Location: 3-7 Duke Street Arcade, CF10 1AZ
Budget: Happily Affordable ££
Type of night: Chilling with mates , Date night , Eating and Drinking , After work drinks , Chatting and Drinking
Type of venue: Restaurant , Restaurant Bar , Wine Bar
Lee Skeet, the chef behind Cora, has launched an oyster bar in Cardiff city centre. He's brought his love for coastal counties like Devon and Cornwall to Duke Street Arcade, with a laid-back, rustic-chic hangout offering scrumptious seafood and wine.
Nestled beneath Cora, which is reopening later this month after moving from Pontcanna, Jackson's is a family-run space, named after Skeet's youngest son. It has a very natural vibe to it, while still being slick and stylish; stripped-back, wooden tables come accompanied by banquette seating and modern, hanging lights emit an intimate glow. There are also a couple of leather stools overlooking the kitchen, so you can see where the magic happens as you dine.
Make your way over to slurp up freshly shucked oysters (sourced from Pembrokeshire and Colchester), drizzled in a range of sauces, such as chilli and garlic or mignonette. Fancy a bargain? Jackson's hosts a happy hour offer every day it's open, where you can bag two oysters and a drink for just £10. It also whips up steamed Cornish mussels, Welsh lamb shoulder and seaweed buns, plus a chalkboard filled with seasonally changing specials. Alongside a fabulous list of wines, you'll find the restaurant's own brand of beer on draught, as well as cocktails and Oyster Shell IPA, which is made from repurposed shellfish.
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