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Everything You Need To Know As Restaurants and Bars Open Outdoors in Cardiff

Showers may be forecast this week but most venues will have large umbrellas and gazebos to keep you cosy and dry. Although if you would rather stay in, please don’t forget to cancel your table in advance!

When does outdoor hospitality re-open in Cardiff and Wales?

From April 26th outdoor hospitality can re-open, including at cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants. Outdoor attractions have also been given the go-ahead to reopen on the same date.

The Welsh Assembly Government has announced that six people from any number of households will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday April 24th. The total number of six does not include children under 11 years of age or carers, who are exempt from this rule.

 

What should I expect when I visit Cardiff?

After months of lockdown people are excited to visit Cardiff again, but please be aware that the City Centre may be busy as outdoor hospitality re-opens. In order to keep the public safe, limited capacities are likely to be in place which could potentially make it difficult to get a table if you don’t book in advance.

To avoid disappointment please check out the official websites of any bars, restaurants, or cafes you would like to go to for their opening dates and times.

Should you need assistance, Cardiff Council will have safety stewards patrolling during the day in the main shopping and pedestrianised areas and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. FOR Cardiff ambassadors will also be patrolling around the City Centre to help visitors (they will be wearing red). Need a downloadable map? Click here.

 

What do I need to remember?

  • To wash your hands.
  • To wear a face covering where appropriate.
  • To maintain social distancing.
  •  The rule of 6 – six people from any number of households will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday April 24th.

 

Which hospitality Businesses will be opening outdoors from April 26th?

We have been keeping an eye out for venues that have advertised that they are opening on the 26th April and have pulled them all together in one handy list below! (Please be aware that this is not a definitive list).

The Botanist

Church Street

Explore a secret garden of food and drink, where Botanists have foraged high and low to bring you a host of exceptional food and drink delights. There’s nowhere in Cardiff quite like The Botanist, with a superb rooftop garden, fantastical cocktails, and delicious food

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

 

Brewhouse and Kitchen

Sophia Gardens

The Brewhouse and Kitchen has one of the largest beer gardens in the city, and even has some undercover seating in the form of repurposed beach huts. It is located close to Sophia Gardens and is easy to get to from the City Centre via an idyllic walk through Bute Park. The Brewhouse and Kitchen is well known for serving a wide range of ales and classic pub grub.

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

Chapter Arts Centre

Canton

Chapter Arts Centre will be opening outside for food & drink from April 26th with a fabulous marquee at the front of the building and extra undercover seating and heaters in the beer garden.

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

 

The Coconut Tree

Mill Lane

The Coconut Tree

The award-winning Sri Lankan bar and restaurant known for its street food inspired small plates, packed full of flavour will reopen its outdoor dining area on Mill Lane from April 26th. The Coconut Tree have also confirmed the extension of their ‘Eat out to help out’ offer – 50% off Monday – Wednesday, until 31 January 2022.

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

 

Corporation Yard

Canton

Corporation Yard is known for hosting popular pop-up events in Canton and is currently hosting a number of street food businesses. They have recently announced a makeover of the space, including more outdoor seating, and a new licenced outdoor bar. If you’re looking to try somewhere new and support local independent businesses, this may be the place for you.

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

 

DEPOT

Williams Way

Cardiff’s biggest independent warehouse events venue are reopening from April 26th for the return of their popular ‘Street Food Social’ event. The event will be held outdoors with socially distanced covered tables, a fully licensed bar, and will host some of the finest street food traders in South Wales.

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

 

Eli Jenkins

Cardiff Bay

Eli Jenkins the popular gastro pub in Cardiff Bay will be reopening their stylish and spacious beer garden from April 26th, with great prices on food and drink. If you’re planning on going for a drink in the sun in Cardiff Bay soon, why not book your table in advance to avoid any disappointment?

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

 

Gin and Juice

High Street

Gin and Juice, a bespoke gin bar located at the entrance to the Castle Arcade will also be reopening. Known for serving speciality gin cocktails, bespoke bottled beers, and other tasty tipsy drinks by night. By day, they serve amazing healthy breakfasts, lunch and light supper together with freshly pressed juices to cleanse and refresh.

How to book? According to their facebook page the bar won’t be taking any bookings on the 26th, it will be walk-ins all day.

 

Juniper Place

High Street

If you’re a fan of craft gin, then you may wish to book a table at Juniper Place.  Located on High Street in Cardiff city centre, a stone’s throw away from Cardiff Castle Gin isn’t the only thing on the menu, you’ll find a range of food options being served from breakfast until dinner time.

How to book? Their website states “Cardiff outdoor area is walk in only on a first come, first serve basis.  Reservation can be made for inside tables for Monday 31st May onwards.”

Las Iguanas

Mill Lane

Las Iguanas

Reopening on the 26th on Mill Lane is Las Iguanas, the home to fresh & authentic Brazilian, Mexican & Latin American food & cocktails. They are offering 2 for 1 cocktails all day every day and their brunch menu is now being served every day – including bottomless brunch.

