An area that should need no introduction by now, Pontcanna is carving out a niche for itself as one of the UK’s hottest food tickets. Known to be one of Cardiff’s trendiest neighbourhoods, this leafy enclave to the west of the city is home to some very impressive eateries, from craft beer havens and Michelin-acclaimed dining rooms to the tastiest vegan eats in the country. Read on to find out our pick of the best restaurants in Pontcanna.
One for the craft beer fiends, you'll find Brewhouse & Kitchen just shy of the Taff boasting one of the city’s best ale lineups. Alongside their own on-site microbrewery, they’ve got an impressive selection across the taps and fridges, stocking only the freshest pints from home and abroad. And for soaking that all up? You can chow down on everything from small plates and sides to speciality burgers and meaty main courses.
One of the best restaurants for dinner and cocktails in Pontcanna, Cardiff Distillery is renowned for its brunches, igloo dining and, of course, its gin. Head over to the Cathedral Road eatery for a tasting or tour around the facilitiy, before settling yourself into one of their pretty outdoor pods for some high-end comfort grub in the form of juicy burgers, plush pizzas and hearty Sunday roasts.
On the hunt for one of the best Pontcanna restaurants? Thomas by Thomas Simmons should be high up on your list. Having already nabbed a Michelin nod, the British and French-inspired dining destination is dedicated to using the very finest Welsh ingredients. Book in for classic garlic Kievs made with Pembrokeshire chicken breast, diver caught scallops and turbot tranche served with smoked mussel veloute.
A charming neighbourhood eatery, the much-lauded Milkwood crafts some of the most unique dishes in Pontcanna, all prepared with local Welsh produce. While the menu changes regularly, the quality and thought that goes into them does not, and guests can expect to tuck into delicacies such as slow grilled soy chicken thighs, ox cheek doughnuts and loaded confit tomato flatbreads, all presented in sublimely beautiful style.
One of Pontcanna’s favourite daytime hangouts, stylish Danish bakery, Brød, offers up some serious treats. From mouthwatering pastries and crusty loaves to freshly made sandwiches and strong coffee, there's something for every craving. A favourite among locals looking for their breakfast and brunch fix, you'll have to get those elbows out if you want to snag a table but if you do miss out, there's always the option of takeaway.
An icon of the Cardiff dining scene, Bully’s is one of the most beloved Pontcanna restaurants with its mix of quirky hodge-podge interiors and delicious French-inspired dishes. Turning local produce into continental cuisine, you’ll find everything from aged Welsh beef fillet in red wine sauce and roasted polenta with Wye Valley asparagus to a decadent dessert list, including a vanilla panna cotta.
Possibly the area’s friendliest eatery, Pontcanna Inn is all about the great food and even better atmosphere. Located up on Cathedral Road, the pub, restaurant and boutique hotel offers warm and modern interiors alongside a tantalising sun trap of a garden out the back. But it’s the food here that has really given the venue its name, as it brings a modern take on pub classics from extravagant burgers to posh kebabs.
Kin + Ilk
The stuff that Insta-dreams are made of, Kin + Ilk has locations across the city, but it's their Pontcanna restaurant that boasts the most relaxed atmosphere, which, across the brand, is already a pretty chilled one. Situated just off Cathedral Road, this daytime cafe and brunch spot is a must-visit if you’re in the market for health-focused and totally delicious dishes, and honey-processed Salvadoran coffee.
The Lazy Leek
Vegans of Cardiff need not worry about being subjected to more superfood salads and buddha bowls because Kings Road Yard eatery, The Lazy Leek, is all about the plant-based junk food. From beefed-up beef-free burgers slathered in chucky guac and smoked 'cheese' to dirty fries, cauli wings and decadent brownies, this is cruelty-free indulgence at its very messiest.
Serving up some of the most inspiring food in the city, Uisce is a restaurant with a unique energy and an enticing menu. The younger sibling of neighbouring Heaneys, this Pontcanna cafe-bar is doing rustic eats at restaurant quality with an array of spectacular small plates and charcuterie boards showcasing the superior quality of Welsh produce.
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