Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Riverside, Cardiff

We are in Riverside, on a walking tour of Cardiff. Previously, I left you at the end of Lower Cathedral Road, at the junction with Despenser Street. Carry straight on, down Clare Street.

On your right:

Wynford Hotel
1-5 Clare Street CF11 6BD (2037 1983)
Home of Rumours Nightclub (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Aug 2012).

At the Clare Street, Tudor Street and Clare Road junction, turn right and walk down Tudor Street (if you went straight the road turns into Clare Road, goes under a railway bridge, and into Grangetown – a later part of this tour).

On your right:

J.K. Halal Foods
78 Tudor Street CF11 6AL (2022 3527)
(Food Hygiene Rating 2: improvement necessary. Oct 2012).

Hung House
80 Tudor Street CF11 6AL (2023 5152)
Take-away: Chinese and Thai (Food Hygiene Rating 3: generally satisfactory. May 2011).

Further along, Tudor Street turns into Ninian Park Road:

Shahan Halal Food Store
24 Ninian Park Road CF11 6JA (2039 9260)
(Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. June 2012).


Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens (FCFCG)
46 Ninian Park Road CF11 6JA (2022 5942)
The South East Wales Office of the FCFCG, which advises, supports and promotes community-managed food-growing projects. In Wales, they are currently delivering a 3-year programme called Tyfu Pobl/Growing People with funding, via the Rural Development Plan of Wales, from the Welsh Assembly and the EU. Work here overlaps with that of the Riverside Community Market Association (RCMA).

Ninian Park Road carries on to a junction with Leckwith Road, Wellington Road and Lansdowne Road (we will be there later in this tour). Turn around at this point and walk back down Tudor Road to the Clare Street/Clare Road junction. Head toward the City Centre, with the north side of Tudor Street (and the food businesses) now on your left:


Laziza
66 Tudor Street CF11 6AJ (2066 6090)
Take-away: Indian cuisine (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Feb 2013).

Sindbad
64 Tudor Street CF11 6AJ (2034 1100)
Take-away: pizza.

A newsagent/off-licence.

Alborz Grill
56 Tudor Street CF11 6AJ
Take-away, restaurant and shisha garden (Food Hygiene Rating 0: urgent improvement necessary. Aug 2012).

Royal Spice and Grill
54 Tudor Street CF11 6AJ (2037 3366)
Take-away: fish and chips, grilled food.

Al Islah Foods
52 Tudor Street CF11 6AJ (2238 8311)
(Food Hygiene Rating 3: generally satisfactory. Oct 2010).

Ocean Palace
48 Tudor Street CF11 6AJ (2038 8311)
Chinese take-away and restaurant (Food Hygiene Rating 0: urgent improvement necessary. Sept 2012).

Riverside Cantonese
44 Tudor Street CF11 6AH
Chinese restaurant and take-away.

China Supermarket
32-34 Tudor Street CF11 6AJ
(Food Hygiene Rating 1: major improvement necessary. Oct 2012).

Eastern Chinese Supermarket
26 Tudor Street CF11 6AJ

Past the Health Centre of Traditional Chinese Medicine (4 Tudor Street) you will soon be at Fitzhamon Embankment, to your left:


Riverside Farmers’ Market
Fitzhamon Embankment CF11 6AN
Along here every Sunday between 10am and 2pm is the Riverside Farmers’ Market, operated by RCMA Farmers’ Markets. This is one of Wales’ oldest and most popular Farmers' Markets. It was established in 1998 by Steve Garrett. Each week, you’ll find around 40 stalls offering locally-grown produce and food from around the world. Its success has spawned others around Cardiff (Roath, Rhiwbina and Llandaff North); and the Riverside Market Garden in St. Hilary, ten miles west of Cardiff, which grows food for the markets, restaurants and a vegetable box scheme. The Food Blog has visited the market before (selected links below) and doubtless will again.

Further along the embankment, walking parallel to the Millennium Stadium on the other side of the River Taff:

Pen yr Enfys
53 Fitzhamon Embankment CF11 6AN
Citizen’s Advice Bureau and residential services. Now opening its café to co-incide with Riverside Farmers’ Market on Sunday mornings (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Oct 2011).

