Thursday, 1 November 2012

Salisbury Road, Cardiff

We are in Cathays, Cardiff, on a walking tour of the city.

In a previous post, I left you at The Woodville on Woodville Road. Follow the road around, staying on this side of the railway line. The road is now called Senghennydd Road. We will be walking down this road, and exploring the area around the Salisbury Road and Sherman Cymru.

This post also concludes a strand on this blog called ‘Handy for the Sherman’. Most of the establishments listed here are indeed handy for pre- or post-theatre dining and refreshment.

A short distance down, on your left, where Miskin Street joins Senghennydd Road:

Baguettes and Bagels
158 Miskin Street CF24 4AS (2066 7778)
Sandwiches: takeaway and delivery (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Nov 2011).

Further down, on your right, is Cathays railway station; then the Student Union Building, which straddles the railway line. There are food outlets inside the building, including one on this road:

The Magic Wrap
Student Union Building, Senghennydd Road CF24 4YE
Takeaway: sandwiches and snacks (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. June 2012).

Next door:

Sherman Cymru
Senghennydd Road CF24 4YE (2064 6900)
The Sherman Cymru theatre reopened in February 2012, after extensive redevelopment. The old café is gone, but there is a greatly improved lobby/atrium area with a café bar. The menu focusses on freshly-made, locally-sourced food, with vegetarian options. Lunchtime: baguettes and soup, with coffee and cake throughout the day. Evenings: tapas, typically served as a three-dish deal (e.g., Championes ajulo, Albondigas con salsa rojo, patatas ali-oli). An interesting development is for certain shows to have their own themed food, for instance, during the recent Afrovibes Festival a food stall sold African dishes such as seafood pepper soup and okra stew.

Carry on down Senghennydd Road, to the junction at the start of Salisbury Road, just before the road goes under the railway toward the City Centre. With your back to the bridge, start walking along Salisbury Road:

On your right (even numbers) on this first stretch of Salisbury Road:

20 Salisbury Road CF24 4AD (2022 2888)
Independent sandwich shop and sandwich delivery service; all types of sandwich, jacket potatoes, salad boxes and more (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. May 2012).

Tesco Express
Salisbury Road CF24 4AD
Recently-opened branch of Tesco’s version of a 'corner shop'.

62 Salisbury Road CF24 4AD (2025 1007)
Noodlebox serve noodles and other Far Eastern style fast-food. Eat in, on refectory-style tables, and takeaway (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Nov 2011).

Ramon’s Café
64 Salisbury Road CF24 4AD  (2039 0391)
Long-established and traditional café, Ramon’s is particularly noted for its large breakfasts (the café was previously called Ramon’s Breakfast Bar). Also serves lunchtime meals, including curries and pasta dishes. Owner Garth Badman courted publicity earlier this year by offering “the UK’s largest breakfast”; £17 and over 8,000 calories (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Nov 2011).

This big breakfast forms part of a wider Cardiff trend for Man vs. Food eating (see also The North Star, The Sizzle and Grill steakhouse etc.). The whole gluttony as competitive sport concept is not really my thing. However, I should note, “doggie bags” are typically provided to reduce food wastage.

On your left (odd numbers) on this first stretch of Salisbury Road, starting opposite Dough:

Al-Sheemal Food Store
15 Salisbury Road CF24 4AA
Convenience food store (Food Hygiene Rating 1: major improvement necessary. May 2012).

19a Salisbury Road CF24 4AA
Sandwich bar. Possibly closed for business at this location? The main Pasha outlet is in Clare Road (Food Hygiene Rating 1: major improvement necessary. May 2012).

23 Salisbury Road CF24 4AA (2019 8712)
Independent café opened in spring 2012 by owners Lewis and Laura Tucker, who previously worked in the glossy magazines industry. This location, on the corner of Salisbury and Llantwit Street, was formerly a furniture shop. Tucker serves breakfast and lunch. Brazilian coffee, with locally-soured and homemade cakes a feature. The café is licensed. You can also browse their collection of recent fashion magazines (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. April 2012).

The Family Fish Bar
25 Salisbury Road CF24 4AA
Takeway: Fish and chips (Food Hygiene Rating 1: major improvement necessary. May 2012).

Salisbury Superstore
31 Salisbury Road CF24 4AA
Convenience food store. Not to be confused with a Sainsbury’s Superstore (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Feb 2012).

33 Salisbury Road CF24 4AA (2022 4837)
Greggs the Baker, with bread baked on the Treforest Industrial Estate, Pontypridd (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Nov 2010).

Café 37
37 Salisbury Road CF24 4AA
Breakfast Bar and Café (Food Hygiene Rating 3: generally satisfactory. May 2011).

We are at the angled junction with Miskin Road. Opposite you’ll see the Lowther Road underpass to Richmond Road. Staying on the left side:

The Chicken Cottage
1-3 Miskin Street CF24 4AP
Take-away: Fried chicken is their speciality (Food Hygiene Rating 1: major improvement necessary. Nov 2011).

Koko Gorilaz
7-9 Miskin Street CF24 4AP (2034 1767)
Thoroughly modernized large pub, one of several Scream pubs in this area that are firmly aimed at the student market (actually, that could apply to most of the places listed in this post). Food in the evenings is self-service buffet and it has a global theme: Indian, Mexican, Thai, Chinese and British dishes. Food in Kitchen and Zebra Lounge, with a Shisha Lounge upstairs. Stage upstairs in the Attic: a live music venue. Recent promotion for “tequila-flavoured beer” speaks volumes (Food Hygiene Rating 1: major improvement necessary. June 2012).

