The historical Grand Bar & Kitchen has reopened on Westgate Street. Home of the Welsh Female Rugby team and rich in its history, the Grand Bar has long been a place of legend around the city, and we are so excited it is getting a new lease of life.
Originally The Grand Hotel built in 1886, the building has always been a popular home to sporting societies throughout the years. It was called home by the Cardiff Cycling Society in the late 1800’s, who used to enjoy smoking and music in the bar areas, as well as many other visiting sporting teams.
In the early 1900’s the hotel was managed by the famous Ma Rosser. A name steeped in Women’s Rugby history. She would let the Cardiff Women’s rugby team use the hotel as their changing rooms during matches, and even makes an appearance in the 1917 photo of the Cardiff Ladies XV, now known to be the earliest photograph of a Women’s rugby team in the world. The Hotel remained until the late 90’s before converting into the popular Sloanes Nightclub and Green Parrot bar.
Now a gastro pub with a Welsh twist, Rob the well-known owner of rock bar Fuel and Cardiff rugby announcer, has set about restoring The Grand Bar to its former glory. Opening this weekend in time for summer its going to be high on the list of go to places, especially after announcing a bottomless brunch with free-flowing prosecco for only £25!
Choose from a delicious list of gourmet dishes like; Welsh Lamb Faggots with Crafty Devil Beer and Onion Gravy, Sloe Gin Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Bagel Bites, or maybe try a Vegan Welsh Rarebit Crumpet. You will also be pleased to hear that the Old Mango House is going nowhere. Previous winners of the Cardiff Curry Award, they cannot be missed.
Go for the rich history and stay for the delicious food and drinks. Crafty Devil have recently been added to draft keeping all things in sight as Cardiff as possible. That even extends to the artwork on the wall, which now includes a three-metre-tall Peacock in homage to the famous birds that used to roam Cardiff Castle.
Whether you are upstairs enjoying the gorgeous Welsh cuisine and Crafty Devil drinks or chilling out in the cosiest basement bar in town, you know you’ll be having a great time at the Grand Bar this summer. Make sure to book everything in advance to avoid disappointment and check their website for more details.