by the roaring log fire in the traditional bar and enjoy a drink from the ever-changing selection.

We aren’t the only ones that think it’s worth the trip – the AA named it Welsh Pub of the Year 2015; it was listed in The Good Food Guide’s Top 50 Pubs, the Morning Advertiser’s Top 50 Gastropubs and won CAMRA Pub of the Year for Wales 2016. This community pub is the best of the bunch, so call in and see what the fuss is all about.


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Parkway Hotel & Spa

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 Location Cwmbran Drive, Cwmbran, NP44 3UW t: 0844 625 6673 w:


Nestled in the town of Cwmbran, Parkway Hotel & Spa is a wonderful destination for a relaxing getaway. Surrounded by over seven acres of picturesque private gardens, you’d be hard pressed to find a more tranquil spot. Whether it’s business or pleasure that brings you here, you’re sure to leave feeling well rested and fully satisfied. Providing a warm Welsh welcome is top of the hotel’s priority list, and it certainly shows in the impeccable service guests receive from the moment they arrive. Non-residents are made to feel just as welcome, so whether you’re staying overnight in one of the luxurious bedrooms, or simply visiting to dine in the hotel’s two-AA-rosette-awarded Ravellos restaurant, you’ll feel well looked after.

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Head chef Clive Williams (chef profile page 47) is passionate about the food he serves, and takes pride in crafting exceptional menus that consistently impress diners. Clive’s refreshing take on food results in beautiful dishes that are full of subtlety and nuance. Fresh local ingredients are combined to create mouth-watering flavour combinations that leave a lasting impression on the tastebuds. The menu changes with the seasons but a sample offering might see you start with the likes of whipped chicken liver mousse with cep powder, onion purée and truffle emulsion. Sumptuous main courses include plenty of options to tempt meat-eaters such as lamb fillet complemented by chive emulsion, chilli onion jam, golden beetroot and petits pois, alongside roasted duck with carrot and anise, ginger pearl barley and blackberry jus. Seafood-lovers can sample fresh dishes such as butter-poached halibut accompanied by garlic beurre blanc, black olive crumb, pickled red cabbage and a chive blini, and there’s a selection of cleverly considered vegetarian dishes. The team has also earned an enviable reputation for its Sunday lunch, which showcases the finest cuts of local meat. As you’d expect from such a fine establishment, the wine list is superb, and there’s a tipple to complement every dish. As well as Ravellos, the hotel has a number of other eateries to suit any occasion. The courtyard coffee shop is ideal for a relaxed lunch with friends or corporate clients, while the lounge bar offers a delicious selection of satisfying bites that can be enjoyed in the laid-back surrounds of the bar area.

Food Served: Mon-Sun 7am-9.30am, noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm

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 Location 27 Canon Street, Aberdare, CF44 7AP t: 0844 502 4756 w: e: A visit to Peppers is always a relaxed affair, thanks to the jovial staff and excellent service. The decor adds to the calm ambience, with warm wood and contemporary art reinforcing the welcoming feel of the venue. The food itself is wonderful, with a menu that combines traditional fare and exciting modern dishes, including a revolving specials menu to cater for everyone. Of particular note were the scallops, which were remarkably fresh and beautifully presented with black pudding, pancetta and truffle jus; and the rich, tender roast duck with innovative vanilla mash, blueberry jus and parsnip crisps. Sitting just 15 minutes from Cardiff in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, this is a city-centre venue surrounded by countryside. Keep your eyes peeled for its sister site, Bradleys Coffee – a fully licensed coffee shop that boasts the same high standards as Peppers.

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Junction 28

 Location Station Approach, Bassaleg, Newport, NP10 8LD t: 0844 625 6376 w: e: Nestled in the Newport suburb of Bassaleg, Junction 28 provides guests with a truly unique dining experience. Occupying a former railway station and train carriage, this charming restaurant is adored by locals and visitors alike. The unique setting is by no means the only draw of this popular establishment. Junction 28 presents an attractive modern British menu with an array of options, including a dedicated vegan menu and fantastic Sunday lunch offering. Start with pan-fried scallops served with honey-roasted parsnip purée and pancetta crumbs. For your main course, tuck into the free-range roasted belly pork accompanied by truffle mash potato, caramelised apple and rich red wine sauce, or perhaps opt for grilled sea bass fillets on a bed of ribbon vegetables, cherry tomatoes and lemon. Also providing a private dining room and a large function area, Junction 28 really does have it all.

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Welsh Banquet – Cardiff Castle

 Location Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 3RB t: 0844 625 6154 w: e: For an unforgettable evening of true Welsh hospitality, look no further than the Welsh Banquets in the historic surroundings of Cardiff Castle. You can start your evening with a 30-minute tour of the spectacular Castle apartments before the banquet begins. Guests are welcomed with mead tasting in the bar, before being led into the 15th-century Undercroft Hall or the Interpretation Centre within original 4th-century Roman walls for a delicious three-course feast of local dishes and half a bottle of wine per person. Entertainment is provided in the form of Welsh song, with hosts serenading guests with a selection of traditional and contemporary songs in both English and Welsh. Regular Welsh banquets are available from January through to November. To join in the fun, places at these banquets must be pre-booked and are also available on an exclusive hire basis for corporate groups and weddings.

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The Cripple Creek Inn


 Location Old Abergavenny Road, Bryngwyn, Nr. Raglan, NP15 2JP t: 0844 502 3515 w: e:


Nestled in the heart of the Usk Valley, The Cripple Creek Inn offers a warm welcome and an unrivalled dining experience. This charming pub has an extensive à la carte menu, which features homemade dishes produced using the finest locally reared beef, pork and lamb, fresh dairy products and seasonal vegetables, along with fresh fish delivered daily. Lunchtime and evening specials are also available, and the wine list is equally extensive. This delightful pub boasts three unique dining areas, providing the perfect setting for any occasion – why not tuck into a farmhouse pork chop by the log fire, eat a seafood platter al fresco, or sample the succulent Aylesbury duck in one of the conservatories? Make sure you save enough room for one of the delicious homemade desserts. On Sunday, gather the family and head to The Cripple Creek Inn for a roast dinner – booking in advance is recommended as tables fill quickly.

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Open: Mon-Sun 9am-11pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm; Sun noon-2.30pm, 5pm-9pm

The Cripple Creek Inn is a family affair, established in 1996 by Robert and Carolyn. Carolyn continues to manage the restaurant with their daughters Jayne and Lisa, alongside a dedicated and friendly team of staff. If you’re a fan of tradition and love good, honest country cuisine, The Cripple Creek Inn may be just what you’re looking for.

The Walnut Tree

Fine Dining

 Location Llanddewi Skirrid, Nr. Abergavenny, NP7 8AW t: 0844 502 2574 w: e:


The Walnut Tree can be found on the Old Ross Road, just a few miles east of Abergavenny. It has an impressive pedigree, having been a famous inn and restaurant for over 40 years.

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‘...a dining experience you won’t forget in a hurry...’


The inn became a beacon of gastronomic excellence in South Wales under the talented Franco and Ann Taruschio, who served up an idiosyncratic and much-loved mix of Italian and international dishes. Now the restaurant is run by Shaun Hill (chef profile page 46), who made his name at Gidleigh Park in Devon and then at The Merchant House restaurant in Ludlow. The dishes have changed but the original informal atmosphere and unpretentious approach to cooking remain the same. The menu, comprising around ten dishes at each stage, boasts an eclectic mix based on personal taste and sound cooking techniques, rather Open: Tues-Sat noon-2.30pm, than any particular country’s 6.30pm-10pm cuisine. Perhaps choose monkfish with cucumber and mustard sauce, or scallops with lentils and coriander to start, with saddle of venison and goat’s cheese gnocchi, or Welsh lamb with a choice of gratin potatoes or cheese soufflé to follow. It isn’t a cheap place to eat – three courses and wine will set you back around £50 per person – but The Walnut Tree does offer great value for the outlay. This is a dining experience you won’t forget in a hurry. Cardiff Guide 2018-2019


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Park House Restaurant & Wine Bar  Location 20 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3DQ t: 0844 625 6674 w: e:

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Park House Restaurant was established 13 years ago, but its home is over 100 years old. Housed in a Grade I listed, Gothic-style mansion, this restaurant is situated in Cardiff city centre and is steeped in character. The chefs (chef profile page 46) combine the building’s Welsh heritage with their love of fine dining, taking inspiration from French cuisine and pairing the finest Welsh produce with speciality ingredients sourced from the Rungis International Market in central Paris. Alongside the food, Park House also takes great pride in the drinks it serves, and the menu recommends a wine to go with each meal. The exceptional wine list has won several awards in recent years, including the AA Wine List of the Year for Wales and the UK, and Best Wines By the Glass at the 2018’s Condé Nast Johansens Champagne Taittinger awards. Having recently undergone refurbishment, Park House boasts an incredibly luxurious feel, with wooden panelling adorning the walls and large windows overlooking Gorsedd Gardens. The first floor has also been renovated and is home to a plush new wine bar which offers a fantastic selection of wines by the glass, as well as cocktails. If you’re feeling peckish, order one of the scrumptious snacks from the bar’s menu – perhaps a French cheese plate – and relax in this beautiful setting. Downstairs, the à la carte menu changes seasonally, ensuring that only the freshest and tastiest ingredients are used. Examples of some of the starters on offer include mouth-watering Orkney scallop served with Jerusalem artichoke, Paris brown mushrooms, fennel seeds and truffles; vegetarian oat milk tofu; and crispy seared pork belly accompanied by shiitake mushrooms, pickled seaweed and smoked eel. To follow, mains may include indulgent dishes such as Highland wagyu beef, Llaneillo venison loin served with parsley root, black cabbage and pickled apple, and vegetarian confit celeriac. Finally, don’t leave without sampling one of the exemplary desserts on offer. Sweet treats range from tiramisu to lemon and blueberry meringue, while those preferring to end on a savoury note can order one of the restaurant’s delicious cheeseboards. Another speciality of Park House is the tasting menus, which are available at lunchtime or dinner. Perfect for a special occasion, these menus showcase the chef’s very best dishes. The team is committed to making fine dining accessible to all, so vegetarian and vegan tasting menus are also available.

Chapel 1877

Modern European

 Location Churchill Way, Cardiff, CF10 2WF t: 0844 625 6093 w: e:


It’s a joy to arrive at Chapel 1877. The Grade II listed building features strong elements of French Gothic architecture and simply oozes elegance. Inside, the ambience is just as enchanting, with arched wooden doors and stunning red and black brickwork. Independently owned, this finely restored establishment pleases all the senses and is the perfect setting for a glamorous party, yet is equally suited to a quiet meal or a spot of afternoon tea.

