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The Discovery, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan

The Discovery

4.3
4.3
48 Reviews
£26 to £40
British

The Discovery is situated within walking distance of popular Roath Park and offers somewhere you can relax in the large, airy bar or in the restaurant area. The restaurant is available on here for booking, whilst the bar, as it offers plenty of space, booking is less essential. There is a regularly changing blackboard menu offering both our pub classics as well as inspiringly unusual dishes, with a selection of guest ales and a great wine list.
We also have a function room, please email us for booking enquiries.

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Menu

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What 48 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • South Wales

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Cardiff City & County

    Best Overall

  • Cardiff City & County

    Best Food

  • Cardiff City & County

    Fit for Foodies

  • Cardiff City & County

    Group Bookings

  • Cardiff City & County

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  • Cardiff City & County

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  • Cardiff City & County

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  1. JP

    JoeP

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Love the discovery, but would really like some low carb veggie options.

  2. LT

    LouiseT

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Staff are really great, helpful and polite and good service. Food was absolutely amazing, def would visit again.

  3. A

    Aaaaaaaaa

    South Wales

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3

    Sat at table for over half an hour before receiving menu or even offered drinks. Managed to get a drink after 40 mins waiting. Food was well over an hour from sitting down

  4. DD

    DavidD

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food and service. Top marks. It was a quiet afternoon meal so the restaurant wasn't at full tilt.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service and amazing food.

  6. SS

    SteveS

    South Wales

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    Two Sunday Roasts:- only barely warm with underdone vegetables (never could be described as al dente) and tough pork. Sweet of treacle tart with honeycomb ice cream lacked any honeycomb. Comments given to waitress but no feedback from any member of staff. Overall very underwhelming to say the least.

  7. CG

    CeriG

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The food, service and ambience was great but my Mum who is elderly found it cold and kept her coat on the whole time we were there.

  8. ST

    SimonT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Lovely evening Nia and colleagues were delightful A bit annoyed that the previous party didn’t vacate our table for 20 minutes That was vey rude of them. Food vey good. There are some poorly placed tables, like the one by the loos: bad lighting and too much traffic, but we did ok last night being in the window.

  9. SD

    SueD

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Checked in by the most miserable young girl who was hostile and this completely ruined our evening 🙈 on the plus side the food was good 👍

  10. SB

    SusieB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Always great food and service. Great place to bring children/babies but still have good quality food

  11. BS

    BernadetteS

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4

    Food and service was good but expensive for pub food.

  12. E

    Elizabeth

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Haven’t been here for a while, went with three friends and had a lovely evening. Food was good, staff were attentive. It was a lovely atmosphere will be going back.

  13. SP

    SandraP

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Welcoming staff. Excellent service. Great food and great value for money. Will recommend discovery to friends and family.

  14. L

    Lynne

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The service was very good, actually better than usual. Everyone enjoyed their food even though the chocolate brownie was a bit dry.

  15. R

    Roderick

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2

    The waiters did not bring drinks despite being asked twice to do so. We could have put up with this, but when the bill came we realised that we had been charged for the drinks we had asked for, but had not received. I have eaten at the Discovery many times and have never had any problem before, but this was disappointing.

  16. KW

    KurtW

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    The pork main was very tough and dry sorry the mushroom starter was lovely

  17. KJ

    KenJ

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, good service and attentive wait staff. We had 3 young children with us and their meals were very good and they were made to feel very welcome. I would highly recommend The Discovery for Sunday lunch.

  18. B

    Bluey

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb evening all round from the moment we arrived to the finish Great choice on the menu Steffan Bonifay and his in the kitchen excelled they are a superb asset to the Discovery *More of the Same well done!!!

  19. WJ

    WJimM

    Bath

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    The food was excellent. The server reseated us on request as we were initially seated under a loud speaker playing too loud music. The initial drinks ordered took some time to arrive and the Gins had no citrus slice in them. The eating area was cold ... but I think this is due to keeping the place well aired and we appreciated that. The menu did not have allergens listed, but the chef kindly reviewed and recommended the Gluten Free options. The decaf espresso at the end of the evening was weak and more like a small cup of decaf coffee than an espresso.

