Penylan Pantry is a new(ish) delicatessen on Kimberley Road that focusses on seasonal produce from local suppliers. The room is fresh and vibrant, the walls lined with all sorts of interesting food items and the staff are really friendly (Melissa didn’t even kick me out as I took photos in the middle of her floor at lunch time). All in all it’s a great place to have a cuppa and take a breather from the bombardment of art that Made in Roath offers.
That said, there is some art here. Once you have finally decided which beverage (and accompanying snack) you want, be sure to spin yourself around 180° to admire the lovely artwork by Doreen Barnaville and Jan Lewis. Traces: of Roath is a small, delicate collection of work that captures the fine details of the area. Doreen Barnaville uses cyanotype prints on muslin to portray the architecture and plant life of Roath and Jan Lewis focuses on the avian inhabitants that it and sing and scamper through those scenes. It’s a serene but powerful reminder that Roath is a beautiful place all year round. Prints of their work can also be seen at the Colchester Avenue 'Open House' (in number 25).
Remember: Roath is for life, not just for festivals.
P.S. If you are looking for something to do on Saturday afternoon, the Penylan Pantry are hosting the ‘Eating Words’ spoken word eventwith Penny Simpson. Hear how food inspires Penny’s work while surrounded by food!