Royal Oak

Cardiff Boxing Pub Makes Top 100 List

An historic Cardiff pub has made it onto a list of the top 100 famous UK pubs. The list, compiled by whisky brand Famous Grouse, asked pub goers to nominate their favourite ‘unique and quirky’ famous pub.

Regulars at Royal Oak in the Adamsdown area of Cardiff deemed the pub worthy of a mention, citing the famous boxing ring on the upper floor, which reopened earlier this year after refurbishment, as the reason for the nomination.

The Brains-owned pub dates back to the late 1800’s and is 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 ‘Famous Grouse Famous 100’ list, which was published in the Sunday Telegraph, said the pub "is famed for its boxing heritage … and the whole place is packed with artefacts connected to the noble art. With etched windows and wooden pew seating, the Royal Oak has the flavour of a classic Victorian pub."

Eight pubs in Wales were named on the list, although the Royal Oak was the only Cardiff pub to feature.