The Pear Tree

Price guide: Budget

Wellfield Road, Cardiff, CF24 3PE

Price guide: Budget

The Pear Tree entrance

By Dave Jenkins, your Cardiff expert

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#20 of 20
expert-rated restaurants in Cardiff
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4
4.0
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Design and architecture, Live entertainment, Nightlife, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of The Pear Tree

A cosy cafe bar in the midst of Cardiff’s prettiest neighbourhood.

The Pear Tree was once a boozer without any distinction. A US-themed bar, then an Aussie-themed bar, its influence on Cardiff’s pub culture was negligible at best. Now renovated beyond recognition, the venue is part of Cardiff’s growing cafe/bar culture and it’s so much better for it. Busy but cosy and offering a wide range of eats, in its short history it has already surpassed any recognition and respect the building’s previous establishments did in years.

Food and drink: 

From brunch and beyond, The Pear Tree’s menu has much to offer. The sourdough filled breads are an interesting, if a little expensive, twist on the sandwich; the tapas selection changes daily depending on fresh and seasonal ingredients; and the antipasti work as great bar snacks or a handsome starter. Other bar food such as steak and giant burgers are also available. Although I’m not too sure on the slithers of wood a lot of the food is served on... You are guaranteed to lose some of your food to the table, I’m afraid!

Recommended dishes: 

You can’t go wrong with the monstrous burgers, especially the Dragon’s Breath with its spicy Welsh cheese and jalapenos. But if you’re after something a touch more sophisticated, then give the antipasti or salad bowls a try, the latter comes with some superbly sharp lemon croutons.

Ambience: 

The venue’s once lingering barflies have long since buzzed off... Daytimes have a cool relaxed air that’s the perfect accompaniment to a little ‘you time’ reading the paper, while the evenings are a livelier affair without ever being too raucous.

Service: 

The staff are friendly and fast, although they do take a while to address you if you’re after table service. I’d advise going to the bar to order, it’s a lot quicker!

Location: 

The Pear Tree sits at the corner of Albany Road and Wellfield Road, one of the nicest retail areas outside of the centre. It’s less than two minutes from the entrance to the sprawling series of green that is Roath Park.

Price advice: 

Burgers start at £5.95, although the best ones are more towards £7.50. Sourdough filled breads and focaccias cost £5.45 and the Welsh rump steak is £11.75.

More information on The Pear Tree:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Bar, Café, Tapas bar
Food:
American, British, International, Italian, Vegetarian
Address:
Wellfield Road, Cardiff, CF24 3PE
Telephone:
+44 29 2025 2042
Website:
http://www.peartreecafebar.co.uk
Serves:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Open daily from 10.30am to 11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible

Have you been to The Pear Tree? Would you recommended it?