The Summerhouse

Price guide: Budget

Bute Park, Cardiff, CF11 9SW

Price guide: Budget

By Dave Jenkins, your Cardiff expert

I write for Real Travel. Read more
#19 of 20
expert-rated restaurants in Cardiff
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.8
3.8
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Business travellers, Couples, Families with younger children, Singles, Art, Chilling out, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife

Expert review of The Summerhouse

A blissful leafy hideaway just minutes away from the city centre chaos

I love this place. It’s a fairly recent addition to the city’s many food spots but it already feels like it’s been in Bute Park forever. As the name suggests, this al fresco riverside spot is best during the warmer months, but with large parasols and free blanket rental, it’s an attractive luncheon location all year round.

Food and drink: 

One word; cakes! While The Summerhouse serves a wide range of lunches, from baked potatoes to paninis and soup, it really excels in the cake department. Homemade, plentiful and not shy on the portions, they go well with the decent coffee that’s on offer.

Recommended dishes: 

Well, cakes are a fine choice. But if you’re after a proper lunch, the baked potatoes aren’t to be ignored.

Ambience: 

Positively cosmopolitan, especially when the sun makes an appearance. People watching couldn’t be better as runners, dog walkers, families and couples pass by enjoying the city centre’s most picturesque of locations.

Service: 

Happy, efficient and never rushed or flustered.

Location: 

The best spot in Cardiff, without a doubt. Bute Park and its neighbouring Castle Park are the centre’s most cherished areas... It’s the calming, charming yin to the city’s hectic, heady yang.

Price advice: 

Coffees for £1.75, cakes for £2.50, baked potatoes for £3-4... An ideal price for a lunchtime treat.

Other useful branches: 

Another council run cafe is The Hayes Snack Bar on The Hayes in the city centre, which is just as good for lunch time people watching.

More information on The Summerhouse :

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café, Tearoom
Food:
British, Italian, Vegetarian
Address:
Bute Park, Cardiff, CF11 9SW
Website:
http://n/a
Serves:
Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
Opening times:
Open daily from 9am to 4.30pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible

Have you been to The Summerhouse ? Would you recommended it?