Independent Canton cafe sells beer and wine for the first time

Ffloc celebrates its first anniversary by partnering with Cardiff’s Crafty Devil brewery, adding more local produce to their community-minded offerings

To the left: a half pint of amber ale in a teardrop glass, sat on a light wooden table. The glass has the Crafty Devil logo on it: a small, white, cartoonish devil.
To the right: a chalkboard sign that reads 'Ffloc o syched', Welsh for 'Flock of thirst'.
A ‘flock of thirst’ awaits punters at Ffloc cafe, bar, bookshop and pantry in Canton

A Canton cafe is adding alcohol to their locally focused menu to celebrate their first anniversary.

Ffloc are also changing closing time from 6pm to 10pm from Wednesdays to Saturdays.

As well as a cafe-bar, the west Cardiff business is also a pantry and bookshop.

Co-owner Rhodri Evans believes it is important to diversify Ffloc’s offerings while it is still young.

The Llanelli native said that the first year is the best time to get the concept right, “especially a new concept as we are”, he said.

Customers can choose from two options from Cardiff brewers Crafty Devil: I Am The Resurrection, a hoppy 5% amber ale, or Step On, a 5% hazy pale ale.

Spanish wines and handmade charcuterie boards are also available, imported by Aberystwyth-based Ultracomida. Their coffee is sourced from Pontyclun brothers Fat Whites.

Ffloc’s signature grilled cheese sandwiches are made from a secret blend of Welsh cheeses; So secret that neither owner let slip as much as a county of origin.

Lowri Roberts, also co-owner, is intent on changing more than just the inside of Ffloc.

“We have community litter picks”, she said, “we do it on a Sunday morning and you get all sorts of families coming along.”

The north Walian felt Ffloc was warmly welcomed by the residents of Canton. Lowri knew it was important to return the favour.

“We’re well supported here”, she said, “so it’s giving something back.”

This support has allowed Ffloc to flourish as a business intent on stocking local produce, so much so that, as Lowri said, “We’d struggle to find something not Welsh here.”