Owain Glyndwr/Tair Pluen, 10 St Johns Square/Church Street, Cardiff, CF10 1GL
The Owain Glyndwr side features old photographs of Cardiff and paintings, including one entitled, “The Fall of Harlech Castle”, which Owain Glyndwr did not actually take by force, but by bribing the English garrison to leave the castle in 1404. Still it is good to see a pub that has finally settled on its name, even if it is named after a Welsh historical character who did burn down Cardiff and Newport. The Owain Glyndwr also features wooden floorboards and varnished wood panelling throughout the pub as well as a raised dining area with a good view of the St John's Church and the pedestrianised shopping area. The interior of this bar is spacious and there is another dining area upstairs. Food is served all day until 9pm. There is also plenty of seating and tables outside the pub, for those wishing to smoke, or just embrace the café culture of pavement drinking.
The Tair Pluen or Three Feathers, named after the Prince of Wales' coat of arms that feature on the pub sign outside, features music on Thursday and Friday nights and is a narrow, split-level bar. There is also a function room available for customers to use for free. Both bars feature 4 real ale ales, which change regularly and often feature local breweries such as Brains, Felinfoel and Vale of Glamorgan. Around 12 different real ales are served every week between the 2 bars.
The Owain Glyndwr/Tair Pluen make interesting additions to the Cardiff pub scene and a change from the usual superpubs that tend to dominate the City Centre.