Shelter from winter showers, snow warnings and artic like conditions in a selection of my favourite snug places in the fine city of Cardiff. Have a gander and let me know where your favourite winter hideouts are!
Their newest branch in central Cardiff is serving up the same delicious street food dishes that the canton branch is famed for. Contemporary yet cosy interior provides the perfect setting to samples selections of delicious and incredibly flavourful street food. Typical menu offerings include a Chai Special Thali featuring mixed meat dishes, veggie option, pickles mini mini pappdads, rice and naan bread. My other personal favourites include the bajji basket, chicken lollypops, bread pakora and lamb paratha roll, which is sensational, my complete lack of food restraint means that I could sit there all day eating them. I would therefore recommend sheltering from a cruel winter in Chai, surely there’s nothing like a curry to warm your lovely little cockles.
With the weather firmly on the turn, Cosy Club certainly is a good hide out to banish those winter blues, snuggled on a battered old club chair sipping a flat white. Or if you are feeling a little adventurous, Cosy Club offers an array of heavenly cocktails. With its eclectic décor, Cosy club looks like the charmed residence of an eccentric English lord, with old fashioned canvases, retro lamps and mirrors casually hung near mounted dear heads. It’s just not a proper bar without a spot of taxidermy right? Foodies will of course delight in their selection of classic favourites such as fish and chips, burgers and macaroni cheese. There’s also a cracking brunch menu featuring several favourites of mine including the mouth-watering ham hock hash and triple-stacked buttermilk pancakes. As a self-appointed ‘queen of brunch’, Cosy is the place to be for a spot of late riser breakfasting in the city.
29 Park Place
A self-proclaimed ‘home away from home’ 29 Park Place is a large three storey venue that still manages to retain an intimate and relaxed vibe with meticulously crafted cocktails amid plush sofas and lounge style surroundings. For cocktail enthusiasts, there is an experimental cocktail room where you can book in for a fantastic cocktail masterclass to escape the winter chills. The winter menu has hearty offerings of comfort food including steak and onion ciabatta, ‘pie of the day’, lasagna and ‘catch of the day’ for fish lovers. With a range of menus and a variety of seating areas, 29 Park Place is one of those rare venues that can be enjoyed any time of the day or night. Make sure you pop in to warm up with a crafted cocktail when temperatures plummet.
Small and snug Café Citta is a frightfully popular slice of Italian heaven in Cardiff. This cute little restaurant is a perfect spot for pasta in winter. for the pizza lovers, Café Citta hand make and then cook their pizza in a wood fire oven, selections include the delectable ‘salame e caprine’ – salami, roasted peppers & soft goats cheese and ‘pizza ricotta’ – ricotta, roasted pine nuts, rocket & sun blushed tomatoes. Friendly staff also serve up all your usual Italian favourites, lasagna, gnocchi, linguine and penne arrabbiata so you can be sure of an authentic Italian experience in a cosy location. I would recommend trying my personal favourite linguine al pesto, hand crafted with Café Citta’s very own special basil & pine nut pesto sauce with cream, it is unbelievably delicious.
Reprieve from glacial temperatures can surely be sought in a Italian patisseries that serve prosecco. Yes, that’s right, you can get little cakes and prosecco in the brilliant Nine Yards, these are people that understand that prosecco is best served with a side of sweetness. Those seeking a spot of savoury can enjoy a range of lush seasonal food to see you through till spring. If you are feeling brave you can wear 14 layers and enjoy the winter chill on their outdoor benches, or if like me you crave heat, a lovely warm ambience awaits you inside, decked out with wooden interior and little tables it certainly feels like a lovely little hybrid of deli and bar.