Sourcing

The menu @Chapter_eats has an International theme with freshly prepared dishes using seasonal Welsh ingredients. We want to be a recognized dining destination in Cardiff and South Wales through an excellent food and drink offering.

Having recently been awarded Runner Up in Wales in the “Cheap Eats” category of the Observer Food 2013, as well as being rated by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) as one of the Top Five Vegan-Friendly Cultural Venues in the UK is not only a recognition of the professionalism of Head Chef Mark and his brigade, but also a great morale booster for a very hard working Chapter team.

Our menus will reflect seasonality using local produce whenever and wherever possible with particular attention to the quality of ingredients with fresh, crisp, intense and punchy flavours served in a welcoming and energetic environment, by friendly and welcoming staff…

The provenance of our food is as follows:

Our fish is from Snowdens Fishmongers, who have been supplying fishmongers, restaurants, caterers and shops in South and South Wales since 1931.

You can visit their website at www.snowdens-cardiff.co.uk.

Our meat is sourced locally through Welsh Bros in Newport. Welsh Bros was formed as a small family butcher in 1964 by George Welsh in Birchgrove, Cardiff. The shop was well supported by the local residents. Within a few years the business expanded and another shop was opened nearby.

The business started to diversify into catering for restaurants and pubs. This diversification was expanded further, with the catering side of the business relocating to Rumney, Cardiff. In 1993, the Cardiff unit became too small, and the business relocated to Newport. In August 2009 the Cardiff and Newport units merged and all production moved to the Newport site.

Today in 2014, they supply several local authorities, which includes schools and care homes; many Hotels, Restaurants and canteens in their delivery area, which has expanded to cover the whole of South Wales, The West of England, and parts of the West Midlands. The beef for our steaks and burgers is culled between 15 and 26 months and dry aged for a minimum of 28 days.

Learn more about Welsh Bros at www.welshbros.co.uk.

For our grocery shopping we use Castell Howell, one of Wales’s finest Food Industry success stories. Brian Jones and his team at Castell Howell have always worked very closely with Welsh producers, giving them the opportunity to display their amazing products on a national stage. Needless to say, Chapter strives to be Ambassadors for the very best of Welsh produce.

See more about Castell Howell here www.chfoods.co.uk.

For our cakes we use several Welsh bakers. One of the people we’ve helped grow is Will “The Brownie Man” at WK Foods. WK Foods was started by Will Rhys-Davies -The Brownie Man- in his parent’s kitchen during September 2011. He graduated from Keele University with a degree in business management and finance which lead him to setting up his own business.

He always had a knack for baking, especially brownies, so it seemed appropriate that he would set up a business selling these amazing chocolate brownies. Originally only supplying brownies to the coffee shops, conference centres and galleries of Cardiff, The Brownie Man now bakes a range of other gorgeous handmade cakes, cookies, flapjacks and shortbreads.

In November 2013, following his success with Chapter and other businesses who also chose to support a local entrepreneur, The Brownie Man expanded out of his parent’s kitchen and is now trading out of a kitchen unit in Cilfynydd.

Another extremely reputable supplier of ours is Clam’s Handmade Cakes. Clam’s coffee house was established in 1981, in the market town of Abergavenny, South Wales. They very quickly became popular for their home made cakes and started to supply a large Department Store in Cardiff where orders steadily grew. 

In 1987 they won the first Great Taste Award for the Sticky Almond Cake. 

All London food establishments wanted to order Clam’s cake for their coffee shops.  In 1991 Clam’s Hand Made Cakes was established in Station Enterprises where volumes of orders kept coming in. They went on to win lots more Great Taste Awards and a True Taste Award for Best Baker and Confectioner for Whisky Fruit Cake. 

They have since moved to larger premises in the pretty village of Crickhowell. They are a small dedicated team of people making hand made cakes for discerning customers; Clam’s Cakes have stayed true to their origins, cracking real eggs, using real ingredients, baked by individual people, and all their cakes are hand decorated. 

Please visit their website at www.clamscakes.co.uk.

Providing a diverse and exciting range of alcoholic beverages is one of the key tenets of our café-bar offer. It is this desire which has earned us recognition as a first-rate drinking destination, with the Observer Food Monthly regularly naming us The Best Place to Drink in Wales. We strive to ensure that we support the local industry by purchasing regularly from breweries in the South Wales area, such as The Celt Experience in Caerphilly, Brecon Brewery, and more recently Pixie Spring from Pontyclun. At the same time we aim to provide quality beers from farther reaches, and for many years Chapter Bar has been particularly synonymous with German beer. Not only do we host two annual German beer festivals -Maibock and Oktoberfest- at which you can usually sample beers from at least a dozen different breweries; we also ensure that our fridges are permanently stocked with a huge range of bottled German beer. Of course, sourcing such an extensive collection is not easy, and so rather than simply relying on large importers, we employ the services of an independent beer wholesaler, Klaus Vogt, who lives and works in Gemany. Klaus regularly drives the 800 or so miles from his home near Bamberg to bring us beers that you simply cannot get anywhere else in Wales (or in many cases, the UK!). For example, Brauerei Friedmann, located in Franconia, is a family owned brewery that only employs five people. And Brauerei Herrmann, from whom we receive both bottled and keg beer for our festivals, operates out of the back of a small village tavern in Bavaria. 

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