Y Mochyn Du, Cardiff

Previously known as the Poacher’s Lodge and before then the Lodge Wine Bar.  Became Y Mochyn Du in 2002.

Conveniently located close to Sophia Gardens and the Cricket ground and at one time sponsored Robert Croft, Captain of Glamorgan cricket.  Cricket memorabilia on walls. 

Popular with the media and Welsh widely spoken behind the bar.

Westgate Hotel, Cardiff

Westgate, CardiffImpressive looking Brains corner pub dating back well over a hundred years.  Pub rebuilt during the 1950s.

Refurbished at the beginning of the millennium. Previously framed newspaper cuttings of elephant popping in for a drink!   High ceilinged with named plaques of public houses going round the bar.

Pool table and dart board.  Designated smoking area at back of pub.

King’s Castle, Cardiff

Kings Castle, CantonAt one time called Ebeneezer Riley’s King’s Castle and built during the late 1880s.  Part of the pub used to be a chapel with back room retaining part of the chapel ceiling.

During the 1990s pub styled on a traditional London pub which has since been discarded.

Popular with football fans.

Part of the Canton pub crawl.

The Foresters, Cardiff

Foresters Arms, CantonA traditional working man’s pub built in 1882. Became known as the O’Dwyers during the 1990s with an Irish theme running through the pub.   Lively on football match days and also attracts the odd rugby supporter as well. 

Reputedly haunted by a number of ghosts.

Part of the Canton pub crawl.

Sad to note the Foresters closed in 2014

Canton Hotel, Cardiff

A locals public house dating back to the early 20th century.  Much refurbished over the years.

Known as a traditional working man’s pub at one time licensed to Cardiff City star Ronnie Bird. 

During 1990s famed for its choice of over 40 whiskies!

Pool table and dart board located in the back room.

Part of the Canton pub crawl.

Admiral Napier, Cardiff

A large and lively traditional pub built in 1886.  Particularly busy on football match days. 

Pool table located in bar area. 

Traditional pub game Don card game played on premises.

Part of Canton Pub Crawl.

As of early 2012 Napier has new exterior including a new pub sign.

The Goscombe, Cardiff

The Goscombe, CantonCanton’s newest pub opened in March 2005.  A former bakery which was converted into a public house at a cost of over £500,000.

Food served all day and toilets located upstairs.  At one time children not allowed but rule since been rescinded.

Comfortable seating close to the bar.  Free car parking nearby.

Part of the Canton pub crawl.

Canton Cross Vaults, Cardiff

Canton's oldest pub and bullt before 1875.  Originally a coach house.  Name derives from cross-roads used centuries before by Romans travelling along Cowbridge and Llandaff Roads.

From 1860 to 1904 was the Canton Cross Brewery.

The pub was used as a recruitment office  during the First World War.

Part of the Canton pub crawl.Canton Cross Vaults

The Insole, Cardiff

A locals public house built at the start of the 20th century and located just off Cowbridge Road East on Harvey Street.

Pool table a major attraction in the bar area.

The Insole is mentioned in Welsh author Howard Spring’s novel ‘Heaven lies about us’

Part of the Canton pub crawl.

Railway Inn, Cardiff

An early 20th century coachhouse.  A small locals pub with regular poker evenings located just off Ely roundabout. 

Former landlord had been licensee for 37 years.


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