With the long summer school holiday almost in full swing, I have three more additions to this ongoing series. You can read Vol.1 and Vol.2 by clicking on the links.
The remit is the same as before; places to eat that serve delicious food in a great environment that are not especially stress inducing when dining with children. All my recommendations are places that I have been with my own family and all meet the approval of my son Baby Clonc (now 2 and a bit years old!).
The 'Hidden Gem': Dusty Knuckle Pizza Co.
It's been a whirlwind 2016 for Phil and Debs who run Dusty Knuckle to say the least! After a couple of years on the street food and pop up scene the pair quit their jobs and opened their first permanent set up in a courtyard behind Crafty Devil's Cellar. Fast forward a few months on and they have moved up the road to a larger site next to The Print Haus in Canton. As 'hidden gem' suggests this place needs to be found but once you do it's fun, charming, eclectic, industrial and effortlessly cool surroundings are brilliant. Lots of space for young ones and buggies. Oh and the pizzas just also happen to be really rather epic. Imaginative toppings, thin bases with pillowy crusts and the unmistakable taste and char from the hand made wood burning pizza oven! With future plans to have baby changing facilities and make Sundays more family focused I think this place is a winner for families.
More info: www.dustyknucklepizza.co.uk
The 'Any Occasion': Arbennig and Arbennig Emporium.
These guys have you covered for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and everything in between. The smarter restaurant is great for a family meal out or Sunday lunch. There is plenty of space, baby changing facilities, high chairs and the service is excellent. Foodwise you would be hard pushed to find dishes that have more thought gone into them, better produce, better executed and more beautifully presented than this place. We even had Baby Clonc's first birthday here!
The more informal emporium deals with the breakfast side of things, gourmet focaccia bread sandwiches with a vast array of fillings, pies, salads and an Emporium Menu. Tea, coffees and award winning cakes are taken care of as well as a variety of food based products, ingredients and speciality produce to buy. Most things can be taken away too. Early risers beware the Emporium opens from 10am. High chairs available but space is at a premium here so buggies are a tight squeeze but the staff are more than happy to help and great with children. There is seating outside when the weather is nice and a small car park too which is a bonus.
More info: www.arbennig.co.uk
The Bakery: Pettigrew Bakery
Yes, I know its not a restaurant however this place will light up the eyes of the young and old and fill your hearts with joy! It's true. Situated opposite to Victoria Park, the shelves and cabinets are stocked with the best bread and sweet things you are likely to find in Cardiff. Watch your kids eyes grow as they set sight on the slabs of chocolate brownies, cakes and short bread. In fact there is a seal shaped biscuit in honour of Victoria Park's most famous resident Billy The Seal! Look out for the new french pastries on offer too which are as good as you are going to find this side of Paris! Grab some treats and some take away hot drinks and hit the park opposite, perfect!
More info: www.pettigrew-bakeries.co.uk
There you have it, three more places to try with the kids this holiday season! Please have a read of the previous volumes if you haven't had a chance (Vol.1 and Vol.2). Also feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments box or via Twitter @KitchenClonc or on my Facebook page Kitchen Clonc .