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

 

Laguna Kitchen and Bar

Grey friars Road

The Laguna Kitchen and Bar located in the Park Plaza hotel serves food and drink with sophistication. Book your table on their terrace and enjoy traditional afternoon tea, classic cocktails, as well as a la carte modern British dishes.

How to book? You can book online aia their website here.

 

Mermaid Quay

Cardiff Bay

Mermaid Quay

At Mermaid Quay you really are spoiled for choice when it comes to options for outdoor dining and drinking; with a long list of popular restaurants including; Nando’s, Hub Box, Pizza Express, Cosy Club and more to choose from. That’s before we begin to mention the iconic vistas of Cardiff Bay that the restaurants overlook.

How to book? You can find a list of restaurants and book online via their website here.

 

Old Havanah

High Street

The authentic Cuban bar and restaurant located at the Castle Quarter will reopen its outdoor drinking and dining area on April 26th. Old Havana has great offers on drinks and cocktails, a view of Cardiff Castle and in a central location

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

 

Peppermint

Mill Lane

Peppermint bar and restaurant will be reopening their garden terrace to the public from April 26th. The popular cocktail bar and kitchen have something to suite all tastes, with a brand new cocktail menu they have been working on over lockdown and food options ranging from pizzas and pastas to street food and salads.

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

 

The Pen & Wig

Park Grove

The Pen & Wig is a pub loved by locals and well known for having a fantastic beer garden. It can be found just a short walk from Cardiff’s main shopping streets, nestled away close to Cardiff National Museum. If you’re a fan of real ale’s then this pub is an absolute must!

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

 

Pitch Bar and Eatery

Mill Lane

The independent bar and eatery that prides itself on simple, honest, modern Welsh food using locally sourced high-quality produce reopens from April 26th. Open from breakfast to super late nights. Booking is essential but there are always a few tables kept free for walk ins.

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

 

Pieminister

St Mary Street

Pieminister

Pieminister on St Mary Street, known for serving up award winning pies, mash, peas, and more, will be reopening its outdoor dining area from April 26th, if you really want to dine here, we highly recommend booking in advance as table numbers are very limited.

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

 

Pontcanna Inn

Cathedral Road

The Pontcanna Inn is situated close by to Sophia Gardens, a short walk from Cardiff Castle. You’ll be greeted by outdoor seating at the front of the property, and a lovely beer garden at the back of the venue. Pontcanna Inn serve the best of hearty, healthy food with an eclectic range of drinks. Need a place to stay? They also as offer some lovely, boutique style accommodation.

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

 

Turtle Bay

St Mary Street / High Street

If you love Caribbean food and music, then Turtle Bay is a must visit. Turtle Bay brings a little bit of island paradise to Cardiff by serving up good vibes, and even better food! Don’t miss out on a table by simply tuning up, we recommend booking a table in advance to avoid any disappointment.

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

 

Pho Cafe

Church Street

Pho Cafe Cardiff

Pho Cafe serves fresh and healthy Vietnamese street food from their city centre location on Church Street. Pho Cafe is a Vietnamese restaurant with a diverse menu – where diners can choose from pho noodle soups, curries, salads, rice bowls, and much more besides.

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

 

Fuel Beer Garden & Grand Bar and Kitchen

Womanby Street

Fuel Rock Club will be opening a new outside area adjacent to their well known club on Womanby Street.  Serving all your favourite rock and roll beers, including Iron Maiden’s Trooper, Motorhead’s Road Crew and Beavertown Gamma Ray, Fuel is teaming up with their new neighbours on the the block, The Grand Bar and Kitchen, who will bring craft ale and delicious Street food with a Welsh twist.

How to book? You can book online via their website here.

 

The Grange

Grangetown 

The Grange is a well-loved pub by locals known for serving craft beers, real ale, and home cooked food. The traditional pub in Grangetown has one of the most impressive and spacious beer gardens in Cardiff and won the #CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2018.

How to book?  You can book by emailing info@thegrangecardiff.co.uk

 

The Lookout

Cardiff Bay

The Lookout in Cardiff bay has had a complete makeover, with a full refurbishment and now under new management. The waterfront cocktail bar boasts one of the best views in the Bay, and in the summer, it’s a great place to make the most of the evening sun. It’s also dog friendly.

How to book? You can book by emailing lookoutbar.cardiff@gmail.com

 

 

Make a Night of it…

Exchange Hotel

If you plan on dinging and drinking late into the evening, why not treat yourself to a night in one of the City’s hotels?

There are offers available for every occasion, read our hotel offers and packages blog here.

 

Travelling to Cardiff

It’s important to plan your journey well in advance as capacity on public transport will be reduced. Ensure you visit the transport provider’s website and double check the timetable for any changes before setting off. Don’t forget your hand sanitiser and mask!

Have a read over the advice from transport providers on our travel and transport blog.

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