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The Crockerton: Reliable
The Crockerton is a Lloyds No.1 Bar on Greyfriars Road in the center of Cardiff and one of 5 Wetherspoons pubs in the centre of Cardiff, Not quite as busy as the Prince of Wales and close to the Theatres.
It is clean and tidy and like all Wetherspoons pubs does nice food that is consistent and reliable as well as having some great offers.
The Website says:
Until the late 19th century, the area around this pub had been known for centuries as Crockerton or Crockherbtown.
Crockherbtown Lane, running parallel with Queen Street, is Cardiff's busiest shopping area. Until 1887, Queen Street was called Crockerton Street, after the district here known in the Middle Ages as Crockerton and later as Crockherbtown. It is likely that it got its unusual name from the pot, or crock, herbs cultivated by the monks of Greyfriars. Today, the narrow Crockherbtown Lane is almost the only reminder of this ancient area of Cardiff.
Mon - Thu: 8am to 2am
Fri - Sat: 8am to 2.30am
Sun: 8am to 12am
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The Duke of Wellington: Very Nice Pub
The Duke of Wellington Cardiff is situated on the Hayes in the centre of Cardiff, It is a really nice pub, great to just call in for a drink or lunch while shopping in st. Davids shopping centre, its not a large pub (not as big as it looks from outside) but it serves a nice range of drinks ( The Hot Chocolate sounded lovely) and a nice looking menu for shopping snacks or a meal after work!
We have called in for a drink after looking round the shops a couple of times!
Mon to Wed 10:00 - 23:00
Thur to Sat 10:00 - 00;00
Sun 10:00 - 22:30
Food Served :
Mon to Sat 10:00 - 20:00
Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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The Butcher's Arms: beat the credit crunch
Every Friday there is a market held in the morning
Good bargain offers.
Monday -Thursday 12 noon-9pm
Friday-Saturday 12 noon -10pm
Sunday 12 noon -6 pm - carvery £6.95 , and main menu
offers include :
two meals for £6.99
Curry with naan bread, poppadums rice, chips and mango chutney plus free drink
Favorite Dish: Haddock served with chips, peas, bread and butter and a cup of tea/coffee for£3.25
Duke of Wellington: Perfect Brunch!
I stopped in this lovely cosy pub for brunch. I missed the scanty breakfast at the hostel and the usual coffee chain shops were very busy with the Sunday Christmas shoppers! I've came across this pub which offered a breakfast menu and it wasn't that busy yet so I thought 'Why not?.
I had a wonderful vegetarian breakfast for my brunch. It cost me 8.83 gpb (December 2012) including coffee and toast. I was tempted to try some mulled wined but declined as it was too early and expensive.
I loved the pub's cosy ambiance with its wooden pannelling and comfy seats. I would be happy to return there although I imagine the pub would be considerably busier from lunch times. My preference is quiet pubs!
Favorite Dish: I ordered a vegetarian breakfast which consist of vegetarian sausages, hash browns, eggs, beans, tomatoes and mushrooms. This was accompanied by toast and coffee.
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Coach & Horses: Beefeater
Family restaurant that operates under the Beefeater chain belonging to the Premier Inn Stable. The Coach & Horses in Castleton is Grade II listed as a "prominent sited inn of eighteenth century origin". The inn was used by the mail coach on its way from London to Fishguard. The inn is a typical beefeater, the bar staff were very polite and the atmosphere cosy.
Sunday to Saturday: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Favorite Dish: 10 oz Rump Steak with Battered Onion Rings and Spicy Fries – £10.99
Fosters Shandy - £3.00
Plymouth Arms, St Fagans: Old Country Pub with Great Food
Lovely period pub and restaurant in the village of St Fagan's, next door to the Welsh National History Museum. The interior is full of character with old beams, lived-in comfortable furniture and plenty of cosy nooks and crannies. There are nice touches, such as the cutlery being kept in old enamelled kitchen jugs. Because the restaurant is part of a pub, there is plenty of beer and wine available too.
The Plymouth Arms has an impressive dinner menu, very big indeed, covering a variety of tastes and nationalities. Main dishes are approx. £8-£12. They also have a Monday to Saturday lunchtime menu, which is very good value at £8 for two courses. When we visited they also had several special vegetarian dishes, ranging from spinach pasta, to aubergine curry, to goat's cheese 'wellington'. I was particularly intrigued because they serve 'gipsy tart', which I used to make as a child (and have never seen in a restaurant). The food was nicely presented, well cooked and tasty.
Just down the road is the main pedestrian entrance to the open-air Welsh National History Museum and St Fagans Castle.
Pub Wetherspoon Central Bar: Pub Wetherspoon Central Bar
Wetherspoon is a chain pub but we’ve read some good things about it so we visited it. Although there are many Wetherspoon pubs in Cardiff this one is called The Central Bar because it recalls the Central Congregational Chapel that was built on this site in 1901, turned into synagogue in 1918 and rebuilt in the 50s. It’s a Wetherspoons pub since 2002.
Once inside we noticed how big it is but it was packed with people, we were tired of walking in the city and we didn’t really want to search for another pub but hopefully another couple just left so we grabbed the table! There are extra table upstairs.
We ordered a vegetable burger (£5.10 including a pint of lager beer) which was ok.
The other main was a Chicken thai nuddle (£5.10), a salad and a bowl of chips which was good.
We washed them down with Diet coke (£1.65) and beer.
They also serve gourmet burgers (£6.59 includes 6beer-battered whole onion rings and a drink), many steaks and grills(£6.59-9.40), toasties, wraps and paninis, and several mains(£3.10-7.10), welsh classics, salads and noodles & pastas.