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Trained originally in classic French cuisine, head chef Ryan Mitchell (chef profile page 47) presents a tantalising modern British menu. All ingredients are locally sourced where possible and only the finest produce is used. My companion began with grilled Wye Valley asparagus, prettily arranged on toast and crowned with a creamy duck’s egg. I opted for the delicious pan-fried curried scallops on a bed of spiced lentils, alongside pickled apple and coriander. Both dishes were the perfect opener to our evening of delights. In between courses, plates of food wafted past us, including mouth-watering portions of fish and chips from the gastro menu, making our decision for the next course even trickier. After a helpful discussion with our attentive waiter, I plumped for the Anglesey sea bass, which was impeccably crisp. My dining partner was uncharacteristically silent, lost in her succulent portion of lemon sole with brown shrimp and Jersey Royal potatoes. Ensuring we left room for dessert, I succumbed finally to the dark chocolate nemesis, a rich flourless cake, while my companion enjoyed a selection of Welsh and European cheeses, delightfully accompanied by Port. Service was impeccable throughout the evening; it’s clear that the skilful staff are well versed in making diners feel cosseted and unhurried. With the buttery light gaping through the magnificent arched windows and the attention to detail we experienced, it comes as no surprise that this is an extremely sought-after wedding venue. The restaurant exudes charm and sophistication, which, when paired with outstanding food and drink and attentive service, makes this the perfect destination for celebrations of all kinds.

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La Cuina  Location 11 King’s Road, Cardiff, CF11 9BZ t: 0844 625 1550 w: e:


Located between Canton and Pontcanna, La Cuina is an independent restaurant run by a fully Catalan team that aims to bring a slice of Catalonia to the Welsh capital. La Cuina means ‘the kitchen’ in Catalan, and the venue connects diners to Catalan culture, the land and its food.

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In a relaxed and stylish atmosphere, sample the exquisite flavours of modern Mediterranean cuisine created using the best ingredients, ranging from octopus to butifarra negra – sausage as you’ve never tasted it before. Try the Welsh fish with a Catalan twist, or slow-cooked rosemary-infused whole shoulder of lamb from Aragon. For a lighter meal, opt for small dishes, or tapas such as escalivada (grilled pepper and aubergine), sobrassada (smoky, cured, spreadable salami) or scallops with pestle-and-mortar allioli. The philosophy is simple: high-quality ingredients cooked as simply as possible to preserve the naturally intense flavours.

The kitchen team sources the majority of ingredients directly from small independent producers in Catalonia; traditional salamis from a modern organic farm, artisan cheeses from the Pyrenees and superb organic wines from vineyards with social enterprises. The wine menu is distinctive, distinguished and not to be missed, offering a unique and wide range of top-quality cava, white and red, at very reasonable prices.


Mr Villa’s  Location 3-4 Bron-Y-Mor, Barry, CF62 6SW t: 0844 625 1165 One visit to Mr Villa’s is enough to make you a lifelong regular. This charming seafood restaurant has won over the locals of Barry, but also draws in diners from further afield – the food here more than justifies a journey. The restaurant itself is bright and spacious, and the friendly team guarantees a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Whether you visit Mr Villa’s for a quick midweek dinner or for a special occasion, you’ll be made to feel right at home.

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The seafood featured on the menu changes according to the season and is always fresh and prepared to perfection; the kitchen team prides itself on its expertise. You might find the likes of scallops, poached hake and mussels served in garlic and cream sauce, or the shellfish platter, which comes with half a lobster. The pan-fried salmon in Hollandaise sauce and freshly battered fish and Open: Tues-Thurs noon-2.30pm, chips are always popular, too. Though primarily a seafood restaurant, Mr Villa’s 5.30pm-9pm; Fri noon-2.30pm, also excels in offering top-notch traditional British cuisine. The roast dinners 5.30pm-9.30pm; are unmissable, with a choice Sat noon-9.30pm; of expertly roasted meats and Sun noon-4.30pm trimmings like Yorkshire pudding for the sirloin of beef, and apple sauce, the perfect accompaniment to roast pork loin. For dessert, it has to be the hazelnut and raspberry meringue. This sweet treat has its own legion of fans, thanks to the lighter-than-air meringue and tart, fresh raspberries. The reasonable prices mean that you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to dine at Mr Villa’s – though with food this good every meal is an event. 18

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Caesars Arms


 Location Cardiff Road, Creigiau, Cardiff, CF15 9NN t: 0844 502 4431 w: e:


If you’re looking to enjoy a true taste of Wales, a visit to the award-winning Caesars Arms is most definitely in order. Here you can tuck into top-notch dishes made using the finest Welsh ingredients as well as restock your larder with quality local produce from the farm shop next door.

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Dry-aged Welsh beef steak, Welsh Mountain lamb and venison from the Brecon Beacons feature on the restaurant menu, as do free-range chicken and Merryfield Farm duck. A wonderful selection of fresh fish and seafood is also showcased: hake, halibut, Dover sole, monkfish, lobster and prawns are just a sample of the delights on offer. Whatever dish you plump for – whether it’s the venison fillet with Port and redcurrant sauce or sea bass baked in rock salt – the kitchen team’s insistence on using the finest and freshest produce is evident Open: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, in every mouthful. It will come as no surprise to learn that the drinks menu 6pm-10pm; Sun noon-4.30pm features a carefully chosen selection of tipples to complement the food offering, and the cellars are stocked with hand-selected wine, Port and Champagne from all four corners of the world. The farm shop is an Aladdin’s cave of home-grown and locally sourced goodies. As well as some delicious meats, you’ll also find organically grown fruit and vegetables from the farm’s very own gardens, alongside fresh bread, Welsh and Continental cheese, chutney, jam and much more.

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Wales boasts not one but three Bistrot Pierre restaurants, all of which serve fantastic great-value French cuisine to a loyal band of followers and newbies alike. Whether or not you’ve visited before, the attentive staff are on the ball, ensuring everyone feels welcome from the moment they step through the doors. The Bistrot Pierre brand is widely known for authentic food and true French style. Cardiff’s city centre restaurant is warm and welcoming while the Friars Walk Shopping Centre venue in Newport is bright and breezy. If you’re in Mumbles, pop into Bistrot Pierre and enjoy calming vistas over Swansea Bay while you dine. The kitchen brigade consists of talented chefs with a wealth of expertise in crafting delicious French cuisine. Masters of combining French bistrot classics with regional favourites, the menus present a compelling culinary line-up. There is something for every palate and pocket, with various options to sink your teeth into. Seasons lead the varied menus, and the team uses fresh, quality ingredients. The two-course prix-fixe lunch menu offers incredible value, priced at just £11.95, while the evening prix-fixe menu costs just £15.95 for two courses. Little ones are kept entertained with an activity pack while they wait for their meal from the dedicated menu. Everyone is welcome here, as proved by the gluten-free menu, and plenty of vegetarian options are also on the cards. The à la carte menu is bound to go down a storm, featuring starters such as toasted brioche with fricassee of mushrooms with Alsace bacon, and lightly fried crispy squid with roasted garlic mayonnaise. The deliciousness continues in the main dishes: think beef Bourguignon, and pan-fried chicken breast with asparagus, peas, truffle oil and tarragon. The vanilla crème brûlée won’t disappoint for dessert. Bistrot Pierre is a foodie hotspot, whether you’re looking for a casual lunch with friends, a full-blown family feast or a laid-back catch up.

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Stanley’s Bistro


 Location 185 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff, CF11 9AJ t: 0844 625 6160 w: Opened by noted French restaurateur Stanislas Bécherie, Stanley’s Bistro offers first-rate traditional French dishes in a stylish, modern setting.


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Awaken your tastebuds with a starter of moules marinières, or plump for the mouth-watering baked Camembert. Next, warm yourself with a fish or lamb stew, or perhaps indulge in the chef’s hearty cassoulet. The rib-eye steak and the confit de canard are perfect for meat-eaters while the vegetarian tartiflette is packed with flavour. If you’ve got room for dessert, Stanley’s Bistro boasts a tempting selection of dishes including crème brûlée and chilled lemon soufflé. An understandably popular establishment, it’s wise to book ahead to avoid disappointment. Open: Tues 6pm-9.30pm; Weds & Thurs noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Fri noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm; Sat noon-2pm, 6pm-10pm; Sun noon-3pm

Cameo Wellfield Road


 Location 53 Wellfield Road, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3PA t: 0844 502 3521 w: e: Cameo is the perfect all-day venue to escape the hustle and bustle of life. Start your day with a morning coffee and delicious Welsh cake for just £2.50. Visit for brunch and try the excellent eggs Benedict or pop in for lunch and choose from the selection of fantastic dishes including freshly filled baguettes, salads and homemade burgers. With a new head chef that has worked in several AA-rosette-awarded restaurants, dinner is not to be missed. Dishes feature the likes of Brecon venison and monkfish wrapped in Parma ham, as well as a traditional roast served on Sundays. Quality wine, boozy cocktails – including the special offer of two for £10 at select times – and speciality gin and tonics can be enjoyed in the bar or outside on the tranquil terrace. The upstairs bistro lends itself to private hire for parties of up to 40 people, while the balcony is the perfect spot to watch the world go by.

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Cameo Pontcanna


 Location 3-5 Pontcanna Street, Cardiff, CF11 9HQ t: 0844 502 4407 w: e: Situated in the leafy suburb of Pontcanna, just a short stroll from the centre of Cardiff, the Cameo has been a social hub for over 30 years. Inside is a bar and bistro, as well as a first-floor lounge and function area – all have been thoughtfully refurbished to create comfortable yet sophisticated surroundings for the eclectic mix of clientele that steps through the doors. The kitchen is open seven days a week producing great breakfast, lunch, tapas, dinner and a traditional roast on Sundays that’s recognised as one of the best in Wales by Wales Online. The team is passionate about using locally sourced ingredients and incorporates them in as many dishes as possible. The ever-changing specials board features delicious favourites such as venison, lamb, steaks, scallops and fresh fish. If you’re looking to book a function, the private lounge can host events of up to 70 people, whatever the occasion.

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Anderson’s at The Waterloo  Location 113 Alexandra Road, Newport, NP20 2JG t: 01633 264266 w: e:


Anderson’s at The Waterloo is a true gem. This historic and atmospheric restaurant is full of charm; the welcoming interior is equally matched by the friendly hospitality of its knowledgeable, attentive staff. Whether it’s a quick business lunch, a family get-together or an enjoyable night out with friends, Anderson’s at The Waterloo is bringing it all to Newport.

