While parts of the main Manor house is still under construction and with it being a listed building these things do take time, many of the out-buildings are already up and running with daily Yoga, language and creative classes taking place throughout the week. One part of the stable block has been converted into a wonderful tea room called The Potting shed. It has a small but perfectly formed brunch menu with most of the ingredients being sourced locally including the bread which comes from Allen's Bakery in Roath as well as a locally roasted coffee. The staff are really friendly and welcoming and there are also dog friendly tables and a few vintage style kids toys and books which keeps my youngest happily entertained while I sip on my cortado and some warming homemade soup.
I have stopped in a few times while on our many walks through the gardens collecting leaves for our nature table but on this occasion John and I had a free hour and decided to treat ourselves to a mini lunch date. It has been a particularly biting week in terms of the weather, while it's dry it certainly does feel like winter is on it's way with the drop in temperature so sitting in a nice warm cafe was especially lovely. I usually go for the seasonal soup but decided to try the Goats Cheese and red pepper toastie with slaw and salad while John opted for the Beef Winter Stew with a Gluten free roll for which he gave rave reviews.
The lunch menu is again small but I actually prefer that because each dish has been well thought out and there is always at least two vegetarian options and simple seasonal dishes put together by the in-house chef. I also want to make a special note about the amazing homemade cakes with the extra chocolatey and gooey brownies being a favourite with all of us.
Once the Manor House has been fully renovated its going to be available for functions and weddings and part of it already houses Primo Piano School as well as a Dance school. To see so much life being brought back to Insole court is a fantastic thing and it's a great addition to Cardiff and Llandaff.
|Johns winter stew|