Sadly the closest thing we have to a Caribbean venue in Wales is the badly run, rip-off joint called the Rocking Chair, in Cardiff's Lower Cathedral Street. Rude and aggressive owners who seem to be in so much financial trouble that they have no idea what customers see as good service and prefer to grab money through shortcuts. Pity, because a good Windies bar/restaurant with authentic food, great music, fair pricing and traditional Caribbean warmth would really work.
Anyone ready to take the Rocking Chair on and do it properly? Cymru Ddu is worth an investment!!!
Posted 28th Dec 2009 11:02pm by spud
I hear you spud, bout the lack of a black venue's in Cardiff. I have lived here for around 20 years now and have kept running back to Bristol where I grew up for that homely feeling!
However it would be good to see a taste of the Caribbean in cosmopolitan Cardiff.
Posted 26th Jan 2010 11:21pm by jahjoe
I disagree completely with spud. I have been to the rocking chair and absolutely LOVED it! The staff were friendly, the food was wonderful, and the music created a chilled out atmosphere. It's not the flashiest or the busiest place, but for me thats great. No long waits, no rowdy kids. Everything from the service, to the reggae and soul music, to the food fit, a venue which seems to attract likeminded people who just want to have a quiet drink and enjoy a traditional carribbean menu. I will definately continue to visit this place, and I reccommend the rocking chair to anyone who wants to taste good carribbean food, in a small friendly bar with a nice vibe. You won't be dissapointed!
Posted 30th Jul 2010 3:55pm by martha.stuart
I was in Rockin Chair fiew days ago and food was amaizing!! I had Jerk chicken and believe me ill be bk for more.Place is nice,i didnt have any problems with staff, in fact they were friendly.Its definatly worth to go and trie jamaican food.
Posted 20th Aug 2010 9:11pm by kelly.smith
The Rocking Chair is NOT Rocking!
Posted 11th Sep 2010 5:20pm by st05002320
Posted 13th Sep 2010 10:08am by nicegurl
if you want the best jamaican food check out Bauhaus coffee shop, authentic food and great service. I went there with my friends, staff very friendly and good vibe we have been in the day and the evening. cocktails and live music mixed crowd will definately be going back for the best curry goat. its opposite home bargins in Bridgend.
Posted 31st Dec 2010 10:09pm by marley
Posted 31st Dec 2010 10:24pm by marley
I read your posts,and i went to rockin chair to see how is it really there...and you know what people, it was NICE! the band,the food,the staff...i just regret that i read this posts here and went there with sceptical attitude. Any way to all new readers: DONT LISTEN TO NO ONE,JUST GO AND SEE YOURSELF!
Posted 15th Jan 2011 1:07pm by kelly.smith
I have been to the rocking chair and personaly i dnt really like it myself. Reason being where i was living have much more venue like rocking chair that when you enter you feel the warmth as soon at you go inside the building. Im a yound ladies and like excitement. When i get dress for a night out i want more than what the rocking chair have to offer seen as i dnt really go out as im a full time mum to five lovely children. But when i get the cahnce to have some me time i take it. As im new to cardiff i dnt really fine interested things around yet.
Posted 19th Mar 2011 6:23pm by mazlious
I went to Rocking Chair Sunday for lunch and it was great, it has a real nice feel to the place-my 5year old was really relaxed and comfortable there and the books and pens they gave her kept her occupied, the food was delicious and fresh-my friend commented it was better than her mums! the music was chilled, the place was spotless, the staff were friendly and more approachable than a lot of places I have been in - mostly in Bristol, so I don't know where the person born in Bristol goes to that is better than this! Just one word would cover Bristol venues...Feisty!
It's a shame Spuds post tops the reviews, but it's clear to see from later posts that the place is a great place to eat.
Posted 24th May 2011 5:14pm by Sarahw
I have made many more visits to the Rocking Chair, and have loved the vibe going on, along with the food and service, which i did not mention in my first comment.
I have also eaten many times at the Bauhaus in Bridgend, Julie and Devon run a good show down there, worth checking out!
Now to the lady Sarahw, this is my personal recommendation too you! Try the Plantation restaurant in Cotham Bristol. It would be interesting too hear your views! JahJoe
Posted 12th Jul 2011 6:46pm by jahjoe
Im glad you've been back to Rocking Chair and loved it.
I don't go Bridgend but if I ever do will defo try Bauhaus.
I have been Plantation, on Cheltenham Road, but this was when it first opened...blimey a while ago now, all I can remember the place was empty, the food was ok and over priced. This was a long time ago but don't think the staff were feisty, actually thinking well spoken and posh...am I remembering right! So ok will give you that one.
Maybe it's time I made a visit again soon.
Posted 12th Jul 2011 8:45pm by Sarahw
Sadly none of you have heard of the Jamaican jerk house on Corporation rd. before them there a was a real nice place in Bute st. but she retired and lack of business. same with the jerk house. the food is lovely. but not enough people in there. if you want these places you have to visit them or they'll close down like the one in the Docks it was there for 30 years. there used to be lots of Caribean places there was even the Casablanca night club in the Docks.
Posted 26th Jan 2012 5:06pm by LadyD