Cardiff is a buzzing city with an ever-growing food and drink scene. With so many places to dine, we’ve rounded up the capital’s top spots for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you can feast like a king from dawn ‘til dusk and lap up the fantastic range of foodie experiences the city offers.
Pen Y Lan Pantry
This deli-café was born from owners Mel and Jo’s passion for simple, honest food. Huge amounts of enthusiasm are invested in the menu, excellent service and hand-picked products. Visit for breakfast and enjoy healthy yet tasty options such as trendy overnight oats, smashed avocado on toast, and cheese on toast with black pudding. With supper clubs, tapas nights, and cheese tasting to add to the agenda, you’ll wish you lived just down the road.
Just next door to the award-winning Arbennig restaurant in Cardiff is the new family-owned Arbennig Food Emporium. Arbennig means special in Welsh, and this deli-café is just that. Owner John Cook and his wife Ceri scour Wales and the South West for delicious local ingredients to fill the shelves and menu. Breakfast (served 10am-1pm) here consists of perhaps corned beef hash and fried eggs and not-to-be-missed sandwiches made with John’s hand stretched focaccia.
An intimate haven, Deli Rouge offers quality produce and friendly service in an informal and inviting setting. It’s a place to unwind and watch the world go by as you immerse yourself in food made fresh to order, including brilliant breakfasts offered until 12.30pm. Think homemade museli and granola, eggs Benedict, veggie breakfast roll and a Full Monty roll.
Etc. Penarth have just launched a new lunch menu, available Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12-6pm. The beauty and quality of the dishes showcase the passion of the team and are made all the more impressive by the reasonable. The venue itself is just a beautifully decorated and whether it’s lunch with the girls or a romantic date with your partner: Etc. really is the perfect venue.
Wally’s Delicatessen and Kaffehaus
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. You’ll discover Continental breakfasts, sandwiches, a takeaway lunch menu, impressive cakes and patisserie, artisan bread and plenty of drinks to accompany the delicious food.
Lunchtime visitors can choose from the excellent value prix-fixe menu, which showcases the likes of toasted brioche topped with mushrooms to begin, and pan-fried fishcakes and vegetarian risotto filled with peas, courgette and wilted spinach for the main event. Finish on a sweet note with warm chocolate torte, or alternatively opt for the cheeseboard – a medley of French cheese accompanied by biscuits, celery and red onion chutney.
Llanerch Vineyard Restaurant & Bistro
At Llanerch Vineyard everything, including the service, is executed to the highest standard. A refined evening menu can be had in the restaurant overlooking the vineyard, or if you’re after a more laid-back affair then head the bistro to sample delights whilst soaking up the atmosphere on the terrace (weather permitting).
Holm House is a rather grand yet cosy boutique hotel based in the heart of tranquil Penarth. The Welsh Room Restaurant at Holm House, which is centred on Welsh, seasonal produce, is where head chef Mike Evans and his team source local ingredients and craft daily changing menus to reflect the freshest ingredients. The various menus are loaded with delightful dishes using the best meat, game, fish, seafood and veggies Wales has to offer.
The Celtic Manor Resort
Host to both the 2010 Ryder Cup and the 2014 NATO summit, the Celtic Manor Resort was designed with regal luxury in mind. A visit to this elegant hotel is the perfect way to indulge, especially given its penchant for fine food and drink. Steak on Six, Cen or the award-winning Epicure restaurants offer different yet dazzling dining experiences to remember.
Our brand new Cardiff Food & Drink Guide is out soon – keep your eyes peeled.