Our Story

Uncommon Ground is an independent, family owned and operated, speciality coffee bar situated in Cardiff’s historical Royal Arcade.  We are two local brothers, Paul and Ian Hayman, who have devoted our passion for coffee into roasting and serving the finest, freshest, and expertly prepared coffee to the people of Cardiff since opening in March of 2015.  Our love of great coffee now manifests itself daily through the business we have created and enables us to provide Cardiff with an entirely unique experience for fellow coffee admirers – something that we felt had previously been lacking in the beautiful Welsh Capitol.

Our distinctive coffee bar lends itself to a relaxing and comfortable environment – ideal for socializing, a much needed pick-me-up, or a quick bite to eat from our extensive range of handcrafted panini’s and homemade cakes. Our central location, along with a mixture of intimate and communal spaces, makes us a perfect spot for business meetings, catching up with friends or even remote working.

Alongside our coffee bar in Cardiff, we have a separate roasting facility located just outside of the city centre.  This is where we roast and blend our “Original Uncommon Ground Espresso”, along with our selection of single origin specialty coffees – both for use in our own coffee bar, as well as supplying personal and wholesale retailers across the country.

It is absolutely essential to us that we roast our own A-Grade green coffee beans as it guarantees a consistent and superb result time after time and ensures our unique blend lives up to its full potential in every single cup of coffee we serve.  Furthermore, we have complete control over every aspect of the coffee process – from sourcing the beans responsibly at the farm level, to ensuring a perfect extraction in the cup.  This process took us quite some time to perfect, but after extensive research, tasting and working closely with our suppliers, we have developed a delicious espresso blend unlike any other.  In order for us to deliver our special product with precise consistency, we employ a team of highly experienced, knowledgeable and passionate baristas who follow a strict preparation process to guarantee the perfect extraction of the sweet, fresh flavours in every cup.


Sian C

"...Lovely coffee shop in the centre of town. Great place to escape from the cold with your laptop and tuck into a festive sandwich! The staff are very friendly and I always feel at home here. Definitely recommend a visit when you're in Cardiff..."

Lucy T

"...Amazing, good quality coffee, best we have found in cardiff with skilful baristas. Great interior and comfy sofa area as well as a tasty menu especially for brunch. Will come here for our caffeine fix whenever we are in Cardiff..."

Rich T

"...What a cool place! Really nice coffee and nice relaxing atmosphere/decoration. The staff are welcoming and efficient too...!"

Ian M

"...Visited early Saturday morning and had a great flat white. Cool interior and it was nice to sit by the window and people watch. Well done guys...!"

Amy H

"...Whilst planning our trip to Cardiff we'd looked up local independent coffee shops to visit. This was the first one on our list and we loved it so much that we didn't bother visiting anywhere else for the duration of our holiday! Keep up the good work...!"

Andrew G

"...Great staff team. Best flat white I can remember. Shame I am not in Cardiff more often..."