Tiny Rebel Cardiff, Westgate Street – Beer & Food

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Tiny Rebel Cardiff

With a Newport-based brewery and two bars to its name, Tiny Rebel is at the forefront of South Wales’ thriving craft beer scene. However, as I discovered when I popped along to Tiny Rebel Cardiff on Westgate Street recently (formerly Urban Taphouse, but rebranded by the same owners last year), they also offer a satisfying selection of pub grub. 

Arriving at Tiny Rebel Cardiff, it’s clear these guys love their beer. The walls are covered in colourful, edgy murals centred on beer.

Tiny Rebel Cardiff
In the corner of the bar, I spot a spider diagram depicting the countless varieties of lager and ale. 

Varieties of beer
With plenty of seating available, you can either take a seat at one of the tables in the bar, or in the room next door. Mismatched wooden chairs, exposed brickwork and a plethora of authentic gig posters – some of which date back to before I was even born – give the place a retro, nostalgic feel. 

Tiny Rebel Cardiff posters

The menu keeps it simple with a range of bar snacks, pizzas, burgers, sharing plates, sides, vegan dishes and salads (although craft beer and salads don’t really go hand-in-hand, if you ask me). 

We kicked things off with the black pudding fritters (£4.25). I expected these to be served in a golden, crispy batter, but unfortunately this wasn’t to be. The black pudding had been removed from its skin and shaped into flattened round balls, before being dusted with flour and fried. The thick, smooth texture and rich, salty taste was a little too much for my taste buds to take, although the spicy apple compote helped to rectify this to an extent. I didn’t really see the need for the rocket. 

Black pudding fritters at Tiny Rebel Cardiff

The BBQ-glazed chicken wings (£4.50) were another story. The BBQ glaze had a sweet, smoky flavour, the wings were of a good size and there was plenty of them, and the chicken skin was perfectly crispy, without being over-cooked. I’m not a big fan of blue cheese so the dipping sauce wasn’t to my liking, but my guest happily polished it off. Again, no need for the rocket. 

Chicken wings

For my main course, I went for the 6oz ground Welsh beef burger (£9) with Swiss cheese (+£0.75p). Cooked medium with a patch of pink still showing, this juicy, meaty burger did not disappoint. The creamy homemade slaw was equally pleasing. I couldn’t fault the skin-on fries either, although the portion was excessive – you could easily have fed at least three people with the amount on my plate. 

Burger and fries at Tiny Rebel Cardiff

As tasty as my burger was, when I caught a glimpse of my guest’s tandoori chicken pizza (£10.50), I began to wish I’d ordered this instead. A light yet large base was laden with a thick coating of melted mozzarella, chunks of tandoori chicken, bite-sized morsels of onion bhaji and a few dollops of minted yoghurt. Oh, and some more rocket. Rocket aside, this was flawless. The best thing about was the onion bhaji, which had a more-ish, crunchy texture that we just couldn’t get enough of. I’d happily order this even without the chicken – and that’s coming from a hardened meat-eater!

Tandoori chicken pizza at Tiny Rebel Cardiff

On the whole, Tiny Rebel Cardiff’s food offering isn’t at all bad. Batter the black pudding fritters, lose the rocket and reduce the portion of fries, and it’d be brilliant. It may also be worth knocking a few pounds off the burger, which was quite expensive at £9, with extras priced at 75p. It was a decent burger but when you’ve got the likes of Burger Theory just around the corner, serving what are widely regarded as the best burgers in Cardiff at similar costs (or in some cases, even less), there’s just no contest. 

Tiny Rebel Cardiff
25 Westgate St
CF10 1DD
(029) 2039 9557

Do you like craft beer? Have you ever been to any of Tiny Rebel’s bars and, if so, what did you think of them?

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I was invited to Tiny Rebel Cardiff and our food and drink was provided complimentary up to the value of £25; however, I was not obliged to write a positive review. 

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  1. September 7, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    This looks like a really quirky place to eat, something a little different! I think £9 for burger and chips is quite reasonable compared to places round our way and that pizza looks sooo good!

    • September 9, 2017 / 3:12 pm

      It’s not bad, it’s just on par with some of Cardiff’s top burger bars and so I don’t think it’s very competitively priced. The pizza was delicious!

  2. September 8, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    Sorry to hear that some of the food was not up to scratch and was expensive. But in all at least you enjoyed most of it.

    • September 9, 2017 / 3:11 pm

      Yeah, I’m sure the food could be greatly improved, just a few little tweaks needed here and there 🙂

    • September 10, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      I love fries, but there were way too many here for me (and my guest) to devour!

  3. September 9, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    I LOVE the interior, it looks amazing. I think it’s pretty expensive especially when it wasn’t up to scratch! At least you know for next time 🙂

    • September 10, 2017 / 3:03 pm

      I loved the interior too 🙂 The wall murals and posts really add character to the place.

  4. September 10, 2017 / 1:57 am

    Most of the food sounds amazing! That burger looks so good! It’s a shame about the black pudding though, I don’t like it personally anyway x

    • September 10, 2017 / 3:03 pm

      The burger was a real highlight, but yes, shame the fritters weren’t as nice as I’d hoped they’d be!

    • September 11, 2017 / 8:49 am

      The pizza was divine – those crispy bits of onion bhaji were mouth-watering!

  5. September 10, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    The burger and fries sound right up my street. I love when a bit of pink is still showing as I can’t stand food that’s overdone!

    Louise x

    • September 11, 2017 / 8:48 am

      I know what you mean – this burger was still juicy, yet with a firm meaty bite to it too. Lovely stuff!

  6. September 11, 2017 / 12:40 am

    This place looks great! You had me at black pudding fritters lol. Shame they weren’t perfect but bet they made a great snack with beer!

    • September 11, 2017 / 8:47 am

      We had Coke as I’m on a diet 🙁 Lol! But yes, I’m sure they’d have been better with beer – and a bit of batter 🙂

  7. September 11, 2017 / 12:58 am

    Shame about the black pudding but the burger and the tandoori pizza looks delicious x yum

    • September 11, 2017 / 8:47 am

      I’d happily go back just for one of the pizzas!

  8. September 17, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    What a quirky place! Just like their beer 🙂 I LOVE their beer, so I’d be up for a visit just for that. Completely with you about the rocket – it seriously isn’t needed!

    • September 19, 2017 / 4:21 pm

      It is a pretty cool place to hang out and enjoy a drink or some food. Hope they lose the rocket next time I go there 😀