Sunday, 17 August 2008
81-83 St Mary Street, Cardiff [map]
The Prince of Wales is one of Cardiff's largest and most depressing pubs.
The building's exterior boasts an impressive gothic facade. But the cavernous interior (it used to be an adult cinema) is largely populated by old blokes who look as if they've been staring into the middle distance since the place opened in 1999.
It's one of four Wetherspoons in the city centre and, by some margin, the least inviting.
Sure, the large balcony area (which also houses a second bar) is a novelty but, despite the huge windows, there's an unshakeable glumness here, however sunny it is outside.
Even the promise of a pint of Foster's for £1.69 on Mondays isn't enough to make us want to return.
Aside from which, it's on a corner that's notorious for pedestrians being run over.