Monday, 22 April 2013

Womanby Street and Quay Street, Cardiff

Previously, on this walking tour of Cardiff, I left you by the Angel Hotel on Castle Street in the City Centre. Walk in an easterly direction along Castle Street, until you get to the turn into Womanby Street/Stryd Womanby, between the Nisa Local and Dempseys (Castle Street and Castle Arcade are in the next instalment). We are in Cardiff’s Castle Quarter.

Turn right down Womanby Street. This is one of Cardiff’s oldest streets, which used to link the castle with the city’s main quay. The street dates back to at least the 1300s and its name probably had Norse origins (e.g., Hundemanby Street). Inns along here, such as The Horse and Groom, were notorious for the press-ganging of sailors.

The recent restoration and large new paving stones have compromised some of its historical character (and grime; though I guess there are fewer twisted ankles of a Saturday night), but Womanby Street retains enough period detail for it to be a popular film location (e.g., Doctor Who: The Empty Child and other episodes).


On your right, just past Nisa Local:

Cardiff Fashion Quarter
Womanby Street CF10 1BR
Opened in October 2012, CFQ is an emporium of independent businesses (e.g., vintage clothing, crafts, antiques, flea market ware, vinyl) located in a former cinema. There’s impressive street art outside; the striking woman’s face was painted by Diego Zelaya. A stroll down Womanby Street these days may involve negotiating the fashion photographers.

Fuel
5 Womanby Street CF10 1BR
A rock music club opened in 2012.

The Full Moon
Womanby Street CF10 1BR (2037 3022)
Bar and music venue that opened in 2011. Upstairs it’s called The Moon Club. Unlike its immediate predecessor (Y Fuwch Goch), it does not serve food.  This was the site of the former Red Cow Inn, a pub dating from the old quayside days to the early 1900s.

Opposite, after Dempseys:

clwb ifor bach
11 Womanby Street CF10 1BR (2023 2199)
Opened in 1983, Clwb Ifor Bach is also referred to as The Welsh Club because of its promotion of the Welsh-language and Welsh music. This is one of the Cardiff’s most famous music venues. Seminal Welsh music acts such as Super Furry Animals and Catatonia have played here. Among the acts I have seen here in the past couple of years have been Meic Stevens, Colorama, Charlotte Church, Jonathan Powell, Jodi Marie, and British Sea Power. In fact, I saw BSP again last week at The Coal Exchange: what a great band (but, I digress).

Just past clwb ifor bach, we come to gates into the courtyard at the back of Revolution (see Castle Street).

Further along in a courtyard off Womanby Street is Jones Court. These Grade I listed estate workers cottages have been thoroughly modernized and media consultant is now a more typical job description.

On your right/west side of the street, you pass back entrances to The Gatekeeper (a Wetherspoon pub), Pica Pica (tapas and cocktails) and Fire Island (For these three establishments, see Westgate Street).


Opposite Fire Island, on the corner of Womanby Street and Quay Street/Stryd Y Cei:

The City Arms
10-12 Quay Street CF10 1EA (2022 2528)
This traditional Brains pub is one of the best places to drink beer in Cardiff; it’s no surprise CAMRA named it Cardiff Pub of the Year 2012. Exceptional care is taken over the beer and you are guaranteed to find an impressive range of real ales on tap. The City Arms was built in the 1880s (when Brains Brewery was also founded). It was formerly known as The Cattle Market Tavern and then the Dovers Arms, changing its name again in 1905 to The City Arms – the year Cardiff was given City status. A full range of Brains beers is available on draught, along with British microbrewery and guest cask ales, and beers of all styles from around the world. They serve beer in 1/3 pints for those wanting to sample a goodly variety, while there is a City Arms Beer Club (for loyalty card discounts and beer information). There’s no food served, but Brains have opened their flagship food establishment Greenwood & Brown a couple of doors down the street (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. June 2011).


