Monday 14 September 2009

Butcher's Arms, Llandaff, Cardiff

Today there is a dubious award ceremony going on opposite the Butcher's Arms in Llandaff. The ceremony is to unveil a blue plaque on what is supposedly a former sweet shop that was used by Roald Dahl, only the regulars in the pub all state the shop was in a different completly building! Its a rather tenuous connection in the first place, I mean a former sweet shop that he used as a child just seems like an excuse to milk the Dahl fame. Anyway, back to the pub, the Butcher's Arms is an imposing building with the old William Hancock Brewery monogram on one window and the now politically incorrect "Smoke Room" on the other. Three real ales on, HB, Bass and Wye Valley HPA. Not a bad pub in an area of Cardiff that feels as its more of a village than part of a city. In fact Llandaff has its own Cathedral and the Medieval Bishops Palace is not far away. Quite a decent pub as well, it extends out the back into the former slaughterhouse, well it is called the Butcher's Arms afterall. And not a chav in sight.

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