Nos Da
55-59 Despenser Street CF11 6AG
Youth hostel-style accommodation, with a riverside bar (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Jan 2013).

Despenser Street connects back from Nos Da to Clare Street.


Walk back to the start of Fitzhamon Embankment, to the seed-inspired sculptures here with food plants engraved around their bases.

I will leave you crossing the bridge over the River Taff, to the Millennium Stadium and the Vue cinema complex. It’s time to find out if there is anything to eat in Cardiff City Centre.


Previous posts relating to Riverside Farmers' Market:

Riverside Farmers’ Market
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/riverside-farmers-market-cardiff.html
Steve Garret on local food in Cardiff
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/steve-garrett-on-local-food-in-cardiff.html

Previously, on the walking tour:

Cathedral Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/cathedral-road-cardiff.html
Pontcanna 2
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/pontcanna-2.html
Pontcanna 1
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/pontcanna-1-we-are-leaving-canton.html
North Canton
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/north-canton.html
Cowbridge Road East 3
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/cowbridge-road-east-3-llandaff-road-to.html
Cowbridge Road East 2
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/cowbridge-road-east-2-wyndham-crescent.html
Cowbridge Road East 1
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/cowbridge-road-east-1-cathedral-road-to.html
Bute Park
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/bute-park-cardiff.html
Cathays Park
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/cathays-park-cardiff.html
Cathays Terrace
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/cathays-terrace-cardiff.html
Salisbury Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/salisbury-road-cardiff.html
Woodville Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/woodville-road-cardiff.html
Crwys Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/crwys-road-cardiff.html
Wellfield Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/wellfield-road-cardiff.html
Albany Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/albany-road-cardiff.html
City Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/city-road-cardiff.html

Monday, 11 March 2013

Cathedral Road, Cardiff

Six months ago I decided to explore Cardiff by walking past every food establishment in the city. Crazy, I know. Businesses open behind me and close in front of me, and vice versa.  But I like putting in the historical stuff, and will be revisiting streets to look at the changing food landscape in the Welsh capital. Here is the route so far:


We are currently in Pontcanna and will be heading down through Riverside. Previously, I left you walking along Pen-Hill Road to where, at the bend to the right, it turns into Cathedral Road. On your left you will have seen Llandaff Fields.


On the driveway to the Llandaff Fields car park:

Café Castan
Cathedral Road CF11 9JJ
With indoor and outdoor seating, this friendly café at the entrance to Llandaff Fields opened early in 2012 and serves hot drinks, sandwiches, soup, snacks, pasta and other meals. Highly rated on Internet review sites; the quality of service and food in such a location seems to have taken many walkers by surprise, to the extent that it was at one point rated #3 out of 538 restaurants in Cardiff on Tripadvisor (currently #26) (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Sept 2012).

This is a good place to detour if you want to take a walk across the fields to Llandaff (you’ll see Llandaff Cathedral from here beyond the rugby pitches) or along the nearby Taff Trail. There are public toilets to the side of the building. The irregularly-shaped roundabout opposite the café is where the old Cardiff trolley-buses used to turn around.


Start walking down Cathedral Road, in a southerly direction. Cathedral Road was first laid out in the 1850s, with most of the grand houses dating from around the 1890s. Many of these fine buildings are today used for businesses (e.g., dentists, health centres and language schools), hotels, guest houses, and bed and breakfasts (which although they serve food, mainly cater for residents and so are outside the scope of this survey).  On your right:

The Halfway
247 Cathedral Road CF11 9PP (2066 7135)
The Halfway Hotel is a traditional Brains pub; built in the 19th Century, and refurbished in 2003. Pub food is served from lunchtime until 9pm (except Sundays, when the afternoon roast is the thing). The grill menu is popular. This spacious open-plan pub also has a skittle alley and a walled garden for outdoor drinking (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Aug 2012).


