We are in Canton, Cardiff, beside the statue of Billy the Seal in Victoria Park, where I left you last year. From the north-eastern edge of Victoria Park, start walking along Romilly Road West. This stage of the walking tour will take you to Clive Road, past the One Mile Bakery, and through Thompson’s Park.
On your left at the junction of Romilly Road West and Clive
95 Clive Road CF5 1GL (2022 9725)
One Stop Stores are a chain of ‘corner shops’ owned by
Tesco. This one opened in 2010. The site was previously occupied by an
off-licence (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Nov 2010).
At the junction, turn right and walk down Clive Road in a
southerly direction. On your right:
63 Clive Road CF5 1HH (2034 3087)
This Coffee Shop on the corner with Ethel Street is, not
surprisingly, renowned for its waffles. It usually serves breakfast, baguettes, soups
and cakes, in addition to sweet and savoury waffles. Manager Victoria Morgan is sister to Pat Morgan, member of Welsh
band Datblygu who were formed 30 years ago. An exhibition of band memorabilia
is currently on display in the café (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Nov 2011).
Further down, on your left:
John’s Fish Bar
54 Clive Road CF5 1HH
“Cod almighty”, it
proclaims in the window, "Fresh haddock in the Valley". The takeawaysulike.co.uk database lists 43 fish and
chip shops in Cardiff, but not this one. Thanks to Rhys, who commented below, I now know why!
The Duke of Clarence
48 Clive Road CF5 1HJ (2037 8033)
Brains-owned pub built in Victorian times and refurbished in
2003. Cardiffpubs.co.uk notes that it won a Community Pub of the Year award in
2004 and a Family Pub of the Year award in 2005. This lively locals’ pub serves
classic pub food, has a carvery for roast dinners on Sunday, and incorporates the
D.C. Coffee Shop. There’s a skittle alley/function room and a beer garden out
If you continue down Clive Road you’ll be back on Cowbridge
Road East, near the Zero Plus Fish Bar. Turn around; back at the junction with
Romilly Road West and Romilly Road go straight across. Walk up a slight hill, take a
right into Syr David’s Avenue.
Walk along to the end of this road and enter Thompson’s
Park. You will have walked past the One Mile Bakery, a bread subscription
scheme operated by Elisabeth Mahoney from her home (it’s not a shop, so don’t
One Mile Bakery
Syr David's Avenue CF5 1GH
The One Mile Bakery is so named because it delivers bread,
soup and preserves to addresses within a one-mile radius of Elisabeth Mahoney’s
kitchen (i.e., Canton, Pontcanna and Llandaff). Everything is made in her
kitchen using seasonal produce and traditionally-milled organic flour. It is a
bread subscription service, so customers pay in advance. Prices range from £11
a month (including mid-week delivery) for classic loaves, to £25.50 a month for
a package that includes sourdough bread, soup and preserves. She used to deliver
everything herself, but this is now done by Harry, who lives around the corner,
on his new bicycle.
Elisabeth currently bakes around 50 loaves a week, which she
says is about ideal for her size of operation. The subscription scheme
currently has a waiting list. Sourdough loaves are varied through the month,
with the addition of seeds, nuts and fruit. The soup comes in large compostable
containers; this week’s soup was carrot, ginger and clementine juice (there is
usually a meat or vegetarian option). I can personally vouch for the
blueberry and lime jam, which I am enjoying on a slice of wholemeal sourdough
as I write this. It’s marmalade-making time soon.
Elisabeth also runs baking and cookery classes in her
kitchen (Google the bakery’s website for further information). On the day I
visited (10 Jan), the Food Hygiene Rating inspector
had visited One Mile Bakery for the first time (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Jan 2013).
It is appropriate that a new bakery is operating on the edge
of Thompson’s Park. This park was once a private garden belonging to the Thompson
family, who owned Spiller & Co - one of the largest flour milling companies
in Britain. The family presented the park to the City of Cardiff in 1924.
You will have entered the upper part of Thompson’s Park (St
David’s Field) from the end of Syr David's Avenue. Follow the path down into the lower ornamental garden. Here,
you’ll find a Green Man carving and, in the centre of a pond, a bronze statue
of a boy holding a butterfly (a copy of John Goscombe John’s ‘Joyance’).
Exit the park at the nearby gates to Romilly Road (park
currently closes 4pm).
Almost opposite is Radnor Road, down which, on the corner
with Pembroke Road:
Pembroke Mini Market
82 Pembroke Road CF5 1QP
Convenience Food store (Food Hygiene Rating 1: major
improvement necessary. May 2011).
Back on Romilly Road:
Llanover Arts Centre
Romilly Road CF5 1FH (2063 1144)
Llanover Hall is a thriving Arts Centre, with pottery and
art studios, a theatre, and galleries. It has a first floor café, serving
coffee, snacks and lunches on weekdays. Louise makes great soups when she’s in
the kitchen. The café is a focal point of the building, for relaxing and
socialising between classes. A brand-new kitchen was installed last year, after
a poor inspection rating. I regularly do life drawing, portraiture and pottery
here. The current gallery exhibition, paintings by Andy Short and Jan Williams,
is on until 6 Feb (upstairs and downstairs galleries) and is well worth seeing
(Food Hygiene Rating 1: major improvement necessary. Nov 2011).
Walk along to the junction of Romilly Road and Llandaff Road.
I’ll see you there next time, when we will start exploring the streets of
Previously, on the walking tour:
Road East 3
Road East 2
Road East 1