BBC Wales to move to Cardiff City Centre

With the news that Cardiff City centre is to Welcome the BBC  – I do hope they fix the fence.




Doctor Who’s TARDIS on Cardiff Castle

Since the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who – there has been a TARDIS on the battlements of Cardiff (Wales, UK) castle – of course Cardiff is where the Doctor is made


Are you a fan of craft beer? Well Cardiff is the place to be

This autumn craft beer finally makes it’s fully fledged mark on the beer drinkers of Cardiff – with Tiny Rebel Urban Tap House raising from the ashes of Fire Island, Scottish naughty boys brewdog potentially throwing their shareholders money about and Waen Brewery opening what could be a revival of the off-sales trend – it’s a great time to be a beer drinker in the City.

I managed to have  a quick look at Urban Tap House – there are a lot of familiar faces behind the bar and a large  number of beards – but this is not your typical Camra member pub- they have all Tiny Rebels beers on cask/keg & bottle – a great selection of Cask and some interesting Keg beers but what stands out is the sheer number of bottle beers – One Hundred, the champion beard wearer & manager Chris reports , which I think is a first for a Cardiff pub.

Chris Rowlands

Some very amazing beers from Craft American Brewers Odell, Rogue Ales – old school Belgium and some great German/Dutch/Scandinavian and of course British modern classics like Thornbridge, Kernel and those brewdogs – plus a great selection of ciders – mostly bottled at the moment but more to come.

When the City arms opened a few years a go – I posted “Is the best Real Ale pub in Cardiff now the City Arms?” well time will tell but I think these two neighbours can complement each other instead of be in competition.

Here a selection of quick snaps


Sign & Friendly Drinkers: Urban Tap House Cardiff

IPA Menu: Urban Tap House Cardiff

Cask Ale List: Urban Tap House Cardiff

Friendly Staff: Urban Tap House Cardiff

Bar:  Urban Tap House Cardiff

Half: Urban Tap House Cardiff

Mega Bootled Beer Fridges: Urban Tap House Cardiff

Urban Tap House

You can follow the bar on social media – Twitter/Facebook to see what’s on tap.


My entries for Cardiff Photomarathon 2013

I missed the photomarathon last year so was really looking foward to it this time as me and my son were going to do it and there was a bit of rivarly as he had one of this shots up in the tea house exhiibtion as few years back – unforuntlay I was on my own as he was ill – but I managed to have a great day – very tired – but after Topic 6 it all become mostly pub based – thanks to Chris and the staff from the best pub in Cardiff City Arms for their patience and support and of course brilliant ale.

and a big thanks to Cardiff Bin drumming hero Ninja – for agreeing to be in a shot.

it was the first time I had used my new(2nd hand) Fuji X10 for another more than snapshots – and it’s a great little camera, so Iam quite pleased with the results

anyway the categorys are

Topic 1 – Entry Number/Who am I?

Topic 1 - Entry Number/Who am I?

Topic 2 – Poetry

Topic 2 - Poetry

Topic 3 – Asymetry

Topic 3 - Asymetry

Topic 4: Space

Topic 4: Space

Topic 5 : Out and About

Topic : Out and About

Topic 6: Behind the Scenes

Topic 6: Behind the Scenes

Topic 7: Animated

Topic 7: Animated

Topic 8: A Bit on the Side

Topic 8: A Bit on the Side

Topic 9: Shadow

Topic 9: Shadow

Topic 10: Mixed Message

Topic 10: Mixed Message

Topic 11: Elegant

Topic 11: Elegant

Topic 12: Another Perspective

Topic 12: Another Perspective

Iam looking foward to it next year already.


Diffusion photography festival – Old Tram Shed Cardiff

The first thing that hits you is the size of the space – the 2nd is the smell of motor oil and old worked metal (just like my dad’s old lathe in my youth, a reassuring smell) and the sound of the broken roof fans – clicking along.

It’s been a while since it was used as a tram shed and is now up for sale – but it would make a brilliant permanent location for art (or maybe a craft brewery!)

It’s open as part of the City Wide Cardiff International Festival of Photography aka Diffusion (1-31 May 2013)

But I went for the photos! – Especially the retrospective  of Welsh Valleys photos from the likes of David Hurn

Opening The Rhondda Fair, 1975 © David Hurn

and Philip Jones Griffiths

Boy Destroying Piano, 1961 © Philip Jones Griffiths

But to be honest I loved the tram shed (no not because it’s a shed)  the best – as a lot of the original signs and fitting where still there when the exhibition is over at the end of the month – they should do a exhibition of the tram shed!


Clare Road (entrance on Pendyris Street)
CF11 6QP


Pub News: Landlord of the City Arms Cardiff is now looking after the Park in Barry

Cardiff Camra Pub of the year City Arms Landord Chris Partridge has headed to the wilds of Barry to look after the Park ( , which Brains is hoping to turn into a Real Ale mecca in the home of Gavin & Stacy.

I have only been to the park twice – and only once saw a massive fight – so hopefully the pub has mellowed over the years and the beer drinkers of Barry will appreciate quality Ale.

So good luck to Chris and the team there – but we hope to see him back at the City Arms very soon.