Bamboo Gardens
239 Cathedral Road CF11 9PP (2037 1791)
Chinese take-away, specialising in chop suey among other things. It opens in the evenings only (Food Hygiene Rating 1: immediate improvement necessary. Aug 2011).

Pontcanna News has closed.

Bant a la Cart
231 Cathedral Road CF11 9PP (2022 7180)
Deli and cafe opened around seven years ago by owner Elin Wyn Williams, specialising in Welsh food. Deli produce includes Welsh cheeses, pastries and cakes. Bant a la Cart are also a catering company, who cater on film sets and for diverse events (Food Hygiene Rating 3: generally satisfactory. Oct 2010).

Hot Pantry Bakery
229 Cathedral Road CF11 9PP (2022 8649)
Independent bakery, selling range of pies, pasties and cakes. I bought a large wholemeal loaf (Food Hygiene Rating 2: improvement necessary. Feb 2011).

The Fruit Bowl
227 Cathedral Road CF11 9PP
Greengrocers (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. April 2012).

D J Driscoll Butchers
221 Cathedral Road CF11 9PP (2023 0915)
This traditional family butcher has been trading in Pontcanna for around 75 years (also known as Mike Driscoll family butchers). Welsh black beef and Welsh lamb, sausages, free-range chickens, Woodland pork and other meats from notable farms. A quality butchers shop (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Jan 2011).

Coffee #1
211-217 Cathedral Road CF11 9PP (2022 4654)
This large Coffee #1 outlet opened in May 2012 on a site formerly occupied by Ballantyne’s wine merchants. Coffee #1 is owned by Cardiff-based brewing company Brains (SA Brain & Co), which is expanding this coffee house brand. There are now over 30 Coffee #1 outlets (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. May 2012).

Left:

The Cricketers
66 Cathedral Road CF11 9LL (2034 5102)
The food ranges from pub classics to more adventurous restaurant-level dishes, with plenty of Welsh ingredients in evidence on the menu. The Cricketers is family (and dog)-friendly, with a patio out back for al fresco drinking. Yes, they do sponsor a cricket team (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Nov 2012).

Opposite:

Cayo Arms
36 Cathedral Road CF11 9LL (2023 5211)
A traditional Marstons pub, with five en-suite rooms for guests.  The pub prides itself on the selection of real ales for sale and its long wooden bar. The pub food menu features burgers, sandwiches, buckets (e.g., of chicken wings), grills, fish and chips, fajita specials, pies, and desserts. Nathan Sutton is the manager. The Cayo is named after William Julian Cayo-Evans, leader of the ‘Free Wales Army’ (Food Hygiene Rating 3: generally satisfactory. Oct 2012).

Across the road, detour down Sophia Close. We are now in Sophia Gardens:

Y Mochyn Du
Sophia Close CF11 9HW (2037 1599)
Pub and restaurant, in a converted gatekeeper’s lodge, popular with those wanting to speak Welsh over a pint (the name translates as The Black Pig in English, and it derives from a traditional Welsh song).  Welsh dishes feature strongly on the menu, including cawl, laver bread and cockles, Welsh rarebit, faggots and mushy peas, Welsh steaks; along with the usual pub standards. There’s usually an impressive range of Welsh ales on draught. The tables outside provide a pleasant place to be on a summer evening (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. June 2012).


Elsewhere in Sophia Gardens it’s all very sporty. For example:

Sport Wales National Centre
Sophia Close CF11 9SW
Sports facility run by Sport Wales with aim of increasing participation and raising performance levels in sport. Expect healthy meals in the canteen (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. June 2012).

SWALEC Stadium / Glamorgan Cricket
Sophia Close CF11 9XR
Cricket ground that has hosted Test Matches (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Dec 2012).

Back on Cathedral Road, and further down to your left:

Jolyon’s at No 10
10 Cathedral Road CF11 9LJ (2009 1900)
“Boutique hotel” opened in 2011, with 21 rooms, to build on the success of the original Jolyon’s in Cardiff Bay (opened 2004). Non-residents encouraged to dine in the restaurant. Jolyon’s have the charming Cwtch Bar in the bay; here they have the more corporate Cwtch Fawr. Main meals on the current menu include Pan-fried venison steak, gin and tonic fish and chips, Poached chicken roulade, Red mullet, and Rump of Welsh lamb (Food Hygiene Rating 2: improvement necessary. Feb 2011).

