Summer Palace - The History

THE SUMMER PALACE is one of Cardiff's longest serving Cantonese Restaurant. Set within the village of Llandaff, which boasts prestigious historic attractions, such as the Bishops Palace, the Bell Tower ruins and the memorial statues on the Village Green. The Llandaff Cathedral, a renowned landmark throughout Wales, holds host to numerous events.The above business is situated near the green, directly opposite The Old Bishop's Palace or Castle, probably built by William de Brewse, Bishop 1266 - 1287.

After Owain Glyndwr's rebellion against Henry VI and his attacks on South Wales in 1402-05 the building was superseded as Bishop's residence by the Palace of Mathem near Chepstow. It is known to have provided she lter for the people of Llandaff during a violent affray between local families in 1597.The enclosing wall and corner towers now remain, the gatehouse showing several features similar to parts of Caerphilly Castle, such as the twin towers, squarebelow but octagonal above, and the shooting hole, cross shaped with circular ends.On the wall to the left of the entrance can be traced the sloping roof of the old Bush Inn, which stood against the still-inhibited gatehouse in the 18th Century.
The herb garden now established within the walls is open to the public much of the year. The Restaurant itself is disguised in one of the villages oldest buildings. However not only does it prove a popular restaurant with the locals, but with dinners from within Cardiff and throughout the Vale.


The Summer Palace, opened by Mr. Chim in 1988, hopes to deliver the finest in cuisine from the Chinese Provinces of Canton, Peking and Szechuan to South Wales. He has over 40 years of cooking experience and has derived his own style of cooking by modifying ancient recipes.

The family and staff hope you have a memorable experience each time you visit the Summer Palace.


The Summer Palace has been awarded and approved by

The Gourmet Wining & Dining Association 1990
and by
The European Food & Drink Awards 1995 Silver Award
and has also been awarded by
South Wales Echo Food & Drink Award 2005 - Chinese Restaurant of the Year


Food Hygiene Rating 5 - Very Good