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    The Old Cottage: Escape to the Country...

    by Myfanwe Updated Jul 26, 2009

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    The Cottage is a delightful little pub set in the leafy suburb of Thornhill/Lisvane, North Cardiff. The entrance to Cefn Onn Country park is close by & offers fabulous walks in the glorious Countryside South Wales has to offer. A drink or a meal in the Cottage is an ideal way to end an energetic walk in Cefn Onn.

    The bar meals here are very good and there is a varied menu to choose from; they currently offer a selection of main meals at £7 for two if ordered before 7pm; they also have grill night on a Tuesday and Curry Night on a Thursday, offering a meal and a drink for £5.99 - bargain!!. The Cottage also has a lovely beer garden for you to enjoy your meal 'al fresco' if the weather is kind enough that is!

    If you're visiting the City Centre and fancy a drink in a country pub, the Lisvane/Thornhill Train station is just across the road from the Cottage & the journey takes about 10-15 minutes from the centre. (Rhymney/Caerphilly Train).

    There is no childrens menu on offer here.

    Favorite Dish: I had lasagne, salad & garlic bread - this was one of the meals on offer before 7pm, it was delicious.

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    The Pendragon: Great food...

    by Myfanwe Written Jul 24, 2009

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    The Pendragon is a fabulous pub located in Thornhill, North Cardiff. It is owned by Brains Breweries who have a very good reputation for the fine, locally produced meals which are served in their establishments. The Pendragon is located a little way off the main road and is surrounded by lovely grounds which provide a relaxing setting on a summers evening. I've tried lots of the dishes here and have not been disappointed once. The Sunday lunches here are very good indeed and also very popular, it is wise to book a table in advance to avoid being turned away hungry.

    Favorite Dish: Welsh beef curry is very nice as are the Sunday roasts.

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    Plymouth Arms: Excellent Pub Grub

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Apr 29, 2009

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    Lovely 19th century building
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    In the heart of one of Cardiff's most beautiful little villages, St. Fagan's, lies one of the City's prettiest pubs serving the best of local "grub" to nourish the heart and the soul.

    We arrived at the Plymouth Arms on a unique April day - twenty degrees of lovely Welsh sunshine and clear blue skies, disturbed only by the slightest spring breeze. As we pulled into the carpark and disembarked from the car I noted, with pleasure, the outside tables that dotted the gardens and the umbrellas to provide shade from the sun.

    As there were bees buzzing around we decided to eat inside and I was equally pleased by the dark period interior.

    Because everything appears to be so upmarket I expected table service, but after sitting there for fifteen minutes I decided to check and discovered that you must first order from the bar. On placing your order you are given a numbered wooden spoon which you bring back to your table - this helps the staff identify you when they bring the food.

    Favorite Dish: As it was such a wonderful day I decided to have a salad and so opted for the cold seafood platter. It was very nice - not too large as some of these can be, and with four different types of seafood plus salads. The fish consisted of smoked peppered mackerel, warm barbecued salmon, diced lobster in a marie rose sauce and prawns in a similar sauce. It was nice, but nothing special and you would need a starter or dessert to feel full if it's to be your main meal of the day.

    I did indeed have dessert, and this made up in every way for any disappointment in the salad. It was a hot apple, honey and gooseberry crumble with vanilla ice cream and a little side dish of custard. It was so hearty, so tasting of home cooking, and so absolutely flavoursome that I devoured it.

    I think perhaps I just made a poor choice with the salad, as my three companions hot meals looked more appetising - although I'm not a great fan of meat chips and peas or fish chips and peas. I would certainly come back again, though.

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    Pubs/Bars: All Good Value.

    by mustertal Updated Mar 3, 2008

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    Watching football in the Cio Arms

    I highly recommend that you try the many pub's and restaurant's just a few yard's outside the Campsite gates on Cathedral Road, they are,

    The Beverley =Pub/food/hotel
    The Cyio Arm's= Pub/food/hotel
    Y Mochyn Du=pub/food
    The Halfway=pub/food.
    The American diner.
    Italian coffee bar.

    All of which I can recommend they all have good local beer and a good wine selection, plus local produce and food on offer.

