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“Great value food, bargain Beer, Excellent service!”
Review of The Ernest Willows

The Ernest Willows
Ranked #631 of 1,216 Restaurants in Cardiff
Price range: US$3 - US$16
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Ernest Willows is situated in the heart of Roath, Cardiff We serve premium spirits, ales, craft beers and food all day everyday. We have a big screen and several plasmas for sporting events and if you fancy sitting in the fresh air we have a beer garden to suit all
Pembroke, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great value food, bargain Beer, Excellent service!”
Reviewed 17 March 2014

I went here with the family on 6 Nations Final Day. the atmosphere was great with a lot of old locals
we had Great value food, bargain Beer, Excellent service! (First time I've tipped in a Wetherspoons!)

(i have never felt the need to mention toilets in a food review before but these are really exceptional!)

  • Visited March 2014
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Usually Great!”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

Love the cheap food and the tasty chicken burgers. The chips are always lovely and there's usually adequate seating. The toilets are some of the best I've ever seen, especially when compared to most pub toilets out there! Decent service. Needs a car park, as you have to pay if you park nearby during peak times.

  • Visited November 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Cheap as chips (and have you seen the spectacular ladies' toilets?)”
Reviewed 4 October 2013

I go here occasionally for convenient, cheap meals. The 241 offer is very good value for money (£6.79 for 2 good sized meals) and although it isn't fine dining it proves excellent value for money. The place is usually pretty full and there are signs of wear but if you can see the ladies' toilets it is worth the visit. The steak and kidney pudding is calorie-heavy but tasty even if the peas are bullet like. The chili con carne is just what you need on a cold and rainy day in Cardiff
The efficiency and attitude of the staff is variable but OK. The place has a Hygeine Rating of 5.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Ilovefoodandfun
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“rubbish”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

food was cold , portion sizes terrible , and the staff where miserable and did nothing to resolve my issue on the day .. will not eat there again

Visited August 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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“A Wetherspoons through and through.”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

If you've visited a JD Wetherspoons pub before then you should know exactly what to expect from the Ernest Willows.
The food is cheap, and it tastes like it.
The beer is also cheap, a pint of Guinness priced at £2.40 is probably one of the cheapest in Cardiff. They have five or six real-ale pumps, although these can often be hit or miss: if your pint is just slightly cloudy or tangy then that's probably the best you can hope for.
The staff are actually pretty good. Friendly, capable and chatty.

To summarise, the Ernest Willows is like a McDonald's restaurant but with beer.

  • Visited September 2013
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