The last post I published about Cardiff had the title ‘Getting Bedraggled In Cardiff City‘ this one could have read the same, with the addendum ‘With An Empty Stomach’.
Our midweek city break started off pretty well: an unexpected couple of nights away courtesy of Andrew’s romantic side, the sun shining brightly, thoughts of afternoon tea and a new menu to taste swirling in my brain. Yes, the optimist in me saw a few days of sun, good food and relaxation.
OK, the sun did shine (albeit sporadically) and the food was exceptional (at least, the food I was allowed to try was exceptional). One of the reasons for our visit to Cardiff was to take up an offer by Cafe Rouge to try their new Spring menu. So on the Friday after our arrival, we rolled up to Cafe Rouge with smiles on our faces and rumbling stomachs. What was their menu like I hear you cry? The answer is, I have absolutely no idea. Due to a bit of a mix up by the PR company who organised the event, Cafe Rouge had no idea we were coming. Sigh!
After much kerfuffle and a few calls to head office by the manager of Cafe Rouge, we were sent merrily on our way. Well, not so merrily as it had started to rain, it was cold and we had to find somewhere else to eat. Our smiles certainly slipped down the back of the sofa.
Be warned though, at time of publication this price includes a bottle of Tattinger Brut Reserve PER PERSON. Needless to say we put one on hold for the evening – even WE can’t consume that much fizz in one sitting. Hic!
We finished the day with a wander around the shops, a ride on the carousel (on Queen Street) and room service at our hotel.
Despite it being a budget hotel (we paid £75 per night when you book through late rooms), the Future Inn was clean, comfortable and quiet. These are the three C’s we always look for when we need a break (yes, despite being dyslexic I know there’s a Q in there, but you know what I mean 😉).
My only annoyance was breakfast. Being told on the evening of arrival that breakfast would be an extra £10 per person is one thing, being told in the morning that the price had now increased to £12 per person because we hadn’t pre booked the evening before was another! We decided to ditch the hotel breakfast and walk to Mermaid Quay (six minutes tops) and I’m really glad we did. We found a Côte and I adore their veggie breakfast. Result!
After filling ourselves with all things breakfasty we took a wander around the quay. The whole place is brimming over with places to sit, eat and watch the world go by. Utterly and completely our kind of place. We wandered, we drank tea (and had a cheeky beer), we talked, we laugh and we idled the afternoon away.
If you do take a trip to Mermaid Quay do pop into Fabulous Welshcakes and watch the Welshcakes being cooked in front of your eyes. And keep an eye out for their woof cakes – Welshcakes for the canine in your life.
Watch A Vlog Of Our Cardiff Adventure Below
After a very relaxing morning we decided to walk into the town centre and have another mooch around the shops before stuffing ourselves senseless with afternoon tea at the Clayton Hotel, £ per person and not bad. I wouldn’t say it’s the best I’ve ever had, but it’s pretty good and the views from the restaurant are great if you want to watch the crowds.
So, what can you do in Cardiff city? Probably anything you would expect to do in a busy city and more. It is certainly is a city filled with surprises and it has definitely improved over the last few years. It has a cosmopolitan feel without the crowded claustrophobia that sometimes walks hand-in-hand with a city break. It almost felt like a number of towns, all with very different personalities, conjoined in perfect juxtaposition.
We may have got a bit wet, a bit bedraggled and a bit cold, but we’re definitely going to make a mid week break to Cardiff city a regular thing. The city has so much more to offer, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else there is to do in Cardiff city.
Have you ever visited the capital of Wales? What did you think of it?