We are back at the junction of Cowbridge Road East and Cathedral Road. Cross over and continue down the road, which is now called Lower Cathedral Road. We are in Riverside, Cardiff.

On your right:

Yummy Yummy
56 Lower Cathedral Road CF11 6LT (2038 8899)
Chinese take-away (Food Hygiene Rating 3: generally satisfactory. Dec 2010).

On your left:

Madhav
53-59 Lower Cathedral Road CF11 6LU
Large Indian restaurant (Food Hygiene Rating 1: major improvement necessary. Oct 2011).

On your right:

Rockin' Chair
62-64 Lower Cathedral Road CF11 6LT (2064 4150)
This Caribbean café, diner and bar (live music) extends around the corner into Neville Street (where you’ll find the diner entrance). The “Rice and Peas” Caribbean café diner serves authentic and traditional Caribbean cuisine; including Caribbean Soup, Jerk chicken, Goat curry, Fried snapper, Ackee and saltfish. Themed nights (e.g., curry on Monday and Thursday) and Sunday lunches. This self-appointed “House of real gravy” will also do you a take-away. Rajas bar was previously at this location (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Oct 2011).

For those of you who are with me every inch of the way, you can briefly detour up and down Neville Street (which joins Cowbridge Road East at its other end).

Opposite the Neville Street entrance to Rockin Chair:

Medina Foods
90 Neville Street CF11 6LS (2034 3829)
Food store, specialising in halal meat and fish (Food Hygiene Rating 1: major improvement necessary. Oct 2012).

Further up:

Happy Shopper
10-12 Neville Street CF11 6LR
Grocery store (Food Hygiene Rating 1: major improvement necessary. May 2012).

Rocket Joe’s
6 Neville Street CF11 6LR (2022 9618)
Take-away and delivery service: Pizza and fried chicken. There’s a second Rocket Joe’s on City Road.

Balti Master
4 Neville Street CF11 6LR (2022 6305)
Take-away: Fish and chips, curry sauce, pizza and kebabs (Food Hygiene Rating 2: improvement necessary. Jan 2012).

Backtrack to Lower Cathedral Road, which here changes its name to Clare Street. You’ll see Clare Gardens on the right-hand side of the road and Despenser Gardens on the other side. There is a Lifestyle Express convenience store and a view of the Millennium Stadium down Despenser Street. I’ll see you here next time.

Previously, on the walking tour:

Pontcanna 2
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/pontcanna-2.html

Pontcanna 1
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/pontcanna-1-we-are-leaving-canton.html

North Canton
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/north-canton.html

Cowbridge Road East 3
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/cowbridge-road-east-3-llandaff-road-to.html

Cowbridge Road East 2
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/cowbridge-road-east-2-wyndham-crescent.html

Cowbridge Road East 1
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/cowbridge-road-east-1-cathedral-road-to.html

Bute Park
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/bute-park-cardiff.html

Cathays Park
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/cathays-park-cardiff.html

Cathays Terrace
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/cathays-terrace-cardiff.html

Salisbury Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/salisbury-road-cardiff.html

Woodville Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/woodville-road-cardiff.html

Crwys Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/crwys-road-cardiff.html

Wellfield Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/wellfield-road-cardiff.html

Albany Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/albany-road-cardiff.html

City Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/city-road-cardiff.html


 

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Pontcanna 2

We are in Pontcanna, Cardiff; on a walking tour of the city. Previously, I left you walking up to the junction of Severn Grove with King’s Road.

Turn right into King’s Road. On your left is The Dairy (200 King’s Road). I found little information about this building actually being used as a dairy, but it was formerly Pontcanna Pine Warehouse, a flea market, and it was nearly turned into 14 flats and a convenience store. More recently, it was a design hub and the location for a Ffotogallery exhibition in 2011. Now, at weekends, it has become Cardiff Street Feast: a large-scale Supper Club with Milgi, Chucks, and the Tiny Rebel Brewery.

