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The Pen and Wig

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Cathays
Bar, British, Pub
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1 Park Grove, Cardiff CF10 3BJ, Wales
+44 29 2037 1217
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10:00 - 01:00
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Sun 10:00 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri 11:00 - 01:00
Sat 10:00 - 01:00
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have to admit I've always liked this pub ever since it opened. However haven't been in a very long time so called in yesterday. Fantastic selection of beers etc had a pint of Tenby Harbour Amber ale which was very acceptable. weather was foul but on a good day this place wouldbe a good find. Nice touch with the... More 

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Thank johnbute
Geraint H, Manager at The Pen and Wig, responded to this review

Thank you Johnbute for your comments , we always get a great selection of local and out of town brewers supplying our ale . Feel free to pop back in to try them again. Kind Regards Sion Partridge Deputy Manager. More 

Cowbridge, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This pub is fine for a stop off for a pint and a packet of crisps as you pass. We have never managed to visit when we are able to get food. The staff are friendly, and it can get quite busy.

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Thank Sheep_green
Geraint H, Manager at The Pen and Wig, responded to this review

Thank you Sheep_green for your review .Please feel free to join us anytime we are launching a new menu in March , hopefully you will get a chance to pop on in and sample it . Kind Regards Sion Deputy Manager More 

Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We called in as a family for a nightcap, after a meal in a nearby restaurant on a Thursday evening. The place was buzzing with a mixture of students and more mature drinkers. The bar staff were friendly & prices reasonable. Will return when next in the area.

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Thank Lindylovestotravel
Geraint H, Manager at The Pen and Wig, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Lindy . The staff here are always willing to serve with a friendly smile on their faces , they are a credit to the business. Feel free to stop on by anytime , we also offer a full food menu till 10 pm should you want to make an evening of it with us on... More 

Shrivenham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

It's a pub, albeit a slightly gastro-pub, but it delivered exactly what we wanted and expected in all regards. Excellent service, a sense of humour, the ability to deviate from the set menu, punctuality and excellent taste. Overall and excellent lunch for 6 family members. Well done team Pen and Wig!

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1 Thank vickmo91
Geraint H, General Manager at The Pen and Wig, responded to this review

Hi Thank you very much for your great review. We hope to see you back again soon. Geraint More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Seven of us called in to this very good pub/eaterie to find a great atmosphere (buzzing and very full). Although we didn't eat here the food being served looked very good. We managed to sit outside in a small enclosed area off the pavement which was fine. Nice friendly staff despite being busy.

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Thank TheArchers15
Geraint H, General Manager at The Pen and Wig, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for the great review and we hope to see you back again soon. Geraint More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Thanks for accomodating the ten of us plus baby this sunday, we were all particularly impressed with the standard of the sunday roast, all being veterans of the pen&wig but not having eaten here for a while, we were pleasently surprised by the home made quality of the food. Veggie nut roast was delicious and a treat to have all... More 

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Thank Acryliccloud
Geraint H, General Manager at The Pen and Wig, responded to this review

Hi Thank you so much for your great review. We are really passionate about getting our Sundays right and we have put a lot of work into them so to get some really positive feedback like that means we are heading in the right direction. Many thanks again. Geraint More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

I have visited Pen & Wig many times before so I know what to expect. Visited Friday 2nd Dec. and as is often the case it was heaving and very hot inside and there were dirty with empty glasses and spilt beer everywhere making the floors and tables, sticky. Outside under the smokers’ marquee was cold and naturally smelled strongly... More 

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Thank crofty217
Geraint H, General Manager at The Pen and Wig, responded to this review

Hi Thank you very much for your feedback. Speed of service and cleaning down the pub is something I will be spending a lot more training time to now you have brought it to my attention. It is obviously very important that we get as many customers served in as short a time as possible and keep the pub clean... More 

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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

I ate sausages, a starter made by prawns and a pie. Everything was very nice. The waiter was nice too in summary a great experience.

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Thank Pablo F
Geraint H, General Manager at The Pen and Wig, responded to this review

Hi Pablo Thanks so much for that feedback. Always good to get a great review. We hope you will visit us again soon. Geraint More 

London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

The traditional interior welcomes you right away. Good beer selection available and a pub food menu. We didn't eat, so cannot comment on that. It's a little out of the way from the city center but if you are close to the National Museum or City Hall you are almost there. It does have a tv on the wall, but... More 

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Thank peetg
Geraint H, General Manager at The Pen and Wig, responded to this review

Hi Thank you so much for your great review. Feedback is always important to us. We hope that we will see in The Pen and Wig soon. Thanks Geraint More 

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

We popped in for their pub quiz as we were spending the night in Cardiff on the way somewhere else. It turned out to be a lovely cosy pub with a great atmosphere and a real huge turnout for the quiz. We keep saying we wish it was near where we lived so we could go back again. Great pub.

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Thank Anne N
Geraint H, General Manager at The Pen and Wig, responded to this review

Hi Anne Wow. Thank you very much for your great comments. I have passed your comments to the team that was working that night. Many thanks again. Geraint More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$19
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 00:00
Monday
11:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 00:00
Thursday
11:00 - 00:00
Friday
11:00 - 01:00
Saturday
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Park Grove, Cardiff CF10 3BJ, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Cardiff>  > Cathays
  • Neighbourhood: Cathays
  • Phone Number: +44 29 2037 1217
Description
At The Pen and Wig we have something to suit every occasion. Whether it's a relaxing haven from shopping, a place to meet friends or colleagues from work or to simply find a quiet corner to grab a drink or a bite to eat.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?