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Head chef and manager Dickie Flinn presents a modern, seasonal menu, inspired by the very best classic French and British cuisine. The menu is concise yet delicious. Kick off your meal with pressed ham hock terrine accompanied by toasted bread and piccalilli, or perhaps opt for the delicious pickled seafood salad. Main dishes include the likes of roast partridge with Open: blackberry wine glaze and cavolo nero and the mouth-watering monkfish fillet Mon-Tues 5.30pm-9.30pm; atop curried mussel chowder. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, why Weds-Fri noon-2pm, not visit during one the restaurant’s intriguing Unforeseen Nights? Diners 5.30pm-9.30pm; will take their table as usual, but Sat noon-2pm, 6pm-9.30pm; there’ll be no menu to choose from. Sun 12.30pm-3pm Instead, Dickie and his kitchen team will send out course after course, without the guests knowing what they’ll be dining on until it arrives on the table. If you’re around on Sundays, make a beeline for the Anderson’s award-winning roast. Tables fill quickly, so it’s worth calling the venue in advance. This is very much a venue that’s doing it all, and doing it well. Italian

Elgano  Location 58 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9LL t: 0844 625 6606 w: e:


Conveniently located on Cardiff’s Cathedral Road, Elgano has earned itself a stellar reputation with locals, as well as those from further afield passing through its doors. Proud recipients of Best Italian at The Food Awards Wales £20 to 2017, alongside Best Restaurant at The Welsh Hospitality Awards 2017, it’s no £35 wonder this Italian is held in such high regard. The menu boasts a range of authentic Italian dishes, all of which are made in-house from the freshest local ingredients. Starters include special Italian breads and delicious antipasti, as well as dishes such as spiced homemade meatballs, fresh mussels and garlic mushrooms and prawns in a delicious white Open: wine sauce. Follow with the risotto Calabrese with Italian sausages, mushrooms Mon-Thurs 5.30pm-10pm; and chilli in a cherry tomato sauce, or pan-fried fillet of sea bass in a garlic, Fri & Sat noon-2pm, chilli and rosemary sauce. There’s also a tempting selection of classic pizza 5.30pm-10pm; and pasta dishes which are guaranteed to delight, alongside the ever-changing Sun noon-2pm, specials menu. 5.30pm-9.30pm As you’d expect from an authentic Italian restaurant, the extensive wine list is a treat to peruse. Whatever you opt for, you’re bound to find something delicious to pair with your feast. 11 en-suite bedrooms provide accommodation for those wanting to stay a little longer, whilst private hire of the restaurant can be arranged with the helpful team. A winning combination of exceptional food, attentive service and welcoming ambience makes Elgano an excellent choice for any occasion. 22

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Pizzeria Villaggio

 Location 73 Merthyr Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 1DD t: 0844 625 6394 w: e: For over 32 years, Pizzeria Villaggio has created unique specials and Italian classics using only the finest local ingredients. Following traditional recipes, the team provides guests with an authentic taste of Italy. Guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to food – there’s truly something for everyone. Kick things off with a starter of delicious calamari or traditional Italian arancini. For the main event, you simply can’t go wrong with one of the classic pizzas or pasta dishes, including the mouth-watering calzone and penne with homemade Italian sausages. You’ll also find a carefully chosen Italian wine list to accompany your meal, as well as live music on selected evenings. The friendly and knowledgeable service only adds to the relaxed dining experience, ensuring Pizzeria Villaggio remains one of Cardiff’s best-loved Italians.

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 Location 2 Guildhall Place, Westgate Street, Cardiff, CF10 1EB t: 0844 625 6609 w: e: Situated in the heart of Cardiff, Curado is a bustling tapas bar and deli, offering a truly authentic taste of Spain. Opened in 2016, Curado has already established itself as one of the go-to food destinations in Cardiff and is already a proud recipient of the Best Spanish Tapas Bar in Cardiff by Lux Magazine. A focus on Northern Spain is evident in the offering, with the menu split into three sections: pintxos, deli plates and tapas dishes. You can expect to find traditional tapas dishes such as slow-cooked chorizo, patatas bravas, sliced octopus and jamon croquettes alongside various meat and cheese sharing boards. A wine list divided into regions completes the offering and is sure to delight. Add the friendly service and vibrant atmosphere and it’s easy to see why Curado has already racked up quite the following in the Welsh capital.

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Open: Mon-Thurs noon-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-12.30am; Sun noon-6pm Mediterranean

Casa Mia

 Location First Floor, 4-6 The Twyn, Caerphilly, CF83 1JL t: 0844 625 6190 w: e: If you’re searching for a restaurant with a view, look no further than Casa Mia in Caerphilly. Presenting beautiful views of Caerphilly Castle, Casa Mia prides itself on its warm ambience and outstanding menu. From traditional Mediterranean dishes to pizza and tapas, Casa Mia caters to all tastes, ensuring there’s truly something for everyone. Casa Mia also boasts an exciting cocktail bar where you’ll find an extensive selection of drinks, with special offers running throughout the week. Traditional and savoury afternoon tea is also available, so why not treat someone special to an indulgent afternoon with a view. From weddings to business meetings, the restaurant can cater for any occasion, and the friendly team will ensure your event runs smoothly. With its beautiful surroundings, delicious home-cooked food and varied drinks menu, Casa Mia certainly hits the spot.

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Charlston’s Steakhouse


 Location 46 Caroline Street, Cardiff, CF10 1FF t: 0844 502 6321 w:


Charlston’s Steakhouse has become something of an institution in Cardiff, thanks to its array of mouth-watering steaks and grills, chilled atmosphere and reasonable prices. This family-run joint was established back in 1989 and has built a loyal following ever since – a testament to its popularity. You’ll find rustic, homemade food that’s honestly presented and served in relaxed, friendly surrounds.

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‘...chilled atmosphere and reasonable prices...’ Diners can watch the chefs busy at work grilling, frying and preparing dishes using only the freshest ingredients in the theatre-style open kitchen. The British menu comprises daily specials and, of course, juicy steaks. The steaks are aged, grilled over charcoal, and served with homemade butter or sauce. Whether you Open: Mon-Sun 7.30pm-late want to chow down on steak Diane, rump steak, sirloin, rib-eye or fillet Charlston’s, served with French fries and two vegetables, there are ample options. Pair with garlic bread, fried mushrooms and onion rings to get the full experience. A great selection of wine is carefully chosen to accompany the food. All of this, coupled with down-to-earth service, sees customers return time and time again, and makes Charlston’s a great place for a special party, office gathering or family get-together.

Butterflies Bar & Kitchen


 Location 31 Old Queen Street, Blaenavon, NP4 9PN t: 0844 502 4420 w: e: BT Minimal dining spaces and exposed brick walls make up the calm interior of Butterflies Bar & Kitchen. Don’t be fooled by the unassuming exterior – Butterflies offers a winning mix of a relaxed ambience, refined dining and a distinctly stylish £15 approach to running a restaurant. to £45 Situated within the World Heritage Site of Blaenavon and in the historic county of Monmouthshire, Butterflies Bar & Kitchen is also in close proximity to an historic railway and the National Coal Museum. A cultural visit to this fascinating area, rich in history and brilliant attractions, should be rounded off with dinner at Butterflies. Open: Tues-Thurs 6pm-late; True to the gastropub tradition, the restaurant kitchen is dedicated to delivering Fri & Sat 5pm-late; top-notch, perfectly presented British food. The menu pays homage to classic pub Sun noon-late food, and all the favourites are listed. Start with the stunning baked goat’s cheese; Food Served: gorgeously creamy and topped with a layer of caramelised red onion for perfectly Tues-Sat 6pm-9.30pm; balanced flavour combinations. Sun 12.30pm-9.30pm A final flourish of salad leaves, sliced tomatoes and balsamic reduction creates a symmetrical dish that’s almost too pretty to eat. A highly recommended main course features sea bass fillets expertly seared and finished with salted crisp skin. Far from serving simple pub grub, Butterflies Bar & Kitchen has transformed the familiar into something extra-special, adding interesting touches and refreshing flavours with aesthetics in mind. Cardiff Guide 2018-2019


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Kings Arms

 Location Church Road, Pentyrch, Cardiff, CF15 9QF t: 0844 625 6649 e: This historic village inn presents a balanced menu featuring pub classics that are executed to perfection. Inside, the cosy lounge and bar area features exposed beams and a roaring log fire that is ideal for relaxed dining and drinking, whilst the stylish restaurant caters for more formal dining. An evening of quality food and drink began with Welsh rarebit with runner bean chutney for my dining partner, and crisp ham hock bonbons with mustard mayonnaise for myself. I followed with the sumptuous sirloin steak accompanied by homemade mushroom ketchup, while my guest plumped for chicken with fluffy thyme dumplings. For dessert, my chocolate brownie went down a treat, as did the vanilla crème brûlée. The chef-patron, who has worked in some of the country’s finest restaurants, wants to create the ultimate local. With food as delicious and surroundings as comfortable as this, he’s certainly ticking all the right boxes.

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The Smoke House

 Location 77 Pontcanna Street, Cardiff, CF11 9HS t: 0844 502 4402 e: The Smoke House offers authentic American barbecue food made with quality Welsh produce, served in a comfortable, child-friendly environment. The menu includes classics ranging from pulled pork and Memphis pork ribs to mouth-watering hickory-smoked brisket of beef, which is lovingly cooked just as it should be – low and slow. A tantalising array of seasoned steaks, chicken, burgers and vegetarian options are prepared using fresh local produce, with naturally smoked herbs and spices to create real American flavours. Diners will also find an impressive wine list alongside an extensive range of American craft beers, and there’s even a separate food menu for children. The Smoke House is perfect for every occasion, be it for family gatherings, a pre-match brunch or a memorable evening with someone special.

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Food Served: Tues-Thurs 5.30pm-9.15pm; Fri 5pm-9.45pm; Sat 10am-3pm, 5pm-9.45pm Vegetarian

Vegetarian Food Studio

 Location 115-117 Penarth Road, Cardiff, CF11 6JU t: 0844 625 6157 w: e: The Vegetarian Food Studio is a family-owned vegetarian and vegan restaurant nestled just outside the centre of Cardiff. Now in its 15th year, this fantastic establishment serves delicious home-cooked food, following recipes that predominantly come from the Gujarat region of India. It’s a firm neighbourhood favourite and has scooped several regional and national awards thanks to its superb menu and excellent value. There’s a vast selection of dishes to choose from, ensuring there’s truly something for everyone. Popular options include vegetable samosas, desi chana, chilli paneer and ringan no oro, all of which can be enjoyed in the relaxed restaurant or taken away to devour at home. With a recent surge in veganism and vegetarianism, Vegetarian Food Studio remains as popular as ever, offering an event catering service as well. Booking is advised and you can bring your own alcohol for a small corkage fee.

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Bar & Restaurant

 Location 27 Westgate Street, Cardiff, CF10 1DD t: 0844 502 2694 w: e:

CC Award-winning pizza restaurant Zerodegrees finds itself at the heart of a now thriving beer scene in Cardiff. Fully ready to compete in that scene, the Cardiff venue occupies a prime spot along Westgate Street with stunning views of Millennium £18 to Stadium, and boasts a Grade II listed facade and chic industrial interiors. The £22 open-plan brewery provides both a sleek backdrop to the dining area as well as fresh beer brewed on-site. Zerodegrees never filters, pasteurises or uses additives in their brews, ensuring all their hoppy beverages are vegan-friendly and full of flavour. Dine during the day and you may even spot the master brewer at work. Diners will love looking into the open-plan kitchen, from which fresh and contemporary dishes are delivered to various dining areas, including two mezzanine levels. Zerodegrees is well known for its eclectic wood-fired pizza menu and fresh mussels served in kilo pots with fries. For those with a sweet-tooth, Zerodegrees’ famous mango beer is a delicious introduction to the Zerodegrees range, and Open: can perfectly balance out the Mon-Sat noon-midnight; bold flavours of a spicy pizza, or Sun noon-11.30pm accompany a sweet treat. The team has crafted an innovative menu, comprising dishes that complement the beer produced on-site. Zerodegrees is set to spread its success further across the country, having already encouraged the public to rekindle a love of fresh, local produce. Beer and pizza made on-site and in sight – it doesn’t get much fresher than that.






