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“Sunday Lunch”

The Chapel 1877 Restaurant And Bar
Ranked #121 of 1,327 Restaurants in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$50
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Contemporary, Gastropub
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Good for: Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Chapel 1877 formerly the Pembroke Terrace chapel has been restored into this incredible modern Bar and Restaurant and is a hugely popular and known as one of Wales top restaurants. Along with a lively champagne and cocktail bar, the Gourmet Gastro bar is very relaxed and lit throughout with candles of an evening and serves great upmarket food such as our famous chapel burger, steaks and a range of quirky twists on a standard Gastro pub menu. Our upper floor A la Carte restaurant sits in the top of the chapel amongst beautiful chapel windows and huge chandeliers with tables on Balconies and within little chapel booths. This is by far the most Beautiful Restaurant in Cardiff and the food is a mix of steaks, fine Dining with a twist, and a beautiful range of starters and deserts that will have your mouth watering prepared by our team of 8 chef's. The building has some unusual features wit spiral staircases and also a private dining vault & function suite. This inspiring restaurant is a must visit restaurant of Cardiff.
Reviewed 13 January 2013

Had Sunday lunch today, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We had been to the Chapel numerous times over Xmas and always had a good time, but today we had lunch and could not fault the service, food and ambiance, we will certainly be back again, and the Champagne is reasonably priced too.
Thank you!

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Reviewed 10 January 2013

I looked forward to investigating this new opening after some late night dog walks past the beautifully restored exterior of this former chapel. Coincidentally it is only metres from another chapel that Raymond Blanc had his eye on until the chill wind of recession. Wales has a lot of spare chapels!

I finally had a chance quite late on a midweek evening a couple of weeks back. The interior restoration matches the quality of the exterior. High ceilings, dark wood, exposed and patterned brick with ornate chandeliers. The lighting could have been rather more moody though.

The upstairs restaurant was full so we had to go for bar meals. Starters of Scotch egg with piccalili and mushrom arancini followed by a burger with duck fat chips and sausage and mash with a decent Rioja. Not stunning but fine enough tasty comfort food for a cold midweek winter's evening. A reasonable bill as well of exactly fifty quid, almost half of which was the wine. You could spend a lot more on distinctly average chain food in the area.

HOWEVER... Invest in your staff and you can run a very successful restaurant in a derelict shed with the rain coming through the roof. So why do developers spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on a restaurant opening, then hire inexperienced staff off the streets on presumably the minimum wage? The kitchen staff seemed to know their trade. So why didn't the front of house team?

These weren't newbies keen on learning their trade either. Everyone can understand that and cut some slack. They seemed simply disinterested, devoid of any enthusiasm whatsoever. They didn't know their drinks, their menus, how to smile or, I suspect, whether or not it had turned dark outside. There was a decent range of gins behind the bar. So when I asked for a G+T, was I asked what sort? No.

The manageress was absolutely delightful. But she had to intervene constantly. She'd have been bettter off on her own. An acid test is how quickly tables are cleared ready for a turnover. It was a long time here despite staff standing around. I can only sympathise and hope Santa brought her a whip or a very sharp pointed stick. With the right staff this place could be a distinctive winner in an area plagued by chain restaurants and with few alternatives to Le Monde. Sort it out! Please. Now.

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Reviewed 10 January 2013

Myself and my wife are in Cardiff several times a year to watch the rugby and on recent visits have been disappointed with the restaurants we have visited. However we were very impressed on our visit to The Chapel.

There was a nice bar area downstairs on arrival to have a few drinks before going up for dinner. However, one thing that was odd was that there were no pints available in the restaurant. Having had a couple of pints in the bar if I wanted to carry on drinking pints and the same lager I had to go out and downstairs and queue at the bar! Obviously not something you want to do very often!

The food was excellent and the service very good and the portions were of a good size as we had been warned that when it first opened the portions were not very generous.

The only concern I would have is that some of the tables were almost in the door way and so I would imagine that if you sat in one of these areas then it would be very drafty and if anyone went to the bar or toilet then you would be disrupted and get cold!

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Reviewed 10 January 2013

i took my girlfriend for our 2nd year anniversary. this is a place unlike anything in cardiff. the food is amazing, a little pricey but you will know when you tuck in. the waiting staff tended to our every whim and went out of the way to help.
love this place and planning on returning soon, hungry for more

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Reviewed 10 January 2013

Recently went for a meal here after hearing excellent reviews of the Sunday lunch. Rang up on the Friday to book a table and although they were fully booked over lunch time, we got a table for 3pm. Arrived on time to find our table wasn't quite ready so we were invited to take a seat at the bar and wait. After about 15 mins, we were told our table was nearly ready but it wasn't until nearly 4pm that we were actually seated. Upon talking to the waiter, we were told our table had been ready for half an hour but no-one had told us!

We weren't offered any kind of recompense for waiting an hour for our table such as a drink or a discount which was quite disappointing.

We had the two course Sunday lunch and the food was beautiful, was really impressed with the beef and my chocolate pudding but we were all disappointed by the service we received, especially as the waiter was slow to take our order.

Overall, we were impressed with the decor and the feel of the Chapel. Have noticed that they will be showing the rugby and with lots of tv's, this will definitely be a possibility but I think the staff require a little more training before I could recommend the service here.

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