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Nicholson's comes to Cardiff

If you have been to London, you may well be familiar with the Nicholson's chain of pubs. These are traditional pubs, often quite fine architecturally, well restored and serving an interesting range of real ales.

There will shortly be a Nicholson's pub in Cardiff. The O'Neill's pub in Trinity Street is currently closed and undergoing alterations. When it reopens on Thursday 4 December it will be named the Old Market Tavern.

Hopefully, it will make another fine addition to Cardiff city centre's growing pub scene.


Vote for Cardiff's Pub Of The Year

Last year's Cardiff Pub Of The Year

Cardiff CAMRA is currently deciding what will be its next Pub Of The Year and, if you are a CAMRA member living in Cardiff, we would like your help.

A shortlist of candidates has been drawn up as follows:
City Arms, Quay Street.
Gwaelod y Garth Inn, Gwaelod y Garth.
Lansdowne, 71 Beda Road, Canton.
Urban Tap House, 26 Westgate Street.


Vote for the Champion Beer of Britain

In Fagin's Ale and Chop House, Taffs Well, a pint of the beer that won Gold in the Champion Beer of Wales competition this year.

From now until 30 November, if you are a CAMRA member, you can vote in the Champion Beer Of Britain competition.

To do so, visit the and log in as a member. Once in, just follow the instructions.

The initial stages of the competition are based on regions and Welsh members will be asked to vote for beers brewed regularly in Wales. Your votes will help determine which beers will be judged during special tastings at the Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival next year.


Enjoy the day of beer festivals

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Saturday 12 July is a day of beer festivals, with festivals taking place at both Hereford and Bishop's Castle, in Shropshire, and Cardiff CAMRA is offering the opportunity to visit either. Our coach will be leaving Cardiff at 0930 and will arrive at Hereford around 1100 giving those who want to attend Hereford CAMRA's Beer On The Wye festival an hour to explore the city of Hereford before the festival opens at 1200.


CAMRA marks retirement of brewer, Don Jeffrey


One of the best-known faces of Welsh brewing has retired. Don Jeffrey has called time on a career of more than 40 years.

Don, who has worked for Brains in Cardiff for 17 years, was responsible for the recipe of Reverend James, originally a Crown Buckley brand, which has become one of Brains' best-selling cask beers.

Cardiff CAMRA secretary, Brian Francis said: "He has been a friend of local CAMRA branches since his days at the now defunct Buckley's brewery."


Cardiff Pub Of The Year 2014 celebration at the Lansdowne

Binki with Lansdowne owners, Spoon Cardiff: Gwyn, Binki, Tom, Tess and Cerys

The Lansdowne, in Lansdowne Road, Canton has been voted by CAMRA as Cardiff's top pub and an award ceremony recently took place there.

This comes close on the heels of the pub being highly commended in CAMRA's national award for the best pub refurbishment.

Not long ago the future for the Lansdowne looked grim. It seemed yet another under-performing back street pub set for permanent closure.


Queens Vaults wins cider award

Queens Vaults manager, Kevin (left) receiving the Cider and Perry Pub Of The Year award

The Queens Vaults in Westgate Street has been been named by Cardiff CAMRA its Cider and Perry Pub Of The Year.

In an award ceremony, Cardiff CAMRA Chairman, Rick Zaple, said how far traditional cider and perry had come during the past 30 years. Key to this was the existence of excellent pubs to sell traditional cider and perry.

He said that in the vanguard is the Queens Vaults with its eye catching and attractive stillage behind the bar serving a range of six fine ciders and perries.

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