Showing a Bit of Front

THE PIER HOTEL & CAFÉ BAR, PENARTH FRONT

If you’re a fan of aptly named businesses then you can do no wrong in visiting the Pier Hotel, situated no more than a few hundred yards from Penarth’s pier, overlooking the often glum Bristol Channel. Rarely does the Channel that has the potential to provide 5% of the United Kingdom’s power supply look great, but on this particular visit, it looked at its most miserable. Why prattle on about it? Because the waterfront is supposed to be the major draw in the area for recreation, and perhaps even a spot of tourism if you happen to get lost on the route to the more desirable West Wales. We feel that if the Bristol Channel looked a little more like Holly Willoughby and less like the sagging corpse of King Henry VIII, then business might pick up a little, especially out of season. Alas, as Basil Fawlty would say amid panic (skip to 3:00), ‘No, it’s not a dream, we’re stuck with it!’. Continue reading

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Corner Kicks

THE CORNER HOUSE, CARDIFF

The current theme of the majority of our reviews have hinted that we only visit refurbished venues, and we would plead that that is not the case, but it would be a touch hypocritical as we once again step foot into a new era for the infamous former Kings Cross site. Continue reading

Unmisteakable

THE MEATING PLACE, ST. MARY STREET

The recent turfing-up of Cardiff’s ‘second street’ (it’s always been number two to Queen Street) will undoubtedly do St. Mary Street’s businesses a world of good. What was once a crumbling, ageing and near desperate-looking part of Cardiff, which culminated in the sale of the legendary Howells department store and the multitude of ‘convenience’ stores like Tesco and Spar, in addition to the closing of staple nightclub venues Liquid and Life; this part of town was facing oblivion. As the Hayes received a breath of new life and Queen Street surviving the St David’s 2 shopping development, you’d be forgiven for believing there is now little reason to step foot on St. Mary Street. Continue reading

“A sandwich so big, it broke my fork…”

NEW YORK DELI, HIGH STREET ARCADE

Located in the heart of High Street Arcade in Cardiff city centre (next to the Burger King opposite the castle), New York Deli aims to bring fresh American sandwiches to hungry Cardiffians. Upon first look at their menu, which contains Hoagie rolls, Sandwiches, Bagels, Toasties, Hot Dogs, Burgers, Salads and a plethora of sauces, we were at a complete loss as to what to select, so decided to base our review on visits over three consecutive days. Continue reading

A La La La La La La Tasca

LA TASCA, BREWERY QUARTER

It’s 7.30 on a Friday evening and one half of the EAT Cardiff team is hungry. Without any reservations we thought finding a decent fill at this hour in Wales’ capital would prove difficult. Luckily, the weather was on our side and it seemed everyone had stayed at home to avoid the sub-zero temperatures so as we strolled through the Brewery Quarter there was only one establishment that seemed to have any life inside of it. Enter La Tasca, a Spanish tapas restaurant, for those wondering. Continue reading