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    Terra Nova: All aboard.....

    by Myfanwe Updated Feb 29, 2008

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    Ship ahoy......
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    The Terra Nova is situated in the centre of Mermaid Quay on the waterfront in Cardiff Bay. The shape of the building resembles a huge ship, it is aptly named after the ship on which Captain Scott set sail for the Antarctic from Cardiff docks on 15 June 1910. The rooms inside the pub are immense, there are nooks & crannies everywhere with lovely comfortable seated areas and outside balconies overlooking the bay. Terra Nova was taken over by the Brains Breweries in 2003 as well as selling our very own Brains Beer, the Brains pubs have a reputation for serving very good food. From the website below you can have a sneak preview at the menu which caters for every taste using a selection of locally produced foods - I'm tempted by the Welsh rarebit!! Terra Nova is open from 10am to 10pm, Children are allowed in until 7pm or 9pm if dining.

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    Y Mochyn Du (the Black Pig): Y Mochyn Du (the Black Pig)

    by NicholaH Written Oct 18, 2007

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    Y Mochyn Du (the Black Pig) is a very Welsh pub/restaurant, located a stone's throw from the Sophia Gardens Sports Centre. It has great character, with wood panelling on stone walls and little alcoves.

    Welsh speaking staff and locals

    The building was once the Lodge for the Castle, then offices before becoming the Lodge pub in around 1994. Renamed to the Mochyn Du in 2002.
    The restaurant serves a good range of food, with specials and Sunday roasts.

    It attracts a real mix of characters, from rugby and football players to BBC and S4C workers. They sponsor Robert Croft, captain of Glamorgan Cricket Team.

    Live entertainment includes Welsh folk music, Welsh quizzes, and even opera. They support 3 Welsh choirs

    Favorite Dish: real Welsh ale

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    Blah Blah's Pub: Delicious Baguettes!

    by lolitajane Updated Jul 10, 2003

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    Me at the bar

    I'd say this is not a traditional pub but a modern one, with very colourful & patchwork-like walls and trendy items of furniture. Good atmosphere & nice music. A good place to have a nice time. Stays open late.

    Favorite Dish: Good meals for low prices...My favourite was Cheese & tuna baguette...Yum, yum!

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    Waterguard: Waterguard - Great for Pub Sunday Lunch

    by CarolynShort Written Mar 18, 2003

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    Good pub, next to Cardiff Bay, near Visitor's Centre and Norwegian Church. Was impressed recently by their Sunday lunches - traditional Beef and yorkshire pudding with roast potatoes and vegetables, accompanied by a selection of newspapers to browse through at your leisure. (Doesn't open till 12pm on Sunday)

    Favorite Dish: Roast Sunday Dinner... they do other stuff too (but didn't pay too much attention)

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    Rummer's Tavern

    by Beach_dog Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Rummer's Tavern
    I've not been here for a couple of years, but I am told you will get a good pub lunch here. I've only suggested it because I like the photo.

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    Traveller's Rest: Traveller's Rest

    by Liz10052 Written Aug 26, 2002

    We stumbled upon this pub by complete accident. We had driven outside of Cardiff in search of Caerphilly Castle (which we finally found, in the dark, and was beautiful!), and on the way back to Cardiff we were trying to find somewhere to eat. Luckily, the Traveller's Rest appeared almost out of nowhere. It was very welcoming, although quite crowded. Low ceilings, table tucked away in cozy corners. It was a great experience.

    Favorite Dish: I think I had some sort of Italian dish, which was good. Also, my sister ordered fish and chips, which turned out to be a HUGE portion! For dessert, the profiteroles were yummy :-)

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    The White Hart: The oldest pub in Cardiff Docks

    by percy961 Updated Nov 17, 2005

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    The White Hart

    Local pub full of Local Characters. It started life as a small pub in 1855. In 1896, a new version of the pub was built next door. This is the facade you see now. The old pub became a shop

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    The White Hart: The oldest pub in Cardiff Docks

    by percy961 Written Nov 17, 2005

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    The White Hart

    Local pub full of Local Characters. It started life as a small pub in 1855. In 1896, a new version of the pub was built next door. This is the facade you see now. The old pub became a shop

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    The White Hart: The oldest pub in Cardiff Docks

    by percy961 Written Nov 17, 2005

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    The White Hart

    Local pub full of Local Characters. It started life as a small pub in 1855. In 1896, a new version of the pub was built next door. This is the facade you see now. The old pub became a shop

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