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 (and with free parking after 6pm and on Sundays) – 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.