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Bill’s Cardiff Central  Location 27-39 Wyndham Arcade, Mill Lane, Cardiff, CF10 1FH t: 0844 625 6701 w: e:


Occupying a convenient spot right in the centre of the bustling city is Bill’s Cardiff Central. Thanks to its location in one of Cardiff’s historic arcades, and the delightful outside seating, this branch of Bill’s has become a popular hotspot for £15 to diners looking to take a break from a busy day shopping. £25 Inside the charming Grade II listed building you’ll find plenty of seating, including quiet nooks for intimate occasions and sociable booths for meals with friends. Bill’s is the perfect choice for all kinds of occasion, and as it’s open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between, you’re always able to satisfy your cravings. The extensive menu is packed with delectable options. Start your meal with a few nibbles for the table; the spiced tortillas with avocado, tzatziki and red pepper dip are incredibly moreish. The selection of starters includes delicious Open: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm; crispy calamari with red chilli and lime aioli, and pork and sesame dumplings Sun & Bank Holidays accompanied by a punchy smoked 9am-10.30pm chilli and soy dip. When it comes to the main course, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You might want to opt for a tried-and-tested classic like Bill’s fish pie, or the comforting carrot, cashew and mushroom Wellington served with butterbean mash, tenderstem broccoli and rich vegetable gravy – the perfect hearty vegan dish for the cooler months. Desserts such as Eton Mess, warm mini cinnamon doughnuts and pecan pie make for a great end to a delicious meal. They also offer a fantastic value set menu Monday to Friday, so there’s every excuse to treat yourself to a meal at Bill’s. Bar & Restaurant

Bill’s Cardiff Bay  Location Pilotage Building, Stuart Street, Cardiff, CF10 5BW t: 0844 625 6706 w: e:


Stylish decor, ample seating, great service and delicious food make Bill’s Cardiff Bay a restaurant worth visiting. Housed in the Bay’s historic Pilotage Building, it’s a great spot at all times of the day. The light, airy interior provides a serene setting for a £15 to relaxed brunch with friends, while at night the restaurant is pleasantly warm and cosy. £25 Bill’s holds a reputation for serving spectacular breakfast dishes. The Bill’s garden breakfast, comprising poached free-range eggs, halloumi, roasted plum tomatoes, charred red peppers, smashed avocado and toast with Hollandaise, pea shoots and mixed seeds is a delight to behold. If you’re stopping by for a lazy lunch, the sharing plates are the perfect choice. The veggie plate, which comes with crumbed halloumi sticks, courgette and mint fritters, Niçoise olives, toasted focaccia, smashed avocado, hummus, purple basil and pine nut pesto and red pepper tapenade is a great dish to share with a friend, glass of wine in hand. Open: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm; Sun & Bank Holidays There’s also a fantastic selection 9am-10.30pm of dishes if you’re looking for a three-course feast. The famous Bill’s hamburger is sure to impress, and there are plenty of other tempting options such as pan-fried chicken breast with truffle and wild mushrooms, and the nutritious halloumi, kale and butternut squash salad. Desserts such as melting chocolate bombe and apple and salted caramel crumble complete the offering. Those visiting Monday to Friday can enjoy the excellent value set menu, with two or three courses available. Combine this with an extensive drinks menu and Bill’s has all your foodie needs covered. 28

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The Castle Inn

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 7 Twyn Square, Usk, NP15 1BH t: 0844 502 4807 w: e:


For a dose of traditional charm, look no further than The Castle Inn, situated on Twyn Square in the centre of Usk. The town is known for its Britain in Bloom competitions, although it’s not just the flowers that are blooming. If after exploring the beautiful countryside, walking along River Usk and checking out the castle you’re in need of a little pick-me-up in the form of fantastic food and drink, The Castle Inn is just the ticket.

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‘ excellent price, without compromising on quality...’ The quality home-cooked dishes, hearty portions and specials board ensure you won’t feel peckish for long. Great value for money is at the core of the pub’s Food Served: beliefs, so diners will be pleased to know that all of this is available at an Mon-Sat noon-3pm, excellent price, without compromising on quality. This is an inclusive pub. The 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm team offers a new business lunch special, where busy bees have access to free Wi-Fi and unlimited tea or coffee with any meal ordered from the lunch menu, and there’s a senior citizens’ lunch club every Wednesday. Afternoon tea is served in the garden and conservatory, too. Hopefully, the sun will be shining when you visit and you can head to the large garden and patio at the rear of the garden. With pretty rooms available to book, why not stay a little longer?

The Riverside Wine Bar

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 18a The Back, Chepstow, NP16 5HH t: 0844 502 3495 w: e:

Mo With River Wye trickling in the background as you kick back and relax in the garden, The Riverside Wine Bar is a pretty spot if you’re after welcome respite. In addition to boasting a desirable setting, The Riverside has built a stellar £15 to reputation for its food and drink. Whilst children are welcomed in the day, only £25 adults and those over 12 years old are allowed in during the evening. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what to choose from the menu, which celebrates the sunny flavours of the Mediterranean. To begin, there’s bread, nibbles and light bites, including the likes of red bell peppers stuffed with feta, garlic bread, and mixed olives. If you’re in the mood for sharing, order the pulled pork nachos, cheeseboard, or go all out with the Mediterranean platter for two. Open: The all-star assortment of tapas has been designed with sociable dining in mind, seasonal opening hours may and tortilla pizzas, fresh salads and authentic paella will keep hunger at bay vary, please call for details before you choose to indulge in a delicious pudding. Liquid gratification comes from an impressive gin menu and range of cocktails that will see you through the night. Wine, spirits, real ale and lager are also stocked behind the bar. It’s not all about the edible and liquid offering though; what makes a terrific venue is a friendly atmosphere, which can be found in spades at The Riverside Wine Bar. Cardiff Guide 2018-2019


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Gin & Juice  Location 2-6 Castle Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BU t: 0844 625 6180


Just a stone’s throw from Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium, Gin & Juice is a quirky all-day destination on the edge of High Street Arcade. During the day, this trendy spot serves delicious, nutritional food and energy-boosting juices, before transforming into a cosy speakeasy-inspired bar in the evenings. Whether you’re after a light lunch with friends or an extravagant evening of cocktails, owners Charlotte and Steve Barker have created the perfect venue for all manner of occasions. When it comes to food, the menu focuses on light, healthy options, featuring the likes of hearty bagels with poached eggs and avocado for brunch, and superfood salads, all of which are made to order.

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‘...a quirky all-day destination...’ By night, Gin & Juice turns into an elegant yet unpretentious cocktail bar. Vintage antiques and framed photos decorate the wooden walls and ceilings, Open: while velvet seating and bar stools Mon-Sat 8.30am-1am; line the bar. Beside the main bar Sun 9.30am-11pm area, there is also a small snug. This lovely area is ideal for an intimate evening or a cosy catch up. With over 300 different gins from all over the world to choose from, even the most ardent gin aficionado will be impressed by the collection here. The gin menu features tasting notes, ensuring you’ll be able to choose the perfect drink. Treat yourself and while away a lazy afternoon or celebrate in style in the evening. Bar & Restaurant

The Caeffatri Bar & Grill  Location Castle View, Bridgend, CF31 1NJ t: 0844 502 2960 w:

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Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; Fri & Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 11am-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Thurs noon-9pm; Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm; Sun noon-8pm

Set in a converted 1800s manor house, this contemporary gastropub boasts a wide-ranging menu. From the grill diners can choose from several cuts of beef or tuck into one of the many pork or chicken dishes accompanied by a range of delicious homemade sauces. A full vegetarian menu is also available, ensuring that all are catered for at The Caeffatri Bar & Grill. An inexpensive lunch and light bites menu, featuring everything from curries to pastas, is available during the day and the venue proves ideal for afternoon tea with its airy feel and charming sunroom at the entrance. Al fresco dining is an option, weather permitting, and you can enjoy a drink on the house on Free Wine Fridays. On Sunday you can enjoy a three-meat roast, or visit on a Wednesday to indulge in your own bespoke handcrafted burger with a complimentary drink.

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On-site parking and its location just off the M4 and a short walk from the town centre makes the venue convenient to visit by car or on foot. With two function rooms available for hire, The Caeffatri can cater for all your special occasions and family get-togethers, as well as being a firm favourite for relaxed dining throughout the year. 30

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Bar & Restaurant

 Location Royal Buildings, 1 Stanwell Road, Penarth, CF64 3EA t: 0844 625 6617 w: e:

VG Etc is a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar nestled in the seaside town of Penarth. This hotspot is the perfect venue to meet friends for drinks, so gather a group and make your way through the varied and interesting cocktail list, £25 to which includes the signature smoke-infused cocktails. It’s not just the fabulous £50 drinks that make Etc such a popular destination with locals and visitors. The restaurant presents a delectable food menu produced with creativity and flair. Guests will discover a whole host of exciting and innovative dishes that not only taste gorgeous, but will visibly delight you. For starters, plump for braised and Open: spicy ox cheek in chipotle and sriracha sauce or beetroot- and gin-cured salmon Weds & Thurs 5pm-midnight; with sour cream aioli. Mains include the herb-crusted rump of lamb with Fri & Sat noon-midnight; potato terrine, seasonal vegetables and a ratatouille jus, and the 50-day-aged Sun noon-late sirloin steak served with slow-roasted vine tomatoes, Portobello mushroom and hand-cut double-cooked chips. Those with a sweet-tooth can indulge in the spectacular selection of desserts, including the popular All the Fun at the Fair dessert featuring a glazed toffee apple, candy floss, popping candy, bubble gum ice cream and a toffee doughnut. If you’ve got something to celebrate and only a special treat will do, the high standard of cuisine and service at Etc makes it a top choice for a special occasion, but guests are more than welcome to pop by for informal dining too. This is a venue that ticks all the right boxes when it comes to stylish decor, mouth-watering cuisine and an intriguing cocktail list.

Cast Iron Bar & Grill

Bar & Restaurant

 Location St Pierre Marriott Hotel, St Pierre Park, Chepstow, NP16 6YA t: 0844 625 6603 w:


Cast Iron Bar & Grill is a relaxed bar and restaurant located within St Pierre Marriott Hotel in Chepstow. Serving excellent food in a warm and friendly atmosphere, Cast Iron Bar & Grill is the perfect destination for any occasion. The focus is on fresh seasonal ingredients, traditional flavour combinations and using time-honoured cooking methods to create dishes that diners love.

