The Gwaelod Inn

Price guide: Mid-range

Main Road, Gwaelod-y-garth, Cardiff, CF15 9HH

Price guide: Mid-range

The Gwaelod Inn

By Dave Jenkins, your Cardiff expert

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#8 of 20
expert-rated restaurants in Cardiff
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Sporty types, Travellers with pets, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, People watching

Expert review of The Gwaelod Inn

A gastro pub halfway up a mountain

The Gwaelod Inn is one of kind. Situated in the jaw-dropping beauty of Gwaelod-y-garth, just north of Cardiff, I love taking a hike up its surrounding mountain and descending just in time for their epic dinners to commence.

Food and drink: 

Whether you’re in for a lunch, Sunday lunch, or evening dinner, the Gwaelod serves an astonishingly fat platter. Gastro by creation, hearty pub food grub by delivery, their contemporary take on largely traditional dishes is as impressive as their price tag hints. They pride themselves on their range of local guest ales, too.

Recommended dishes: 

The Sunday lunch comes recommended by many Cardiff dwellers in search of some mountain air on the weekends. Those looking to push the boat out should go for their fillet steak tournedos (£21) while those looking for a more humble bill should opt for the flavoursome steak and ale pie (£8). Both are fine choices.

Ambience: 

The Gwaelod is your quintessential country boozer, so there’s usually an animated, friendly atmosphere, especially in the evening. During the warmer months their front garden is a fine place to admire the village view and watch the walkers, hikers and daring cyclists go by.

Service: 

The younger staff are occasionally flustered and forgetful when it gets busy, but the food more than makes up for it.

Location: 

Gwaelod-y-garth is a 30 minute drive or train ride from the city centre. Sitting at the foot of the valleys, it’s a highly recommended place to visit for the views alone.

Price advice: 

Cost varies on time of day and type of dish. Lasagne at lunchtime is only £6 while a rack of lamb at dinner time is £17. There’s a meal to suit all wallets.

More information on The Gwaelod Inn:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Pub, Restaurant
Food:
International, Traditional
Address:
Main Road, Gwaelod-y-garth, Cardiff, CF15 9HH
Telephone:
+44 29 20810408
Website:
http://www.gwaelodinn.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Open from noon to 2pm and 6.30pm to 9.30pm from Mon to Thu, 12pm-9.30pm on Fri to Sat and 12pm-3.30pm on Sun.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to The Gwaelod Inn? Would you recommended it?