We moved from Roath to Caerphilly in 2011. My husband and I had visited the town on many occasions (Christmas fairs, a wedding and a castle visit) however, I was a little concerned as it was the first time either of us had lived outside of a city. I had a few concerns (city folk are always keen to perpetuate the myth that every one from a small town – especially those in the valley area – are small minded and ignorant) but to buy the house of our dreams, I was willing to make the risk. It was the best decision we have ever made.
Since we moved, Caerphilly has gone from strength to strength. Not only are there fantastic places to eat during the day (The Deli, Vegan Box, Gastro Mania and The Old Library), some amazing restaurants have opened since we moved (Ten Degrees, Volare, Casa Mia and The Gatehouse). This has transformed the town and the nightlife.
With regards to the people, there is a wonderful community spirit here. We live on an amazing road just a five minutes walk from the town centre and our neighbours have been very welcoming. Moreover, the people in Caerphilly are not only welcoming but intelligent, knowledgeable, cultured and from a variety of backgrounds (though generally Cardiff, London, Bristol and obviously Caerphilly seem to be the main areas they come from).
The only downside are that the top of town needs a little investing and there aren’t many in that area. However, Plate 2 Plate is a fantastic zerowaste shop and Nice is a great little gift shop. There are also greengrocers, butchers and milkmen that delivery to our address, which is perfect.
I should also mention the castle and the library. My children and I love the wide selection and at the large, modern library. As for the castle, we never tire of a night time stroll after a few cocktails on a date night. Caerphilly really is a fantastic place to live.
[You forgot to mention the largest B&M Bargains store I’ve ever seen, you’re welcome (lol) – Ed]