Friday, 9 October 2015

Locke & Remedy, Cardiff review

Marston’s Brewery, the owners of Locke & Remedy on the Hayes, have done a spiffing job with the refurbishment of the place.

The former site of a string of disappointments which includes The Old Library, Que Pasa, The Toad, Bar 1876 & Big Blue Sports Bar has been transformed by Farrow & Ball shades, eclectic furniture, exposed metal beams, filament bulbs and an imposing pizza oven which stands guard over the entrance.

In keeping with the classy interior is a swish menu of craft beers, inventive cocktails, gourmet burgers and wood fired pizzas.

We kicked off with a pair of cocktails - a highly neckable yet slightly non-descript Roots & Rhizome (£7.95) made from vodka, sloe gin, rhubarb liqueur and grapefruit juice. More refined in appearance and flavour was an Elixir of Life (£7.95) - a deceptively easy drinking combination of gin & cherry Heering liqueur.

We then worked our way through a selection of top drawer yet pricey craft beers which included Flying Dog Easy IPA (£4.85), Anchor California lager (£4.85) & Founders All Day IPA (£4.50).

A pair of burgers were the standouts of the evening, a squishy seeded bun being a winning element in both.

A maple glazed bacon burger (£8.85) combined a juicy and very well flavoured 6oz patty, crisp streaky bacon, oozy American cheese, delicious mayo-mustard burger sauce, diced lettuce and a slice of tomato.

Disappointingly, the burger was ordered medium-rare yet served medium-well.

A gargantuan buttermilk chicken burger (£8.50) was crisp of crumb and juicy of flesh and paired nicely with warming spicy coleslaw and little gem.

The burgers were joined by a mix of superb sweet potato fries and run of the mill regular fries (£3.50).

A vat of spicy coleslaw (£2) disappointed on its own - a fairly generic slaw was flecked with a few bits of chilli.

A good thin and crispy pizza (£9.95) was topped with a mega meaty combination of parma ham, chorizo, beef ragu and pepperoni. However, with such an impressive oven, the pizza's lack of a raised cornicione (rim) seems like a missed opportunity.

For dessert, a supremely gooey warm chocolate brownie (£5) was served with great salted caramel sauce and creamy vanilla ice cream.

A lemon tart (£5) disappointed as much as the brownie impressed. Pallid, limp pastry contained an under-flavoured lemon filling. A dollop of clotted cream was the most enjoyable thing on the plate.

Locke & Remedy is a classy addition to Cardiff city centre and I’d recommend a visit for a burger & brownie.

Disclosure - I was invited to Locke & Remedy, all food and drink was complimentary.

The Details:

Address - Locke & Remedy, 18-19 Trinity Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BH
Telephone - 029 2167 6982
Web -

Locke & Remedy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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