Opposite, down a courtyard:

Artisan Brewing Co.
183a King’s Road CF11 9DF
Simon Doherty started the Artisan Brewing Co. in a converted garage at the end of the driveway here in 2008. His microbrewery specializes in making continental-style lagers, and he is not afraid to experiment. The beers have been sold under the Bare Naked Beer brand-name. However, Pepsi won a two-year copyright case to stop the use of the word Naked in this context. I interviewed Simon for the Buzz Food and Drink Guide 2011 (link below), and caught up with him again for this post to find out about the rebranding of Artisan Brewery Co. beers.


While Simon was overwintering in Australia and Thailand, a re-branding competition to name ‘The Beer with no name’ (I liked that name!) was running on the Artisan Brewing Co. website. After due consideration, Simon announced the new brand-name last Saturday (2 March). In the end, it was one he had been thinking about himself for a while: Pipes. He is surrounded by pipes in his garage brewery. So we need to get used to ordering “a pint of Pipes”. The new artwork will be unveiled shortly and, reassuring, the beers remain the same. You can buy bottled beers direct from the brewery on Saturday afternoons (noon to 6pm), and get them on draught there on the first Saturday of each month or in independent bars around Cardiff, including Milgi Lounge. I had a fine pint of the Bavarian wheat beer in Gwdihw last week, before a meal in Madeira. Other current brews include Bohemian Pilsner, Helles Lager (Munich style), Smoked lager, and ALT beer.

Across the road:

Kemi's at Pontcanna
186-188 King’s Road CF11 9DF (2037 2055)
Kemi’s opened here in Septmber 2012, building on the success of Kemi’s@Craft in the Bay (Cardiff Bay). There was a free sampling celebration last Friday (1 March) to mark the first six months. The Lunch Menu offers salads, including Kemi’s salad feast and exotic salads, quiche, baguettes and jacket potatoes; with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. There are cakes and desserts, served with hot and cold drinks, from 9am to 5 pm (10am weekends). Kemi’s is family-friendly, with the Little Menu aimed at little ones.  The café is eat-in or take-out, with a range of food in the deli-style display counter. Kemi’s cater for dinner parties and weddings, and also run a cookery school. This was formerly the site of Wyatt’s Garden Store and, for a while, Crème Café (Food Hygiene Rating 3: generally satisfactory. Nov 2012).

On the other side of the King’s Road:

Mimosa Lounge (175 King’s Road) closed in July 2012 and this site is currently empty (Mimosa Kitchen & Bar in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, on the other hand, has recently re-opened after a major refurbishment).

The Cinnamon Tree
173 King’s Road CF11 9DE (2037 4433)
A popular and traditional family-run Indian restaurant, owned by the Uzzaman Brothers; their father opened the family’s first Indian restaurant in 1960 on Wellfield Road. Classic Indian restaurant dishes, though the menu also features surprises that have previously included ostrich, duck and venison dishes. The restaurant is one two floors, with the buffet being a popular option (Food Hygiene Rating 3: generally satisfactory. March 2011).

It's worth having a look in Caban (160 King’s Road), a Welsh-language bookshop that also sells Welsh-language and local artist CDs. You can get a coffee here at the counter, and there are a couple of seats by the window.

King's Road carries on in a southerly direction to join Cowbridge Road East (we visited La Cuina, 11 King’s Road when we walked down Cowbridge Road East).

Turn around, cross Sneyd Street, pass Flowers with a Twist florist, and start walking up Pontcanna Street.

On you left:

Cameo Club
3-5 Pontcanna Street CF11 9HQ (2022 0466)
The Cameo Club Bar Bistro and Lounge is a members-only club that dates from the 1960s. A recent development lets non-members eat in the bistro at lunchtime (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Nov 2011).

