After a couple of days at home (or, more precisely, conveying gentlefolk back and forward between Addenbrookes) I drove my sister to Bristol for a meet-up with her eldest daughter, whose wedding near Helston you’ll all remember.
I suspect we had some brother/sister chat on the way down (A14/M6/M42/M5/M32, travel bores).
With the Aygo parked behind the Barley Mow for a couple of days, I took the train to Cardiff, which you may recall used to be famous for Brains.
Having neglected to visit last year, I seemed to have accumulated seven (7) new pubs to visit, having ticked off six on that last visit. Calm down, Cardiff !
As Pubmeister will tell you, at this stage in the quest for GBG completion finding a town with two new entries is a result. Only Plymouth has more in store for me.
Despite the drizzle, I’m still cultured enough to appreciate the splendour of the station and St Mary’s Street.
What will we get in those seven ? A micro ? A craft beer bar ? A suburban Spoons ? A Brewhouse and Twitchen ?
No. A proper JW Bassett fun pub near the
Millennium Principality Stadium with more pool tables than cask drinkers. And more top tiling.
At 2.30pm on Friday two weeks before Black Eye Friday it was rammed with lads and Old Boyos, and was faintly wonderful because of it. Goodness knows what it’ll be like at 6pm this Friday.
The GBG threatens Double Dragon, but I’m drawn to the Rhymney Golden, purely because the bloke in front orders a pint.
Now, I like my beer cool, but this was chilled, colder than Bud Light (I guess). You can even see the fizz bubbles below. NBSS 1.5 if I’m generous.
But you don’t go to pubs in Cardiff for cask any more, do you. Not since about 2007, anyway. You go for life. You go for “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “A Design for Life“, You go in the knowledge that salvation is only 20 minutes east of here.
But I had six more to do in the capital first. At least there would be a Tim Horton and his tidbits in between.
More of this when I leave the land that internet forgot (Oxon). Cardiff gets better, then worse, then middling, in case you wondered.