There are so many new food and drink businesses popping up all over Cardiff at the moment that it can be hard to keep up with them all.From delis to wine bars, pizza places to cheese cafes, there’s something for everyone in this list…
1. The Bee and Honey, Canton
— Hungry City Hippy 🍳 (@HungryCityHippy) June 21, 2017
This new cafe and deli on Clive Road in Canton will open on Saturday 22nd July, and the owner Jenny, says that the menu will be focused around food that is fresh, delicious, and nutritionally balanced. Jenny has sourced all of the cafe furniture second-hand from the British Heart Foundation, and has committed to serving takeaway coffees in compostable cups (YAY). I’ve had a peep at the Bee and Honey menu online and I have two words for you: vegan custard. Can’t wait!
2. The Brass Beetle, Heath
An amazing vibe at our friends & family launch! Thank you so much for all the support so far! 🍕 pic.twitter.com/3yGC5i6FXr
— The Brass Beetle (@TheBrassBeetle) July 14, 2017
If cocktails and pizza are your thing, you’ll want to check out Whitchurch Road’s newest resident, the Brass Beetle. They’re also opening on the 22nd, and one of the cocktails on the menu contains salted caramel vodka, Kahlua and Baileys finished off with cream, salted popcorn and dark chocolate sprinkles. Oh my.
3. Munchies, Cathays
— munchies (@munchiesCDF) July 4, 2017
Promising ‘cheesy eats and freshly baked treats’ Munchies even has cheese graters hung up in place of light shades decorating the ceiling. The menu is a dairy lovers dream, and includes the ‘five way challenge’ – a whole loaf of bread sliced sideways, filled with five layers of toasted cheese. Perhaps not the place to visit if you’re watching your weight…
4. Pizza Pronto, City Centre
— Pizza Pronto (@lovepizzapronto) July 16, 2017
Though they haven’t disclosed the exact location yet, Pizza Pronto recently announced that they are expanding and will soon have a premises in the city centre. I’ve written about Pizza Pronto before and am a fan of their no-nonsense, great value street food – and of their efforts to support the homeless in Cardiff via their ‘Eat One Feed One’ initiative.
5. Chai Street, Cardiff Bay
— Andrew Donald (@AndrewDonald8) July 15, 2017
Another expansion story, Indian street food restaurant Chai Street will open a third branch in Cardiff Bay sometime in the next few weeks, adding to their ever popular city-centre and Canton restaurants. I’m a big fan of Chai Street’s no-nonsense grub and laid back vibe, and the £9.95 Thali dishes are an absolute bargain.
Meanwhile, these guys have just recently opened….
6. Cafe Atma, City Centre
— Awkward Vegan (@Awkward_Vegan) July 15, 2017
Not technically a new restaurant, but now in a new location, Cafe Atma has moved to the Capitol Centre but will still be offering their hand picked selection of vegetarian and vegan street food. Atma’s mission statement is “to satisfy the bodies, minds and souls of the people of Cardiff – or in other words, to make everyone happy” and so their offering is a blend tasty food, yoga classes and musical meditation. Glad to see them open again!
7. Veeno, Cardiff Bay
— Veeno (@veeno_uk) July 14, 2017
Two Italian guys in their twenties met in Manchester and bonded over a shared, unique passion; they both loved and missed, the Italian Aperitivo – the ritual of drinking, nibbling and relaxing after work. (Who wouldn’t!?) By the end of that very same year, they had set up Veeno, a chain of Italian wine cafes serving wines by the glass and authentic ‘Spuntini’ – platters of meats, cheeses and other appetisers, imported from Italian producers. The Cardiff Bay branch opened at the beginning of July and I can’t wait to try it out.
8. Bethan Kate’s Tearoom, Pentyrch
— BethanKate's Tearoom (@bkstearoom) July 13, 2017
Owner Bethan and her fiance Mark fell in love with this tearoom in Pentyrch village as soon as they saw it, so when it came up for sale, they knew they had to give running it a go. Bethan Kates Tearoom is a great place to stop for lunch – serving sandwiches, baguettes and paninis along with a selection of cakes and sweet treats – as well as the obvious, afternoon tea!
9. Llaeth & Siwgr, City Centre
— Hungry City Hippy 🍳 (@HungryCityHippy) July 3, 2017
The fourth in this portfolio of popular Cardiff cafes, Milk & Sugar (translated into Welsh as Llaeth & Siwgr) opened at the beginning of July. The new café is on the first floor of Yr Hen Lyfrgell on The Hayes and as it’s based in the Welsh language centre, the focus on Welsh produce is paramount. Plus the space is just bloody gorgeous!
10. Seafood Shack, City Centre
This 200-seater restaurant is now open to the public after suffering a series of delays and setbacks, although early reviews have been mixed and suggest that there is room for improvement. Teething problems aside, Seafood Shack definitely looks the part – and they’re yet to open the “Lillies Champagne & Oyster Bar” on the first floor which will also include a roof garden. Here’s hoping they manage to get it open before summer is over!
Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below…