Keep walking along Pontcanna Street. On the corner with Estyn Street:

Brava
71 Pontcanna Street CF11 9HS (2037 1929)
Brava café and restaurant opened just over a decade ago. It offers breakfast and brunch, from 8am (e.g., American pancakes, eggs benedict, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs), and lunch (e.g., soup, quiche, burgers, pasta dishes and salads). In the evening, Brava takes on a bistro atmosphere and serves meals until 9pm. Brava encourages BYO: no corkage after 6pm. Owners Andrew and Lee are keen to source Welsh produce. Brava displays work by local artists (Food Hygiene Rating 3: generally satisfactory. July 2011).

The Smoke House
77 Pontcanna Street CF11 9HS (2034 4628)
Earlier this year, Diner 77 closed on this site. It had operated here since 1977. Fans of its American dining ethos, however, need not fear, because new venture - The Smoke House - will retain the American-style diner feel while updating the style. The new owners are Richard and Jaz Davies, and the Head Chef is Sean Lewis. Authentic American BBQ will be on offer from their Hickory Burning Smoker: ‘Memphis’ style dry rub pork ribs, Hickory slow smoked beef brisket and BBQ chicken. Also on the menu will be grills and burgers, including classic rib-eye steak and blackened butt (I guess that one might taste better than it sounds), while you will also find dishes for “non-smokers”, including shrimp and tuna. All will be revealed when The Smoke House opens later this month, on Friday 15 March.

Cibo
83 Pontcanna Street CF11 9PH (2023 2226)
Cibo Italian Café Bar opened here about 15 years ago and is popular for its Italian bistro food and coffee. The menu features pizzas, such as the Fiorentina (spinach, egg and nutmeg), calzones like the Calzone al Cibo (Gorno’s Italian sausage, tomato, spinach, parmesan and taleggio), pasta dishes, and main course salads. They do take-away and delivery, which can now be done online (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. June 2012).


Fish at 85
85 Pontcanna Street CF11 9HS (2002 0212)
Fishmonger and restaurant operated by Channel Fisheries (of Brixham, Devon). Opened in June 2011 and managed by John Lester, this is the company’s first retail outlet (although they supply many restaurants, shops, and even the Royal Family by appointment). Padrig Jones is Chef. Mussels, oysters, scallops, squid and a wide range of fish on the menu and on the fishmonger’s slab, some fairly unusual. You can come in and purchase fish to cook at home, or choose your fish and get them to cook it. They supply several top local restaurants with fish and seafood; when I walked past the small Pier 64 van pulled up outside. A new a la carte menu has been launched in the 20-cover restaurant, which includes Roast Monkfish, boulangere Potatoes and creamy curried mussels; and Sole, pak choi, mash, sherry and shallot Jus. There’s also a fixed-price menu. Eating here is not for everyone, with the sight and aroma of the long fish counter nearby, but it has become a minor mecca for Cardiff’s fish and seafood lovers. Fish at 85 has recently starting cooking classes (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Nov 2012).

Pontcanna Post Office and Pontcanna Stores
89-93 Pontcanna Street CF11 9HS
Convenience food store, off-licence and post office (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Dec 2012).

At the end of Pontcanna Street you’ll see Coffee #1, the big Brains-owned coffee shop, which we will pass again shortly when we walk down Cathedral Road. Take the left turn down Mortimer Road.

Walk along to the junction of Mortimer Road and Conway Road:

The Conway
58 Conway Road CF11 9NW (2022 4373)
The Conway pub had a major overhaul when the Knife and Fork Food Company (who also own Woods Brasserie in Cardiff Bay) took it over in 2009. Inside, the division of traditional drinker’s bar for locals and lounge dining room has been retained. The new Conway quickly gained a good reputation for food (and has had repeated entries in the Michelin Pub Guide). Chef Stefan Nilsson likes cooking fish and offers signature dishes like Hake, new potatoes, samphire and cask cider sauce. Vegetarians are well-catered for, with dishes such as Halloumi stack with sweet pepper and avocado butter chips and onion rings. The menu is constantly changing, as you would expect when good seasonal food is on offer. In addition to modern takes on classics like fish and chips, expect the odd curveball (e.g., Chocolate ganache with Irn-Bru caramel). Wye Valley ales are the house beer. A model gastropub (just when it was becoming a dread word). Quiz night is Sunday. The Conway also hosts special event evenings. Recently Nick Otley was here launching a new Otley Brew, while on 12 March there’s a Pudding Club, with the patisserie chef Stefan Romare visiting from Stockholm (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. March 2012).

