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5 Portland Street | 5 Portland Street, Swansea SA1 3DH, Wales
+44 1792 456101
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good13%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (26 reviews)
“jacket potato” (28 reviews)
“salad” (18 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
5 Portland Street | 5 Portland Street, Swansea SA1 3DH, Wales
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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

It is right in the heart of the city centre and the food was exceptional. The staff are very curteous; very honest business and although it gets busy you still don’t have to wait long for service or for your food to arrive. The food...More

Thank ArunTummies
Reviewed 30 May 2018

Starvin Jacks is my go to place to eat lunchtime in Swansea town. All the food looks excellent, i have sampled a breakfast and scrambled eggs and i am spoiled now as the eggs were the best i have ever tasted and the brown toast...More

Thank TurkHM
Reviewed 23 May 2018

This is a friendly, independently owned cafe which serves good food at sensible prices. It is a regular stopping place for me, even if it is just to pick up one of their excellent takeaway salads - lovely fresh ingredients!

Thank Divadarling
Reviewed 22 May 2018

Called for lunch for the second time this month to find the downstairs section is still closed. This is a major disappointment as the downstairs is larger, more comfortably, tastefully decorated and due to steep steps you don't have to compete for space with the...More

Thank Mike s
Reviewed 21 May 2018

The excellence of the food, service and friendly staff makes this an absolute must with the strength of the chef when shifting furniture just incredible!!!!!!

Thank Ellisimo95
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Straving Jacks has been a Swansea staple for years, and you can see why. The food is great quality and very reasonably priced. The staff are friendly and polite. Had the best breakfast here in May 2018. Very satisfied customers.

Thank IaoEvans
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Another fantastic lunch here. Huge salad with different flavours and was delicious. Very reasonable in price and the staff are very friendly. I always come here when in Swansea.

Thank Gail C
Reviewed 10 May 2018

What a place to make you feel welcome! Jacket potato Jacks Special salad is a wonderful experience with a huge variety of salad - oh so healthy! Service with a smile and a friendly word for everybody. Well done Starvin Jacks for being such an...More

Thank Elizabeth J
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Picked up a great lunch today from Starvin Jacks and was very impressed. The salad was very nice with plenty of choice and the baguettes filled to the brim! Highly recommended

1  Thank Christopher E
Reviewed 10 April 2018

The upstairs (street level) section is very cramped and no good if you are disabled and need wheelchair space. Also pushchairs are difficult to park (even folded up). Access to the lower level is not an option for the disabled as it is by steep...More

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StarvinJack, Owner at STARVIN JACKS, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Thank you for your review. Unfortunately our cafe is small on the ground floor and therefore very limited for wheelchair customers. However we make every effort to accommodate wherever possible. We always go the extra mile for all guests with disabilities. We have many regular...More

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28 March 2018|
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Response from StarvinJack | Property representative |
Yes we're in Portland Street opposite HSBC Bank and next door to Barclays.
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$13
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Buffet, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 16:30
07:30 - 16:30
07:30 - 16:30
07:30 - 16:30
07:30 - 16:30
07:30 - 16:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Portland Street | 5 Portland Street, Swansea SA1 3DH, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Swansea County  >  Swansea
  • Phone Number: +44 1792 456101
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Starvin' Jacks was born on 15th July 1998 in Swansea. We are a happy coffee shop and diner business based in Portland Street, Swansea City Centre. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction, maximising choice, flexibility and healthy options in everything we do. We offer fresh salads and over thirty fillings for our traditional Oven Roasted Jacket Potatoes, Sandwiches, Baguettes and so much more. We also have a full barista service with the award winning Coaltown Coffee roasted locally. Established and run hands on by husband and wife team, Nigel and Kathryn Evans we have built the business around some core values and principles we aspire to in all our activities: Offering a large, innovative and varied menu with maximum flexibility and choice available for the customer Food freshly made to order at the time the order is placed Using local produce and local suppliers wherever practicable Healthy and low fat options always available Using the highest quality locally roasted coffee. Treating the customer as we would like to be treated ourselves with respect, patience and humour Family and Child friendly Being funky, happy, proud of our service and giving the warmest welcome to all ages People A vibrant and happy team of employees, with a pride and passion about everything they do Smiling is encouraged and provided free of charge Embracing change, new ideas, respect for the individual and equal opportunity to grow Having fun in everything we do Being open, honest and trustworthy in dealing with customers, suppliers, colleagues and the community Working safely to protect ourselves, our customers, suppliers and the environment Never compromising our EHS value for profit or sales
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