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‘...excellent food in a warm and friendly atmosphere...’ The menu boasts tasty classics such as fish and chips and tender steaks, made from 28-day-aged cuts of premium British beef, alongside the signature Cast Iron burger which is guaranteed to delight. Those looking for a lighter meal have a range of light bites to choose from, including delicious salads and seasonal soups. Those with a sweet-tooth can round off proceedings with the signature Cast Iron double chocolate brownie or perhaps the delicious vanilla cheesecake. Open: Afternoon tea is also available in Mon-Sun 11.30am-10pm the lovely Morgan’s Restaurant, so why not treat someone special to a leisurely afternoon of indulgence? With a fine range of beer and wine on offer, this bar and restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet drink or a casual dinner, but it would also make for a lovely space for a celebration. No matter what the occasion, Cast Iron Bar & Grill will have you returning time and again.

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Chapter Arts Centre

 Location Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE t: 0844 502 2704 w: e: Chapter Arts Centre is one of Europe’s biggest and most successful independent arts organisations, and it offers some fantastic food and drink to boot. Five times voted ‘one of the best places to drink in the UK’ by Observer Food Monthly, Chapter’s bar offers an enviable selection of real ale, wine and spirits. Specialising in fresh, homemade, seasonal fare, the café was also a regional runner-up in the magazine’s Cheap Eats category. The main menu focuses on seasonal, local produce, with a selection of bold and punchy meat and vegetarian dishes. Pop in for breakfast, lunch, a snack or a delicious evening meal – whenever you visit you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy. There’s even a menu for little ones, making it ideal for laid-back family gatherings. *Price range represents the cost of a main dish, slice of cake and drink.



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Food Served: Mon-Sat 9am-9pm; Sun 9.30am-4pm Bar Open: Mon-Thurs noon-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10.30pm Café & Restaurant

Anna Loka

 Location 114 Albany Road, Cardiff, CF24 3RU t: 0844 625 6106 w: e: Anna Loka is proud to be Cardiff’s first 100-per-cent vegan café. Since opening in 2015, the venue has gone from strength to strength and has gained quite a following. With wooden tables, gorgeous wall art and a serene ambience, it’s a relaxing place to be. My companion loved her generous starter of olives and tasty bread, followed by Krishna’s Mighty Bowl, comprising sweet marinated tofu, layered veg, rice and edible pansies. My Anna Loka Rodeo burger was a deeply flavoursome favourite, with delicious homemade tomato ketchup to boot. By night, the café is transformed into a delightful restaurant. When we visited, the restaurant was pleasantly full with varied clientele, some even collecting takeaways. I scoffed coffee and walnut cake for afters, while my companion rhapsodised over her chocolate and salted caramel cake. The team makes the vast majority of their food in-house, sourcing clever alternatives to animal derivatives and changing the menu biannually with consideration and creativity.

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Open: Mon-Fri 11.30am-10pm; Sat 10.30am-10pm; Sun 10.30am-5pm

Crumbs Kitchen


 Location 33 Morgan Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1AF t: 0844 625 0091 w: e: Crumbs Kitchen was borne out of a love of cooking delicious vegan and veggie fare – an ethos that is apparent when glancing at the vibrant menu. This is a family-run business that has grown steadily thanks to their stellar range of delicious home-cooked food, which pays homage to local produce and is served within calming surrounds.

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Make the most of the experience by settling down by the window or stepping outside to savour breakfast, lunch or just drinks. Keep hunger at bay with homemade soups, filled jacket potatoes, pies, quiches, curries, and nourishing build-your-own salads, not to mention plenty of sweet treats. Hats go off to the staff, who create a welcoming, homely environment that you won’t want to leave. If you’re in the area, swing by the equally pleasing Swansea site. Open: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 9am-4.30pm; Sun 10am-3.30pm 32

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 Location National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP t: 0844 625 6675 w:

CC You’ll find Oriel restaurant on the lower ground floor of the National Museum Cardiff. A cultural hub of the city, the National Museum showcases the diverse natural history of Wales, as well as a fantastic collection of world-class art * £10 and historical artefacts, and Oriel provides a great place to pause and soak up to your surroundings. £14 A light and airy space, the restaurant has a calm atmosphere and the food on offer is wonderfully varied, all freshly prepared with local Welsh ingredients. Hot and cold dishes offer something for everyone. If you’re looking for a light snack, try the delicious Welsh rarebit or the fish finger sandwich on a bloomer with homemade tartare sauce. For those who want something a little more filling, there’s a selection of mains too. These include a tasting plate featuring cawl, faggot with pea purée, Glamorgan sausage, mashed potato and Welsh rarebit, alongside the homemade burger of the day served with homemade Open: Tues-Sun 10am-2.30pm coleslaw, chips and a side salad. As a family-friendly space, Oriel offers a dedicated children’s menu, listing options such as tomato and basil pasta, breaded chicken goujons and kids’ lunch boxes. Baby changing and breast-feeding facilities are also available, making it easy to bring the whole family on an educational and exciting day out. *Price range represents the cost of a main and a drink.

Barker Tea House


 Location 8-12 High Street Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BB t: 0844 625 6563 If you’ve got time to kill in Cardiff, a visit to Barker Tea House should be high on the agenda. The moment you step inside this lovely café, you’ll realise you’re in for a treat. Owners Charlotte and Stephen Barker have created the perfect destination for a cosy catch-up with friends or a quiet, relaxing hideaway. The menu boasts a plethora of options that are sure to please those who enjoy a spot of afternoon tea and delicious all-day brunch. You can expect to find brunch favourites such as smashed avocado and egg on toast, stacked pancakes with blueberries and bacon, and toasted bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, why not plump for a delicious homemade salad or a freshly made sandwich?

‘...friendly staff and homely feel...’

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Open: Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm; Sun 10am-4.30pm

If you just fancy a leisurely drink whilst watching the world go by, there’s plenty of hot and cold drinks to choose from, including milkshakes and fruit smoothies. Afternoon tea packages cost just £19.99 per person, and a highly experienced member of the team can guide you through the tea options to ensure it’s a memorable visit. Barker Tea House is the ideal place to put your feet up with a book and a mouth-watering milkshake or relax with friends over scrumptious food. Whatever the occasion, you’ll be glad you stumbled across Barker Tea House. The friendly staff and homely feel are the icing on the cake. Cardiff Guide 2018-2019


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Deli Rouge  Location 73 Pen-Y-Wain Road, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 4GG t: 0844 502 5582 w: e:


Head to Deli Rouge and enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine in the sunshine, or huddle up and hide from the rain when the weather isn’t so clement. This hotspot offers quality produce and friendly service in an inviting setting, and is a place to watch the world go by as you tuck into food made fresh to order, including brilliant breakfasts, filled rolls and sumptuous salads served all day. If you’re musically inclined, why not pop down on a Wednesday and enjoy an evening of live acoustic music? You’ll find a delicious range of pinchos on the menu, alongside a selection of beer, cider, wine and a tempting cocktail menu. Staff are always happy to discuss special requirements, including vegetarian and gluten-free options.



Open: Mon & Tues 8.30am-4pm; Weds-Fri 8.30am-4pm, 6pm-9pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Sun 10am-3pm

The deli counters display a delicious range of local and Continental cheese, cooked meat and salami, as well as olives, stuffed peppers and various other antipasti. There are plenty of cakes to delight even the sweetest tooth, in addition to freshly baked bread from a local bakery.

The helpful team is always willing to ensure your visit is memorable for all the right reasons. Come and discover Roath’s hidden gem, whatever the occasion. *Price represents the cost of a sandwich deal and a drink. Café & Deli

Wally’s Delicatessen & Kaffeehaus  Location 38-46 Royal Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1AE t: 0844 502 4421 w: e:


If you’re lingering around Cardiff, a visit to Wally’s Delicatessen should be high on the agenda. This long-established, charming deli has been open for almost 60 years and has since become a Cardiff institution. Inside is an Aladdin’s cave of charcuterie, £12 to cheese, meat and displays brimming with Mediterranean and eastern European food. £24 Here, personal service and a warm welcome are a given, as the experienced team is passionate about what they do. It may be this friendly touch that keeps customers returning. In fact, there are still three members of staff who have been at Wally’s * since it opened in 1981 – a testament to its time-honoured traditions. In 2011, the award-winning Wally’s Kaffeehaus opened upstairs. You’ll discover Continental breakfasts, sandwiches, a takeaway lunch menu, impressive cakes and Delicatessen Open: patisserie, artisan bread and plenty of drinks to accompany the delicious food. The Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm; menu, which also boasts meat and cheese platters, reflects the deli’s eastern European Sat 8.30am-6pm; roots, with open sandwiches made Sun 11am-4pm with bread from the region. The Kaffeehaus Open: range of coffee includes varieties Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm; that are unique to Austria, including Sat 9am-5.30pm; Melange and Einspanner. For a real Sun 11am-3.30pm treat, why not opt for the Viennese afternoon tea? It comprises six assorted Viennese finger sandwiches, a selection of cakes, pastries and tea, so you’re in for a real treat. *Disabled facilities at the delicatessen only. 34

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Kings Head Hotel


 Location 18 Old Market Street, Usk, NP15 1AL t: 0844 625 1163 w: e:


The Kings Head Hotel was established in the 16th century, with the earliest records dating back to 1588. The hotel is set in a rural town in Usk Valley, just 100 yards from River Usk, which is famous for salmon fishing. The bar area, restaurant and bedrooms retain many original features. Guests can either take in the atmosphere of the bar, with its open fire and rustic charm, or enjoy the surroundings of the Lionel Sweet room.

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The hotel prides itself on its excellent food and the atmospheric environment in which it’s served. The experienced chefs strive to accommodate diners with an extensive traditional-style menu and a variety of daily specials. Expect to find dishes such as breaded Camembert with cranberry jam, homemade steak and ale pie, and grilled lamb chops served with mint sauce. Veggies can choose from the vegetable and Stilton crumble or spinach and ricotta pancakes.

Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Holding a spot in the CAMRA Good Sun 11am-10.30pm Beer Guide for over 30 consecutive Food Served: years is proof that the selection of Mon-Sun noon-9pm real ale won’t disappoint. There’s also an extensive range of gin, whisky and a carefully selected wine list – plenty to choose from. No matter what time or day you visit, the front-of-house team will greet you with a warm welcome and make you feel comfortable throughout your stay.

The Six Bells


 Location Penmark, Nr. Barry, CF62 3BP t: 0844 502 3492 w: e:


The Six Bells, now in its tenth year, is located in the village of Penmark in the Vale of Glamorgan, and is the epitome of a traditional community pub. Given that it dates back to the 16th century, it comes as no surprise that the establishment has heaps of character and charm. Sticking to traditional pub values, you’ll find great home-cooked food and a wide range of award-winning real ales, along with friendly hospitality. Inside, there are log fires and a wood-burning stove to snuggle up by in winter, and a bright beer garden to enjoy when the sun shines. The bar and restaurant area have been refurbished; you’ll notice the striking wooden beams as you enter.

