The Summerhouse

Address: Bute Park, Cardiff, CF11 9SW, Wales
Telephone:

- Budget

4

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
3.8
90%
Service
4
90%
Food and drink
3.8
90%
Value for money
4.1
90%
Ambience
4.6
90%
Location
4.8
90%

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.

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.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Singles
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Chilling out
  • Art
  • Nature / wildlife

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