On Saturday morning I popped over to the controversial Co-op on Kings Road in Pontcanna to pick up some milk. I use the word controversial because, as most people know, the residents of Pontcanna weren’t too happy about getting a chain supermarket on their doorstep, but somehow still it’s always busy. It would certainly make for an interesting case study on the way people say they shop, versus where they actually go!
Anyway, it looks like the people of Pontcanna have now got something to smile about, with the arrival of a new independent mini-market called the ‘Canna Deli, which will specialise in “artisan cheese, award winning Welsh produce and fine food.”
The deli itself is owned by Caws Rhydydelyn, the award-winning artisan cheese makers from Anglesey. Thanks to them, there’s obviously a mouth-watering array of Welsh cheeses available, but there’s lots of other produce with provenance on offer – like cured meats, sausages and bacon from Charcutier Ltd and wine and cider from Pant Du vineyard in Snowdonia.
They’re based on Pontcanna Mews – the little cul-de-sac at the side of the Co-op, the entrance to which is directly opposite everyone’s favourite microbrewery, Pipes. Next door neighbours include some very swanky asset management offices, a boutique clothing shop, and a designer hairdressers. It’s all very swish, and there’s plenty of seating outside too, which is handy as they also have a dine-in menu, and serve wine by the glass!
Inside, industrial influences sit stylishly beside clean, white tiles and slate-grey fixtures and fittings. It looks gorgeous, and I’m not sure how late the gate to the mews stays open, but it would make a fanastic spot for an evening drink with a special someone (and a plate of cheese)!
The Canna Deli is a welcome addition to Pontcanna, and offers a genuine alternative to shopping at Co-op for those who would rather be supporting smaller, independent local businesses. I can’t wait to visit them again and stay a while longer – you can bet your ass I’ll be enjoying a glass of wine or two there in the very near future!