Just a short walk from the Welsh capital’s tourist attractions such as Cardiff Castle and the Millennium Stadium, the Potted Pig is a modern British restaurant and gin lounge which is enduringly popular.
Opened back in 2011, The Potted Pig occupies a basement space that formerly acted as a bank vault. The dining room boasts a minimalist, stripped back aesthetic which features bare brick walls, high wooden tables flanked by stools and a leather studded banquette which runs along one side.
When it comes to the food menu, you can expect a run of modern British dishes that champion seasonal Welsh produce wherever possible. The offering evolves with the seasons, but on your visit you might find starters such as potted pig served with house pickles and toasted sourdough or spicy barbecue pork ribs with fennel jam. When it comes to main courses, diners can choose between the likes of Welsh lamb rump with cannellini bean and braised lamb stew, or perhaps pan-fried cod with smoked paprika, chorizo and butter bean stew.
Steaks are another key part of the menu, with 28 day aged chargrilled cuts being the order of the day, all served alongside chips and garlic butter. Vegetarians aren’t totally forgotten about though, as there is usually at least one meat-free dish on the menu, such as basil gnocchi with red pepper purée, olives, feta cheese and pine nuts.
If you want to end your meal on a sweet note, indulge with classic desserts such as sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream and chocolate delice with baked white chocolate and chocolate ice cream. To wash it all down, a pick from the extensive gin menu is a must, while a three-course lunch deal for under £20 and a hearty Sunday roast add further to the Potted Pig’s appeal.