Turn right at the Mortimer Road-Conway Road junction, along Conway Road until you get to Penh-Hill Road. Turn right and walk along to the start of Cathedral Road. I’ll see you there next time.

Simon Doherty Interview in Buzz Food and Drink Guide 2011 (p. 24): http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1tciv/BuzzFoodandDrinkGuid/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=

Previously, on the walking tour:
Pontcanna 1
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/pontcanna-1-we-are-leaving-canton.html
North Canton
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/north-canton.html
Cowbridge Road East 3
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/cowbridge-road-east-3-llandaff-road-to.html
Cowbridge Road East 2
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/cowbridge-road-east-2-wyndham-crescent.html
Cowbridge Road East 1
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/cowbridge-road-east-1-cathedral-road-to.html
Bute Park
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/bute-park-cardiff.html
Cathays Park
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/cathays-park-cardiff.html
Cathays Terrace
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/cathays-terrace-cardiff.html
Salisbury Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/salisbury-road-cardiff.html
Woodville Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/woodville-road-cardiff.html
Crwys Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/crwys-road-cardiff.html
Wellfield Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/wellfield-road-cardiff.html
Albany Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/albany-road-cardiff.html
City Road
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/city-road-cardiff.html

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Creating a Community Garden 7

For the past year, I have been chronicling the creation of a Community Garden in Dinas Powys, Vale of Glamorgan. The garden was recently christened Nightingale Community Garden, because it lies between Nightingale Place and Sir Ivor Place. The first meeting was held in January 2012 and the main contractors - Gerald Davies Ltd - started working on the site a year later. They should be finished by the end of next week. Local residents will take charge of their plots in mid-March and start growing their own food.


The topsoil started arriving on 18 February: 340 tons of it from a location in Llantwit Major. It was spread about a foot thick across the site.


Once all the topsoil was down, the compost started arriving. This was obtained from a farm on the far side of Cowbridge. It was made from the Vale of Glamorgan’s kerbside kitchen caddy and garden waste recycling collections. Local residents were very understanding, as the process was a little smelly. The compost formed a layer 6-8 inches on top.


The pathways were marked out, and constructed using wooden edging and gravel.


The area left to concrete in the corner behind the electricity sub-station will be used for a communal shed, seating and BBQ, and deep-beds. In the longer term, a greenhouse is also planned. A tap will soon be fitted in this area, from an extension of the Welsh Water network.


The steering committee drew up plans for the plots and assigned them to those who have expressed an interest. At a meeting this morning (2 March 2013) people saw for the first time the size and location of their plots. Gravel boards will be used to further sub-divide the main plots.


Elizabeth Millard (Chairperson of the Dinas Powys Residents Group) and Councillor Keith Hatton, who initiated the project over a year ago, addressed those assembled. They thanked Rob McGhee of Creative Rural Communities for project managing so effectively and stressed the community aspect of the garden. They summarized what had been achieved and what is planned.



The next meeting at Nightingale Community Garden will be on Saturday 16 March at 10am. Plot holders will be given a Plot Holder Agreement to sign and asked for the first years hire money (to cover costs of water etc - the Community Garden needs to be self-financing). They can then take control of their plots. I will report back, as the first plants are transplanted and the first seeds are sown.

Previous posts:

Feb 2013
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/creating-community-garden-6.html

Jan 2013
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/creating-community-garden-5.html

Oct 2012
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/creating-community-garden-4.html

Aug 2012
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/creating-community-garden-3.html

Feb 2012
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/creating-community-garden-2.html

Jan 2012
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.com/2012/01/creating-community-garden.html