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Food-wise, classic dishes and Sunday lunches are served, with meat coming from nearby farms and vegetables sourced locally. You might begin with smoked haddock and spring onion fishcake served with a sweet chilli dressing or perhaps chicken liver and pork pâté with toasted bread and homemade winter berry chutney. To follow, a selection of pub classics vie for your attention – think Food Served: Tues-Sat beer-battered fish and chips, the noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; pub’s signature homemade lasagne Sun noon-4pm and Welsh faggots partnered with creamy mash, seasonal vegetables, and onion gravy. You might round off your delicious banquet with a selection of Welsh cheese and an assortment of biscuits. The function room is ideal for parties, meetings and conferences, and the helpful staff can make sure that everything runs smoothly. Cardiff Guide 2018-2019


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Llanwenarth Hotel

 Location Brecon Road, Llanwenarth, Nr. Abergavenny, NP8 1EP t: 0844 625 6471 e: Nestled amidst rolling countryside in the beautiful Brecon Beacons is the picture-perfect Llanwenarth Hotel. The hotel occupies a stunning 16th-century building on the bank of the River Usk, providing guests with a truly breathtaking setting. The friendly and attentive staff deliver a bill of fare that’s filled with traditional and homemade favourites, including a fantastic Sunday lunch offering. Bar snacks are available at lunchtime and the evening menus are a delight to peruse. All dishes are reasonably priced and don’t compromise on quality. Complete your meal with a dessert from the tempting selection. If you fancy a tipple, pull up a chair in the light, airy conservatory and discover a wealth of choice behind the bar. With plenty of cosy, well-equipped rooms available to book, why not stay a little longer and explore the glorious surrounds?

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Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 5pm-9pm; Sun noon-4pm Traditional

Fox & Hounds

 Location Llanharan Road, Llanharry, CF72 9LL t: 0844 625 6159 w: e: Tucked away in the quaint village of Llanharry is the Fox & Hounds. This dog-friendly establishment is perfect for anyone looking to escape for an afternoon or evening, and has earned an enviable reputation for its delicious fare and exceptional value. Pull up a chair next to the fire in winter or bask in the glorious beer garden in summer and enjoy a hearty meal and a refreshing pint of real ale from the ever-changing selection. The tasty bar snacks prove hard to ignore and make for the perfect treat to share with friends. The menu boasts traditional pub classics alongside vegetarian and vegan options. Expect pork and leek sausages accompanied by mustard mash and onion gravy or breaded scampi teamed with fluffy chips and tartare sauce. As you might expect from a traditional pub, fantastic roasts are served on Sundays, and there are large TV screens for sports as well as a children’s play area to keep little ones amused.

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Open: Mon-Sun noon-midnight Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-9pm; Sun noon-5pm Traditional

Victoria Inn

 Location Sigingstone, Nr. Cowbridge, CF71 7LP t: 0844 502 2630 w: e: In the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan is the Victoria Inn, a much-loved family-run pub and restaurant close to the old market town of Cowbridge and the pretty coastal town of Llantwit Major. Recently refurbished, this traditional country inn provides quality homemade cuisine, locally sourced where possible. Homemade pies, roast lunches and a two-course menu are available daily. Choose from tempting specialities like fish pie, fish pancakes and juicy steaks farmed in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan. Make a special trip for the Friday steak night, well priced at only £12 per person. The Victoria Inn caters for all occasions and welcomes coach parties for functions, while the snug bar has a welcoming wood-burning stove and a dartboard. Free parking and free Wi-Fi make the Victoria Inn the perfect place to stay. Luxury four-star bed and breakfast rooms come with en-suite bathrooms, 40-inch LED televisions and king- or super-king-size beds.

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The Radyr Court Bar & Kitchen


 Location Rachel Close, Danescourt, Cardiff, CF5 2SH t: 0844 625 6179 Following extensive refurbishment, The Radyr Court Bar & Kitchen recently reopened under new management to reveal a dining space that exudes opulence and extends a warm welcome to all who visit. With fresh interiors, the family-run restaurant offers a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere and is located just a short drive from the centre of Cardiff – perfect for those visiting the Welsh capital.

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‘...relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere...’ For peckish guests, starters such as the garlic and Stilton mushroom ciabatta and breaded calamari with lemon mayonnaise go down a treat. Guests can indulge in a variety of dishes for the main course, from classic pub fare to chargrilled steaks, indulgent salads, burgers and more. You’ll be delighted by the quality and range of food on offer at Radyr Court. The beer-battered fish Food Served: and chips accompanied by mushy peas and homemade tartare sauce, as well Tues-Sat noon-9pm; as the sumptuous sirloin steak, Sun noon-4pm are firm favourites, while the juicy burgers and chicken fajitas are guaranteed to satisfy. There are plenty of vegetarian options on offer, including stuffed peppers with couscous, and vegetable fajitas. Enjoy your meal with a drink from the well-stocked bar. The relaxed atmosphere, attentive service and a top-notch selection of food and drinks will ensure that your first visit to Radyr Court won’t be your last. Check out Radyr Court’s Facebook and Instagram for more news and updates.

The Boars Head


 Location Tyla Garw, Pontyclun, CF72 9EZ t: 0844 502 3055 The pleasant Boars Head offers everything that’s sought after in a local pub. Visitors are encouraged to make themselves at home in one of the snug dining areas and admire the beautiful interior, which showcases the pub’s 19th-century heritage. You’ll find a varied menu of beautifully cooked and carefully presented dishes at this welcoming and unassuming venue.

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Here, diners can choose from a wide range of traditional dishes such as steaks, chicken dishes, curries and other familiar classics. My companion and I shared starters of tender crispy chicken strips and a tangy cranberry tart made with soft Brie. Then, our hearty main courses arrived. The New Yorker came as a perfectly cooked chicken breast served in rich, smoky barbecue sauce, while the mushroom and spinach lasagne was wholesome with creamy, rich sauce and a generous cheese topping. We rounded off our meal with a large slice of Open: cheesecake and a crunchy Belgian waffle that hit the spot. Sunday lunches are Mon-Sun noon-9pm also hugely popular with locals and are available at £14 per head for two courses. Whilst this award-winning CAMRA pub offers a vast selection of real ale, visitors can also head to the newly refurbished conservatory to find the pristine coffee bar and sip luxurious lattes. The ambitious Boars Head is a firm favourite on Pontyclun’s dining scene, and provides an ideal spot for an evening pint or afternoon tea and slice of cake. Cardiff Guide 2018-2019



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The Red Lion


 Location Duffryn Road, Llangynidr, Nr. Crickhowell, NP8 1NT t: 0844 502 2621 w: e: The Red Lion is a 15th-century inn situated on the edge of the beautiful Brecon Beacons in the village of Llangynidr. Given the inn’s history, it comes as no surprise that this family-friendly establishment has heaps of character. This traditional haunt offers a wide range of real ale alongside superb home-cooked meals. The interior has open fires to keep visitors warm and cosy throughout winter, while the outside area is idyllic for summery days and long evenings – it even has a children’s play area. For a peaceful meal, dine in the separate restaurant room, which can also be hired for private functions. For those planning to visit for The Red Lion’s popular Sunday roast, making a reservation is encouraged as tables fill fast. The bar area plays host to quiz nights and screens the biggest games on BT and Sky Sports. To round off an altogether lovely experience, stay in one of the reasonably priced rooms.

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The Bush Inn

 Location St Hilary, Nr. Cowbridge, CF71 7DP t: 0844 625 6475 w: e: This quaint, 16th-century inn is a landmark in the village of St Hilary – its charm saw it featured in the BBC’s Sherlock back in 2012. With its flagstone flooring and log-burning fire, The Bush Inn offers a cosy atmosphere, so whether you’re looking for a secluded place to solve a mystery, or simply somewhere to catch up with friends, this historic pub will offer you a warm welcome. The menus boast a wealth of home-cooked dishes and the chef is renowned for his pies and Wellingtons. At lunch, lighter meals like warm goat’s cheese salad, seafood salad and a selection of sandwiches are offered alongside hearty hot meals. In the evening, why not treat yourself to a juicy lamb or beefburger? Alternatively, try their signature pork belly with crackling and local lamb from Chigwell Farm. A range of specials is available every day and the chef has created special gluten-free menus for those with allergies.

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The Cinnamon Tree  Location Tonteg Road, Treforest, CF37 5UA t: 0844 502 9939  Location 173 Kings Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff, CF11 9DE t: 0844 502 9945 w: Arguably one of the best Indian eateries in Wales, The Cinnamon Tree in Treforest has been going strong for over a decade now, and the restaurant in Pontcanna continues to dazzle the tastebuds of diners. At the helm of this family-run business are the Uzzaman brothers, whose dedication to offering nothing but the finest cuisine, as well as impeccable service, is testament to their constant success – anyone who enjoys a good Indian meal need look no further. The Cinnamon Tree boasts a broad, interesting and diverse menu, and you’ll find yourself deliberating over duck, venison, turkey and even ostrich. The fish dishes, such as green fish curry and Goan sea bass cooked in spiced coconut milk are also becoming increasingly popular. The traditional dishes are not to be missed either, with chefs on-hand to provide a meal that’s tailored to your requirements. If you’re new to Indian cuisine, or are simply overwhelmed by the choice, the Uzzaman brothers are willing and able to offer assistance – you may find yourself trying a completely unexpected meal based on your mood and preferences that evening. The Cinnamon Tree has an excellent reputation among Cardiff’s food-lovers, and is known as one of the city’s finest Indian restaurants. However, the history behind the success of this restaurant, which continues to flourish under the careful supervision of the Uzzaman brothers, is a lesser-known story. Their grandfather opened the family’s first restaurant on Woodville Road in Cardiff in the 1960s. A second restaurant, The Roath Tandoori, opened in 1984 and quickly made a name for itself in the area. It was here that Mrs Uzzaman introduced her sons to traditional Indian home cooking, and with her guidance the four brothers learned the art of Indian cuisine. The brothers’ extensive, deep-rooted knowledge of Indian cooking, coupled with their excellent understanding of good customer service, are the ingredients that make The Cinnamon Tree restaurants such a success. With an emphasis on family history and tradition, recipes passed down through generations, and exotic ingredients, The Cinnamon Tree offers exceptional food and an unrivalled atmosphere. It’s easy to see why curry aficionados have taken these restaurants to their hearts. Book a table tonight – The Cinnamon Tree is waiting to welcome you. *Disabled facilities at Treforest restaurant only.

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Treforest Open: Tues-Sat 6pm-10.30pm; Sun 2.30pm-8.30pm Pontcanna Open: Mon-Sat 6pm-11pm; Sun 4pm-10pm

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Indian Empire  Location Parkwall Roundabout, Crick, Nr. Caldicot, NP26 5UT t: 01291 431144 w: e:


For nearly two decades, this regally named restaurant has held its own and won a loyal following of locals and visitors. It’s easy to see why – the venue is just a short drive from the charming town of Chepstow and there’s a lovely ambience to the place, with suitably throne-like chairs, soft lighting and welcoming staff.

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‘...a lovely ambience...’

Open: Mon-Sun 5.30pm-10.30pm

After deliberating over the enormously tempting menu of Indian-Bangladeshi fusion cuisine, the friendly team helped us make those all-important culinary choices. My starter of king prawn chad puri – a pancake filled with coriander, spring onions and spicy sauce, set the bar high. Sizzling aromatic tandoori meats were served to the tables around us, and so my companion had to go for the meat starter from the tandoori grill, which was exceptional.

