Carvery, Cake & Community – Restaurant Review: Cedar Tree Farm, Cardiff



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.

 
For our main courses, we both chose the carvery. You can order either a small (£4.65), standard (£6.35) or mega (£8.35) plate size (prices on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays are £4.95, £7.95 and £9.95 respectively). Not wanting to feel too full upon leaving the restaurant, we both went for the standard size. 
 
Three roast meats are available daily and on the day we visited these included turkey, beef and gammon – all of which looked perfect! You can choose to have a combination of meats or just stick with the same one, and these will be carved onto your plate for you. You’ll also be offered a Yorkshire pudding and stuffing. 
 

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.

 
Then, all that’s left to do is to return to your table and tuck in! I chose a combination of beef and turkey on my roast dinner. I don’t usually like turkey that much because it can be quite a dry meat, but this was soft and juicy. Similarly, the beef was very tender and tasty. The portion sizes were great too; I had two large slices of each meat (Cedar Tree Farm are big on portion sizes all round – we were genuinely stunned by the size of some of the dishes we saw coming out of the kitchen!)
 
The mashed potato and swede were both creamy and flavoursome – the best I’ve had in a long time. I also loved the honey-glazed parsnips, which tasted really authentic. All of the veg was cooked perfectly, and the red cabbage was especially delicious. The sage and onion stuffing was home made and tasted great – I wish I had more of it!
 
I really liked the Yorkshire pudding, but my guest found his a little soggy and chewy, and he thought it could have been a bit bigger. 
 
The only real let down for me were the roast potatoes. Roasties are my favourite part of a roast dinner or carvery, and I love them best when they’re golden brown and crispy with a soft, fluffy centre. These ones had been roasted with their skins on, and although this can actually work really well if done properly, they had a slightly hardened, chewy skin but they weren’t at all crispy and they didn’t have that rich, meaty taste that I love so much about roast potatoes. 
 
Roasties aside though, it was a great carvery dinner, with generous servings and enough veggie sides to please even the fussiest of eaters.  
 
 
After eating our carveries we were both feeling fit to burst (good job we only opted for the standard plate size!) – but then we saw the desserts cabinet, which was full of enormous, eye-catching cakes…
 

…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
Ferry Road
Grangetown
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF11 0JR
www.cedartreefarmpub.co.uk

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.

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2 Comments

  1. hannah
    August 21, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    I went in here for a meal, i really enjoyed it. I had the vegetarian chill and rice, was very tasty. The menu is great, inexpensive and the dessert choice is fantastic x

  2. hannah
    August 21, 2015 / 3:54 pm

    I also live not far from here too, so its a great place to go. It’s not really in Cardiff Bay, it’s Grangetown. I do think the planners have messed the geography up big time x

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