One of Cardiff’s most iconic pubs has reopened. The City Arms on Quay Street has retained a respect for all things brewed and now offers more than 35 different types of beers and ciders.
After reworking the bar area and giving the interior and exterior a lick of paint, the pub is looking forward to welcoming new and returning customers. Philip Lay, Retail Director at Brains said: "The biggest change has happened behind the bar. Every day there will be up to eight cask (or real) ales on draught, two of which will be served direct from the cask, a range of draught imported beers and more than 20 different bottled beers and ciders."
The City Arms can now boast to housing the biggest selection of beers in Brains’ entire pub estate. And, as Philip Lay explains, cask ale is a big part of that offer: "Cask ale is becoming something of a star performer in the beer market so we’re confident the City Arms will be a big draw. Last year overall cask ale sales increased by 5% and the number of 18-24 year old drinkers grew by 17%*, which suggests that the traditional ‘old man in a flat cap’ image is finally being shed.
"This is a pub rich in tradition, with a fantastic atmosphere and an unrivalled range of beers and we hope to attract customers of all ages."
*The Cask Report – Britain’s National Drink, 2010-2011