Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Cathays Terrace, Cardiff

We are in Cathays, Cardiff, on a walking tour to explore the city’s food culture.

In a previous post, I left you at The Woodville on Woodville Road after a walk around the Senghennydd Road and Salisbury Road area.

The roads here by The Woodville do not intersect for traffic: you’re either on Woodville Road turning south into Senghennydd Road or on Cathays Terrace turning westward across the railway bridge on Corbett Road (where we are heading shortly).

Turn the corner at The Woodville. We’ll be walking up your right-hand (the eastern) side of Cathays Terrace (with the even numbers) and walking back on the other side.

A short way up:

Embassy Café
Cathays Youth and International Centre, 36 Cathays Terrace CF24 4HX (2037 3144)
It’s all vegan food in this not-for-profit café (money feeds back into the Community Centre of which the café is a part). Yesterday lunchtime, the soups (£3) were Spicy red lentil and Tuscan chickpea. The mains (£5) were Root vegetable quinoa salad and Embassy tofu Burger. I had the tofu burger (photo below), which came with potato wedges and was pleasingly spicy. The café is also open during the afternoon, serving coffee, teas, baguettes and home-made cakes and chocolate brownies. There is a garden with outdoor musical instruments, where you could sit if it was sunny. Inside the Youth Centre is a 200-capacity hall, an upstairs recording studio and other facilities; while a monthly Film Club meets in the Embassy Café once a month after the café closes at 6pm (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. May 2012).

Further along on your right, just before the Flora Street junction:

The Flora
134-136 Cathays Terrace CF24 4HY (2040 5039)
The Flora Hotel was formerly a Brains pub, but has fairly recently come under new management. Pub food is available from midday to 6pm; currently promoting a two meals for £8 offer. Pub quizzes, karaoke and other entertainment (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Nov 2011).

A short way up Flora Street, Cafelito has closed for busines.

Further up Cathays Terrace, on your right:

Cathays Liberal Club
Cathays Terrace CF24 4HS (2022 0906)
A Brains bar; also lounge with occasional entertainment and a games room. The sign outside says that this is “a non-political club”. Make of that what you will.

If you carry on up the hill, you will reach the junction of Cathays Terrace with Pentyrch Street, Whitchurch Road, Fairoak Road and Crwys Road. You’ll see the fine Cathays Library building opposite, behind which is the start of Cathays Cemetery. We have been here before when we walked up and down Crwys Road.

Either at the Liberal Club or the end of the road, cross over to the other side of Cathays Terrace for the walk back:

105 Cathays Terrace CF24 4HU (2022 8221)
This Mexican and Mediterranean restaurant, on the corner with Hirwain Street, specializes in tapas and pizza. Licensed and also offering shisha. The window display annouces it was an Echo Food & Drink Award winner in 2008 (Food Hygiene Rating 1: major improvement necessary. Feb 2012).

Across the side-road and opposite The Flora:

Premier Shop and Save
103 Cathays Terrace CF24 4HT
Convenience store (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Nov 2011).

Further down, with the red signage:

Adam’s Fish Bar and Punjabi Balti House
93 Cathays Terrace CF24 4HT (2022 7427)
Until fairly recently Adam’s Fish Bar was essentially a fish and chip takeaway, but reflecting a city-wide decline in demand for fish and chip suppers it has diversified (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Oct 2011).

Cross Treherbert Street:

Jones & Jones
83 Cathays Terrace CF24 4HT
Jones & Jones is a café serving breakfast, lunch, sandwiches, cakes and coffee. This is also HQ for Mrs Jones Catering: an independent catering and buffet service offering a range of sandwich platters, breakfasts, afternoon teas, and seasonal menus. The unit was formerly a Grab and Go (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Oct 2011).

Near the end of the road, set back on the junction with Maindy Street is a Lidl (one of around five in Cardiff).

Just before the bridge, nearly opposite The Woodville:

1 Cathays Terrace CF24 4HS (2039 6700)
Coffee house and sandwich bar close to university buildings, so popular with students on a tight schedule. This family-run business opened in 2001. Eat in or takeaway. Sandwiches (baguettes, wraps etc.) with a wide range of fillings to choose from; jacket potatoes, salads, muffins and home-made cakes (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. May 2012).

Follow the road around to the right, over the railway bridge, where Cathays Terrace becomes Corbett Road. I’ll see you next time at the top of Park Place.


Previously, on the walking tour of Cardiff:

Salisbury Road:

Woodville Road

Crwys Road

Wellfield Road

Albany Road

City Road

Note: The Cardiff area code is 029.

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