The Stanhope Arms, Kensington
Hard to get served and not worth it when you are. Needs a refurb and an attitude make-over.
18 Jul 2006 20:10
Bears Head, Penarth
The noisiest pub I've ever been in. Two levels, no ceiling between them and solid walls. A madhouse.
17 Jul 2006 21:47
Admiral Napier, East Canton
Eh mate – are you lookin' at my pint? Keep your eyes averted and you'll be OK. Don't get into any conversations with strange old men with empty glasses.
17 Jul 2006 21:39
They've knocked through here so it's a big bar. Bit studenty, bit noisy but OK.
17 Jul 2006 21:38
The Ivor Davies, Canton
The second-noisiest pub I've been in. The first is another Wetherspoon's – The Bear in Penarth. Knocking out these ceilings does terrible things to the acoustics. Run to the bar at Chapter or nip into the Happy Gathering for a noodle-fest.
17 Jul 2006 21:36
The Conway Hotel, Canton
Some of the bar staff let down this otherwise reasonable suburban boozer.
17 Jul 2006 21:33
The Red Lion, Bonvilston
Used to be a lovely Brain's pub with really well-kept ale, especially the SA. Seems to have been through a few different owners in the past couple of years. Reports are that things are on the up again.
17 Jul 2006 21:31
The Old Post, Bonvilston
17 Jul 2006 21:30
Yard Bar and Kitchen, Cardiff
Gibbering young men, expensive lager, lottery-style bar service (It Could Be You! - But then again, perhaps not). Bar staff are mainly ex prison warders. Go back out onto St Mary Street, turn left and head for Kitty Flynn's.
17 Jul 2006 21:29
The Queens Vaults, Cardiff
Seedy but not unpleasant bar with lots of life, some of it low. Terrible, squawky, no-bass-and-all-treble PA for Thursday night quiz will probably stimulate you into looking elsewhere after 8pm.
17 Jul 2006 21:24
Prince Of Wales, Cardiff
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.
17 Jul 2006 21:19
The Old Arcade, Cardiff
Try to forget the Old A as you once knew and loved it and this is a tolerable city centre watering hole. Usual food thing going on though - as if you weren't in the middle of pasta valley. Former (much missed) clients of this pub (and of the dear-departed Albert can probably now be found in The Vulcan, opposite Cardiff Jail).
17 Jul 2006 21:14
The Model Inn, Cardiff
About as much atmosphere as the dark side of the moon. It's a boozer. It's in the city centre. Er...that's it.
17 Jul 2006 21:10
The Goat Major, Cardiff
Glad to hear that Rev James found the bar staff friendly on his visit. This was invariably the case until recently. One or two poor attitudes can spoil the evening. Otherwise a good solid city boozer.
17 Jul 2006 21:08
The Glass Works, Cardiff
Now called Copa. Some smart arses can be found around the salt lick early evenings after they've left their crappy office jobs for the day. All round, a rather threatening atmosphere. Go to Bar IsIt? up the street instead.
17 Jul 2006 21:03
The Gatekeeper, Cardiff
Big and rather soul-less but perfectly OK as long as you keep your wits about you and leave before it gets silly. Usual Wetherspoon's value. Bar staff are generally good considering what they have to put up with.
17 Jul 2006 21:00
Bit grim and cheerless when it's quiet. Go to the Gatekeeper, round the corner in Womanby Street instead.
17 Jul 2006 20:57
The Cardiff Cottage, Cardiff
Not what it used to be since the introduction of fresh air (On St Mary Street? Surely not). Smoke free it may be but on a recent visit it was also customer free. Couldn't give a toss service doesn't help. Why are so many city pubs like this?
17 Jul 2006 20:54
The Borough Arms, Cardiff
Gone-downhill city boozer in need of some TLC from owners, staff and customers alike. Service with a snarl, like it or lump it attitude. There are lots of other places. Give it a miss.
17 Jul 2006 20:50
The Merrie Harrier, Llandough
A big Brain's pub on a busy intersection, though it's easy enough to nip into the car park. Plenty of room, giant TV screens if that's your bag and a decent pub menu with quick service. All the usual Brain's ales. A no-nonsense comfortable pub that does what it says on the tin.
17 Jul 2006 20:46
The Cross Inn, Llanblethian
Out-in-the-sticks boozer and eatery located on one of the main roads to Cowbridge. Restaurant (with jumbo portions) on one side and reasonably pleasant bar on the other (if you like blue paint).
17 Jul 2006 20:40
Aubrey Arms, Bonvilston
Smoke-free Brain's owned pub-restaurant where the emphasis is on food but they don't seem to mind if you just want a drink. All the usual Brain's beers. Non-smoking rule making it increasingly popular with families so it can be busy early evenings. Smokers' shed outside for the desperate.
17 Jul 2006 20:36
Old Swan Inn, Llantwit Major
Stone-flagged bar fronting the main road is the best bit of this place which still feels like a traditional pub despite the omnipresence of food. Can get very busy and food quality is variable though generally OK. New 'gastro pub' virtually next door might take a bit of steam out of it on Saturday nights.
17 Jul 2006 20:30
The Green Dragon, Llancadle
Pleasant country boozer disasterously refurbed into foody non-entity. No room for drinkers so drinkers have gone elsewhere. Shame.
17 Jul 2006 20:25
The Six Bells, Penmark
Rather gloomy. Locals never move far from the tiny bar so bring sharp elbows. A country pub the seems to look in on itself.
17 Jul 2006 20:24
Cwm Ciddy, Barry
Chaotic pub given over to food. Plates of leavings everywhere. Clattering, shouty atmosphere. Usually over-run with Tango louts. Not a pub anymore.
17 Jul 2006 20:19
Walston Castle, Wenvoe
Shambolic Beefeater pub where one can never get served. Drive on.
17 Jul 2006 20:16
The Highwayman, Rhoose
Large watering hole with restaurant sited near Cardiff Airport (also features secure parking and shuttle service). Unremarkable but pleasant enough. Popular beer garden. Noisy 'turns' on Friday and Saturday evenings make conversation a bit challenging.
17 Jul 2006 20:13
The Blue Anchor, East Aberthaw
A bit over-rated by Camra wallahs and pub luvvies there's a surprising lack of atmosphere in this rambling, thatched rural boozer. Nice enough but beer prices are always at the top end of the range. Pleasant to sit outside although it can be over-run with Sagamen on Harleys from time to time.
17 Jul 2006 20:04
The Mayflower, Rhoose
Subject to the longest-ever pub refurb programme in history. Large open plan bar can get a bit noisy. Rest of the pub is crummy and more or less unused. Friendly enough and the beer is fine.
17 Jul 2006 19:58
Kitty Flynns, Cardiff
Traditional city boozer, now in its fourth alias, occupying a corner of St Mary Street and Caroline Street (aka Kebab Alley). Irish theme is minimal though piped yiddly-diddly music can wear you down a bit over a few hours. Run by a very nice Irish chap who keeps an excellent pint of Guinness.
17 Jul 2006 19:52
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