With the variety and number of cafes in Penarth continuing to proliferate, a local resident – Elisabeth Griffith – has set out on a one-woman “Which?“-style mission to track-down the quietest cafe in Penarth .
Elisabeth (“Liz” to her friends) – says she wonders if PDN readers have yet come across a cafe in Penarth where “it’s reasonably quiet so they can have a conversation with their friends” .
She says “Unfortunately, I have been looking for that cafe for a long time, …to no avail.”
Here are Liz’s – necessarily subjective – findings so far [all Liz’s assessments – not PDN’s]:-
Pier Pavilion: “You have to have ear defenders before you can go in there. Having the coffee-making equipment in the cafe, must be the worst decision anyone could have made. With the steam machine setting off every few minutes, you are bombarded with the worst hissing you can imagine. You certainly can’t have a conversation. No problem on a nice day, though, because one can sit outside.”
Bar 44: “The loudest cafe I can think of. I tried it once, but never again! I didn’t understand a word that anybody said.”
Coffee #1: “It’s full of prams and kiddies chatter. Best to leave it to them and go elsewhere.”
Ocho Lounge: “It’s not too bad, but the staff has the music on, for their own entertainment. When we ask them to turn it down, it is turned down to a small degree which you almost don’t notice, but is blaring again shortly afterwards. I would recommend to sit outside where the sun shines on you, and the traffic noise is nothing compared with the noise inside.”
Waterloo Tea: “The cafe is quite noisy when it’s full, but I like to sit outside when the sun is shining. So it’s depending on the weather.”
Busy Teapot: (Glebe St) “I thought I’d found the one. We went to the Busy Teapot one early afternoon, asked politely if they could turn the music down, and our request was immediately satisfied! Amazing! There was just one person left who cleaned up the kitchen, and the silence was bliss. I thought I had found ‘our’ cafe at last. Then, the next time I went with another friend, proudly telling her that I have found the perfect cafe for us. On arrival, I asked for them to turn the music down, and my wish was immediately granted again. Unfortunately, this time there were two people behind the counter, plus another guest, and the three men shouted at the top of their voices when they could have talked normally. I couldn’t hear myself think!”
Holm House: “Since there are never many people there, it’s lovely and quiet and almost perfect, but boring. And you have to pay £8.50 for 2 cappuccinos.”
Elisabeth Griffith is now planning to re-visit Victoria Tea Room and Foxy’s to update her assessment of those two establishments
Still awaiting a rating are:-
- Costa Coffee on Windsor Road,
- The Windsor Restaurant and Celtic Lounge – Windsor Arcade
- Hamptons Ludlow Lane,
- The Crepe Escape in Glebe St,
- Romeos by the Sea and The Fig Tree on the Esplanade
- Compass Coffee in Penarth Marina.
…Meanwhile Liz says any ‘quiet cafe’ nominations from PDN readers would be gratefully received.