Casanova
13 Quay Street CF10 1EA (2034 4044)
Casanova is without doubt one of Cardiff’s best Italian restaurants (in a city renowned for its Italian restaurants). It was opened in 2005 by three Italian friends and offers authentic Italian food. We had a celebration meal here recently, which lived up to expectations. I had scallops (campesante) for starters, served with black pudding and pumpkin puree; followed by agnello, tender slow-cooked lamb served with mash and sweet and sour peppers; concluding with tiramisu and coffee. My partner also had good things to say about the intense flavours in her duck, leek and wild mushroom bruschetta starter. There is a seasonally changing menu and plenty of local food sourcing (e.g., Riverside Market Garden, Ashton’s fishmonger, and JT Morgan for Welsh salt marsh lamb); while wine and other food ingredients are imported directly from Italy. When my partner searched for ‘Casanova’ on her Internet phone, the site was blocked as adult content (do restaurants really need to consider such things these days?), but we can reassure you that there is nothing dodgy about Cardiff’s Casanova! (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. May 2012).


Greenwood & Brown
14-15 Quay Street CF10 1EA (2022 7972)
This is Brains’ first restaurant venture. It opened in Dec 2011 (see below for a link to my opening night comments). They do the simple things well, especially steaks and seafood. Typical lunchtime specials recently have included deep-fried goat’s cheese, SA Gold-battered hake, and roast monkfish with vegetable and tomato cumin sauce. Features on the fish and shellfish menu include a kilo of Welsh coast mussels, lobster tails, and the fruit de mer platter for two. Puddings are also a feature. Welsh products and local food sourcing are the order of the day (e.g., Welsh beef comes from Celtic Pride, free range eggs from Birchgrove Eggs, seafood from Swansea Fish, and cheese from Caws Cenarth). A pub has been on this site since at least 1600, when it was a waterside location, which was called The Model Inn for many years. Brains bought it in 1956 and it has now been massively refurbished into this smart brasserie.


Across the road:

Bistro One Café
4 Quay Street CF10 1DZ (2038 8888)
Established in 1970, this is more traditional café/diner than bistro, serving breakfast and lunch. Fried food in a booth: Classic. Food is eat-in or to-go.  (Food Hygiene Rating 3: generally satisfactory. Jan 2013).

Across the road, and just past Gill’s newsagent, on your right:

Baguette Xpress
18 Quay Street CF10 1DZ (2034 4900)
This is a friendly take-away for breakfast and sandwiches, and is home of the £1 lunch; soup, various rolls and coffee all at £1. I had the bacon roll from this menu recently: soft bap, rasher of bacon and ketchup; to keep you going rather than fill you up (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Nov 2012).

Across the road, on the corner is Costa, at the junction of Quay Street with High Street/St Mary Street. I’ll see you here next time.

See also:

British Sea Power at clwb ifor bach
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/british-sea-power-merchandise-stall.html

Opening of Greenwood & Brown
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/greenwood-brown-cardiff.html


Previously, on the walking tour:

Westgate Street
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/westgate-street-cardiff.html

Riverside
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/riverside-cardiff.html

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

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Riverside Market Garden

A group of us from Nightingale Community Garden went on a study visit to the Riverside Market Garden (RMG) on Friday 12 April. The event was organized by our Vale of Glamorgan Community Foodie Rob McGhee and his colleagues from Torfaen and Bridgend.

The RMG was set up as a social enterprise by RCMA (the organization that operates Riverside Farmers’ Market in Cardiff). It is located on the edge of St Hilary on Coed Hills Farm, which it shares with the Coed Hills Rural Artspace, in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan. RMG grows food for a local organic vegetable box scheme (with many customers in nearby Cowbridge), the Riverside Farmers’ Market and a number of restaurants in the Cardiff area (e.g., Arboreal in Cowbridge and Casanova in Cardiff). It is run as a cooperative with around 150 local shareholders (shares start at £50).


Head Grower Sophie Durnan gave us an introductory talk, followed by a tour of Coed Hills. The RMG was started four years ago and comprises a 5-acre field, on which are two polytunnels. Crops are grown in rows across the 300 foot-wide field. The focus is on high value crops, and a wide variety of produce for the vegetable boxes. Crops grown include kale, cauliflower and other brassicas, courgettes, squash, leeks, fennel, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, and a range of salads. We were taken around the field, which will shortly be ploughed ready for the planting of this season’s crops.


