5 OF THE BEST: CATHEDRAL ROAD
With its proximity to Cardiff’s stadia, Cathedral Road bustles with new and exciting food opportunities. Megan Thomas picks out the best spots amidst the old Victorian houses.
THE PONTCANNA INN
Formerly the Cayo Arms, The Pontcanna Inn does a little bit of everything. Whether it’s a hearty Sunday lunch and a few craft beers you’re looking for, or a spot to watch sporting events with a barbeque on the terrace, the Pontcanna Inn keeps things simple whilst still offering impressive, healthy and unique standard of food.
36 Cathedral Rd, Cardiff. Info: 029 2023 2917 / www.pontcannainn.com
In the morning Brava, a café just off Cathedral Road, is an ideal breakfast spot. Throughout the day, more options become available, with specials that change daily. Then, after 6pm, the star of the show: out comes the stone-baked artisan pizza.
71 Pontcanna Street, Cardiff. Info: 029 2037 1929 / www.bravacardiff.co.uk
Italian restaurant Elgano’s kitchen is the flavour-fuelled workspace of Chef Pietro, one of Cardiff’s most renowned masters of Italian cuisine. Elgano is suitable for satiating the simplest of needs, like a craving for a delicious bowl of pasta. But it is also available for private dining experiences, with special menus and the opportunity to meet the chef.
58 Cathedral Road, Cardiff. Info: 029 2034 4060 / www.elgano.co.uk
Just off Cathedral Road sits The Conway, another example of pub-gone-posh. However, though it appears almost as if dining in a beautiful, cosy living room, it retains all the strengths of a traditional pub. Though the chef has put his own twists and flairs into the dishes, you’ll still find your favourites, like a hearty fish and chips or a pork pie. The produce is seasonal and delicious, and the environment is comfortable and quaint.
58 Conway Rd, Cardiff. Info: 029 2022 4373 / www.knifeandforkfood.co.uk/venue/the-conway/
An unpretentious gathering spot for whatever it is you need, be it a glass of wine, a quick coffee or a delicious sandwich. Embracing the spirit of community and relaxation, the environment is perfect for meeting up with friends, or even just sitting by yourself without feeling alone. It’s very reasonably priced, too.
31 Cathedral Rd, Cardiff. Info: 029 2078 9842 / www.kinandilk.com/places/pontcanna