Pub Review: The four most traditional pubs in Cardiff

With the news that one of Cardiff’s oldest pub has had a facelift, we look for Cardiff’s best traditional pubs.

Cardiff’s oldest pub, Rummer Tavern reopened on last Saturday after a three-week revamp by owners the Craft Union Beer Company.

However customers are not that satisfied with the changes. Some of them are disappointed it becomes a “cheap sports bar”. Pub manager Lee Hazell said,” Most people have said it’s a change that was needed.”

Tracing back to 1713, since the good oak beams, wood paneling and brickwork, Rummer Tavern became famous soon.

How it used to be:

image from:Rob Browne

What does it looks like now:

The new added TV is easily to be seen.


In addition, there are also several pubs in Cardiff which populated with local welsh feature. Most of them are trying to keep the original style of Welsh and improving customer experience as well.


The Corner House

Sitting in the city center, The Corner House welcomes lots of people everyday.

Located in the heart of Cardiff’s busy shopping district, the Corner House offers the ideal spot to relax, unwind, and refuel after a busy day exploring the city. Proving that traditional and modern décor can work together with effortless ease, this stylish pub, bar and restaurant is a great space for all occasions.

Well-furnished environment always impressed many people.

The Corner House is easily accessible and there’s ample parking and public transport routes in the area. People who are travelling by train, Cardiff Central Station is just a five minute walk away.

All kinds of beer is provided in The Corner House.


The Great Western

Located in 64 St Mary Street, The Great Western was an existing pub of the same name, taken over by Wetherspoon. Built in 1879, the Great Western Hotel served the nearby Great Western Railway station.

Outside The Great Western

Although this pub is belong to Wetherspoon, it still keeps the local Welsh style of environment. It can be seen on the wall that framed prints and posters of Wales history which includes art, music and public transportation development, people who sit in the Great Western may easily feel the Welsh atmosphere.“Whenever we sit in the pub, we always can meet friends here and enjoy drinking and talking.” Jane and her friends usually come together in The Great Western.

People comes together and enjoys their time.


Cardiff Cottage

Step into the Cardiff Cottage and be transported back in time with this cosy traditional pub with a warm, informal atmosphere. The old world exterior and bay windows wrap up this little gem which is perfectly situated on Cardiff’s busy St Mary’s Street.

One of Cardiff’s oldest pubs, The Cottage is on St Mary Street. It’s operated by the local brewery, Brain’s.

As one of the features of Cardiff Cottage, rugby days are very popular in the pub, it always boast a fantastic pre and post match atmosphere with supporters of all nationalities coming together to discuss the game over a pint. Also, Cardiff Cottage offers a broad range of Welsh cask ales, with regularly changing international guest ales that have exciting flavor combinations from hopes grown in all corner of the globe.

The spacious place inside could accept lots of people.