The field is split into six areas in terms of crop rotation. Green manures are grown as part of the rotation; this is now known to be the best way to incorporate nitrogen into the soil. A short-term crop, such as rye grass, mustard or clover, which can be subsequently flailed and dug in, improves the soil more than if a field is standing fallow for an equivalent period of time. This philosophy is extended at RMG, where crop residues (e.g., last year’s cauliflowers) are cut up with a flail mower and dug in, rather than being removed and composted. Brassicas are not grown on the same part of the field again for around 5 years, to prevent the recurrence of diseases such as clubroot. The brassicas like the alkaline soil conditions here; though they are covered with a fine plastic mesh to prevent attack by flea beetle, which is prevalent in the area.


The soil at Coed Hills is clayey and stony. Root crops, such as carrots and parsnips are not grown in the field (although there are some early carrots currently in a polytunnel). Potatoes are also not grown; although a small amount may be in future (it is unlikely that RMG will invest in the expensive machinery for growing potatoes on a large scale). For the organic box scheme, potatoes and some other crops are supplied from organic farms in the area.

 
In Dinas Powys, we also have heavy clay in our newly-established Community Garden and we picked up some good tips on working on clay soil (see next Community garden post).


Winter salads are flourishing in the RMG polytunnels. These are not heated, but have produced more salad than they can sell over the winter. Pallets containing seed trays hang from the roof of the tunnels – a good use of available space. Plants grown in the tunnels include broad beans, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, aubergines, ruby streak mustard and some basil. Miner’s lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata) is currently abundant in the polytunnels and forms the basis of the winter salads produced by RMG, though it was noted how diverse their salad is with flavours from different leaves. Lunch included plenty of miner’s lettuce, along with young carrot tops and other green leaves fresh from the polytunnel, to accompany homemade bread and a choice of borsch or pumpkin soup.
 
After a walk around RMG’s field, we saw the permaculture and forest gardens; the latter has recently been planted. Trees are planted further apart than in a regular orchard, because below them will be a profusion of shrubs and other crops – an entire edible landscape. Drainage ditches (with attractive bridges across) snake across the site to a large pond that is being built at the bottom of the hill. The initial setting up is very important for permaculture and forest gardens. Get it right and things look after themselves, with the diversity meaning there is much less weeding or pest control than in monocultures. A couple of large containers nearby are currently being converted into mushroom production units (e.g., shitake, oyster).
 
 
The Coed Hills Rural Artspace was established at Coed Hills in 1996, as a unique centre for art, sustainability and education. The workshop area was built in 1999 and houses metalwork, woodwork, mosaic, textile, printing studios and facilities, where craftsmen and artists work. Around the site are sculptures, tepees, standing stones and an impressive labyrinth cut into the grass by David Goff-Eveleigh around the time of the National Eisteddfod in the Vale of Glamorgan last year. Diverse activities are available at Coed Hills, from nature conservation demonstrations, to drumming workshops, and a sweat lodge.
 
A key point arising from the day was the benefits that can be derived from people working together in Community Gardens. Bulk orders can be split, seeds swapped and equipment borrowed or exchanged. People learn from each other, both within individual gardens or at meetings such as this one, which concluded with a productive Community Networking session.
 
Riverside Market Garden:
Community Foodie on Facebook (more photos of the day):
 
 
Creating a Community Garden (Nightingale Community Garden in Dinas Powys):
April 2013
March 2013
Feb 2013
Jan 2013
Oct 2012
Aug 2012
Feb 2012
Jan 2012
 



 

 

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Creating a Community Garden 8

In this strand, I have been following the creation of Nightingale Community Garden in Dinas Powys (see links below), on a site that was formerly an unsightly abandoned play area. This month, local residents started gardening there for the first time.


The contractors (Gerald Davies Ltd) finished work on the Community Garden on 6 March, when the compacted red gravel pathways were completed.


On 14 March, Stuart Hockley led work on subdividing the plots with wooden planking, helped by Keith Hatton and Rob McGhee of the Vale of Glamorgan’s Community Foodie initiative. I helped with a couple of borders, including the one to my own plot.


A secure shed was erected on the concrete area at the back of the site. Four deep beds have also being set up in this area. Giles Metcalf has worked on the deep beds and the wood from the cut trees, some of which will be used in the garden.
 


More recently, screening has been placed along the far fence by the shed to provide the neighbour on that side with more privacy.


