A few weeks ago, I was invited along to an exclusive event to celebrate the opening event of the new Bar & Restaurant in The Novotel Cardiff, The Goods Shed, lucky me! The Novotel in Cardiff is on Schooners Way, only a 5/10 walk into town (the boyf & I timed it) which is so convenient if you fancy a quick-stop shop, or a laid back browse.
Perfectly cwtched into the quiet side of town, the Novotel is a hotel treasure. After only experiencing the hotels in main areas of Cardiff Town Centre, it was a pleasure to be staying somewhere with a unique location. The Novotel is a 4* family friendly hotel also, which means it can be enjoyed by those of all ages, and it certainly does cater to everyone’s taste.
We checked into the Novotel at about 4/5ish in the afternoon and we were instantly met with a very relaxed atmosphere. The hotel, whilst minimalistic and modern, had a very welcoming feeling as there was so much light flooding into the foyer. As we headed up to our room, we had quite the experience in the glass elevators (quite the stomach un-settler at first for those with vertigo like me!) and spotted a games console station on the ground floor from the window. Yes, you heard me right.
The simplistic homely feel continued through the hallway and into our room on the 3rd floor, which was tastefully furnished with a modern colour palette – AKA everything a blogger could ask for. We initially had the sofa laid out as a sofa bed, however with just two of us planning to nod off after a few cocktails later that night, reception arranged for someone to come up and put it away for us. Kudos to Novotel, as they had someone up to our room within 5 minutes.
The hotel also has spa and leisure facilities, however I couldn’t try these out because I forgot my swimming cozzie. I know, I know rookie mistake but there’s always next time. If you have tried out the spa facilities please do leave a little comment on this post, it would be great to hear what you thought of the experience!
THE GOODS SHED
Like a good little blogger, I did pop my heard in earlier in the day to take some photos of the interior decor. The restaurant is open from 12pm to 11pm, which gives plenty of time for hotel-stayers to have an explore. Modern, yet quirky-industrial – it is furnished perfectly for the clientele it wishes to attract. With exposed pipes, contemporary finishes, and beer barrels apleanty.
The Goods Shed draws inspiration from its industrial history, as the building was a “Goods Shed” for the railway line from London to the Bute Docks. The brand new bars’ exposed brick walls encompass the indie-cool vibes that everyone is raving about, instagramming, & simply wanting to be surrounded by. From a tired traveller in need of a Disaronno, stat, and a group of young women catching up over a round of cheeky Cosmo’s.
During our night at The Goods Shed, I got to experience a medley of unique cocktails (which were ridiculously good, I had 5) and sample a few of the delish entrees. The bar staff were fab, to say the least, and brilliant at what they do. After the second, I wasn’t feeling another Espresso Martini, so I asked for something a bit more tailored to me. Something sweet, with berries in, and vodka – definitely vodka. Within minutes, the lovely lad at the bar had whipped me up a glass of creamy, strawberry perfection – and it went down a treat!
One of the entrees on offer were beautiful lil’ mini baked potatoes stuffed with a variety of yummy fillings, including pulled pork, which got a massive thumbs up from me. Other mini tasters that I tried were a sample size fish & chips, sweet potato fries, and bite sized bbq burgers – and each bite was as good as the last. It’s safe to say that I was thoroughly impressed with everything there was to nom on!
The Goods Shed is Cardiff’s brand new indie-vibes bar that is bound to bring together trendies, foodies, and travellers alike, for artisan food, crafted cocktails, and one hell of an atmosphere.
Fingers crossed that I’ll be back there soon!