Cross Miskin Street:

T & A Donner Kebabs
4 Miskin Street CF24 4AQ (2066 6677)
Take-away: kebabs and other fast-food (Food Hygiene Rating 1: major improvement necessary. June 2012).

Keep left up this second section of Salisbury Road.

Gassy Jacks
39-41 Salisbury Road CF24 4AB (2023 2608)
A Scream pub: catering mainly for students. Beer, burgers and big-screen sports. Student discounts. Basic pub food menu (Food Hygiene Rating 3: generally satisfactory. Nov 2011).

Fortune House Cantonese
43/45 Salisbury Road CF24 4AB
Chinese takeaway (Food Hygiene Rating 1: improvement necessary. May 2012).

49 Salisbury Road CF24 4AB (2034 4807)
Mexican restaurant and takeway. Open in evenings only; order food at the bar. Chimichangas, enchiladas, burritos, tacos, paella, grills, tequila, large hats on the wall, large portions; in fact, pretty much everything you might want from a Mexican restaurant in Cathays (Food Hygiene Rating 3: generally satisfactory. June 2011).

On the other side of Salisbury Road along this second stretch, starting opposite Gassy Jacks:

Café Sunrise
94 Salisbury Road CF24 4AE (2039 0391)
Lebanese-owned café open for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Coffee house with vegetarian Middle Eastern food, including pitta and falafel, houmous, baba ganoush, tabbouleh and pastry/honey sweets (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Oct 2011).

City News
96 Salisbury Road CF24 4AE
Newsagent with some convenience food (Food Hygiene Rating 1: major improvement necessary. Oct 2011).

Mama Mia/Light of Bengal
98 Salisbury Road CF24 4AE (2022 7242)
The long-established Light of Bengal Indian takeaway now shares a unit with a Southern Fried Chicken style takeaway that opened in 2011. Not to be confused with Mamma Mia on St Mary Street (Food Hygiene Rating 2: improvement necessary. Oct 2011).

Mama’s Kebab House
100 Salisbury Road CF24 4AE
Take-away: kebabs, pizza, and burgers (Food Hygiene Rating 2: improvement necessary. Sept 2011).

Golden Dragon
108 Salisbury Road CF24 4AE (2064 4400)
Chinese takeaway. Next door is a Chinese food store (Food Hygiene Rating 2: improvement necessary. Sept 2011).

Spice Corner
116 Salisbury Road CF24 4AE (2038 8447)
Indian restaurant on the corner of Salisbury Road and Rhymney Street, with takeaway and delivery service. The licensed restaurant serves traditional Indian food, with Tandoori, Balti and other curry styles (Food Hygiene Rating 3: generally satisfactory. Jan 2012).

Cross Rhymney Street. Salisbury Road turns into Coburn Street here:

Aegean Turkish Home Cooking
2 Coburn Street CF24 4BS
Aegean Turkish Home Cooking (Hamiyet Karadeniz) opened in summer 2012 (in the corner unit formerly occupied by Ramon’s New York Deli) and serves breakfast, snacks, and Turkish and Greek meals (Food Hygiene Rating 1: major improvement necessary. Sept 2012).

Cross Coburn Street and on the sharp corner with Wyeverne Road:

Vulcan Lounge
2 Wyeverne Road CF24 4BH (2023 1669)
The Vulcan Lounge is a stylish student-area pub, revamped a couple of years ago by The Chameleon Group (who also own The North Star, The Potted Pig, The Meating Place, Mocka Lounge and Crystal Lounge in Cardiff). It was formerly a “spit and sawdust” drinkers’ pub called The End. The menu features grills, pasta and pizza (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. June 2012).

You may see alternate spellings of this road’s name. For instance, The Chameleon Group, based in nearby Richmond Road, in their print and online promotional material spells ‘Wyeverne’ variously as ‘Wyvern’ and ‘Wyverne’, which has promoted confusion about the actual name of the road.

Across the road from the Vulcan Lounge:

Chicago Bulls
1 Wyeverne Road CF24 4BG (2038 3507)
Takeaway: kebabs, burgers, pizza, fish and chips (Food Hygiene Rating 2: improvement necessary. July 2011).

Walk up Wyeverne Road:

On your right, at the Thesiger Street junction:

Zem Zem
12-14 Wyeverne Road CF24 4BH
The Zem Zem or Zeman Continental Food Store sells Mediterranean and other imported foods (Food Hygiene Rating 1: major improvement necessary. April 2012).

Continue up this side of the road, across Fitzroy Street and past the Cathays Conservative Club:

K & C Store
60 Wyeverne Road CF24 4BG
Food store (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Oct 2011).

Just here, take a short detour up Mundy Place:

The Mackintosh
12 Mundy Place CF24 4BZ (2064 9061)
The Mackintosh Hotel (or ‘The Mackie’ as it is apparently known to its regulars) is a large traditional pub, serving basic budget-price pub food (Food Hygiene Rating 2: improvement necessary. June 2011).

Return to Wyeverne Road. Opposite at the junction with Mundy Place:

Ba Rooba
97-99 Wyeverne Road CF24 4BG (2037 3528)
Bar-Lounge-Diner, serving Mediterranean food. Appears to be closed at present.

Carry on to the end of Wyeverne Road, where it joins Woodville Road. You are now back where we started - at The Woodville.


Woodville Road

Crwys Road

Wellfield Road

Albany Road

City Road

There is a terrific programme of theatre and other shows at Sherman Cymru:

Handy for the Sherman (selected posts):


Café Sunrise

Note: The Cardiff area code is 029.

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