It’s rare that I start a dining experience with a history lesson. Although a couple of weeks ago it appeared that geology was on the timetable; and a few months back…chemistry. So to be fair if nothing else, this food blog appears to be determined to reinforce my secondary education…oh joy!
However in Grey not only is its name reflected in the colour tones of the well designed and comfortable interiors, but also in reference to the historical aspect that surrounds the site.
in 1242 a Dominican order arrived in Cardiff with the intention of creating a Friary in the town. The Marquis of Bute allocated them a plot of land near to the town walls West Gate. For around 40 years they were the only religious order in the town and were known as Black Friars due to the distinctive black cloaks they wore. However, in 1280 a Franciscan Order of Grey Friars (known…yep you’ve got it, due to their grey cloaks), were granted a site to reside in Cardiff. The site being the current location of the Hilton, and subsequently Grey.
History aside though, with views of Cardiff Castle through large windows – also perfect for a spot of people…or Cardiff Bus watching (if you’re into that!); Grey is a perfect restaurant to relax in, unwind and watch the world go by.
With a good choice of wine on the menu, while unfortunately our initial selection wasn’t available, the recommendation of the Awatere Valley, Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc that was delivered as an alternative, was superb,
Equally as good, and fantastic to see, was that Grey use locally produced Eccentric Gin for their signature cocktails. Opting for the Dry Friars G & T with Cardiff Dry Gin, which is infused with rosemary and lemongrass (the sprigs of fresh rosemary were removed shortly after attacking me in the face!), for any gin lovers this is well worth experiencing.
For the full review of my visit to Grey, pop on over to the Visit Cardiff website. However, the delicious dishes I experienced are below:
Smoked haddock risotto with poached hen’s egg, spring onions and curry oil | £6/£10 (available as a small or large plate – small plate featured above)
Usk Valley lamb shank, slow cooked and honey glazed with bubble ‘n’ squeak | £17
Chorizo tortellini with roasted peppers, sun blushed tomatoes and rocket | £6/£10 (available as a small or large plate – large plate featured above)
Vanilla crème brûlée with shortbread | £5
$5 Shake with vanilla ice cream, Jack Daniels, Amaretto, Mint and Amaretti cookies | £8
- Offering an all-day dining concept, I love that you could (if you wished) order brekkie in the evening. While I’m not sure a Full Welsh would be the order of the day at 9pm, Welsh Rarebit wouldn’t have gone amiss!
- Championing the modern dining scene with Welsh and British classics, many of the dishes at Grey use seasonal ingredients and locally sourced produce.
- It’s fantastic to see a front of house team, going over and above. A big shout out and thank you to Rob for making our dining experience such an enjoyable one. Great recommendation on the wine too!
Would I recommend Grey?
A relaxed dining experience, I would certainly recommend a visit to Grey. This was my first visit, and I have to say it won’t be my last. Based on their all-day dining concept, there really is something for everyone. I already have my eyes set on the Prosecco Afternoon Tea for Two. They also offer a two course lunch menu from Monday to Friday (11am-3pm), which at only £10 per person sounds like an absolute must!
Monday to Friday: 8am – 10pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 10pm
I was invited by Visit Cardiff and Grey as a guest. Our food and drink was complimentary; however, this did not influence my review…promise!
Address | Kingsway, Cardiff, CF10 3HH
Web | www.greyrestaurant.co.uk