Saturday, 10 August 2013

Inner City Pickle, Roath & Riverside Market Review

Whilst jams, pickles and cordials typically conjure thoughts of country cottages and village fetes, Inner City Pickle is as urban a producer as you can get. 

Inner City Pickle HQ is based in Adamsdown, products are sold at Roath & Riverside Markets (alternating weeks) and ingredients are frequently sourced from the Cardiff area (Ashgrove School Rhubarb features in one of the jams).

Even though I primarily visited Inner City Pickle to pick up a pre-order of some pecan pies (also served on the dessert menu at Hang Fire Smokehouse), I ended up purchasing a bevy of other goods.

Inner City Pickle’s pecan pie (£3 each) is without doubt my favourite dessert in Cardiff. Crisp pastry, abundant pecans, and a velvety sweet & salty filling unite to form a Megazord of a dessert. Whilst it’s only available from Roath Market, it’s worth a trip across town just to sample it.

An aubergine, pepper & tomato chutney (£4) worked like a dream with cheese and biscuits - smoky aubergines, sweet tomatoes & peppers and a vinegary twang all hit the mark.

Pickled cucumbers (£4) flecked with dill, mustard seed & onion achieved levels of complexity that Mrs Ellswood could only dream of.

Lastly, fruit-packed Cardiff Strwbarb and Mixed Summer Berry jams (free samples but normally £2 per jar) were delicious served on a plateful of toasted teacakes.

There’s a ton of other products available from Inner City Pickle including the True Taste Gold winning Mostarda di Frutta (dried fruits in mustard) and an Egyptian snack called Dukkah, made from pounded nuts, seeds and spices.

However, commendably, what’s for sale week by week depends on what’s finished maturing properly and what's in season.

The Details
Address – Alternate weeks at Roath Market, Mackintosh Centre, Keppoch Street and Riverside Market, Fitzhamon Embankment – see Inner City Pickle website for calendar


  1. And don't forget her Mam's Brown Sauce, and the lemon curd you have to queue up for because it goes so quickly!

    1. Lemon curd so good you have to queue up for it - sounds awesome!

    2. It is truly scrumptious!

  2. Gutted that I missed this - I lived in Roath last year, there are some great indie food places around there! It's great that blogs are covering these little businesses, I love discovering new local produce.