Tuesday, 12 April 2011
75-77 Cathedral Road, Pontcanna [map]
"Bar, dining & hotel," promises the signage above the door. If that's not a good day out, we don't know what is.
Although whether two meals for a fiver quite constitutes "dining" remains to be seen.
But we're not really interested in eating. Not when there's beer to be drunk.
Quite why anywhere would bother stocking both Carlsberg and Carling remains a mystery. Many years of intensive research has taught us that there's only so much cooking lager you can drink.
As you can tell by the discombobulating slant, the bar area once doubled up as a baddies' lair in a 1960s Batman episode.
Despite - or perhaps because of - the angle, the service is remarkably swift. So swift, in fact, that it's actually resulted in motion blur.
There's something reassuring about seeing a fruit machine in a pub, even if you never play it. The way it speaks of a sense of optimism in the face of the bleakest of odds borders on the poetic.
More pragmatically, it's also a nice little earner for the landlord.