The chef’s special secret-recipe raita (I detected cumin but the rest will remain a secret) complemented my main dish of fresh fish jalfrezi and fragrant coconut-filled Peshwari naan perfectly. My companion couldn’t resist sampling the prawn karahi dish, which was a flavoursome blend of tomato, garlic, fiery ginger and fresh coriander. We washed it all down with a golden Bangla beer and were impressed with the extensive wine menu. After a tip-top meal, we left feeling fully satisfied. Indian

 Location 28-30 High Street, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2DZ t: 02920 567888 w: e:


Consistently great food and attentive service mean that Bay Leaf, a popular Indian restaurant in Llandaff that’s been open for 16 years, was packed to the rafters on the evening we visited – no mean feat for a Wednesday.

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The waiting staff efficiently served Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine throughout the evening, and responded to the needs of every customer dining at this family-run restaurant. Our waiter, Ridwan, is the son of the owner and excels at front of house; he enthusiastically helped us with the varied choices on the vast menu. We were both comforted by the mixed kufti starter, which was a tasty deep-fried patty of shredded potato, lamb, spices and spinach, bound together with an egg. Uniquely at Bay Leaf, the kufti also contains morsels of tandoori chicken. The owner revealed that some exciting new dishes will shake up the menu to distinguish them further from the chasing pack. I’m a big fan of prawns, and they didn’t disappoint in my king prawn puri starter, or when Open: Sat-Thurs noon-2.30pm, roasted in the clay oven for the 6pm-midnight; nawabi bahar – a curry with spicy Fri 6pm-midnight aubergines, chopped coriander and saffron onion. My partner declared her main dish of Korahi chicken outstanding, with its stealthy kick of spice. To finish, a mango kulfi dessert (creamy Indian ice cream) provided welcome refreshment.


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Empire Restaurant


 Location 157-159 Albany Road, Cardiff, CF24 3NT t: 02920 485959 w: e:


Empire Restaurant is renowned for its exciting flavours, smooth service and relaxed surroundings. All this, coupled with the vast menu of Indian dishes, has ensured that the restaurant has remained a top pick among diners looking to enjoy Indian food in the area.

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We were struck by the bright, contemporary decor of the two dining rooms. The soothing ambience is enhanced by mirrored walls and a mixture of modern and traditional artwork. The cuisine on offer is just like the surroundings, with long-standing chef Abdul Bashor regularly adding new creations to his bill of much-loved fare. After a couple of poppadoms with relish, my partner and I called dibs on our starters but let manager Sami recommend our mains. For me, this meant sheek kebab – minced lamb flavoured with fresh spices, and served with salad Open: Sat-Thurs noon-2.30pm, and chutney – was followed by 6pm-midnight; chicken pathia curry. Strips of Fri 6pm-midnight chicken arrived in a rich, tangy sauce and accompanied by rice, roti – unleavened bread cooked in the tandoor – and a glass of robust house red. My partner enjoyed her starter of spicy deep-fried potato cakes. She then tucked into tender slices of lamb marinated in yoghurt and spices, and a bed of pilau rice. Our meals were sublime and we left Empire fully satisfied and planning our next visit.

Castle Gate


 Location 5 Castle View Shopping Centre, Nantgarw Hill, Caerphilly, CF83 1SN t: 02920 881106 w: e: Twice voted one of the top 100 restaurants in the UK by the British Curry Awards, Castle Gate, sitting on the outskirts of Caerphilly, has upheld a great reputation in the area for serving authentic fare and delicious Sunday buffets. The wide range of cuisine from all across India is freshly cooked by Castle Gate’s experienced head chef and served by friendly and efficient staff in a dining room enlivened by Indian art and music.

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On our evening visit, I was unable to resist the starter named Slay the Dragon – delicious tandoori chicken in a pineapple and honey glaze. My companion declared the melt-in-the-mouth prawns in his Garlic ‘e’ Gujrat the best he’d ever had. Next to arrive was the north Indian garlic chicken curry, comprising slices Open: Mon-Thurs noon-2pm, of tender chicken breast cooked in a rich, fiery sauce with a kick of fresh chillies 5.30pm-11.30pm; and peppers, and accompanied by Fri 5.30pm-midnight; fluffy rice. My companion opted Sat noon-2pm, for gosht kata masala – a generous 5.30pm-midnight; helping of braised lamb in a thick Sun 12.30pm-10.30pm sauce flavoured with onion, garlic, ginger and spices – accompanied by mushroom rice, which was cooked to perfection. Again, both dishes went down a treat and were washed down with a bottle of Cobra beer and jug of refreshing mango lassi, a beautiful yoghurt-based drink. Cardiff Guide 2018-2019


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Salkaara  Location 125 Station Road, Llandaff North, Cardiff, CF14 2FE t: 0844 625 6657 w: e:


You’ll find Salkaara just a short walk from Llandaff train station and a stone’s throw from the district’s famous cathedral. Founded by Santhosh Nair (chef profile page 47), this restaurant recently opened with the aim of offering diners £14 to high-quality Indian cuisine at an affordable price, and has already gained a £28 glowing reputation for its outstanding service. Salkaara’s tasting menus afford diners the chance to sample a variety of Indian dishes and get to know the cuisine. These selections list all the chef’s favourites, with one menu including Kashmiri chicken tikka, pan-seared sea bass served on a bed of curry leaf, and Nadan chicken curry. It’ll be a difficult choice however, as the second tasting menu includes mouth-watering spice-crusted lamb tikka and an aromatic lamb rogan josh. The main menu lists all the classic dishes you would expect from an authentic Open: Indian restaurant, including a Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, chicken tikka masala, tandoori 5pm-11pm salmon and tandoori king prawn. However, guests also have the chance to try some more unusual dishes, such as konju manga curry – tiger prawns simmered in a spicy coconut and mango gravy – or the Indian cheese-based five spice paneer. While Salkaara is a comfortable and modern restaurant, those wishing for a relaxed night in can also purchase their meals to take away. Your first visit to Salkaara is guaranteed to be one of many.



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Gigi Gao’s Favourite Authentic Chinese


 Location 18 & 23 Anchor Court, Swansea, SA1 3XA t: 0844 625 6151 w:


Inspired by the lack of authentic Chinese cuisine in Swansea, founder Gigi Gao made it her mission to change the local Chinese dining culture. Passionate about sharing her love of truly authentic Chinese and providing a memorable dining experience, Gigi Gao’s Favourite Authentic Chinese was born.

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Set in the heart of Swansea Marina, Gigi Gao’s Favourite Authentic Chinese is a stand-out restaurant that very much deserves its prestige. A firm favourite among locals and visitors alike, the restaurant has won plenty of plaudits and accolades, including the coveted title of Best Oriental Restaurant in Wales at The Golden Chopsticks Awards. Once inside, you’ll immediately notice the sound of lively chatter as you take in the stylish furnishings and traditional Chinese decor. Conscious about great quality ingredients, the team at Gigi Gao’s Favourite Authentic Chinese uses the finest produce in its dishes and, unlike many of the UK’s Chinese restaurants, no MSG is added to the food. Whether you’re in the mood for the popular garlic broccoli, yuxiang pork and gong bao chicken, or want to be a little more adventurous and try one of their many specialist dishes like the squirrel sea bass, you won’t be disappointed. The friendly staff are always happy to help the indecisive. With 48 hotpot stations and 14 barbecue pits built into the tables on the first floor, the restaurant brings a welcome touch of authenticity to this beloved cuisine. A wide range of drinks complements the menu, including refreshing cocktails, beer and authentic Chinese tea. Gigi Gao’s garners praise from all who visit. The attentive, knowledgeable team ensures that your every need is catered for, and service always comes with a smile. Combine top-notch service with the stylish surrounds and delicious food and it’s clear to see why Gigi Gao’s has won the hearts of so many loyal patrons. If you’re looking for somewhere to host your next special occasion, Gigi Gao’s offers unique event spaces and can cater for all manner of occasions. From intimate dinners, anniversaries and birthdays to private or corporate celebrations, the team offers a special dining experience that can’t be matched elsewhere.

Open: Mon-Sun 11.30am-10pm

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Bangkok Café


 Location 207 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff, CF11 9AJ t: 0844 625 6837 w:


For a stylish, contemporary dining experience look no further than Bangkok Café. With its sleek booths, bright block colours and minimalist design, the interior of the restaurant is made for the modern diner – even the serving plates fit the café’s vibrant theme. Behind this fashionable aesthetic is a team with years of experience, and as one of the culinary pillars of Cowbridge Road East, Bangkok Café has set the standard for world cuisine in the area.

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‘...fashionable aesthetic...’ Open: Mon-Weds 5.30pm-9.30pm; Thurs noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm; Sun 5.30pm-9.30pm

To begin, try the unforgettable dom yang gung spicy prawn soup, or sample the sticky pork ribs. Vegetarians will be delighted by the flavourful Thai herb and vegetable wraps, which are served with a tamarind sauce.

Mains range from grilled dishes and curries to noodles: the pumpkin curry is ideal for those preferring mild dishes, while the traditional green chicken curry is packed with spice. Other favourites include a classic pad Thai – incorporating soft noodles, stir-fried vegetables and juicy prawns – as well as pla tord, which comprises crispy fried sea bass, golden rice and vegetables. Children can also select a meal from the dedicated kids’ menu. Japanese


 Location 167 Albany Road, Cardiff, CF24 3NT t: 0844 625 6610  Location 201 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff, CF11 9AJ t: 0844 625 6613 w: e: Ichiban in Japanese means ‘number one’, and that’s exactly what this restaurant prides itself on being. With restaurants in Roath and Canton, Ichiban offers truly RC authentic Japanese cuisine in relaxed and friendly surrounds. The charming interior, with Japanese decorations scattered throughout, is complemented by the welcoming Albany Road Open: and attentive staff. The talented kitchen team uses fresh, top-quality ingredients £15 Tues-Thurs noon-2.30pm, to create an extensive menu packed with impressive, beautifully presented dishes. to £30 5.30pm-11pm; Whether you’re a long-term fan of Japanese food or are new to the cuisine, you’re guaranteed to find a range of pleasing dishes, from the delicious seafood ramen and Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, traditional sushi, to the delectable salmon teriyaki and katsu chicken curry. The list of 5.30pm-11.30pm; flavoursome sides will leave you spoilt for choice, boasting the likes of sashimi salad Sun 5.30pm-11pm and deep-fried squid. To finish, treat yourself to one of the many tempting desserts Canton Open: such as deep-fried mango in tempura batter served with maple syrup. Mon-Tues noon-2.30pm, A wide range of drinks complements 5.30pm-11pm; the menu, including Japanese lager Thurs noon-2.30pm, and traditional Japanese sake. 5.30pm-11pm; Should you wish to sample the same Fri-Sun noon-3pm, authentic Japanese cuisine within 5.30pm-11pm the comfort of your own home, you can make the most of the takeaway service at a discounted price. With its friendly atmosphere, authentic Japanese cuisine and attractive prices, it’s easy to see why Ichiban is so well loved in Cardiff. Ro


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Hotpot Spot


 Location The Globe Centre, Unit 19, Albany Road, Cardiff, CF24 3PE t: 0844 625 6614 w: e:


For those looking for a truly authentic Asian meal, look no further than Hotpot Spot. Influenced by the flavours and regions of China, Hotpot Spot offers a unique dining experience. Emulating the popular hotpot dining tradition in China, the Hotpot Spot experience is simple.

