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A Sporting Belgian

08/09/2019 Leave a comment

Autumn (The Fall) hit’s the beautiful Lower Rhymney Valley with only the first day as an Indian Summer. Cardiff where only Wetherspoons have sensible opening times (says me). Ending up in The Head of Steam where the live Untappd feed is only upstairs now. Belgian low alcohol ales and it is as good as the full fat. Power and USB sockets all over. It didn’t rain.

No Class 37

26/06/2019 Leave a comment

Just a Class 142 Pacer

 

 

In The Cardiff Summer Rain

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

The Not Quite a Pub Crawl

19/05/2019 Leave a comment

For various reasons. Mr Tomlinson said he had never seen me in a Brewdog, Tiny Rebel have a Mild on. Mild May with a classic Cardiff Mild and it’s Saturday. Starting at Caerphilly International where weeding is not a priority.

Happy May drizzle at Queen Street Railway Station in Cardiff. Still the home of the Pacers.

Do you want chocolate sprinkles on your coffee?

First stop is the Gatekeeper on Westgate Street, bar opens at 08:00. Deliveries in progress. They have a new carpet too.

Apparently Welsh Pale Ale from The Glamorgan Brewery in Llantrisant is now on permanently. Cask too. I’m all for local real ales but it’s rather ordinary. Still if it sells.

Church Street, two Bars, a Pub and a Church. You are covered. And at the top end, The Owain Glyndwr named after a Welsh Prince.

If you only go to one Pub in Cardiff, then it would have to be The Old Arcade, a Brains Pub. Here for Brains Dark, the best selling Mild in Wales.

If nothing else Cardiff City Council are good at Flags. It wouldn’t be a proper Cardiff visit if you didn’t have a bag of Chips at Dorothy’s in Caroline Street.

At the end of Caroline Street is The Cambrian Tap ex The Cambrian. It’s a great Craft Pub as long as you stay off the Brains Craft stuff. There was an unexpected Mild Ale too.

Brewdog where The Equity for Punks discount card came in handy. Where knew that BrewDog imported their own beers from Ohio USA. Well Mr Tomilson did. So hats off to him.

There was a Monster Truck bash on in The Principality Stadium so Brewdog was full of Parents and Little People. Luckily most of them left within half an hour of my arrive. Whatever happened to Children sit outside with a bottle of Lemonade and a Straw. Great staff by the way.

As it was Mild May, Tiny Rebel brewed their own Mild. So the Cardiff Bar was my last stop. One as it was becoming late (for me) and Two I was running out of money. There was the little issue of The FA Cup Final as well. The place was packed which reminded me why I start my drinking early. The Mild was good but Brains Dark was the winner of the day.

A Festive Beano of two parts

23/12/2018 Leave a comment

Free Bacon

 

Non free Fine Ales

MeWe

10/10/2018 Leave a comment

The possible new home from Berry talk?

So far, so mostly good

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