What to look for when buying or renting a house: Local area

Top five restaurants in Penarth

When searching for Penarth based properties to rent or buy, it is important to find out as much as you can about the local area. As well as having good schools and low crime rates, Penarth is a hub for culture, arts and entertainment and has an eclectic mix of bars, pubs and restaurants to choose from.  To help you start this new chapter in your life, we have put together a selection of our favourite restaurants that will enable you to relax and enjoy this lovely town.

Pier 64 

Situated on a purpose-built boardwalk in Penarth Marina, Pier 64 offers breathtaking views and encompasses all the sights and sounds of a modern day marina. Pier 64 serves an array of culinary delights, including succulent steaks and fresh seafood, to diners as they soak up the atmosphere. Serving locally sourced breakfast, lunch and dinner options, the restaurant is an ideal choice for any occasion.


The Fig Tree

The award winning Fig Tree offers affordable and contemporary fresh food. It is set in a beautifully restored Victorian beach shelter which has a veranda and roof terrace, ideal for summer evening views over the Vale and Bristol Channel. The Fig Tree has a modern, classic and affordable menu which is certain to tempt all members of the family. Passionate about their food, the chefs often host special evenings such as Spanish wine tasting and a vegetarian banquet, providing a great opportunity to socialise with friends and meet new neighbours. 


Bar 44

Proud of its Spanish roots, Bar 44 offers one of the finest Tapas dining experiences in South Wales, combining local Welsh produce with sizzling Spanish ingredients. Diners can choose between three and six dishes that have been carefully crafted to stimulate all palates. Aside from a bespoke menu choice, Bar 44 offers an extensive variety of craft beers, wines and cocktails.


The Old Custom House

Set in the beautifully designed Custom House building, the highly acclaimed Old Custom House is the home of two restaurants, El Puerto and La Marina.

Overlooking picturesque Cardiff Bay, El Puerto’s wooden floors and warm tones give it a warm Mediterranean feel. With an open plan kitchen and counter brimming with meat, game and fresh fish, El Puerto offers a wide selection of delicious dishes. The restaurant also benefits from a 45ft long bar, making it the perfect place to socialise.

Less energetic than its European counterpart, La Marina is a popular refuge for those that crave serenity away from the hustle of a busy city. Famous for fresh fish dishes, the restaurant provides specialities such as lobster and brill. Aside from fish, La Marina boasts a great meat and game selection, in addition to traditional Sunday lunch and a la carte options.

Whether you choose to dine during lunch or in the evening, The Custom House is an unforgettable experience.


Café Des Amis

Set near the Welsh waterfront, Café Des Amis’s quaint décor which comprises of carefully placed paintings, scattered candles and warm lighting. Diners can experience the delightful evening menu containing items such as Soup de Jour and succulent Spring Welsh lamb or try the selection of traditional Petit Plats, all served at a reasonable price. Homemade pastries are a customary treat, adding to the French ambience of the restaurant. Translating as the ‘café for friends’, Café Des Amis can be used as a place to catch up with old friends, family dining or for a perfect first (or 100th) date.