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‘...offers a unique dining experience...’ A delicious vegetable and spicy Sichuan broth are delivered to the table as the centrepiece, while guests choose from a traditional selection of meat, seafood, tofu, vegetables and sauces to accompany the broths. Diners can then prepare their meal exactly to their liking. Round off your meal with a delicious dessert such as green tea ice cream and custard bao. Catering for all dietary requirements, Hotpot Spot takes pride in preparing and creating the unique broths fresh every day, using only the finest and freshest ingredients from local suppliers.

Open: Mon-Sat 5pm-10pm; Sun noon-5pm

A superb drink selection complements the food offering, including a range of Asian teas, spirits, and beers, and the knowledgeable staff will ensure you choose the perfect pairing for your meal. Having only opened in the summer of 2018, Hotpot Spot is already making waves in Cardiff and further afield. This is the ideal destination for social dining and makes for a unique experience with friends and family.

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 Location Unit 16, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff, CF10 5BZ t: 0844 502 5528 w: e:


If you’re feeling peckish but can’t decide what type of food you fancy, the renowned JRC Buffet is the place for you. Housed within the striking Mermaid Quay, which is perched along Cardiff Bay, this newly refurbished eatery captivates diners with its spacious interior and unrivalled food options. Arrive with an appetite, as diners can expect to undergo a culinary journey from the depths of America to the tropics of Thailand.



Menus change regularly, adapting to suit the season’s offerings, and include over 200 dishes. You could dine on sticky ribs coated in a delicious Brazilian glaze or dim sum, before tucking into a creamy Goan fish curry or Italian pizza. If you’re a sweet-toothed fiend, why not finish your feast by sampling from the delicious range of desserts, which includes a magnificent chocolate fountain? Buffets are interspersed with cooking stations, where guests can witness Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, passionate chefs cooking fresh 5.30pm-10.30pm; fare before their very eyes, adding Sat noon-11pm; to the friendly atmosphere these Sun noon-10.30pm restaurants boast. All of this is available at excellent value for money and under one roof. Travelling foodies will also be delighted to discover that the Cardiff restaurant is just one of numerous JRC Global Buffets in the UK. *Price represents the cost of an evening buffet. Cardiff Guide 2018-2019


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Jonathan Lewis – The Black Rabbit – Pg 9 Jonathan Lewis takes great satisfaction from seeing diners leave The Black Rabbit with smiles on their faces thanks to his delectable food. Growing up, he recalls fond memories of watching his grandad cook and remembers him struggling to get Yorkshire puddings to rise.

‘...delectable food...’ Since then, Jonathan has worked under some of the best chefs across the UK, including in London, before returning home to Laleston in South Wales to open his own restaurant with his partner Charlotte. Jonathan believes that the togetherness of your kitchen team comes above all else and he enjoys having a pint with his team after a tough day at work. It comes as no surprise that the recently opened Black Rabbit is already making waves under the stewardship of Jonathan Lewis.

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Clive Williams – Parkway Hotel & Spa – Pg 13 Clive Williams learned his trade during an apprenticeship at The Woodlands Tavern in Llanvair Discoed. At the tender age of 15, Clive relished the opportunity to work under one of the best chefs in the area, Robert James.

‘...two AA rosettes...’ These days, Clive heads up the kitchen at Ravellos restaurant at the Parkway Hotel & Spa, where he delights diners with his fantastic dishes. He says his cooking style is rooted in French cuisine, but he applies his own British and Welsh style to the dishes he crafts. He loves the creative aspect of being a chef, and the thrill of creating something delicious from the endless flavour combinations that are possible. To be a chef, Clive explains that you need to be completely dedicated and constantly strive to improve. This passion has earned Clive two AA rosettes at Ravellos, which he and his team have retained since 2016.

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Shaun Hill – The Walnut Tree – Pg 15 Shaun’s passion for food and drink led him to pursue a culinary career, and he trained at Carrier’s restaurant in Islington. Shaun has come a long way since his training days, and now runs The Walnut Tree in Llanddewi Skirrid where he creates outstanding cuisine that’s garnered much critical acclaim.

‘...outstanding cuisine...’ Among other accolades, The Walnut Tree has retained a Michelin star for the past nine consecutive years, testament to the drive and talent of Shaun and his team. For Shaun, the quality of the ingredients he uses is paramount, and he takes care to source the finest produce around. He loves being based in Wales due to the fantastic ingredients available on his doorstep, including local lamb. He’s also released several cookery books, including Salt is Essential and How to Cook Better, which continue to inspire new cooks.


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Matthew Waldron – Park House – Pg 16

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Starting out washing dishes, Matthew soon got a buzz from watching the kitchen team at work and realised he wanted to be a part of the action. Since then, he has worked in some of the best restaurants across the country, before being appointed as head chef at Park House Restaurant & Wine Bar in 2018. Championing local and seasonal ingredients, Matthew doesn’t like to overcomplicate his dishes, preferring to let the main ingredients shine through.

‘...a Michelin star and five AA rosettes...’ Having previously been part of a team that achieved a Michelin star and five AA rosettes, he is excited to see what the future holds for his talented team at Park House. Matthew is no stranger to the pressure of a full restaurant and thoroughly enjoys the buzz of leaving customers satisfied, no matter how busy the service.

Ryan Mitchell – Chapel 1877 – Pg 17

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When he was younger, Ryan was fascinated by watching his father cook and always wanted to lend a hand. Now, he is teaching his own children to cook and is head chef at Chapel 1877. Once he began training at the renowned Celtic Manor, working alongside equally dedicated chefs, Ryan never looked back.

‘...always supports local traders...’ Ryan’s dishes are classic yet incorporate modern techniques, and make the most of local, seasonal ingredients in order to create something special. Suppliers are chosen based on the quality of their product to ensure only the best ingredients make it through the kitchen doors. Wales has some of the best produce, including lamb, beef and fish, and in all cases, Ryan always supports local traders. Cooking for Michel Roux Jr on MasterChef: The Professionals is high on his list of most memorable cooking experiences; receiving positive feedback from Michel was a triumph Ryan won’t forget.

Santhosh Nair – Salkaara – Pg 42

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Growing up in Kerala, Santhosh was first introduced to cooking by his grandmother and uses influences from his upbringing to create unique dishes that can’t be found in typical Indian restaurants. Santhosh has worked in restaurants around the world for the past 22 years, from Kerala to Dubai.

‘...signature dishes...’ Now, Santhosh brings his experience and extraordinary talent to the kitchen at the recently opened Salkaara. His innovative signature dishes are carefully crafted using local ingredients combined with fresh, South Indian influences. Santhosh believes it’s his duty to bring happiness and health to his guests’ tables, and he enjoys seeing the happy faces of diners after they’ve indulged in plates prepared with love and enthusiasm. Judging by Salkaara’s glowing reviews, he’s certainly doing a good job.

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Index Anderson’s at The Waterloo – Newport..................22

Heaney’s – Cardiff ..................................................5

Anna Loka – Cardiff .............................................32

Heathcock – Cardiff................................................7

Bangkok Café – Cardiff ........................................44

Hotpot Spot – Cardiff ...........................................45

Barker Tea House – Cardiff ...................................33

Ichiban – Cardiff ..................................................44

Bay Leaf – Cardiff ................................................40 Bell at Skenfrith, The – Skenfrith..........................12 Bill’s Cardiff Bay – Cardiff ...................................28 Bill’s Cardiff Central – Cardiff ..............................28 Bistrot Pierre – Cardiff, Newport, Mumbles ..........20 Black Rabbit, The – Laleston ..................................9

Indian Empire – Crick ..........................................40 JRC Global Buffet – Cardiff ..................................45 Junction 28 – Newport .........................................14 Kings Arms – Cardiff ............................................26 Kings Head Hotel – Usk........................................35

Boars Head, The – Pontyclun ................................37

La Cuina – Cardiff ................................................18

Bunch of Grapes – Pontypridd ...............................12

Llanerch Restaurant – Hensol ...............................11

Bush Inn, The – St Hilary .....................................38

Llanwenarth Hotel – Llanwenarth .........................36

Butterflies Bar & Kitchen – Blaenavon ..................25

Mr Villa’s – Barry ................................................18

Caeffatri Bar & Grill, The – Bridgend....................30

Old Rectory Country Hotel, The – Llangattock .......10

Caesars Arms – Cardiff.........................................19

Oriel – Cardiff ......................................................33

Cameo Pontcanna – Cardiff ..................................21

Park House Restaurant & Wine Bar – Cardiff ........16

Cameo Wellfield Road – Cardiff ............................21 Casa Mia – Caerphilly ..........................................24 Cast Iron Bar & Grill – Chepstow ..........................31 Castle Gate – Caerphilly .......................................41 Castle Inn, The – Usk ...........................................29

Parkway Hotel & Spa – Cwmbran .........................13 Peppers – Aberdare ..............................................14 Pizzeria Villaggio – Cardiff ..................................24 R.P. Culley & Co at The Exchange Hotel – Cardiff ....8

Chapel 1877 – Cardiff ..........................................17

Radyr Court Bar & Kitchen, The – Cardiff .............37

Chapter Arts Centre – Cardiff ...............................32

Red Lion, The – Llangynidr ...................................38

Charlston’s Steakhouse – Cardiff...........................25

Riverside Wine Bar, The – Chepstow .....................29

Cinnamon Tree, The – Treforest, Cardiff.................39

Salkaara – Cardiff ................................................42

Cripple Creek Inn, The – Bryngwyn .......................15

Seren Diemwnt – Cardiff.........................................6

Crumbs Kitchen – Cardiff .....................................32

Six Bells, The – Penmark ......................................35

Curado – Cardiff...................................................24

Smoke House, The – Cardiff..................................26

Deli Rouge – Cardiff .............................................34 Elgano – Cardiff ...................................................22 Empire Restaurant – Cardiff .................................41 Etc – Penarth .......................................................31 Fox & Hounds – Llanharry....................................36 Gigi Gao’s Favourite Authentic Chinese – Swansea ... 43

Sosban – Llanelli ....................................................7 Stanley’s Bistro – Cardiff......................................21 Three Salmons Hotel, The – Usk .............................6 Vegetarian Food Studio – Cardiff ..........................26 Victoria Inn – Sigingstone ....................................36

Gin & Juice – Cardiff ............................................30

Wally’s Delicatessen & Kaffeehaus – Cardiff ..........34

Giovanni’s – Cardiff ..............................................23

Walnut Tree, The – Llanddewi Skirrid ...................15

Gliffaes Country House Hotel – Crickhowell.............5

Welsh Banquet – Cardiff Castle – Cardiff ..............14

Hanson at the Chelsea – Swansea..........................10

Zerodegrees – Cardiff ...........................................27


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