When you're feeling peckish and a little patriotic, there's nothing better than gorging on a full Welsh breakfast, warming up with a comforting Welsh cawl or kicking back with a cuppa and a crumbly Welsh cake. Satisfy your cravings at these local Cardiff gems who fly the flag for top-notch local produce and traditional dishes.  

Authentic Welsh produce at Canna Deli

Tucked in away in Pontcanna Mews is a delightful deli which does a grand job of championing Welsh produce. With the family owning a dairy farm in Anglesey it comes as no surprise that Canna Deli is best known for its cheeses. Rhydydelyn farm boasts numerous award winning cheeses and their Camembert rivals its French counterparts. Canna Deli also serves a cracking coffee. The ethical “from grower to grind” Poblado Coffee is another nod to the excellent produce from North Wales and is best enjoyed in Canna Deli’s Courtyard at Pontcanna Mews, preferably bathed in sunshine.

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Juicy Welsh lamb burgers at Time & Beef

They not only allow you to build your own burger here – they positively expect you to. With so many combinations of bread, meat and toppings, you could come here every week for years and never have the same thing twice; they claim 400,000 possible combos. They encourage you to name your creation, too, so we took them up on their offer and created a Welsh lamb burger named 'The Delilah', exclusively available to Wrigglers this month only.

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Traditional Welsh Rarebit at The Byrd's Nest

Peter and Matt head up a lovely team, and are perfectly plonked in the heart of Cathays, poised to provide sustenance in your hour of nutritional need. Here, you'll find them dishing up their egg-quisite breakfasts, brunches and lunches alongside locally roasted coffee, and quite possibly the largest selection of loose tea in Cardiff. Tuck into their take on a traditional Welsh rarebit, served with zingy tomato chutney and a fresh side salad. The perfect pick-me-up.

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A Welsh twist on a classic cocktail at Pennyroyal

Hidden behind a black soot door on the doorstep of Castle Quarter, Cardiff’s newest speakeasy - Pennyroyal - feels authentic, with bottles and books lining the wooden window display in haberdashery fashion. Sandalwood and sage will escort your imagination back in time, with candles flickering against raw brick and copper fittings. The handmade apothecary-style bar boasts over 100 rums and agaves and the mixologists busily flitting from shelf to shaker are masters of using them to create fantastically sippable liquid art. Their limited edition cocktail 'Land of my Fathers' is a Welsh twist on a Whisky Sour, available to Wrigglers for one month only.

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Tradtional Welsh cakes at Servini's Cafe

With a team boasting more than 45 years experience, Servini's offers a cosy, comfortable environment to eat honest grub done well, sold at an affordable price. Expect knock out coffee and all the best-loved British staples – including proper cooked breakfasts, toasties and jacket potatoes. Servini's is an excellent spot for a quick lunch or a lazy morning watching the world float through the arcade. Be sure to arrive early if you’re planning to bag one of their famous welsh cakes, though!

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Full Welsh Breakfasts at Pettigrew Tea Rooms

Established back in 2012 within the picturesque Castle walls of Bute Park's gatehouse, Pettigrew’s period setting is matched perfectly by its quintessentially eclectic crockery and selection of chinaware from times gone by. Killer cakes, scones and fancies greet you from a glass cabinet at the front of the tea room and savoury lunchtime classics promise to satisfy even the most ravenous park explorer. For those with a bigger appetite, the stonking Pettigrew Welsh breakfast (served with freshly baked laverbread scones, obviously) is a game-changer in this part of town. You won't want to miss it.

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Welsh fine dining at Milkwood

Milkwood is the culmination of the owners' long held dream to open and run a cosy neighbourhood restaurant. When the chance came to do this in Pontcanna, it was too good an opportunity for them to turn down. Now Cerys, Tom and Gwyn run this small, friendly eatery offering a constantly changing menu informed by excellent Welsh produce, simple but sound cooking, a limited but accomplished menu and a genuine love of food.The cool and contemporary colour scheme of dark greys and whites provides the perfect understated backdrop for the excellent standard of cooking found here; try the sewin with leeks, brown shrimp, cucumber, and lava bread is a taste of Wales on a plate.

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Great Welsh cheese at The Cheese Pantry

Cheese connoisseurs rejoice! This little stall tucked away inside Cardiff's Victorian Market boasts the largest selection of British cheeses in Cardiff (all of them from the green green grass of home). In fact, a large number of the cheeses available here can not be found anywhere else in the city. The team from the Cheese Pantry taste, search and then taste-test some more to bring to the stall what they think are the best dairy delights from even the smallest, most passionate, champion producers.

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Hearty lamb cawl at Pitch Bar & Eatery

The Pitch Bar & Eatery is fiercely independent, and passionate about delivering simple, honest, modern Welsh food. Open from breakfast 'till cocktails daily, every dish they serve is lovingly handmade with heart from their beautiful spot on Mill Lane. Expect an array of traditional Welsh cuisine using locally-sourced produce, with the kitchen whipping up a selection of brunches, light snacks and small plates, plus a host of meaty grills including 8oz steaks and the oh-so traditional - hearty lamb cawl. The restaurant also hosts cocktail masterclasses; be sure to bag a spot.

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Glamorgan grilled cheeses from Mr Croquewich (pop-up)

Mr Croquewich was launched by chef Darren Lewis in 2014, after he'd spent 5 years cooking with beautiful cheeses in the French alps. On his return, his passion for all things that melt saw him venturing into the street food scene - and he never looked back. His croque-monsieur-style grilled cheese sandwiches are crammed full of homemade fillings, sauces and of mammoth mounds of cheese. Using sourdough loaves and locally sourced seasonal ingredients, the range of over thirty sandwiches is ever-evolving; be sure to try 'The Glamorgan’; Welsh leeks, garlic and onion in béchamel sauce with a smooth Caerphilly cheese, Dijon mustard and a top-secret cheese blend. Delicious!

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Published -28th February 2018