Situated on Ferry Road in Grangetown, Cardiff, (opposite Asda and Frankie and Benny’s), Cedar Tree Farm serves classic British dishes and all-day carveries in a cosy pub atmosphere
Managed by Andrew and Maria Fox, the venue is one in 20 of Greene King’s Farmhouse Inns chain and opened in late 2013.
There is a real community spirit at Cedar Tree Farm. When we visited, several events and competitions were being held to celebrate Easter, including an Easter Bonnet Parade for children. The pub also has a great children’s play area and hosts regular quiz nights.
The bar serves a selection of the best beer brands in addition to a range of wines, spirits and soft drinks. Furthermore, Cedar Tree Farm has received the Cask Marque Award for its impressive variety of ales.
Meanwhile, the menu features a seemingly endless choice of affordable pub food to suit all ages and tastes including burgers, pies, farmhouse grills, steaks, sandwiches, salads, jacket potatoes and classics like beer battered cod, macaroni cheese and chicken tikka masala.
When we arrived, we were greeted at the entrance and escorted to a table of our choice. Our waiter was really friendly and helpful; he talked us through the menu and explained how to go about ordering our food. Instead of ordering your food at the table, you place and pay for your order at the bar, giving your table number. If you choose the carvery, you’ll be given a ticket to collect your meal from the serving area.
To start, I ordered the filo prawn twisters, served with a citrus mayonnaise. These were really impressive to look at. I expected them to be much smaller, but they were actually quite long, like thin carrots. The prawns were succulent and tender, while the batter was deliciously crispy. They tasted lovely dipped into the mayonnaise, which had a subtle hint of lemon.
My guest opted for the prawn cocktail, traditionally served in a large open glass, with fresh prawns sitting on a bed of iceberg lettuce, slices of cucumber and a quartered salad tomato with a wedge of lemon, topped with Thousand Island dressing. It went down pretty well with my guest, although he would have liked a few more prawns.
Moving on to the carvery vegetables, the choice is never-ending. Options include roast, mashed, boiled and even BBQ-style potatoes, carrots, swede, green and red cabbage, vegetable bake, green beans, parsnips and more.
After piling your plate up with veg, you can pour your choice of gravy (vegetable, beef or onion) over your dinner and take your pick from a selection of condiments including mint sauce, cranberry sauce and mustard.
…not to mention almost 15 varieties of ice cream! From classics like mint choc chip, clotted cream and strawberry, to more unheard of varieties like Turkish delight, popping cherry candy and chocolate honeycomb, there really was something for everyone.
After seeing those gigantic cakes, though, we both knew what we wanted. Luckily Cedar Tree Farm provides a takeaway dessert option, so we were able to enjoy our cakes at home later on rather than trying to cram them in before leaving the restaurant.
I went for the Mars Attack (£4.25), one of Cedar Tree Farm’s most popular cakes. Consisting of three layers of rich chocolate sponge sandwiched together by a thick filling of caramel and dark chocolate frosting, the Mars Attack cake is finished with even more chocolate frosting before being decorated with small chunks of Mars bar.
It tasted just as amazing as it sounds, and as you can see this really was a big slice of cake. You could probably get two servings from one portion.
My guest ordered the carrot cake (£4.25), which looked great. With a classic carrot sponge, the cake was topped with vanilla frosting and finished with walnut pieces and small carrots made out of icing.
Alongside its amazing offering of cakes and ice cream, Cedar Tree Farm has a dessert menu featuring over 30 tempting treats, including sundaes, cheese cakes, fresh cream cakes, hot puddings and more.
My guest and I both thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Cedar Tree Farm. I had never been before, but I would definitely pop in for food again if I was in the area. The value for money is great – the dishes are priced well below that of neighbouring Frankie and Benny’s, and the portion sizes are huge. Make sure you try the cake!
Cedar Tree Farm
I was invited to Cedar Tree Farm as a guest and our food and drinks were provided complimentary. However, I was not obliged to write a positive review.