9 reviews of Roath Real Food Market in English
Still good and expanding - now new coffee stall selling Guatamalan and other organic beans plus take away espressos, lattes etc. Also Dare Ales microbrewery stall selling all sorts of lovely beer.
This is a great little market, and a lovely pplace to strole around on a weekend morning on the way to cash genorator and the charity shops on city road. makes a saturday morning complete. it has various stalls selling food form welsh cakes cooked there, to indian lamb sish kababs, pies, cheeses, and vegiterian foods. The only thing i could say about it, is that the area is a bit small, and there are not many stalls there, making the visit fairly brief. I would love to see things like this get larger and larger, but where it is means that it couldnt get much bigger. Apart from that its great, there should be more markets like this! Back to how it used to be.
As mentioned previously the Roath branch of the farmers market is the sister to Riverside’s sunday market.
Excellent quality fresh produce with succulent treats to tempt every palate.
A little off the beaten track but not difficult to find as the busy City Road is nearby. Parking can be troublesome in this area as it’s residents only so might be worth walking or taking the number 8 or 9 bus to City Rd and it’s down a side street from there.
Definitely worth checking out!
The Roath Food Market on a Saturday morning is sister market to Sunday morning’s ever popular Riverside Market and though it isn’t as big or as well-established, it’s still fantastic. I popped along recently with £15 in my pocket, a vague sense of excitement and no real ideas of what i wanted and came away with the following wierd mix:
- Garlic and Chilli Cheese (£2) - gorgeous
- Farmhouse Chedder (£2) - I’ll be buying this again
- Bottle of Classic Bitter from Monmouthshire Brewery (£2)
- Bag of 4 scones and a tub of cream (£2.40 ish)
- Pot of Plum Jam (£1.30 ish)
- Handful of carrots and spuds, all organic (£1.30)
I went home and cooked a lovely roast lamb dinner and the spuds and carrots were beautiful.
The stall holders are all incredibly friendly and hearty (I loved the cheese guy!) and you can have a good old natter with most of them. The stalls selling meat and fish all look incredible, especially the fish one (O.M.G., the prawns looked INCREDIBLE!) and next time I visit, i’ll make sure i take more money!
The Roath Real Food Market aims for a mix of fresh, Welsh and organic food, all raised, grown or made by the stallholders themselves, along with some tasty ready to eat home-made food from some of the diverse cultures in Cardiff. It started up in March 2008, and has been an instant success, with an average of 20-30 stallholders every week. There’s abundant parking, a Fair Trade tea and coffee bar, and the MacKintosh Sports Club bar is open for other liquid refreshments.
On offer are bread and cakes, fish and meat, flowers and fruit & veg, farmhouse cheeses and Welsh malt whisky. This week there was an organic pet food stall! (Trophy Pet Foods). Ethnic foods were represented by an Egyptian stallholder selling home-made salads and Mediterranean delicacies, and an Indian who offered any 10 items for £5 - his bhajis were the size of cannonballs. The Slade Organic Farm marketed itself particularly well; located in the Vale of Glamorgan, it also organises Farm Visits and Nature Trail walks.
Young Welsh mountain lamb is at its best right now
(with loads of rain to keep the grass growing!) and there’s plenty on offer. Other things to tempt you: fresh Welsh Sewin, local mussels, home-baked focaccia, marinaded olives, tomatoes and peppers, minted lamb sausages, Glamorgan Sausages (veggie), bunches of fresh herbs such as Basil. Not cheap, but guaranteed top drawer , with some good bargains to be had - go and enjoy!
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