It must be my age – I’am getting excited about a new tea shop opening in Cardiff

I’am a big fan of cake – but don’t eat it as much as I would like – but that may change when a new tea shop opens in an historic building in Cardiff some time in March.

photo from bara-koukoug

David is opening a tea shop in the West Lodge by the animal walls in Bute park in Cardiff – I may have to divert my walk to work – so instead of 2 mins from Cardiff Central – a 15 min walk up the stadium walkway may have to do 🙂


So all the waiting is over and the hardest part of starting my Tea Rooms business so far is concluded. I am proud, delighted, elated, humbled and jubilant as I tell you that I have been successful in my tender for the operation of a Tea Rooms as part of the West Lodge redevelopment within Bute Park in Cardiff City Centre.

They will have some competiion as the coffee shop in Bute park is not bad (in the summer) – but at least two coffee shops by the castle have closed recently but we wish him well and look forward to his cakes.

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A nice sit down, cup of tea and massive Gammon bap in Barkers Castle Arcade Cardiff

As anyone who knows me would realise that I am not a follower of fashion so would not normally go into the many hipster boutiques scattered around the Victorian arcades of Cardiff, but I made the exception to go to this one, well, the cafe anyway, It’s an add-on to the trendy shop on the corner of Castle Arcade, Barkers.

The food was not cheap , but once I got my smoked ham and brie (I know sorry) toasty I evaluated the price – it was well worth it.

It has the thickness slice of Welsh ham that I have not see since my nan used to try and feed me up when I was a boy.

barker's cafe Massive Ham

It tasted great… and I even had to share some with mrsuw.

They had a great selection of I assume home-made cakes and lots of posh teas (from those teapigs lot) and the obligatory shiny coffee machine – in fact everything was shiny from the bespoke designer chairs to the lamps on the tables there was ironic indie covers of rubbish pop songs in the background, maybe they need to get some Richard Cheese on as well.

barker's cafe Cakes

The cafe looked great design wise (sorry for the photos there was a lot of chrome) – a bit fancy for me – but will be popular with trendies and ladies that lunch, if only they can find it as there are no signs on top of St Mary Street or by the arcade to say their is a new cafe open..

barker's cafe

barker's cafe

If you are of the Fashionista type and are too stuck up for the costa’s, starbucks etc that are littering every high street round the country, then bring your man bags here, but watch out a for bearded tramp like bloke in the corner snacking on a doorstop of ham it maybe me.


It’s ok its alcholic but not a beer- Twisted Ice Tea – like tea but with a hit

I saw this in my UK local supermarket the other week so picked up a few bottles, and had another one this evening its a great thirst quencher and I only had the “Original flavor” but in the states they apparently do lots.

Twisted Ice Tea

In my youth I was know to drink these odd made up drinks, but thankfully found ale and that was the last of that, but I do like tea both iced and hot, so thought why not give it a go.

The website does not give away much about how it’s made.

“Since 2001, our Tea brewmasters (yes, their job is as cool as it
sounds) have been committed to brewing a hard iced tea that
not only tastes like real iced tea but also delivers an
incredibly smooth and refreshing drinking experience. ”

Real iced tea made from a blend of
select teas and real lemon

• 5% Alcohol By Volume

If you like sweet tea and 5% alcohol then worth a go.