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Pen and Wig Pub

#391 of 1,006 Places to Eat in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence
Cathays
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1 Park Grove, Cardiff CF10 3BJ, Wales
029 2037 1217
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Today
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Roast beef

What a Jen probably the best roast in town good portions un the veg was hot un fresh .good attentive staff

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
russell e
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northampton uk
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53 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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cardiff
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

By some margin the worst meal I have had for some time. The high price is in inverse proportion to the quality and quantity of the food. The chef seems to have NO idea how to even assemble a half decent salad. The cheesecake is clearly from Macro or some such outlet, none of the food has a homemade taste... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

The gardens really nice on a sunny day, and is always packed. I've had friends eat here and say it's good, and good value for money. The drinks are over priced- I paid £4.15 for a bottle of Crabbies which I thought was very expensive compared to other Cardiff prices. There is also a very rude lady that works there.... More 

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northampton uk
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20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

What a Jen probably the best roast in town good portions un the veg was hot un fresh .good attentive staff

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Went here for a birthday party as a group of 8. We pre-booked and they had only reserved us a table of 7 so we had to go chair hunting in a busy pub..... Good varied menu, very reasonably priced. Comments on the food varied greatly depending on what was ordered. With the starters, the bruschettas were disappointing but the... More 

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Glasgow
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78 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Looking for some pub food while in Cardiff, we came across the Pen & Wig and decided to give it a shot. There is a great selection of beer on tap and we sampled some of the local beer. They also have a good wine selection and ciders on tap too. The food was much to be expected - good... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

This cool pub which is hidden away near Cathays Park and close to the National Museum is popular with students and white collar workers alike. I visited during lunch time and had a delicious meal of sausages and mash which was reasonably priced. The female staff member that served me (I think her name was Charlotte?) was friendly and recommended... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This pub has always been very good and a blast on match days. Since becoming a free house the beers has improved but it's a shame there's no brains. Food is decent enough, reasonable value but a bit beige

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worthing
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We had a great lunch, club sandwich in the lovely garden on a sunny spring Saturday afternoon. Not bad value at £5.50 and a good selection of beers. Also nice inside so wil be back. Hidden away from the centre we really thought this was a great find. My son who is at Uni took us there but it was... More 

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cardiff
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146 reviews 146 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is a really nice bar for a drink inside or in the large beer garden. The clientele is a mix of students and local workers. It tends to get very busy at lunch hours. Now to the food , this can be really hit and miss. In fairness, it is well priced and they can usually ensure you get... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Lots of space, lots of drink choices, and great atmosphere. Stick to the beers - or go with a cocktail on special (don't get inventive).

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Park Grove, Cardiff CF10 3BJ, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  South Wales  >  Cardiff>  > Cathays
  • Neighborhood: Cathays
  • Phone Number: 029 2037 1217

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?