A new year is all about deciding to try new things, a time to start making plans for the year ahead.
When it comes to deciding where to eat and drink in Cardiff, local blogger Jane Cook has done the hard work for you and compiled this list of Cardiff’s newest bars and restaurants for you to explore in 2016.
— Turtle Bay (@Turtlebayuk) December 10, 2015
If you like the sound of Caribbean street food, jerk pit-barbecues, one pot curries and of course, rum cocktails, then Turtle Bay is the place for you. Expect relaxed, informal dining with a reggae soundtrack in beach-style restaurant, this is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before a big night out.
Hodgehouse, 114-116 St Mary’s Street
— WOW247 Cardiff (@wow247cardiff) December 10, 2015
Established in 2009 in Bridport, this mini-chain of restaurants focuses on three main staples – ‘British’ pizza, hearty pies and a whole lot of cider.They source all of the ingredients for each separate restaurant from the local area, so in Cardiff that means Trealy Farm meats and sausage, Teifi Celtic and Caws Cenarth cheeses, Welsh free-range chicken, Newton Abbot smoked Mackerel and Severn & Wye Smoked Salmon. Unusual on a pizza, but it works!
Ty Admiral House Bridge Street Cardiff CF10 2EH, stablepizza.com
The Dead Canary
— TDC (@TDCCDF) December 20, 2015
To drink a cocktail in this secret speakeasy, you’ll have to find it first – and your only clue is the empty bird cage outside, and the small doorbell on the wall. Ring it, and the doorman will take you upstairs to a dark and mysterious drinking den serving tapas and proper cocktails – all accompanied by live jazz. An experience not to be missed.
Barrack Ln, Cardiff CF10 2GS, twitter.com/TDCCDF
The former Natwest building on St Mary Street has been vacant for a couple of years since it’s closure after 130 years of service, but permission has just been granted to turn the space in to a new restaurant and bar called ‘Banc’. The plans have only just been approved so it will take a while before any building work starts, but it’s one worth keeping an eye on, to see how it develops.
St Mary Street, Cardiff, CF10 1FA
Snowdonia Cheddar scones to go with our daily changing soup, all made by hand every morning! pic.twitter.com/z4O17GhetP
— Arbennig Emporium (@ArbennigE) December 8, 2015
Opening in January, this casual dining destination comes from the team behind Arbennig, a family-owned fine dining restaurant in Pontcanna. The new premises next door will be a little different, creating a relaxed and friendly environment where customers can enjoy seasonal soups and freshly baked focaccia sandwiches along with coffee and cake. It’s sure to be popular!
6-10 Romilly Crescent, Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9NR, twitter.com/ArbennigE
— Gourmet Gorro (@gourmetgorro) December 13, 2015
This modern, independent Danish bakery is a sleek and stylish addition to Pontcanna’s independent food scene – think light wood, crisp white tiles and fresh artisanal coffee. They offer a range of freshly baked pastries to eat in or take away, with authentic fillings including cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla and custard cream. Bonus points if you can pronounce the danish names – københavner anyone?
126 Wyndham Cres, Cardiff CF11 9EG, thedanishbakery.co.uk
— Hang Fire Smokehouse (@hangfirebbq) December 13, 2015
The pop-up street-food queens from the award-winning Hangfire Smokehouse have finally answered all of our prayers, by announcing that that they will open a permanent restaurant in 2016. It’s not strictly in Cardiff, but the short drive to Barry is worth it for the girls’ signature southern style barbecue, cooked slow and low – fo’ sho’!
Hood Rd, Barry CF62 5BE, hangfiresmokehouse.com
— Debbie Smith (@deb_smith25) December 4, 2015
The Classroom is situated on the 5th floor of the new £45m Cardiff and Vale College City Centre Campus, and is a training ground for future culinary talent for the capital. It sees top industry professionals from Michelin and AA Rosette establishments across UK running the restaurant day in day out, is open to the public, and dishes up modern European cuisine from a state-of-the-art, open kitchen.
Dumballs Rd, Cardiff CF10 5FE, theclassroom.wales
— HungryCityHippy ✌️ (@HungryCityHippy) December 1, 2015
Welsh chef and former MasterChef finalist Larkin Cen will launch his first restaurant, Cen, in a joint venture with the five star Celtic Manor Resort in Newport (just outside of Cardiff). It will be the Celtic Manor’s first Asian restaurant, joining a portfolio of six others in the resort, – and a change for Larkin who has had his hands full with takeaway restaurant Hokkei until now. Cen opens its doors at the end of January.
Coldra Woods, Newport NP18 1HQ, celtic-manor.com
Terra Nova, the Brains Brewery-owned pub in Cardiff Bay, has closed for a major four-month refurbishment which will cost an eye-watering £1.4m. When it reopens in April, it will be called ‘The Dock’ and will have a new focus on high-quality food and drink to match its premier location, along with an interior redesign with new windows to show off the unrivaled views across the water.
Mermaid Quay, Cardiff CF10 5BZ, sabrain.com