A tap now provides water in the garden. Rain water is also being collected off the shed roof in a storage tank.


On Sat 16 March, the official hand-over took place. Elizabeth Millard collected the money, in her role as chairperson of the Dinas Powys Resident’s Group (who have taken on the lease of the land from the council), and Plot Holder Agreement forms were signed. Merry Metcalf took on the role of garden secretary on a temporary basis, making sure all the necessary paperwork was in order for the handover.


Charges are being made according to plot size: £1 per metre squared. This should raise £537 in the first year toward water rates and other running costs of the garden, which now needs to be self-financing.

Councillor Keith Hatton, who co-initiated the project and has been involved throughout, along with Rob McGhee, welcomed local residents on hand-over day. They explained arrangements for the combination locks (on the gate, shed and water tap) and future plans for the garden (e.g., greenhouses). Plot-holders were reminded not to park on nearby grass verges, not to hang coats over fences, not to walk mud onto the public footpath, and generally respect the fact that the garden is in a residential area. An official Opening Day is being planned for May or June.


The first plants in at Nightingale Community Garden were broad beans transplanted by Angela Peterken and her team. Angela is working with five families associated with Dinas Powys Infants School on the garden’s largest plot.

Unfortunately, the weather during the first couple of weeks was very cold and wet. This, together with the heavy clay soil that is hard work to dig over and retains the water, meant that little work got done during the rest of March.


Many of the plots were rotavated on 11 April to help break up the clay. This made a big difference. Sand and grit is also coming this week, for those who want to work it into their plots.


On Sat 13 April, this rhubarb was the first thing I planted in my plot.

I expect when spring eventually does arrive, we will see more action on the gardening front and I’ll report next month on developments. In the meantime, a group from Nightingale Community Garden, myself included, went on a Community Foodie-organized trip to the Riverside Community Garden (Coed Hills near St Hilary in the Vale of Glamorgan) to pick up some tips. That will be the subject of my next post in this strand of the food blog.

Previous posts:

March 2013
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/creating-community-garden-7.html
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


 

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Westgate Street, Cardiff

We have left Riverside and have walked across the River Taff on the bridge to the south of the Millennium Stadium. We are in Cardiff’s City Centre.

On your left:

Vue Cinema
Stadium Plaza, Wood Street CF10 1LA
Multiplex cinema (13 screens) selling popcorn, sticky sweet drinks and confectionary. A banner outside optimistically proclaims Stadium Plaza as Cardiff’s Leisure Quarter, though the nightclub unit under the cinema is currently empty.

Set back on a side street past this entertainment complex is the Media Wales building (South West Echo and Western Mail).

Walk straight along Wood Street. This is a street in transition and we will return here at a later date. To your right is Cardiff Central railway station and the recently re-built bus station. A demolished building has being replaced with sporty surfacing that promotes Cardiff as a city of sport.

Many units along the north side of Wood Street (St David’s House and Noble House) are now empty. Food businesses once here have included Thai Empire (formerly no. 6-7), Café Novo (no. 6) and Noble House (a Chinese/Japanese restaurant formerly at 9-10 Wood Street).

On the ground floor of Southgate House, at the corner of Wood Street and Westgate Street:

JJ’s Sandwich Bar
Wood Street CF10 1EW (2066 5278)
A sandwich shop and catering business (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Nov 2012).

Across the road are a Coffee #1 and The Prince of Wales (later on the tour). Start walking up Westgate Street / Heol Y Porth.

On your right, past the back of The Royal Hotel:

Double Super Happy
31 Westgate Street CF10 1EH (2022 7773)
This Tokyo-style dim sum and cocktail bar opened in 2012. It serves pan-Asian Dim Sum, rather than being authentically regional, and is under the same ownership as Pica Pica (a tapas and cocktail bar) further up Westgate Street. Satay, tempura, dumplings, salads: meat, fish and vegetable options. This location was previously Tabu nightclub.

Cross Golate / Y Gwter. This side street is one of the oldest in Cardiff and has previously been called Frog Lane, Gulleygate, Porth Llongau and several other names (listed on a blue plaque on Golate House). A stream used to run down here to the River Taff, which ran along what is now Westgate Street, before it was diverted to its current position further west.

