On what was the warmest day of 2015 so far, I was sitting in the window seats of Cardiff’s quirky new cafe, the CF24 Project, sweating – alot.
It’s quite warm in those window seats when the sun’s out!
Core body temperature issues aside, the CF24 Project is an eclectic new space on Crwys Road – part coffee shop, part diner, part DIY project in budget interior design (it really is amazing what you can do with a wooden pallet or ten). Their aim is to be a “place to eat, drink and get arty”.
The bubbly, super-friendly team behind this space have used as many upcycled and recycled materials as possible, and even included a ‘pop-up shop’ area near the till. The aim is to give local artists and small businesses a new trading opportunity, and for the cycling fans out there, there was a particularly sexy-looking one speed bike for sale on the weekend – get in there quick.
The food menu at CF24 centres around fast, anytime meals: we feasted on a lunchtime veggie burger (full of beans and mexican flavours) and a Big Apple Hot Dog (made with free range pork), both served with a generous helping of seasoned fries.
As for the entertainment on offer, this ranges from ‘Open Mic’ nights and comedians, to screenings of sports fixtures and movies in the basement – and although there is no alcohol license for the premises (at the moment), they do allow you to bring your own wine for no corkage fee. There is also the option to hire the basement for groups, societies and private events.
The founders’ vision is to cement the CF24 Project as an eco-friendly venue where Cardiff’s creative types can hang-out and share ideas.
At the moment (putting the recycled furnishings aside), my feeling is that this new venue doesn’t quite live up to it’s own dreams of being ‘green’. It’s a big label to live up to, and would certainly involve a change to some of the processes currently employed (like serving Joe’s Ice Cream from disposable cardboard cups instead of washable, re-usable china).
That being said, I’m keen to see how this place develops over the coming weeks – they are just starting out after all, and seem to be making moves in the right direction. For instance, at the end of this month, the team will be supporting WWF’s Earth Hour, by going candlelit at 8.30pm as a symbol of climate change awareness. Indeed, they are keen to show support for a variety of other worthy causes, which is obviously a noble and very welcome attitude to have.
I’ll be keeping a close eye on the CF24 Project over the next few months to see how their story unfolds – keep watching this space for updates. I’m wishing them the best of luck.