Four leased and tenanted Brains pubs have made it onto a list of the top 100 famous UK pubs. The list, compiled by whisky brand Famous Grouse, is in celebration of the history and character of Britain’s pubs.
The Royal Oak in Adamsdown makes it onto the list for the second year running. Dating back to the late 1800’s and still with etched windows and wooden pew seating, it has the flavour of a classic Victorian pub. It is also home to one of the most famous gyms in the history of British boxing. For many years Jim Driscoll, the Cardiff born featherweight who won the Lonsdale belt in 1910, used the upstairs gym. The boxing theme continues downstairs, with memorabilia displayed on every wall throughout the pub.
The second pub on the list, the Packet in Cardiff Bay, was built in 1864. Its name comes from the packet ships, and the fact that the pub offered rooms to sailors. Today you’ll find ‘a striking wooden gantry behind the bar, Brains beer on tap and plenty of regulars’.
The Golden Cross, in the centre of Cardiff, is described in its entry as having ‘the most spectacular pub interior in the whole of Wales’ and a ‘pretty spectacular interior ... covered both inside and out in decorative tiles made for its opening in the 1800’s.’
Outside Cardiff in Brynsadler, the Ivor Arms gets a mention. The traditional pub has long been popular, but ‘new management has made this old pub the centre of the community again.’
14 pubs in Wales were named on the list. For more information visit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/foodanddrink/top-100-famous-pubs/wales-pubs/