The Queens Vaults
29 Westgate Street CF10 1EH (2022 7966)
A Victorian pub on the corner of Westgate Street and Golate, with Queen Victoria painted above the front door; the outside features some attractive tiling. Extensively refurbished in the mid-1980s and, according to cardiffpubs.co.uk, the present name dates from as far back as 2002, when it replaced the rather naff Flyhalf and Firkin. The pub food menu is served from midday until around 8pm. A neon sign promotes the fish and chips. Feels like a locals’ pub and is one of the closest tafarnau to the Millennium Stadium. Currently owned by Mitchells & Butler (Food Hygiene Rating 3: generally satisfactory. Oct 2010).


Zerodegrees
27 Westgate Street CF10 1DD (2022 9494)
This high-concept industrial-chic restaurant-microbrewery, in a former garage, has a menu that focuses on fresh and modern food. Gourmet pizzas (from a stone woodfired oven), salads, mussel kilo pots, pasta dishes and speciality sausages are the order of the day. You can see the shiny beer tanks in the window: wheat beer, Continental-style pilsner, pale ale, black lager and fruits beers are brewed here. Balconies for al fresco drinking, with good views of the Millennium Stadium – my picture of Zerodegrees was taken from the stadium (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Nov 2012).


On the corner of Westgate Street and Guildhall Place / Plas Y Neuadd:

Burger King
2 Guildhall Place CF10 1EB (2023 5865)
A large Burger King on the corner of Westgate Street and Guildhall Place, with upstairs and downstairs dining areas. The unchanging 1980s décor could soon put this place on some sort of fast-food heritage tour (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Oct 2011).

Bomber’s
Guildhall Place CF10 1EB
Bomber’s Sandwich House opened ten weeks ago, in February this year. The menu changes daily, with food being cooked fresh in the morning. Yesterday’s specials included roast smoked gammon with pineapple, BBQ pulled pork, and curried vegetable soup. I went for the togarashi chicken (a Japanese 7-spice with ginger and lime). From the daily meats you can assemble sandwiches with an appealing range of salads – including homemade coleslaw – and sauces; there is also the salad box option if you just want vegetarian. The largest bun is the Bomber; a Bomber Big Boy is two meats and any amount of salad; the Atomic Bomb gives you all you can eat. Bomber’s is very handy for the Millennium Stadium (Food Hygiene Rating 2: improvement necessary. Feb 2013).


Across Westgate Street:

Millennium Stadium
Westgate Street CF10 1NS (2082 2080)
The massive Millennium Stadium dominates the area. The home of Welsh rugby; there’s a fantastic atmosphere in and around the stadium during match days. The roof can be closed and the venue used for large concerts – though I find it a bit soulless as a music venue. Letheby & Christopher have exclusive catering rights inside the stadium and are based here. This changed in a rather curious way during the Olympic Games last summer (see link below).

WRU Shop/ The Cardiff Arms
8 Westgate Street CF10 1NS
This building on Westgate Street pre-dates the Millennium Stadium, but is now part of the same operation. The café bar is upstairs (Brain’s beer), and the Welsh Rugby Union gift shop downstairs. Open during the day only, with extensions on match days (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Nov 2012).

On your right (east side of Westgate Street):

The multi-story car park was once the headquarters of the Fire Brigade (1917-1973). A plaque nearby records that this was also once the entrance to the Town Quay, Cardiff’s main gateway to the sea; Blount’s Gate on this site was demolished in 1785.

Cross the entrance to Quay Street / Stryd Y Cei:

Fire Island
25 Westgate Street CF10 1DD (2023 6091)
Fire Island opened in November 2012 on the corner of Westgate Street and Quay Street, with another door out back on Womanby Street. It is owned by Beatbox Bars Ltd, who also operate Buffalo and 10 Feet Tall in Cardiff. There are bars upstairs and downstairs, with the downstairs bar specializing in an impressive range of craft beers and cider (over 40 of them). Featured micro-breweries include Tiny Rebel Brewery (who make house beer Beatbox APA) and Bristol Beer Factory. On our recent visit, I enjoyed a Continental Drift, a Welsh Red Rye IPA brewed by the Celt Experience Brewery (the first brewing of which was live-broadcasted – check it out on Youtube), while my partner had a Dabinett cider. The tables for eating are mainly in the downstairs bar. Home-smoked meats, BBQ, slow-cooked pulled pork, grills, ribs and burgers star on the menu. Previously, this red-brick Grade II listed building was used as the Glamorgan County Council Staff Club. Planning restrictions have helped dictate the moody minimalist/industrial chic interior. It’s a live music venue (e.g., jazz on Thursdays). Rooms upstairs and downstairs can be booked for private functions.


