Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Benugo Comes to Cardiff

We're spoilt for choice with places to eat and drink in Cardiff city centre, but it's sometimes a struggle finding somewhere for a quick lunch that has that holy grail of decent food, central location and free wi-fi.  You might not know that the café on the first floor in John Lewis has changed hands and had a bit of a facelift.  London chain Benugo have branched out into Wales with this café, bringing their American deli style sandwiches and salads, and a good range of teas and coffees.  The John Lewis team recently invited some bloggers to try out the menu, and I popped along after work.

The range of food includes quite a few salads, including Moroccan style ones and a really lovely tomato salad.  I wish more places did reasonable salads for lunch, as I know I'm not alone in not eating bread regularly.  As for the sandwiches, these are deli style and are a bit more interesting than most cafes, again with some Moroccan flavours or American deli combinations.

Benugo John Lewis Cardiff

Benugo John Lewis Cardiff

Benugo John Lewis Cardiff

Benugo John Lewis Cardiff

The space has always been very light and airy, but the facelift has included the installation of banquettes, which break the space up nicely and make it feel less canteen-like than it did previously.  There's free wi-fi, and you're in the perfect central location.  So there you go, another lunch suggestion to try if you're based in the centre of Cardiff and fancy somewhere new.

I also have to mention an exciting sounding experience if you're based in London - Benugo have partnered with historian Natasha Marks to create a Victorian afternoon tea at the V&A museum.  Sounds wonderful doesn't it?  Have any of you been to it?

An authentic menu of sweets and savouries served from 1859-1901 recreates a British social institution in the fashion of its earliest incarnation. Step into the world of this celebrated empress by immersing yourself in the experience of her most beloved daily activity.
 
Drink in the sumptuous atmosphere of the elegant Morris Room while you sip tea and Prosecco in the first ever purpose-built museum café. Admire intricate stained glass while enjoying classics like asparagus and parmesan tart and Mrs. Beeton’s cucumber sandwich. Lemon and seed cake, gooseberry tart and fruit sconelets will indulge even the most insatiable sweet tooth.
 
Victorian Afternoon Tea is available for £30 per person.
Prosecco Afternoon Tea is available for £35 per person.
Available every Sunday from 3-5pm, beginning November 13, 2016.
 
victorian afternoon tea

8 comments:

  1. I always end up eating pie in the Goat Major if I go to Cardiff!

    It is nice to see places doing salads for lunch. I always end up getting a box of salad for M&S, or just living on fruit from the veg stall in the town centre. (This week I've eaten nothing but bananas for lunch.)

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  2. Loved to know that Benugo is now in Cardiff, a city that I love so much! I really love Wales and reading about it on you blog makes me feel so good! (OK, Birmingham is not that far away, but anyway, not theeere). No, I didn't have the Victorian tea at V & A, but would love to, will check it out! Lovely Moroccan salads, I love the meze wrap, and everything looks so good! Ah, sweet words for me, thank you! The accessories I only use once a week - for the photos and a gypsy feel :) That is my day of "getting out of myself" :) or something like that :) Hope you have a very beautiful day and rest of the week!
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  3. The salads and sandwiches all look delicious! And wow, that tea sounds like it would be a fun treat! <3

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  4. I've never heard of this chain but I am a big fan of the idea of less bread for lunch! As someone who should never be eating it, it's so frustrating how little choice there is if you don't want a sandwich. Why is this country so obsessed with sandwiches?! xx

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  5. I'll now where to go for lunch if I'm ever in Cardiff. The food really looks delicious! xxx

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  6. Cor! That looks like my kind of food! That Middle Eastern meze wrap is right up my street. xxx



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  7. Benugo tend to have franchises in museums don't they? They have the café in the Bodleian Library here in Oxford and I know they are at the V&A and the Museum of London. Bizarrely having eaten at all 3 cafes the tea at the V&A is the worst I have ever drunk, I actually left it after 2 mouthfuls, it was disgusting, yet at the other two perfectly fine. Very strange!

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  8. Sounds tasty! I would love it if there were more places around my work that did stuff like it - it's a lot of fast food and overpriced wraps and soups. Moroccan sounds like a great change of pace.

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