UK Brewpub business to open in Cardiff in February
Nationwide brewpub business Brewhouse & Kitchen has announced plans to open its first Welsh location in Cardiff next month.
Brewhouse & Kitchen Cardiff will be the eighteenth venue in the company’s countrywide portfolio, which has an annualised turnover of over £25m.
Following an extensive £550k refurbishment project, Brewhouse & Kitchen Cardiff will be opening within the former premises of the Mochyn Du public house, just off Cathedral Road near Cardiff city centre.
The Cardiff launch follows recent 2017 openings for the ambitious brewpub group in Nottingham, Lichfield and Bournemouth. The new Cardiff venue represents the first Welsh location for the brand, whose CEO Kris Gumbrell was born and bred in the Welsh capital.
The interiors of the brewpub have been overhauled in keeping with the Brewhouse & Kitchen style, featuring large barrel tables, bottle lights and an impressive copper microbrewery, which takes centre stage, alongside an open kitchen where patrons will be able to watch the chefs at work.
The pub will also enjoy the benefit of having a dedicated in-house brewer. And like its other locations across the UK, Cardiff’s new brewpub will produce a range of its own unique craft beers, including four cask and three keg core beers, available throughout the year, and an additional four seasonally-changing kegs, plus an ever changing brewer’s choice tap.
Core beers will include Y Mochyn Du (Session Bitter), Tiger Bay (Oatmeal Stout), and Haka’ed Off (Traditional IPA). While seasonal variations include Whitchurch Boys (Wheat beer), Gohebydd (Belgian style ale) and Marvellous Medicine (Black IPA).
In addition to the craft beers brewed on site, the drinks list boasts an impressive selection of draught and bottled craft beers and ciders from breweries across the world, as well as an extensive food menu and range of on-site Academy experiences, including a day long ‘Brewery Experience Day’, on which you can learn how to brew beer; an insight into the wonderful world of beer with a two hour ‘Beer Masterclass’ and a ‘Beer & Food Matching Experience’.
Speaking about the launch of Brewhouse & Kitchen Cardiff, Kris Gumbrell said: “I’m a proud Welshman and grew up in Cardiff and so it has always been a long held ambition of mine to open a location in Wales.
“We’ve been consistently searching for the right location and the right opportunity – we just had to wait until the right site came on the market – so when this pub became available on the outskirts of the city centre - we wasted no time.
“Renovations are well underway and we’re excited to open our doors in February and bring our Brewhouse & Kitchen concept to Cardiff and to Wales.”
Brewhouse & Kitchen Cardiff will open to the public on Monday 12th February.Sophia Close, Pontcanna, CF11 9HW
The building that became the Mochyn Ddu was originally built as a lodge for Sophia Gardens, becoming a pub called the Poacher's Lodge in 1994 and was renamed the Black Pig/Mochyn Ddu in 2002. Brew Wales previously covered the pub in 2010 here