The Old Cottage

3.8
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11 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Gastro Pub
With beautiful surroundings, and a stylish interior, The Old Cottage in Cardiff is a classic meets modern pub, a perfect setting for any occasion. Our chefs take pride in preparing fresh, delicious tasting food using the finest ingredients. Signature dishes include spit-roasted chicken with lemon & garlic confit, slow cooked pork belly with seared scallops, salmon supreme served with thyme-roasted butternut squash, and our home-made British beef burger. For a lighter bite, our spiralised carrot salad and Mediterranean mezze are both delectable, or for some sweet indulgence our melting golden chocolate bomb with caramel ice cream is sure to please!
You’ll also find a range of daily-changing specials and a carefully selected drinks list, including beautiful wines, ales and lagers, cocktails, and bubbles. So, whether it’s for a drink at the bar with family and friends, a special dining experience or a relaxed afternoon with great food – you can sit back and unwind, and we’ll take c
What 11 People Are Saying
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EP
Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious and sometimes surprising menu. Excellent fresh ingredients. Beautiful garden, cosy interior. Friendly and helpful service. Would definitely like to go back!

R
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not through open table as they had no record of the reservation and no space for us. A complete waste of a journey and energy. First time out with new baby so extra disappointing. No response from open table when complaint was made!

AB
Wales
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Went there Saturday night and the food has really gone down hill , we are regulars at this pub and the last twice we have been for food it hasn’t been great

KB
Wales
5 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Sunday evening not a great choice and currently trialing a new inventory system which isn’t working . No chips no pork no fish etc . Waiting Staff did a brilliant job in letting us now but awkward for them .

PH
Derbyshire
8 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

My meal was ok but other diners in group had undercooked potatoes and green beans, cauliflower cheese which was like mush We had to send back and had hardly any cheese, tough lamb and scallops which looked like they hadn’t seen a pan. Second time here, first time they didn’t have a lot of things I wanted on the menu. Won’t be coming again unfortunately as it’s local . On the plus side, the staff were great.

OT
Wales
4 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere,country pub. Friendly service.

OT
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Lovely food

UC
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food, mixed service. A clear divide between the training and professionalism of some of the serving team - one lady in particular was fantastic, attentive and way ahead of the others, some who seemed more interested in flirting with each other and interrupting their colleagues who were in direct conversation with other customers. Food was very good regardless.

R
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The menu is good and prices reasonable. The location is excellent. There is a good choice of drinks and local ales.
The disappointment was that dietary considerations were not adhered to probably from poor communication between the waiting staff and the kitchen in a busy Sunday like BCh service.
The problem however was promptly corrected when pointed out and a new plate was brought in within 8 minutes.
Food was good especially the steak but the chicken a little over cooked on this occasion.
Would go back again.

DI
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A satisfactory gastropub meal. Nice tasting duck liver pate, the chicken & leek pie tasted very good. Scallops were cooked well (they're often not). Pork belly, fish cakes and fried Brie all were nice.

Low point - The potato topping on the meat pie had a mealy, polenta texture that didn't impress.

Low low point - Portion sizes were too large, leaving no room for dessert. That's a basic error that is simple to fix and improves things to no end. Joel Robuchon served us 16 courses and there was space left for dessert. If you like eating to excess then this is a good thing. If you like eating a whole meal then maybe skip the starter.

Prices were good. 4 people (mix of Brits and Americans) with drinks, starter, main course and tip was 105 UK Pounds. This was less than I anticipated given the overall quality of the food.

If you enjoy fine dining and are in South Wales, this is not a bad option. With better portion sizes and a focus on food details this would be a no brainer.

We would return if in the same area.

DJ
Yorkshire
9 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great venue with a good menu choices well presented.
Attentive service without being intrusive.