If you follow my Instagram, you are probably already aware that I love a good brunch spot. In the interest of exploring new places, I like to try restaurants and cafes outside of Cardiff and as I have friends that are vegan (or have some food intolerance’s) I like to think that I’ve found a few good recommendations in the South Wales area.
I’ve visited all of the spots that I’ve listed below in the last 12 months. All of them come with the added bonus that they won’t break the bank.
Blanche Bakery– 16 MacKintosh Pl, Cardiff CF24 4RQ:
This vegan cafe is based in the Roath area of Cardiff and is known for it’s homemade vegan doughnuts. I’d been excited to try this spot for a while and ended up ordering vegan mac n cheese with a coconut ‘bacon’ topping (£6). In all honesty, I would not have been able to tell you that this was any different from a regular mac n cheese apart from the ‘bacon’ topping (which couldn’t quite shake the texture of coconut but was delicious all the same).
The most expensive part of this trip was a salted caramel doughnut (£3.75!) again, I would not have been able to tell you that this was vegan. It was sweet, tasty and really quite stodgy. All good things I say!
Parc Pantry – 163-165 Larch Grove, Newport NP20 6LA:
Based in the Malpas area of Newport, everything available is made fresh and there are a number of vegan and vegetarian options available. I love that you can have a pancake breakfast for £5 which seems increasingly rare at the moment!
It’s a fact that I will inevitably order a milkshake of some description every time I stop by as well. They’re so good!
Cobbles Kitchen & Deli – Tymaen Farm Buildings, Ogmore Rd, Ogmore-by-Sea, Bridgend CF32 0QP:
This is the spot that I have most recently visited. I’d read good thing’s online so I was excited to try this out with some friends. The fact that it sells breakfast and brunch all day makes it a very strong contender for best brunch spot! A word of warning before you head out to Ogmore for a visit first though- everything is cooked from scratch so it can take a little while to arrive at the table. Don’t wait until you are approaching levels of starvation before you arrive. We waited just over 45 minutes but it was absolutely worth the wait and the guys in the kitchen should be proud to know that they have created the first hash brown that I have thoroughly enjoyed (in the UK). It was fresh potato grated with leek and it was incredible!
I ordered the Brecwast Fawr (£8.95 including a cup of tea) which (as pictured below) is obviously not vegan but I noted that an entire vegan menu was available as well as freshly baked vegan cakes. There is also a little gift shop and deli next door to the cafe that is worth a visit.
Coffee Barker – Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BU
This is actually the only spot in Cardiff City Centre that I’ve visited for brunch recently. It’s a bit pricier than other spots in the city centre (£9 for a full breakfast) but the food is nice and it’s lovely to sit outside the cafe in the arcade and just people watch.
So those are my recommendations if you’re stuck for ideas of where to grab a bit of breakfast in the South Wales area. Let me know if you’ve visited any of the above!