Visited on 28th October 2014. Huge Spoons a few minutes up the road from Central station. Iíve been in here a few times over the years and it gets packed on rugby days. Itís got masses of room, the decor is OK but looks a little tired. Beer range was decent enough but not as good as usual Spoons, did pick up a couple of new festival ticks. Prices good, service OK. Wouldnít dash back but would probably look in!
Aside from being a converted theatre, this is a fairly standard JDW. Offers a few Welsh beers, but the range is not that extensive when compared with other pubs in the same company. Well located though.
2015-09-18. This is pretty much the best and worst of Wetherspoonís all in one place. Huge bar, with a big busy open centre, slightly quieter side rooms, patio and smokers out front on a main road. I feel like I rushed through now (I basically had a quick drink and ran after my spot to meet Garthicus changed), looking at other reviews. I donít think I fully appreciated the atmosphere. Very busy on a Friday afternoon during the Rugby World Cup. Decent number of taps and casks available but not much that interested me today, I ended up with a Brains SA Bitter. Would come back but I wouldnít make a point of seeking it out.
Large JDW pub next door to the bus station. Train station and main shopping street nearby. Some cask ales, but the selection could have been better in a pub of this size. The JDW food menu is quite extensive now, and the food here was okay.
Very popular JDW near the railway station. Decent selection plus a few nods to Welsh brewers (e.g. Celt Experience among the craft bottle selection). Good food with some Welsh selections as is standard in JDWs in these parts. I can see why this pub is so popular with the Cardiff faithful.
Another huge Cardiff Spoons located right by the railway station and near to the Milennium Stadium. Itís a pretty depressing place to be during weekdays, predominantly occupied by single elderly men nursing pints at their individual tables. Iíd also avoid it on Friday and Saturday nights too, but itís okay for mid-week evenings when itís not too raucous in town!
Close to and a block away from the Millennium Stadium, this is the Wetherspoon most suited to the sporting masses when there is an event going on just a stones throw away. This is a massive Theatre conversion with seating on several levels and a couple of bars to ensue the walk there isnít too long from wherever youíre sat. The soft furnishings in furniture and decor make it cosy and are also in line with the warm theatre building architecture that brings out the best in the building. The real ale selection is good.
I went inside and walked around. Very nice place for a pub. You could even sit in the old theater boxes and drink beer. Unfortunately they didnít have anything interesting on tap, the selection was very limited. I didnít keep score but Im fairly certain this pub had the thinnest selection of all the pubs I visited in Cardiff. So I decided to skip on the beer and go to the next pub instead. Definitely recommended for a visit just for the setting.