I’ll hold my hands up. It seems I wasn’t very thorough when I put together my last post about the new Cardiff bars, cafes and restaurants opening in the city this summer. To make it up to you, I’ve pulled my finger out and unearthed a few more new places to eat and drink in the ‘Diff. It feels like we’ve never had it so good…
1. Bottle Shop, Pontcanna
These guys call themselves ‘Cardiff’s independent specialists for curated wines, spirits & craft beers’. They’ve been trading successfully in their Penylan & Penarth locations for a few years – but will soon be adding a third P to the empire with the opening of a new Pontcanna store on Cathedral Road. Though not strictly a bar, they do occasionally host tasting events, the details of which you can find on the webiste: www.thebottleshops.co.uk.
2. Milkwood, Pontcanna
This independent Welsh bistro has recently opened where Cibo was, and is run by the same team who made Porro and The Potted Pig such well-known Cardiff names; the same trio who are also now running The Lansdowne and The Grange pubs. The menu at Milkwood is limited to around only four or five starters and main courses. This approach allows the kitchen to focus on quality and also minimise waste. After reading this review from Gourmet Gorro, I can’t wait to visit!
3. Pennyroyal, City Centre
Just a stone’s throw from Cardiff Castle (at the top of High Street) sits Pennyroyal – a new ‘speakeasy-style’ cocktail bar where the staff take their boozing very seriously. It’s small, dark and cosy, and the menu is based around the theme of ‘pharmacopoeia’. According to Wikipedia, that’s an “official publication containing a list of medicinal drugs and directions for their use“. Right up my street! For more info, visit: Facebook.com/PennyroyalCDF.
4. The Philharmonic, City Centre
Not really a new bar. In fact, I can remember drinking here as a teenager after hearing that it was the best place to bag a student doctor (alas, I was unsuccessful). The Philharmonic has now been closed for almost a decade, but has re-opened under new management after a very expensive face lift. The most striking element of the refurbishment is the 360-degree bar, which is now stocked with 37 different types of gin! For more info, see: thephilharmoniccardiff.co.uk
5. Waterloo Tea, Roath
With the closure of Tea & Cake on Welfield Road after a run of 12 years, rumour has it that the Waterloo Tea team have applied to take over the lease. If the murmurings on Twittter are true (thanks I loves The Diff), then this is excellent news. I’m a huge fan of what the Waterloo guys already do so well in Penarth, the city centre and at the bottom of Penylan Hill, so I’ll be keeping a keen eye on their Twitter feed for more details – fingers crossed that it’s true! twitter.com/waterlootea.
Know any new Cardiff bars and restaurants I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below!