A lively restaurant situated in what was the port's pilotage building - dating back to the 1860's. If booking, ask for a table in the upstairs dining room, if you want to enjoy the views over the bay.
The menu focuses on Europe, but fusion food, from the Far East, also figures - as in items such as 'Lightly-spiced Chicken, in a sweet Soy and Sesame reduction'.
Generally speaking items such as 'Tian of Smoked Trout and Guacamole with Balsamic Jelly'; 'Confit Chicken and Foie Gras Terrine with Spiced Pear Marmalade' and 'Smoked Haddock and White Bean Soup' set the style for starters.
'Roasted Pork Belly with a piquant sauce'; 'Braised Lamb Shank with Roasted Vegetables'; 'Slow-Cooked Gammon Collar with Grain Mustard Potatoes, Russet Apple Slaw & Stout Jus' and 'Roasted Brill with Creamed Leeks and Madeira Jus' for mains. 'Woods Fish & Chips' is a popular option.
Interesting desserts - particularly by brasserie standards - might include 'Aniseed Parfait with Sesame and Nougatine'; 'Apple and Sultana Pie with Cinnamon Ice Cream' or well-executed 'Bakewell Tart with Custard'.
Service is both professional and friendly.
- Food Style: Brasserie
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-14.00 (Sun 15.00); mains from about £11 to £23; set L Mon-Sat £20 (3 courses); set L Sun £15.95 (2 courses), £18.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat, 19.00-22.00; set D £20 (3 courses); set D pre-theatre (17.30-19.00) £16.95 (2 courses) to £19.95); mains from about £11 to £23
- Seats: 80
- Wine: an interesting wine lists kicks off at around the £17 mark, and includes both classy bottles, unusual European regionals and over a dozen offerings by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Cardiff
- Directions: See the map on this page.
- Parking: multi-storey car park opposite
- Closed: Sun D; 25th & 26th Dec; 1st Jan
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating