Chapter Arts Centre may not be the first place you’d think of going for vegetarian food, but it’s listed in the Eat Out Vegan Wales Guide and has a huge range of vegetarian and vegan dishes on offer.
Located just off Cowbridge Road East, near Canton library, Chapter is a major centre for contemporary arts, containing cinema screens, exhibition spaces and a theatre. The venue describes itself as “a meeting place for people and ideas,” and you really get a sense of this in the café-bar.
Art in the Bar
The café-bar is a pleasant, bright, airy space, which seats about 100 people. The tables are long, encouraging people to sit together and creating a friendly, sociable atmosphere. The décor changes regularly, and acts as an extra gallery area. The current “Art in the Bar” was created by Bristol-based artist, Dave Bain, and features colourful paintings of birds.
The menu is displayed on blackboards behind the bar and clearly shows which dishes are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. I met a group of friends there for brunch on Saturday morning and opted for the vegetarian cooked breakfast.
Value for money
The portions were very hearty and included vegetarian sausages, hash browns, mushrooms, eggs, tomatoes, toast and beans. The breakfasts are priced at about £5 and provide great value for money. The veggie sausage was particularly tasty and was made from mixed beans, coated in breadcrumbs.
Fresh and local
Chapter prides itself on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and works with local companies to keep their food miles to a minimum. The café-bar is also certified Fairtrade. There is a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes on the menu, from fresh pasta, to pies and burgers. There are also many locally produced real ales on tap at the bar.
Breakfasts are served from 9.30-11.30am from Monday to Friday and from 9.30-11.45am on Sundays. Lunches are served from 11.30am-3pm and Sunday roast dinner is available from 12-3pm. The café-bar is open until 11pm during the week and food is served until 9pm.
Here’s a link to Chapter Arts Centre‘s website.