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Bute Park, Cardiff, Wales
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Description: This is a fab cafe in Bute Park in Cardiff. It opens at 8.00am and does...
This is a fab cafe in Bute Park in Cardiff. It opens at 8.00am and does wonderful cooked breakfasts, even on Sundays. Lunches,snacks etc.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely spot to sit.

We stopped here for a drink after a day in Cardiff. Sat on the armchairs. Lovely place to sit and watch the world go by. We had bottled drinks(no ice available and no glasses offered) Had a really tasty slice of homemade sponge cake. Open on Sunday.

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 16, 2014
Helen P
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Cardigan, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I stopped here while walking my dog, all i wanted was a bottle of water, the staff stood chatting with the service window open and said they were shut !, all the chairs, tables were still situated on the grass, there were people sat eating and drinking and yet they would not sell me water !!. The member of staff... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

Sunny morning so we thought of The Summerhouse in Bute Park. The coffee wasn't hot and it was tasteless. Such a lovely facility with so much potential but clearly maintaining quality doesn't seem a priority.

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Cardigan, United Kingdom
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43 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We stopped here for a drink after a day in Cardiff. Sat on the armchairs. Lovely place to sit and watch the world go by. We had bottled drinks(no ice available and no glasses offered) Had a really tasty slice of homemade sponge cake. Open on Sunday.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Visited the Summerhouse in our beautiful Bute Park for lunch on a lovely afternoon but disappointed in this café. I ordered a baguette and was given one wrapped in cellophane and was not given a plate which made it awkward to eat and the bread was too 'doughy'. I bought a cold drink but was not given a glass. When... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I visited the Summerhouse yesterday so sat outside enjoying the last of the day's sun. It is a great location, just on the river so nice and relaxing but the coffee was a real let down.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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38 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Been here a few times because it is in a good location for cycling the Taff trail, the food and drinks are just about OK but the service is very slow with long queues. Today on a cycle ride I stopped for a drink, checked the sign that they accept visa and then waited 10 minutes for three people in... More 

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South Wales
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3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Sat out in the October sunshine eating excellent freshly prepared cheese and salad baguettes, and lemon cake. The menu is surprisingly varied for a small establishment, including soup, paninis, salads, jacket potatoes and specials. It's a great spot for people/dog/squirrel-watching in beautiful surroundings.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

If you are just buying an ice cream or a can of pop or crisps then this place is conveniently placed in the beautiful Bute park and you will be satisfied. Purchase anything that is not pre-packaged and you run the risk of having worse coffee than that found on trains and also buns that are very crumbly (presumably due... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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25 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

The Summerhouse is right next to the MIllenium Bridge over the Taff in glorious Bute Park. It has outdoor seating for watching passers by. Food and drink is ordered from a hatch, kiosk style. The food is OK, but I find the service variable and sometimes the coffee is almost undrinkable. I have given up asking if the toilets are... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Food is usual cafe lunch stuff - salads, sarnies, jackets etc. All the seating is outdoors but there are parasols so a bit of rain isn't the end of the world. Good spot for having lunch with kids, once they've finished their food there's plenty of space to play next to the cafe where they can be watched safely while... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Bute Park, Cardiff, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Cardiff

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

Description

This is a fab cafe in Bute Park in Cardiff. It opens at 8.00am and does wonderful cooked breakfasts, even on Sundays. Lunches,snacks etc.

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