Llandaff North is a food hotspot that’s bucking the trend during tough times

Three new eateries have opened on Station Road in the last two years while many businesses have been forced to close in the current cost-of-living crisis

PORGIE’S Puddings & Pies becomes the latest addition to Station Road’s train of eateries when it opened its doors on Monday.

George Payne, the deli’s 28-year-old owner, only picked up the keys to the property at 109 Station Road on the February 1 – just 11 days before opening.

He said the opportunity to open a deli in that location was too good to turn down.

“I looked at a number of buildings around Cardiff before I found this one,” he said.

“I had been looking for the right location for a while. I wanted to open in a village and Llandaff North seemed perfect. I just knew this one was right.

“Me and my staff have been working day and night to get the deli ready for opening.

The new deli’s selection of pies

“I knew it would be hard work to get everything ready in just a week or so but when I saw the property was available I jumped at the opportunity.”

The dog-friendly deli, open 7am-3pm seven days a week, will serve pastries, baguettes and wraps, sweet treats including brownies and fudge and vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options for customers.

Despite the number of businesses that are struggling with the current cost-of-living crisis, George is confident he can add variety to an area which now has a growing number of food spots.

“I’ve seen the success some of the other places have had and think we can offer something a bit different,” he said.

The ‘other places’ he mentions are new businesses that have added new life to the local high street.

Saul Johnstone sat in his new venture, Café Artiste, on Station Road

In 2022, Craig Marc opened his patisserie, Chapter 22, on Llandaff North’s main road serving cakes, gateaux and more.

“The support we’ve received from the village has been amazing. I think it’s what the village were waiting for to be honest,” Craig told Wales Online after opening.

In January this year, Saul Johnstone expanded his ‘Artiste’ brand by opening Café Artiste just a few doors down from his hairdressing business, Salon Artiste.

Saul’s new café, serves premium coffee and food and the owner hopes to provide customers with “a stylish, relaxed slice of escapism.”

There are further plans for new businesses in Llandaff North on the horizon too.

Rainbow Fruit and Vegetable Stall will be opening on April 1, working out of the Railway Hotel car park on Station Road. The new stall plans to offer customers fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices.