Championship Chow: Chapter

Posted by on Apr 12, 2010 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE
Distance from the Cardiff Ground: 15 minutes on foot.
Average price of a meal and a drink: £10

The Cardiff neighbourhood of Canton is a mixed bag — more ambulances head down its main drag on a Friday night than the city centre, it has some pleasingly local shops (butchers and the like) and yet has hallmarks of the gentrification process one has seen develop in other cities. A consequence of this is the number of beard stroking hipsters with plaid shirts seen strolling the streets and this tribe’s Mecca is Chapter, an all purpose arts centre situated under a mile from the new Cardiff City new stadium.

I opted for lunch in Chapter’s busy cafà© — a canteen style affair encouragingly replete with a full range of the Welsh capital’s citizenry. Alongside the Jean-Luc Godard fans one could find families, Bluebirds’ fans and students being treated to lunch by their parents. The result was an unpretentious atmosphere, though unblighted by a lack of food quality: my mushroom ravioli with garlic bread was superb. Other options included juicy steaks and mammoth burgers, as well as healthier choices. Most importantly, they also serve beer. Lingering after a game might allow one to see a revival of 1949 British film, Queen of Spades.

Rob Langham
Rob Langham is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 50 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.


  1. mirkobolesan
    April 12, 2010

    I was at the Chapter Arts Centre on Saturday having a pre-match coffee in the sunshine. I adore the place and it looks great after the re-fit. Onm the celeb front, “Dave Coaches” from Gavin and Stacey was in there on Saturday.

    It's an odd place, as you say, totally out of kilter with Canton. The Butchers pub a few doors down from Chapter is about as huge a contrast as you can have between to establishments – though I do enjoy The Butchers for different reasons!

    I've always seen Cardiff City as a club for the Canton/Grangetown area of the city rather than Cardiff itself. I simply don't associate the city centre with anything to do with Cardiff City FC.

    Chapter Arts Centre is superb. You've gone and picked the best place in Canton in one try here.

  2. Lanterne Rouge
    April 12, 2010

    A shame I missed you – would have been nice to meet up. I thought Chapter had a great neighbourhood feel. If I lived in Cardiff, I could see myself spending a lot of time there. Our occasional contributor Gersechenkron was a student in Cardiff and tipped me off about the place.

  3. Ben
    April 12, 2010

    Beard-stroking (and invariably stripey-jumper-wearing) hipsters – yep, Chapter's their honeypot. Not sure about the gentrification comment, though – if there is, it's in its very early stages (down on Cowbridge Road, at least).

    Anyway, a wise move to pick Chapter rather than the King's Castle, the Foresters or the Maltings. A friend had his shirt and shoes liberally doused with the blood of a Cardiff fan in the latter – he'd been punched by a fellow Bluebird… Still, Canton's not really that rough and I do love the feel of the place generally, particularly up towards Pontcanna and Cathedral Road.

  4. gerschenkron
    April 14, 2010

    I'd also recommend The Mochyn Du if you're in the area – decent food and a friendly Welsh-speaking pub the other side of Cathedral Road.

    Also, you must check out The Vulcan before it gets closed down by greedy absentee landlords.


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