Pen-y-lan Pantry  

I have so much love for this lovely café, deli, shop, meeting place and community hub. It’s like a little slice of home and like you’ve just walked into a mate’s café, as the staff are so friendly and passionate about what they have achieved. It has a real community feel, with partnerships with other independent shops such as the Bottle Shop in Penarth, plus a whole other Facebook page dedicated to their events. There is a real buzz about the place and there is always something going on. They also deliver veg boxes to the local area, by bicycle, this place has it all right?

This cafe, pantry and all round dynamite of a place earns a full stamp of approval and place in my heart as one of the best cafes in Cardiff. It is nestled at the end of Kimberley Road in Roath, and you can’t help but be drawn into it it by the flowers outside, lanterns and various signs. 

As followers of my blog will know, I am partial to a sausage roll, and this place fulfills my sausage roll dreams, as they serve a variety of posh sausage rolls, including my favourite pulled pork. As well as a wide variety of specials that are updated and an ever changing menu, depending on the season. I balance out the sausage roll with one of their super salad bowls, so that order is restored. Their menu is a bit fancy, but actually just relies on good wholesome ingredients, I love the roasted tomatoes on toast. AND oh my god their cakes, they are baked in store, or by local producers, and again are seasonal. I love the nature of this place, that it is ever changing and evolving, so that there is always something new to taste and feast on.

The delicious deli section/ come corner shop / come pantry boasts all local producers, and supports the community and the environment. All items have been lovingly chosen to fit in with the ethos of the place. You can pick up some basics like eggs and Welsh milk, to yummy chutneys, jams and chocolate. Their seasonal icecream is a real treat, and not to be missed, unless it’s winter (sad face). Try the roasted peach and lavender, it’s amazing! Fear not those reading this that don’t live in Cardiff, as they do deliver and have an online shop, the bicycle can make it to you across the oceans. 

Events include pop up Supper Clubs, Master Classes and meet the producer days, one recently being where Coffi Bank took over for the day, where they set up a cool little bar and served their coffee all day. This place really shouts out loudly and proudly about independent businesses working together. 

Check out this beaut of a place at 72 Kimberley Road, Cardiff, Cf23 5DN 


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