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Science Cream

Who doesn’t love ice cream? Well, I love ice cream and I have an embarrassing number of loyalty stamps from Science Cream.I recently visited this small shop in Castle Arcade because I love ice cream and I had heard that this ice cream was better than your regular 99.

Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 10.47.16The first thing you notice when you enter is how light and bright the interior appears; the white makes the place feel scientific and this affirmed by the ‘ice cream makers’ who wear lab coats. This adds to the sense of fun and excitement you feel when you enter.

It is an experience that involves all your senses; the sweet smell of the ice cream, the lively interior, the eerie smoke. Oh yes! When you enter, the area where they make the ice cream is barred off with clear protective boards with mixers, metal bowls and the key ingredient – Liquid Nitrogen.

Not only does it make the place utterly unique, it also is there for a practical reason – in a science experiment gone wrong, someone discovered that liquid nitrogen, if added to ice cream improves the flavour. The liquid nitrogen creates miniscule ice crystals which quickly evaporates after touching the ice-cream. Liquid nitrogen boils at -196C, meaning you won’t be able to taste it but this is what causes the really cool smoke, that bobs and swirls around the ‘scientists’ that create this delicious treat.

When I visited, there were so many options to choose from; the classic Madagascan vanilla remained but sat alongside Breakfast Cereal and Caramelised Peanut Butter. The changes change weekly but the classics always feature accompanied by new adventurous flavours.

So, I am not the best at choosing but it was close to Valentine’s Day so I decided go for the special – Cupid’s Straw-Brûlée (Small: £3.95, Large: £4.95) which was Coconut or Custard Vanilla Crème anglaise ice cream, (I went for coconut) topped with Italian meringue marshmallow dipped strawberries & fresh raspberry sauce. Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 10.47.44

It was absolutely delicious – much creamier than regular ice cream and the toppings complimented rather than overpowered the ice cream. This balance means that I will definitely be visiting here again.

I loved visiting Science Cream, the atmosphere was amazing – fun but I also felt like I was learning about Sceince, the décor is lovely and the ice cream should be called ‘really, really nice cream.’ Better yet, it is only a stones throw away from Mrs Potts and as it is right next to the castle, on a sunny day, it would be great to enjoy this treat sat outside Cardiff Castle.

As the weather is only just entering spring, I think I will relax inside but in my opinion, although it may be cold outside, it is never too cold for ice cream.Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 10.46.48

Science Cream Ice Cream Parlour is located at 28 Castle Arcade. All details were correct as of Feb 2016.

By Elouise Hobbs

Mowlana Persian Restaurant

A taste of Persian culture by Emanuella Mutulescu


On a usual day, do you want something a bit different? Do you want to be nicely surprised? A fresh face among the Cardiff’s restaurants, the Persian Mowlana is a place that will impress your expectations. Situated 15 minutes walk from the city centre, Mowlana restaurant is a family business ran by two persian brothers.

As you enter the restaurant you are welcomed by a clean environment decorated with delicate persian elements. The friendly staff will do the best they can to find the right place for you, so that you can make the most out of your visit, and that is just the start of a very pleasant experience.

Beside the quick service you will be very happy to find that every penny of yours is highly rewarded by a generous portion of food. Right from the starters you can get a glimpse of their unique culture. The food is absolutely delicious with a vast variety of vegetarian and persian meat specialities.

For the meat lovers I strongly recommend the lamb course which contains two large pieces of minced lamb, with a side dish of naan bread or saffron flavoured rice. Apart from this you also get a fresh salad mix to complement the meal.

As an extra on the week days between 12 o’clock and 4 o’clock you can get some good value for money deals. It’s a nice place to have your lunch in, to spend your evening with the family or have a good fun with your friends.

Make sure you book a table and try it for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!


Mowlana Persian Restaurant
2-4 Four Elms Road, Cardiff CF24 1LE

02920 480100
Ask at reception for more details or help on how to find Mowlana.

Pettigrew Tea Rooms

Sandwiches, cake and tea by Jessica Alloway

Pettigrew is housed in the old west lodge at the entrance to the lovely Bute park and is named after the Head Gardener to the Third Marquess of Bute.

Pettigrew tea rooms in one of my favourite lunchtime venues. When you first step in to the tea room you are drawn in by the amazing selection of cakes that are on display. Some of the cakes look so nicely made that they almost look Artificial. THEY LOOK TOO PERFECT…If that’s possible. It’s a calm and relaxed environment, where time seems to slow down. There is always a good mix of people, old and young giving life to the place with their chatter. It just feels so British and I love it!

During colder months it’s warm and cosy inside and summer months they have a pretty outside area looking over the park and river. The décor is simple but cute, and the staff are always friendly and helpful with excellent knowledge of the menu. My go to favourite thing on the menu is the afternoon tea. You have a choice of beverage (for me this has to be English breakfast tea), finger sandwiches with choice of fillings, scone with cream and one of the best jams I have ever tasted which is followed by a huge piece of cake of which there are about 10 to choose from!! It’s super tasty but I always end up having the cake ‘to go’ as I can never finish (:… But then end up polishing off the cake on the walk home.

If you are looking for something light to eat in the city and you want to embrace some British tea culture. This is the place. One small complaint ,  If I’m going to be nit picky is some of the tables are a bit too small to accommodate the numerous plates, cups and saucers that come with the afternoon tea but it’s hardly a problem. I would also recommend booking a table if your going at peak times because it can get a little busy(:

Just in case there is any doubt. I love this place.

Oh and please forgive my spelling and grammar!


Pettigrew Tea Rooms
Bute Park & Arboretum, Castle St, Cardiff CF10 1BJ (Just down the road from the main entrance to the castle)
029 2023 5486
Just ask at reception for more details!