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The Prince of Wales pub name originates from the title , The Prince of Wales. This is normally conferred on the heir apparent of the monarch.
Tuna - 1 May 2017 12:25
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Thelittleman - 20 Jan 2016 15:26
I bookended my first day in Cardiff with Wetherspoon's: Great Western straight off the train as a rain shelter, & this one for dinner, several pubs later. A more usual Wetherspoon's experience, lots of noise & bustle, with several mildly intoxicated folk. My pint was Doom Bar (2.29), not very adventurous but reliable. Dinner was, as usual, good value if not Michelin ranked.
Queenslander - 17 Sep 2015 22:51
Just time for a very quick pint before getting the train. Not overly busy but usual JDW problems insufficient staff and couldn't find an unoccupied table that didn't have uncleared plates/glasses. Beer range average but only handy for the station.
ellisref - 3 Jul 2015 09:41
Large JDW pub next door to the bus station. Train station and main shopping street nearby. Some cask ales, but the selection could have been better in a pub of this size. The JDW food menu is quite extensive now, and the food here was okay.
Sigmund - 14 Jun 2015 20:19

The building may have had an iffy past, but it has to rate as one of the most architecturally interesting pubs in the Wetherspoon's portfolio. Some of their theatre/cinema conversions elsewhere are perhaps a bit predictable, but retaining the fly tower and a lot of the other original features makes the Prince of Wales quite special. I had a very nice pint of London Pride (£2.65) in here last week and was served very quickly, so full marks there. Unfortunately, the usual JDW gripes of uncleared and sticky tables also applies and it would have been nice to see a better selection of real ales as several of the pumps were clipped "Available Soon" Never the less, I was impressed, 8/10.

steve2905 - 17 Sep 2014 05:43
This building was an infamous sex cinema for years, and an old fashioned theatre before that. Interesting building and very busy. Can be quite lively when Cardiff City play at home, as it opens early (9 am I think)
waliser - 31 Dec 2013 04:15
A large Wetherspoon’s pub, handily situated for the shopping, Millennium stadium and the train station. The building was a theatre in a former life, and many of the previous architectural features have been kept in place, which makes for a somewhat more interesting building than many other JDW pubs.

The decor has the is the usual corporate, bland feel that you get in any other mass produced pub, but reminders of the theatre include the stalls, large red velvet drapes, some reproduction stonework and pillars, some private boxes on each side and even a couple of lighting rigs. There’s a great view down from the upper balconies to the lower level of the pub and there are some large arched windows at the front which is a good spot and look down on the hustle and bustle outside.

Beers on this occasion were Brain’s SA, Ruddles County, Abbot Ale, Deuchars IPA and Jennings Sneck Lifter. Good choice of ciders on this occasion, no doubt due to the cider festival that they have on – Strongbow, Thatcher’s Gold, Addlestones, Mr Whithead’s Festival cider, Green Valley Strong cider, Sandford Orchard’s Devon Scrumpy and Weston’s Cider Twist Raspberry.
Blackthorn - 26 Jul 2011 16:55
This is a nice conversion of an old theatre in central Cardiff. As with all Wetherspoons, offers exceptional value for money. On my recent visit the Ruddles and Brains cask ales were both good.
beermann - 22 Jan 2010 18:57
The manager of here and of the Great Western need to be sent on a "how to succeed in business by having more adventure in ordering ale" course. Amongst all the usual humdrum was Newmans "Autumn valley flower" though not in great nick,and Hobgoblin predicably "coming soon". Could do better.
an_ecunemical_matter - 4 Oct 2009 20:03
This is heaven compared with Walkabout down the road.Big Spoons, busy but large enough for the Saturday afternoon crowd. The ale was fine ,cannot say the type grandson doing the fetch and carry and the food came in reasonable time OK.
Not your traditional pub but no Spoons ever is. It did enough to fill up a hungry student.
bee578 - 18 Feb 2009 13:59
Not my favourite JDW outlet,but is doing a good job with current beer festival.Ten different ales available each day.
Baldpat - 3 Nov 2008 20:52
Huge place thats always busy,but sells good ale all the same. Evan Evans and Brains along with the national cooking ales are the usual range but the recent beerfest was good,and a interesting guest can crop up every so often.

Managers seem to be far better at their jobs than the bartenders though.

Said staff were trying to get into the Guinness Book of Records for getting the most Wetherspoons staff into the glasswash area at the one time until they were scuppered in their attempt by one of the aforementioned managers.

an_ecunemical_matter - 6 May 2008 20:29
The Prince of Wales was infamous in Cardiff, as it was a sex cinema for years. Infamous for prostitutes with their clients, gay shenanigans and police raids! Still an interesting mix of punters mornings/afternoons.

Cheap beers and good value food.
schaf - 29 Mar 2008 18:08
Great Ale,Great 2 Story building,Friendly Service,Ideal location(just round corner from train station), best cardiff spoons , 9/10
fat_beer_badger - 1 Jan 2008 18:55
Wondered what the long line of "The Unwashed Masses" were doing in St Mary Street this morning - then - ah the penny dropped. Probably the most packed "Spoons" Ive seen at 10am! Joined the packed house at 11am and range of Bitter was good. Quick service too - as 98% of clientelle were sat down with glasses almost empty- even after spending an hour in the place.

If you drop a pound coin in here 10am til 2pm its like trowing a breadcrum on the floor in Trafalgar Sqaure, if you get my drift?

Beer and service good. Patronage changes for evening session ( The after workers rather than the non-workers).
Andrew_Faber - 30 Nov 2006 01:10
While not a massive fan of Wetherspoons, I am always prepared to make exceptions - and this pub is fine. One of the best Wetherspoons I've been to (in fact, the Wetherpoons in Cardiff in general seem to be okay).

Right by the Central Station, so a great place to meet people in. The pub is buit in an old theatre, so is an incredibly impressive buiding (and being able to sit in the 'boxes' is a plus). Very quiet during the day, but gets packed in the evenings - though I've found that it's nearly always possible to get a seat, especially if you are prepared to sit in the no-smoking section.

Usual large range of beers found in Wetherspoons pubs, though unlike many of the JD chain, these are usually well kept. Not a bad spot.
Crow_Valley - 27 Oct 2006 12:40
One of the best wetherspoons i have been into! there was always one manager out cleaning the tables and lots of staff behind the bar. never a long queue at the bar and are meals were very quick too. quite busy but a great atmosphere xx
joannaxx - 17 Sep 2006 20:37
Full of anti-english/anti-student rugby loving bitter welsh people when i was in there. Even the staff.
dribbling_ak - 30 Aug 2006 09:34
Big, bustling boozer handy for bus and train stations. If you find a table without a puddle on it you've probably wandered into Merrett's.
AdamAdamant - 17 Jul 2006 21:19
It's a busy Wetherspoons near Central Station. I was pleased to see plenty of staff on duty on Saturday afternoon so the service was quick. Good range of ales and ciders. Convenient and adequate.
fromedrinker - 4 Jul 2006 11:37

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