Sunday lunch at The Flora pub on Cathays Terrace, Cardiff

The Flora Pub, Cathays Terrace, Cardiff

Perched on the corner between Flora Street and Cathays Terrace, The Flora has been at the heart of Cardiff’s student community, Cathays, for many years. It’s the kind of pub where I’d expect to find a mix of undergrads taking advantage of the cheap booze (possibly in fancy dress), and old men hunched over the bar, drinking pints and reading newspapers. It’s not somewhere I would expect to find elegantly presented, freshly cooked food that I just can’t wait to tell everyone all about. Not up until now, anyway.

Back last year, Ten Mill Lane cocktail bar and S.A. Brain teamed up to breathe new life into The Flora, transforming it from a traditional, cosy pub into a contemporary, eclectic meeting place for the local student community.

The bar at The Flora pub, Cathays
The bar is fashioned from intricately patterned tiles and rustic wooden doors – there’s even a letterbox at the centre – while funky abstract artwork hangs on the wooden panelled/partly-exposed brick walls.

Pop art on the walls at The Flora pub, Cathays Terrace, Cardiff
Chef, Gareth Davies has been with The Flora for around three months and you can see more of his culinary creations over at his Instagram page, @garysfoodadventures. Gareth is assisted by another Chef by the name of Hudson, who has been with The Flora for around six months.

Throughout the week, the menu offers pub classics like fish and chips, chilli con carne, Hunter’s chicken, burgers and fries, and curry and rice, alongside more gourmet options like mussels, scallops and roasted cod with chorizo and cockle ragout.

The Sunday lunch menu offers a choice of beef, lamb or turkey; each priced at £9.95. Meanwhile, starters and desserts cost around £3-4 each.

Visiting The Flora for Sunday lunch, we kicked things off with the cod and chorizo fishcake (£3.95). Only too often, fishcakes can be boring and tasteless, but this couldn’t have been further from the truth as far as this fishcake was concerned. Mashed potato mixed with chunks of cod and chorizo lay encased in crunchy breadcrumbs, sitting atop thick butternut squash sauce and dressed with fresh greens, red amaranth, coriander, and finished with a piqant herb, chilli and tomato olive oil garnish.

For my main course, I tucked into medium-rare, juicy roast beef with tenderstem broccoli, roast parsnips, carrots, pickled red cabbage, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and a golden brown Yorkshire pudding.

Roast beef dinner
Meanwhile, my guest got stuck into peppered roast lamb, cooked until pink and so tender, the knife slid through it with ease; this was teamed with the same tasty sides mentioned above, minus the Yorkshire pudding (that’s what also steers me towards ordering beef instead of lamb – love a decent Yorkshire pud!)

Lamb roast dinner
I enjoyed the Sunday lunch at The Flora so much, it would be one of the first places I’d think of going the next time I fancy a decent roast dinner in Cardiff. I still associate it with students – even more so now since its trendy refurb – but now, when I think of The Flora, I think of creative, fresh, gastro-pub style food. I fully intend to work my way through the regular weekday menu and roll on two months or so time, when the pub will be launching yet another new menu; I can’t wait to find out what else Gareth and Hudson have got up their sleeves!

The Flora

136 Cathays Terrace
CF24 4HY
029 2115 1016

Where’s your favourite place to go for Sunday lunch?



  1. Jun 25, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    Ooo that looks like a lovely place with delicious food. I do love fish cakes so they would definitely be a hit with me!

    • Jun 25, 2017 / 11:30 pm

      The fishcake was so elegantly presented, I’ve never seen anything like it; least of all from a pub.

    • Jun 25, 2017 / 11:29 pm

      Definitely! I was so very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food.

  2. Jun 25, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    The food here looks great, and is really reasonably priced (especially the Sunday lunches). And the decor is perfect – id love to try this place out if I was in the area x

    • Jun 25, 2017 / 11:28 pm

      It’s really nice here since the recent revamp; sounds like it was a bit of an old man’s pub before! Hehe

  3. Samantha Bye
    Jun 25, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    I absolutely love Cardiff, and a Sunday roast! Will keep note of this place for next time I’m that way 🙂

    • Jun 25, 2017 / 11:28 pm

      Let me know what you think if you end up going here 🙂

  4. Jun 25, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    Made the mistake of reading this before dinner. Now very hungry! Looks amazing and if I ever find myself in Cardiff, it’ll be on my list!

    • Jun 25, 2017 / 11:27 pm

      Hehe, I wrote it a couple of weeks ago and I always crave Sunday dinner when I read back over it – oops!

  5. esther james
    Jun 25, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    The food looks absolutely delicious- A hidden gem there. I also love the decor. Will definitely have to visit

    • Jun 25, 2017 / 11:27 pm

      I’m sure you’d love it. I can’t wait to go back!

  6. Jun 26, 2017 / 8:00 am

    I didn’t realise ten mill lane had joined forces there. I’m always looking for places to go for Sunday lunch. That starter looked yummy x

    • Jun 27, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      Yeah, I was surprised to hear it too. They’ve done a great job with the place.

  7. Jun 26, 2017 / 11:44 am

    I’ve been to Cardiff recently but didn’t spot this place. The food looks lovely. I don’t usually go for roast dinners but I would have chosen one of these ones!

    • Jun 27, 2017 / 9:58 pm

      It’s a fair walk from the city centre, based in Cathays – studentville, hehe! So you might have missed it as it’s a little out of the way if you’re just visiting Cardiff for a little while.

    • Jun 27, 2017 / 9:58 pm

      It is a great city to visit – friendly, multi-cultural and lots to see, do and eat!

  8. Jun 26, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    That roast beed looks amazing and I could happily eat that right now!! I always love a roast dinner

    • Jun 27, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      Me too, it’s one of my alltime favourite meals.

  9. Jun 26, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    That does look pretty good! I don’t really have a Sunday lunch favourite, but I ‘d go for that beef any day;)

    • Jun 27, 2017 / 9:55 pm

      It was delicious 🙂 I’d order the beef all over again too.

    • Jun 27, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      Can’t beat decent pub grub on a Sunday 😀

  10. Jun 27, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    These dishes look so tasty and I always love your food photography…It makes me hungry! We want to come to Wales so when we do, I will be searching this blog for places to go!

    • Jun 27, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      Aww thanks, I really appreciate that. Feel free to drop me a message if you ever need any suggestions of what to see, do and eat in Wales!

  11. Jun 27, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    We love visiting new restaurants on Sundays, as long as they are serving good food, we are happy! 🙂

    • Jun 27, 2017 / 9:50 pm

      Me too, it’s what Sundays were made for!

  12. Jun 27, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    I love when a much-loved but somewhat tatty pub gets a new lease of life from people who lavish care and attention and a great sense of design on the space. The food looks really fabulous, what a great place to have nearby.

    • Jun 27, 2017 / 9:49 pm

      It is nice to see new life breathed into such an old pub 🙂

  13. Jun 27, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    That cod and chorizo pancake looks amazing. I come from the east coast where we have lots of cod cakes but it never occurred to me to put chorizo in them.

    • Jun 27, 2017 / 10:17 pm

      I loved how well presented it was. It was so perfectly done; never seen a fish cake looking so pretty! 🙂

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