The Pear Tree

Address: Wellfield Road, Cardiff, CF24 3PE, Wales
Telephone: +44 29 2025 2042

- Budget

4

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
4
90%
Service
4
90%
Food and drink
4
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Ambience
4.2
90%
Location
4.3
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Live entertainment
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

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