After an extensive refurbishment, The Mercure Cardiff Holland House and Spa on Newport Road has unveiled a new ‘city inspired’ interior and brand new restaurant and bar, called The Urban Kitchen.
With design elements inspired by the Millennium Centre, the bay and the castle, the chic and modern interior of the Urban Bar & Kitchen features Welsh slate, along with Welsh copper pendant lighting and cosy Welsh woollen upholstery. Developing the local design concept further, dock-inspired rope installations complement the contemporary surroundings whilst historic photography adorns the walls.
Elsewhere in the hotel, all bedrooms have been refurbished with quirky artwork paying homage to iconic figures and sporting events; including a tongue in cheek portraiture of the Mona Lisa wearing a scrum cap! For us though, the standout feature in almost every room is the fantastic floor-to-ceiling windows, offering beautiful views over the whole of Cardiff.
We went to check out the new bar and immediately fell in love; the open-plan space is dotted with booth style seating and cosy corners, offset by a magnificent circular bar. It’s the kind of place that would be perfect for a leisurely coffee in the morning, or for catching up with a few friends over a bottle of wine later in the day. For a light bite, guests could opt for locally inspired specials like Pembrokeshire crab spring rolls, part of the ‘Small Plate’ menu which has prices starting from £7.
The rest of the bar & restaurant menu includes classic favourites like fish and chips and juicy burgers, alongside contemporary dishes with Asian influences, like their five spiced duck breast. We went for a traditional, melt-in-the mouth rump of lamb, served with dauphinoise potatoes, slow cooked carrots and parsnip mash, and it was done superbly. Desserts are on offer too, from the aptly named ‘Guilty Pleasures’ menu – the white chocolate & chilli crème brulee with Anzac biscuit is a particular highlight.
If you’re looking for a new spot for a bite to eat and a glass of wine, pop in to the Mercure Holland House and see what you think – we think they’ve done a fab job – tweet us your thoughts @itsoncardiff and let us know if you agree!
The Urban Bar & Kitchen offers sharing plates starting from £3.50, main dishes from £10 and desserts from £5.50. A special shout out to the lovely staff in the restaurant too!