  20. CD

    ClareD

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We recently had a lovely Sunday lunch there with my family, the food was excellent. The beef in particular was lovely. There was more than enough food, my daughter had the chicken and was unable to finish it so it was wrapped and given to us to take home. Service was great, staff were very accommodating and all really lovely. Highly recommended.

  21. l

    luciej

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing food for such incredible value for money. Went for dinner with my Mum on a Saturday evening and was able to book online 2 hours prior to our booking slot. Very happy with our experience and will be visiting again.

  22. KG

    KateG

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing food with great choices for children.

  23. LS

    LindaS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The food was excellent. For feedback I don’t like the red cabbage with tgg he e roast dinner as it is a strange colour and looks like mush. Best to leave it out or substitute for something else.

  24. M

    Margaret

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food promptly served by a lovely assistant for whom nothing was too much trouble. This venue has improved out of all recognition. It will definitely be my first choice for eating out in future,,,,,,,,

  25. CA

    ChrisA

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Been for lunch twice in recent weeks. Food excellent, staff delightful. Reasonably priced. Would recommend

  26. DD

    DominicD

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great food, simple & efficient service, and a friendly vibe.

  27. NA

    NACL

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Lovely food at a fabulous price. We visited on a Thursday evening for the buy one get one free offer.

  28. SC

    SheilaC

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent meal and service. The only downside was that our table was near a window so some in our party were in a draft.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb service, and the food was delicious! Also excellent value for money - will definitely go again!

  30. MA

    MariaA

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Prompt service, hot food, attentive staff, very nice all round

  31. KM

    KatherineM

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food excellent friendly service- reasonable price Very pleasant evening meal

  32. TC

    TonyC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Wife had fish and chips which was very good, l had brisket - so good

  33. DM

    DaveM

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Good food & service in pleasant environment. Wine not the best. Overall would recommend.

  34. AD

    AllanD

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and value for money. Five of us had delicious Fish and home made chips etc. Friendly and Professional service from Mark our waiter. Must visit again soon.

  35. KD

    KathD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    We have always enjoyed our visits to the Discovery in the past and our visit was good overall yesterday but with a few issues. It was uncomfortable cold and the radiators did not appear to be on. Most of the food was very tasty however the roast pork was very dry. We wanted to order deserts but we were ignored several times when we tried to get the attention of the waiting staff. We appreciate that it was very busy and probably not enough staff but it would be nice to be acknowledged. As a result we left without ordering anything extra and my son did not get his ice-cream included with his children's meal. I hope the service improves for next time we visit.

  36. VP

    VaughanP

    South Wales

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    I'm sorry but You won't like this review. The main courses were not up to scratch. Two of us had the cassoulet and the other two had the duck. We all asked for sharp Knives. Why? the pork pieces in the cassoulet were NOT tender, flavour of the food was good. The sharp knives were needed for the duck too. My wife's verdict: she will not be coming to dinner at the Discovery again.

  37. ED

    EdwardD

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Made to feel welcome shown to a table for easy access as my wife uses a wheelchair. Food was excellent and good value as one meal was free. We were not aware of this when we booked. Will certainly visit again.

  38. EM

    EricM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Food was very nice bar the potato with my duck was a bit overdone as it was hard.The bread and butter pudding with caramelised ice cream was really nice so made up for the potato.

  39. T

    Tanker

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    All Excellent ~ This has been our local since 1980.

  40. JP

    JoeP

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    great staff and consistent cooking, they take care of my family with kindness and we really enjoy it there.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Discovery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 029 2075 5015.

The Discovery is rated 4.3 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for The Discovery

Celyn Avenue, Lakeside Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan CF23 6FH

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Cardiff

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–19:00

  • Cuisines

    British, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access

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