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Underground Blogging in the Rain

16/06/2019 Leave a comment

High Summer

 

 

WordPress in the Rain

The Not Quite a Pub Crawl – Part III

15/06/2019 Leave a comment

I have just noticed how many of my posts have “Not Quite” in the title and here’s another one. The plan is to finish off my Central Cardiff blogging but as I said last time, I fear it will need another one. And then there is the suburbs, busy times.

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle just after the rain had stopped

The Gatekeeper Cardiff

The Gatekeeper Cardiff – rear entrance

Beer Pumps in The Gatekeeper, CardiffNot Ponty prices

Starting in The Gatekeeper (again), if for no other reason than the bar opens at 08:00. I was slightly late.

The Prince of Wales - Cardiff

It used to be a Porno Cinema

The classic Cardiff “Let’s have one here before we go on to ….” Pub. Note the Dragons on the roof.

And it filled up as I was sitting there drinking my bottle of Chimay Red with Elton John fans, having several before going to see him in The Cardiff City Stadium tonight.

The Cottage - Cardiff. A Brains Pub

Blackboard with the history of The Cottage

A row of Brains hand pumps in The Cottage, Cardiff.

Brains Bitter (light), weaker (tax) but fruitier than I remember. Great Barmaid here.

Beelzebubs - CardiffCricket, Football and Fine Cardiff brewed Craft Ales

Cricket, Football and Fine Cardiff brewed Craft Ales

Ex Small Bar, Beelzebubs is Crafty Devil’s main Cardiff Bar. Great Ales and superior WiFi.

Clean hands healthy beer. Works for me.

The Hopbunker - Cardiff

The Hopbunker – The best below ground Pub in Cardiff

It all turned into a Murky Saturday and it’s warmer underground.

And it’s all very walkable

Not Quite Llandeilo

08/06/2019 2 comments

With a Hat Tip to retiredmartin and post Storm Miguel, it was off to Barry on the train. Which strangely is the same price as catching the train to Cardiff despite being further. Talking of Cardiff, here’s the view from Cardiff Central Platform 8. The “Tangy” Brewery.

The Old Brains Brewery, soon to be closed. The new brewery in Tremorfa is already open. Changing trains for the Barry Flyer.

Turn left for Barry Island and the seaside. Turn right for The Sir Samual Romilly. Barry’s Spoons. Currently building a larger Beer Garden.

It’s an old Cinema and it’s rather pleasant inside. Opens at 08:00 and the Bar opens at 09:00.

However the cask selection is rather poor. It looks like The Old Hooky is the pick of the crop.

Note the time, I did.

On to The Butterfly Collector, Google Maps was pretty close on the walking time.

Eclectic. A half of Black Flag Rum Porter from Tenby Brewing is a pretty good start. Free WiFi also helps.

Apparently you should write on the wall. Sharpie’s are now a thing in the UK. Please do not mention Magic Markers.

Lunch. I must say that the Butterfly Collector was rather quiet, which was a same as it’s a great, friendly little place. Use it or lose it Barry. Loved the umbrella.

Sunny Blogging Part II

02/06/2019 Leave a comment

Back to Cardiff

 

 

Some were good, some were less so

The Rain at The End

02/06/2019 Leave a comment

Newport, rain

 

 

And The Tiny Rebel Bat

The Not Quite a Pub Crawl – Part II

01/06/2019 Leave a comment

It’s been over two years since I was last in The Ernest Willows (thank you Swarmapp), so it seemed the correct place to continue The Not Quite a Pub Crawl. It’s one of the cheaper Wetherspoons in Cardiff, a pleasant ten minutes walk from the City Centre.

It was in The Ernest Willows that my serious cask ale drinking really begun. May 2005 I’m looking at you. Sadly today the cask ales are mainly mass market ordinariness. So I have mostly transferred my flag.

It has however been refurbished inside and looking now outside too. So it’s two 13 Amp sockets and two usb power sockets per booth. Which is positive.

Not for the first time the advertised time of opening, this time from Facebook is incorrect. It’s 11:00 not 10:00. So on to The Central Bar (Wetherspoons) for a quick one before I return.

Occasionally in Spoons you will be asked if you want a straight or handled glass. Not really worried. Oddly enough, the toilets are downstairs here. They no longer have Pipes Ales on Keg here.

Swarmapp tells me that my last visit was May 2014, with this range of keg and cask, I must have been bonkers. Maybe it’s because the gents is in the sky. Anyway, return visit already planned. Food looks good too. Run by the same people who run the Pen and Wig in Newport too.

Moving on to The Head of Steam, Church Street, in the centre of Cardiff. Just along from The Old Arcade. Been here from just before Christmas and definitely worth a visit. Good select of both cask and keg with bottles from Pipes in the fridge. Live Untappd feed.

I’m bottom left just left to The Untappd icon.

We are keen on Flags and I am keen on Chips. Caroline Street or as it is better know “Chip Alley” £2.00 for an open cone of Chips, big City prices.

The City Arms, directly across the road from Tiny Rebel Cardiff, now also has a live Untappd feed.

Sitting in the corner as is my want. Still humid. There will be a Part III.

The Pixel 3a Test Part 2 – 4K in Newport

30/05/2019 Leave a comment

Now in 4K

 

 

And H265, well initially anyway

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