Pontcanna Inn

UK Wales South Wales Glamorgan Cardiff

If you’ve ever been to Cardiff for a sports or music event, chances are you’ve stayed in a workaday B&B on Cathedral Road, about 15 minutes’ walk west of the city centre. One of the many Victorian and Edwardian villas and townhouses that line this street has been turned into a pub, The Pontcanna Inn, which is named after its location – the most fashionable residential area in the Welsh capital. It’s all about sports at this watering hole; matches are shown on big screens and the cricket, football and rugby grounds are within walking distance. You could find yourself at the bar next to a local media or sports celeb; try a bottle of ale by Newport-based craft brewery Tiny Rebel – the only Welsh brewery to win Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival (2015). Food is good quality pub grub such as burgers, sausage and mash and the ubiquitous fish and chips, but vegetarians and vegans won’t go hungry. You can eat in the airy, neo-Victorian lounge bar or head out to the sizeable beer garden in good weather. There are ten bright rooms, decorated with florals and botanicals, and the iron beds give them a Steampunk vibe. The “Cosy” rooms are on the small side and those at the back can be a problem for light sleepers when the beer garden is full. Pleasingly, all are equipped with tea and coffee and there’s free onsite parking. Book well in advance for match days and major events.



B&B from £79.



Pontcanna Inn, 36 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9LL

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