Pica Pica
15-23 Westgate Street CF10 1DD (2034 5737)
Mediterranean restaurant and cocktail bar, specializing in mezze, tapas and other ‘small plate’ food options. Dishes include piri-piri chicken, meatballs, vegetarian tagine, and gambas pil pil. The cocktail menu breaks down thus: long coolers, short and strong, classics, fizz, shooters, sweet and creamy, martinis, non-alcoholic (Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Oct 2011).

The Gatekeeper
9-10 Westgate Street CF10 1DD (2064 6020)
Lively J D Wetherspoon pub that opened in 2001. There’s a good range of real ales, as you would expect, with an extensive pub food menu and themed food nights. We like Thursdays: Wetherspoon’s curry night. This was originally the site of the Grand Theatre (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Dec 2011).

Mango House
5-7 Westgate Street CF10 1DD (2023 2266)
Indian restaurant and take-away located in what was formerly the Grand Hotel: Indian food in classy surroundings.  The original Mango House was opened in Magor, Monmouthshire, in 1998. This one in Westgate Street opened in around 2008. A large menu celebrates the diversity of Indian cuisine rather than focusing on a particular region;  with traditional Indian dishes, plenty of vegetarian options, and some modern and fusion choices (e.g., small-plate Indian tapas). Seafood specials include traditional Bangladeshi fish dishes. Tandoori, Balti, Biriyani, and all the styles you would expect, as well as lesser known Handhi style dishes. Mango House also do corporate events and catering (Food Hygiene Rating 4: good. Feb 2012).

Opposite:

Cardiff Arms Park
Cardiff Rugby Club, Westgate Street CF10 1JA
Home of Cardiff Blues / Gleision Caerdydd. The club came back here in 2012 after an unsuccessful ground-share with Cardiff City FC for a couple of years, at the Cardiff City Stadium in Leckwith. I believe Camelot Event Catering still do the stadium food (Food Hygiene Rating 3: generally satisfactory. May 2011).

A slight detour to the left on Castle Street / Heol Y Castell. Before you get to Cardiff Bridge (over the River Taff):

Callaghans
Holiday Inn, Castle Street CF10 1XD (20234 7247)
Bar on the ground floor of the former Intercontinental Hotel, which was built in 1973 and is now a Holiday Inn. Cardiffpubs.co.uk record that the original bar was called Toucans, which changed into the Irish-themed bar Callaghans in 1999. Food is mainly grills, burgers, pizza, sandwiches, along with popular All-Day Irish Breakfast. Guinness, live music (e.g., Irish folk and Celtic rock). I guess the beer garden used to be by the river before the building of the Millennium Stadium walkway (Holiday Inn: Food Hygiene Rating 5: very good. Sept 2011).


Back on the corner of Westgate Street and Castle Street:

Angel Hotel
Castle Street CF10 1SJ
The Angel Hotel opened here in 1878 (though Images of Cardiff: Central Cardiff, 1998, states the hotel dates from 1666, moving up the road after the demolition of the Cardiff Arms Hotel). Residents can opt for Castell’s Restaurant for dining or the Angel Bar. It is part of the Puma Hotels Collection. I regretted missing the recent Darkened Rooms pop-up cinema showing of The Shining in the ballroom of this hotel.

On the other side of Castle Street is Pettigrew Tea Rooms, which we visited on a previous walk around Bute Park. Carry on walking along Castle Street, back past The Angel, and I’ll see you there next time.

See also:

An Olympic Diet (at the Millennium Stadium)
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/an-olympic-diet-part-two.html

Curry night at The Gatekeeper
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/wetherspoons-curry-club.html

Pasta Pot (now closed)
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/pastapot-cardiff.html

Previously, on the walking tour:

Riverside
http://sfnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/riverside-cardiff.html

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