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Arboreal

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68 Eastgate, Cowbridge CF71 7AB, Wales
+44 144.677.5093
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 94
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 9
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food. Thoughtfully designed space. Make great use of a tiny floor plan.

Nice birthday dinner venue, lovely environment, good meal, flexible and attentive wait staff. Only down side was my oldest daughter was not fond of her rather bland margharita pizza. I asked the chef to create a pizza for me which is always a fun meal. The fish special looked was very good. My son... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
DenisinWales
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Nice birthday dinner venue, lovely environment, good meal, flexible and attentive wait staff. Only down side was my oldest daughter was not fond of her rather bland margharita pizza. I asked the chef to create a pizza for me which is always a fun meal. The fish special looked was very good. My son demolished his 'hot' (as in spicy)... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This lovely eclectic cafe and bistro has such a nice atmosphere. Can recommend the delicious pizzas which are freshly baked in their own pizza oven. There are a few tables outside where you can sit on a sunny day with a glass of wine or a cup of excellent coffee. Maybe a little on the pricey side, but worth it.

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Cowbridge, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Cocktails - Cosmopolitan 'Every bit as good, if not better, than Michael Jordan's bar in Central Station, New York. Sea Bream - Summer on a plate, great favours What a treat!

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London
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We turned up impromptu with 4 adults and 7 kids for lunch and we treated so well. The food was fab. Especially the halloumi & zaatar flatbread and the mezze. Wow. The kids loved their freshly cooked pizzas. A bottle of white and a few flat whites and the miserable summer was forgotten. Love this place. A reason alone to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The restaurant has a very distant and fresh/ funky design and feel to it. The food is lovely - the skinny fries are a must and I have heard brilliant things about the Sunday dinners. I opted for the fillet steak which was pricy at £30, it was slightly overcooked which was disappointing when considering the price. However the staff... More 

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Cowbridge, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

After being recommended this place by a friend I went here for lunch with a friend. Sticky table,chalkboard menu placed on the floor to view. Menu very limited.Food underwhelming and overpriced.Noisy acoustics,waiter hovered to take plates but disappeared when we wanted bill. Didn't stay for dessert went to Aroma instead(lovely).

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arborealcafekitchenb, Owner at Arboreal, responded to this review

This is a disappointing review to receive. Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you feel we have limited choice here. We pride our selves on the food style at arboreal. Our menu is simple and kept on a board to allow us to change easily and quickly with seasons and also to demonstrate what's available on individual days... More 

cardiff
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Twice visited now , first time given vouchers for poor service , second time arrived for Sunday lunch at 2 pm to be told there wasn't enough veg to go with the meat !!!! Never made to feel welcome and waiter certainly not apologetic !! So leave 4 hrs for a meal there or if want Sunday lunch need to... More 

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arborealcafekitchenb, Owner at Arboreal, responded to this review

Poor experiences are not good. We have been feeling disappointed since your feedback was received. We would like to comment that your experience is an usual one and to be let down on multiple occasions is not where we pride ourselves. The Sunday situation of running out of vegetables has never happened before and this Sunday we honestly think because... More 

Cowbridge, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Yet again this place always hits the spot. Gorgeous food...the mussels were heaven in a bowl! Really attentive, friendly staff. Relaxed, funky atmosphere and this was only a Tuesday night! Arboreal really is a gem in Cowbridge and by far the best restaurant in my opinion. I brought a friend along who had come up from Chichester and she loved... More 

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Cowbridge, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Relaxed decor/environment, good choice of drinks but found the menu quite limited. Fortunately there is a daily blackboard of specials. I had a pork Dijon mustard dish which was ok, portions a little underwhelming considering the price.

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Antibes, France
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Visited here twice whilst visiting my Dad for a long weekend. Dinner on Thursday night was accompanied by some great live jazz provided by a couple a lads from the college of music in Cardiff. Bassist and saxophonist provided the perfect backdrop to a great meal. Three of us shared a baked Camembert with a selection of delicious breads and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 68 Eastgate, Cowbridge CF71 7AB, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  South Wales  >  Vale of Glamorgan  >  Cowbridge
  • Phone Number: +44 144.677.5093

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary

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