Silures: A Hidden Luxury
As the summer sun beams down on Cardiff, European-esque al fresco dining spots emerge throughout the city captivating our senses and calling us to indulge. On Wellfield Road, tables begin to line the street, setting the stage for lively gatherings with friends and family, whilst hidden terraces provide sun-trap dining delights. Wellfield Road’s latest contemporary culinary gem is Silures. The name is a nod to the rich cultural history of South East Wales, the warrior tribe who fiercely resisted the Roman Empire and protected their heritage. We had the opportunity to speak to the people behind the culinary magic to get the inside scoop.
Silures is owned by A&M Hospitality Group who also are the minds behind some of London’s most prestigious venues such as Savoy Grill by Gordon Ramsay, Galvin Bar and Grill, and The Coral Room. Adding to their already impressive portfolio of businesses, Silures opened its doors in May 2023 on Roath’s iconic Wellfield Road. Open Wednesday to Sunday, seating up to 100 guests in a completely reimagined space with a dedicated dog-friendly area on the rear terrace. Their menu varies depending on when you go. On weekends guests can expect a varied all-day brunch which includes dishes from avocado on toast to oysters. Sundays guests can expect their signature Sunday Roast. Silures are also showcasing a bespoke cocktail menu named ‘The Seven Wonders’, which features cocktails inspired by the cultural history of Wales. “The Silures were a powerful war tribe occupying much of ancient South Eastern Wales from 48 AD “
Cardiff is home to a number of high-end restaurants that are all vying for your attention, seeking your stamp of approval. The successful minds behind Silures offer some words of wisdom as to how restaurants can create a unique and memorable al fresco dining experience. “Aim to provide an all-weather experience by installing weatherproof awnings, retractable roofs, heating, lighting, and providing pashminas and hot water bottles upon request. The weather’s the only thing we can’t control in the business, so having a strong outdoor infrastructure is key.” Creating a warming and joyful environment is just as important as the menu, which should adapt to the changing seasons. “During winter months, having a ‘Winter Warmer’ menu featuring al fresco classics such as cheese fondue, boozy hot chocolates and other small plates and warm cocktails is always a winner among our clientele.”
Silures incorporate seasonal ingredients into the menu ensuring they can work with local suppliers. “The terrace at Silures is home to brunch and cocktails, paired with small plates, with a menu that changes seasonally. Silures works with Welsh and British suppliers to ensure high traceability and locality within their menus. For example the Atlantic Edge Pembrokeshire oysters, Dorset crab and sea trout on toast, Welsh cheese boards, and Montgomery Welsh sparkling wine. More recently, the restaurant introduced a limited-edition cocktail and rainbow acai smoothie bowl with a portion of the profits donated to local Welsh LGBTQIA+ social enterprise, the Queer Emporium in celebration of Pride Cymru.”
Byron Mossouris, head chef at Silures, has an impressive CV. “Executive Head Chef, Byron Moussouris, joins Silures following five years at acclaimed luxury hotel The Bloomsbury, and four years at The Marylebone as Head Chef prior. Born and bred in South Africa, Chef Byron was classically trained in some of the top restaurants and hotels in the country’s oldest city, Cape Town. He now brings his wealth of culinary experience to the new Roath venue as we start our new venture.” So, what truly makes Silures unique compared to other high-end restaurants and bars in Cardiff? “Born in the heart of the vibrant community of Roath, Silures sets itself apart from other high-end establishments with exquisite offerings while championing environmental sustainability, local supply chains and ethical practices.”
Silures is the latest high-end restaurant on our radar, celebrating the essence of Welsh cuisine. The terrace is the perfect place to set the stage for memorable gatherings, whether it’s sipping unique cocktails under the open sky or savouring truly delicious dishes. You can find their menu online before heading to the new sophisticated and stylish restaurant on Wellfield Road in Roath. To top off your trip to Roath, take a leisurely stroll through the iconic Roath Park. Marvel at the lake and the park’s lush surroundings while soaking up the sun.
For bookings and to view their tasty menu check out: https://www.silures-amh.com/