For desserts they have jam roly poly(£2.10), fruit salad & yoghurt(£2.10), Belgian waffle with icecream(£2.30), warm chocolate fudge cake(£3.10), vanilla cheesecake(£3.30)
It’s open daily 8.00-00.00 (fri&sat till 1.00am)
O’Neill’s pub: O’Neill’s pub
O’Neill’s pub is one of these big chain pubs that luck of character but usually they have cheap food and drinks.
It is housed on an old building (pic 1) and once inside we were impressed of how big it was but the biggest surprised was that it was crowded, although at the end we found a free table next to the window so we could watch the people passing by (pic 3)
There are some special offers like two meals for £8 but also some dishes during lunch for £3.49 (Shepherd’s Pie, chicken & mushroom crockpot, irish sausages & colcannon, cod & prawn fishcakes, sweet popato, spinach & leek tart, tomato & garlic chicken, simply burger)
We ordered the Simply Burger(80z irish beef burger in a soft sourdough bun with mayo) that came with a tasty potato and the Tomato & Garlic Chicken (a chicken breast topped with tomato & garlic sauce, served with baby potatoes and peas)
The menu has a lot of sandwiches with chips or salad (£3.50-5.50), jackek potatoes with several fillings (£3.80-4), some gourmet burgers (£5-6.50), steaks and grills, fish dishes, side plates (£1-2), small plates and shares (£2-3)
There are also a lot of live sessions every night with cover bands, acoustic duo etc
Owain Glyndwr: Owain Glyndwr
Owain Glyndwr is a nice Pub that faces St John church and that was the main reason we decided to get inside here because there was a free table next to the window so we could see the people passing by! Although it seems a traditional bar there is a large dining room and some extra seating upstairs. There were some TV screens playing sports but there is a dj on Friday & Saturday nights. Earlier in the day was more peaceful and we enjoyed it.
It’s one of the oldest pubs in the city as it dates back from 1731! (although it had different names in the past). Owain Glyndwr was a Welsh Independence fighter against English in 15th century.
We took advantage of the offer (2 meals for £8) and ordered a Mediterranean Vegetable Lasagne (it was very nice served with a salad garnish and garlic bread) and Thai Green Chicken Curry (chunks of tender chicken with pak choy, green pepper & spinach in a rich sauce, served with rice, naan bread, poppadum and mango chutney). They have a lot of starters, burgers and many other meals.
We washed them down with a pint of lager beer and later we ordered 2 desserts (for £3.95 both) an apple tarte and a chocolate cake with ice cream (pic 5)
On Wednesday they have Grill Night! For £14.95 you can order 2 grills (each one costs £8-10 anyway) and a bottle of wine!
They have hot drinks at £1.50 all day and the breakfast (including a drink) costs £6
It’s open daily 11-23.30 (Thursday till 00.00, fri-sat till 02.00)
The Cayo: Good food!
The selection of food at this pub was wonderful. I took ages looking over the menu and considering what the many options were that I could easily chosen to eat - in fact, I could have chosen to eat about half the menu!!
We ate here during the evening. A group of 6 of use having spent a lovely day wandering the streets of Cardiff and visiting the Bay before taking a gentle stroll alongside the River Taff.
Favorite Dish: I had the Chicken Windsor (we ate here during the lead-up to the Royal Wedding) which was served with a lemon and tarragon sauce, crushed potatoes and a salad. I really enjoyed it, but would have liked a little more sauce.
Terranova: Good selection
Surrounded by the offerings of Cardiff Bay, Terranova is one of a number of restaurants that are located here.
This bar/restaurant has a great menu which offers a wide selection of dishes to suit all palates.
Favorite Dish: Vicki had the pie platter - which looked very nice, whilst I enjoyed the pork and sage burger which was served with a pleasant coleslaw.
The Ffynnon Wen: Great value for money
The Ffynnon Wen is a lovely gastro-pub, situated in the leafy suburbs of Cardiff - just five miles away from the City Centre. The old farm cottage buildings have been transformed on the interior to provide a nice comfortable setting for a quiet drink or one of their lovely meals. There is an extensive menu, I was tempted by quite a few dishes but finally opted for the Combo to share for starters and the Lamb Kofta meatballs for the main course. Gareth had the rump steak which looked very nice indeed. The meals are excellent value for money as all of the main meals are 'two for one'.
The Nine Giants: Great value, tasy food
The Nine Giants is a fabulous gastro-pub situated in the Llanishen/Thornhill area of Cardiff. It is part of the sizzling steak chain so they specialize in sizzling dishes of all varieties and all shapes and sizes!
The meals are great value and start from as little as £3.99. They also do various special offers during the week.
The Nine Giants is very popular in the summer as it has a great beer garden. Even though is is close to the main road, the garden is surrounded by some lovely tree species.
On my last visit, I had the Ultimate Combo with a side order of Onion rings and pepper sauce - it was delicious.
The Beverly Pub and Hotel: Nice terrace ambience
This little hotel and pub was just down the street from our hotel on Cathedral Road so we stopped in for a light meal one evening. Since I don’t even remember what we ate, I can’t say it was a most memorable meal, but I do recall that we were satisfied with the meal and enjoyed sitting on the terrace enjoying the nice evening. It is not a fancy place and as it is a hotel also there are tourists there but there were also a lot of apparently locals who stopped for a beer. I would go back.
Rummer's Tavern: Good cheap pub
This little pub is just across from Cardiff Castle so we wandered in after a visit there. I expected it to be a bit touristy but the food was quite good and reasonably priced. My wife had a cheddar and chutney baguette and I had fish and chips. We washed it down with a Magness pear cider and a Hancock's beer. The food was quite good and the cost for all of it was only a little over 12 GBP. I think it was a good deal.
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