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A pub with a nationally important historic interior

This pub is taken from the national inventory of historic pub interiors, CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect the most important historic pub interiors in the country.

GLAMORGAN - Cardiff, City Centre, Golden Cross

An historic pub interior of national importance

282 Hayes Bridge Road, Cardiff, CF10 1GH

Tel: (029) 2034 3129


Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Central) and Bus Stop

Food: Lunchtime and Evening Meals

Listed Status: Grade II

Listing Reference: 13647

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Built in 1903 for Brains’ brewery, this city-centre pub, four minutes walk from Central Station, is the most spectacularly decorated of any in Wales and is famous for its ceramics by Craven Dunnill of Jackfield, Shropshire. The façade proclaims the Brains name and gives a foretaste of the riches within. Here the L-shaped counter on the left is one of fourteen remaining ceramic bar counters in the UK and the design, featuring grotesques, is one of three made by Craven Dunnill: There are also two original pictorial tiled panels, that in the public bar showing Cardiff Castle, and the one in the left-hand room depicting the Old Town Hall as it was in 1863. In the side entrance lobby is a rather crude, modern tiled painting of the Brains’ Brewery in about 1890. The impressive bar-backs remain in the public bar and in the lounge (to the right), but the counter in the latter is modern.

Golden Cross, Cardiff, City Centre