Monday, 5 December 2011

Deri Inn, Cardiff

Deri Inn, Heol-Y-Deri, Rhiwbina, CF14 6UH
Open all day

Pubs are few and far between in this northern suburb of Cardiff as this area was originally owned by the Cory family, supporters of the Temperance Movement who also gave their name to nearby Coryton. The Deri Inn was not built until the 1970s and was originally owned by Welsh Brewers and was once a Toby Carvery, today this pub is run by Ember Inns who are a division of Mitchells & Butlers. The pub was named after the oak trees that gave their name to this road, though today Monkey Puzzle trees grow outside the pub. The pub is a short walk from the railway station at Rhiwbina or alternatively there is a bus stop nearby (No 21 or 23, Cardiff City Centre - Rhiwbina - Whitchurch - Cardiff City Centre).

The Deri Inn is set back from the main road with an extensive car park to the rear, and plenty of outdoor seating, including a wooden-framed heated smoking shelter. The 1970s are not regarded as a classic era for pub design however the interior of the Deri Inn more than makes up for the rather bland exterior. A large and ornate wooden bar features a copper handrail on one side and 5 copper-plated handpumps serving real ales, another 3 handpumps are around the corner of the bar. Brains Bitter is a permanent feature on the bar and the other beers are guest beers from breweries around the UK such as Lancaster, Orkney, and RCH. For the month of November, the Deri Inn ran a beer festival with a range of specially commissioned beers featuring on the bar every week, the final one of these is Project Venus, brewed by a bevy of brewsters or female brewers from across Britain and Ireland. Sue from the Waen Brewery in Powys has had some input into this beer which is described as a Black IPA. Fullers Honey Dew and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are also available in bottles.
During December, Eat Drink and Be Jolly, an East Coast Pale Ale, based on Adnams’ Champion Pale Ale recipe, will be one of the guest beers available.

The Deri Inn has 3 fireplaces which help break up the interior into separate areas – with distinct 'pub' and 'dining' areas, though there is some overspill into the 'pub' area for diners. There is also a discrete area to the side of the bar with glass partitions. The pub serves traditional pub food all day, with specialities on
boards on the bar such as fish in batter made from one of the guest beers on the bar. There is also a chalkboard offering bar snacks such as olives and warsarbi peas.
The Deri features live music on Saturday nights and there are quiz nights on Tuesdays and Sundays.

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