OK, there is no actual verb “to Taff” (is there ?) but I’m running out of inspiration and need to get a move on so I can bring you “Silver pubs” or whatever you expect over the Christmas period.
Anyway, after the Tim Horton timbits (am still awaiting the sponsorship deal) I fair flew back over the Taff into middling hotel land, passing slow people pushing unnecessarily large suitcases to their 3 star hotels on Cathedral Road.
The Cricketers joins the Cayo/Pontcanna as the closest pub to the location of The Miracle of Cardiff, but there’s a Brewhouse & Kitchen now so no doubt I’ll be back supping Panesar’s Pale next year.
It’s the sort of place you get in Southport Churchtown, or even Bournemouth. A civilised dining pub for locals from the upmarket suburbs of Llandaff. And a showcase for Evan Evans.
All the space at the bar was taken by grown men wearing “humorous” Christmas jumpers. All the seats were taken by “smart-casual” office workers on their Christmas meal, albeit at the odd time of 4pm. I could never pull off smart-casual.
I couldn’t pull off looking comfortable on a sofa either, and the Warrior was so dull (NBSS 2) I left it.
But after taking the outside shot I popped back in and finished it off. It was still NBSS 2.
Into Canton, and another of those m**** p****, this one called an Ale House because it’s in Canton.
It’s more middle-class Bournemouth-style drinking club than Sidcup Old Boys boozer.
Let me be honest; the seating is not going to feature in my “Top 10 bench seating of the year” awards.
It’s a bit serious, and far too quiet. And the beer selection is very “Coldwell”, which is a valid descriptor.
There’ll be a lot more of these Ale Houses, mark my words. And I bet they become card only before the SA Brains pubs do.
But the beer is a decent Pale (NBSS 3), and there’s some good “stuff” to look at.
And just for our American readers…
Two to go, and then I can check-in at Newport.