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The Old Cottage: Escape to the Country...
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.
The Pendragon: Great food...
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.
The Pentre Gwilym: Good value for money
The Pentre Gwilym is a lovely Gastro-pub situated in Thornhill at the foot of Caerphilly mountain in the heart of the Countryside. The stylish building used to be a private residence but since has been transformed into a large eating and drinking establishment with a lovely beer garden, lounge with WIFI, large eating areas and a Childrens play area (Fuzzy Ed's) upstairs.
Many of the meals are on offer at 2 for £9.99 - a symbol on the menu denotes this, there are some that are not included in this offer. There is a wide choice of meals on offer and also a very good childrens menu which includes some healthier options rather than the standard chicken nuggets & chips.
Favorite Dish: The lamb shank with mint sauce is very nice indeed.
Terra Nova: All aboard.....
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.
Pubs/Bars: All Good Value.
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 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.
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)
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
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)
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.
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 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.
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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Plymouth Arms: Excellent Pub Grub
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.
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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