My mate Wakey was on the ground on opening night which looked busy and said there was a good atmosphere and great to see some proper ale at his local for a change.

will any of the City Arms regulars be making the trip down?

Beer Cider

This post should have been about great beer in Bath – but cider in Cardiff will have to do

I spent a great weekend in bath with some old school friends (Welsh friends, I did not go to school in Bath ;)) – just to say that the Salamander and Raven pub where the most frequentest stops and had great ale even if – but the Pulteney Arms was a right gem after the bad treatment we got in the The George Inn Bathampton- when we tried to get some food after a boat trip – very rude staff ok there was 10 of us and it was 3pm – but they could not accommodate us for lunch (btw they are open all day) maybe they just did not like the Welsh 😉

Bath was a joy as usual and dinner in the The Garricks Head was very good – but I think the company helped.

anyway this week it’s all about cider in Cardiff –

Cider and Perry Festival - City Arms Cardiff

as Arfur from Brew wales explains.

The CAMRA Pub of the Year for Cardiff, the City Arms in Quay Street will be holding a cider and perry festival, starting on Wednesday 25th April and continuing throughout the weekend, finishing on Sunday 29th.

There will have 8 different ciders and 4 varieties of perry for customers to choose from alongside their usual range.
These guests will be alongside our resident ciders including Stowford Press, Aspall’s, Friel’s, Thatcher’s Katy, Thatcher’s Gold, Savanna Premium Dry and Orchard Gold Cider. The new ciders will be limited edition so make sure you get your hands on them whist they’re around!

Unusually ciders and a perry from Llanblethian Orchards of Cowbridge will also be available, unusual in that most of this award-winning hand-crafted cider is normally only ever sold at beeer and cider festivals and not in pubs:

Llanblethian Orchards Stoke Red dry single variety cider 5.3%
Llanblethian Orchards Bramley mix 5.3% , a blend of Stoke Red and Bramley apples to produce a medium-sweet cider
Llanblethian Orchards Hendre Huffcap and Blakeney Red Perry 6.8%

On Thursday 26th April, live music will be on in the pub.


Wally’s Kaffeehaus at Wally’s Delicatessen, Cardiff

Mrsuw treated me to lunch today at the newly opened Wally’s Kaffeehaus upstairs in the famous Wallys Delicatessen in Royal Arcade in Cardiff.

I was expecting wooden cladding and  grandeur with chandeliers as it’ was touted as a Viennese Coffee House.

But it was modern and light which was a bit disappointing as the mrs had talked about coffee houses in Austria (as her mother is Austrian) and I was expecting the works with Kaffee und Kuchen.

But never-mind what it looks like.. it was lunch we went for and the open sandwiches were very impressive – I thought a bit pricey.

Wally's Kaffeehaus

but when it arrived they were massive & they were very filling and I left stuffed but happy.

I went for the Tyrol (the sandwichs are named after Austrian Towns/Areas) As the family who own Wally’s – came to the UK from Austria just before the Second World War.

– Roast Chicken Breast and Chorizo with Shaved Manchego Cheese and peppers – it was served on sourdough bread and with a brilliant potato salad with crushed pistachios which added so much .

Wally's Kaffeehaus

to be honest it tasted fantastic – with black olives and rocket with a garlic mayonaaise – highly recommended and a filling lunch.

MrsUW had the Baden – which had pears and German dark smoked ham on seeded bread – she did not share, but said it tasted very good.

Wally's Kaffeehaus

I was expecting more cakes (which we did not partake)but they are open for breakfast, so if you are in arcades pay it a visit.

Wally's Kaffeehaus


Oktoberfest – City Arms – Cardiff – Friday 23rd September to Sunday 9th October 2011

I love this time of the year (no not because it’s my birthday soon) it’s Oktoberfest and if you can’t make it over to Munich then lots of UK locals should be doing something.

One of my locals the City Arms in Cardiff is having one – and if it’s anything like their American festival will be great –  Iam looking forward to it.

OK they are not German but that's the spirit : photo from rob

Summer turning into Autumn means only one thing at the City Arms….it’s nearly time for Oktoberfest!!

OKTOBERFEST AT THE CITY ARMS – Friday 23rd September to Sunday 9th October

Come and join us for an authentic Oktoberfest experience, we’ll have six German beers on draught and eighteen German bottled beers including four specially brewed Bavarian Oktoberfest beers.

There’ll be live music on the 23rd and 24th (that’s the first Friday and Saturday nights) and in case you miss that we’ll have the Bavarian bierkeller tunes blasting out across the two weeks.

Find out more on their Website

photo from Rob over at Travelswithbeer.


Yeeha – The City Arms Cardiff – American Beer Festival

As you know July the 4th is the start of shedweek, but it’s also American independence day – but which came first? 😉

The Brains Brewery house in the Centre of Cardiff, the City Arms is having an American beer festival from today 1st July until 10th July – on the opening night, today the great skiffle band Railroad Bil (some are punks when not skiffling and are well know to this sheddie ) are playing.

Nice to see some different beers being sold in town, well done Brains – but they need to brew a beer for shedweek 2012 😉