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Rummer Tavern, Cardiff

14 Duke Street
CF10 1AY
Phone: 02920235091

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Quinno _ left this review about Rummer Tavern

Not much change here – still a decent range of ale on and I opted for a Bath Gem, which was in decent nick but felt a little muted, taste-wise. Very busy, looks like people have cottoned-on to its potential.

October 2014
Olde worlde mock Tudor look from the outside and the inside is another long, narrow Cardiff pub. There’s some wood panelling and a painted brick area at the rear, with flagstone flooring and painted red brick walls on entering. The best seating area is at the front, by the lovely bowed and leaded window. Perhaps surprisingly there were five ales on (decent selection) and my Celt was in good nick. Looks to have improved over the last few years and given the decline of the once fabulous Goat Major, this one is now well-worth making a beeline for in the area. Rated 7

On 23rd November 2015 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Rummer Tavern

Situated in a row of shops opposite Cardiff Castle, this pub with its mock-Tudor frontage has a deep but narrow single room interior. The front section is a bare boarded seating area with standard tables and chairs arranged in rows down the left hand side, broken up by some partitioning screens in places. The walls to the front left are bare brick, eventually being replaced by tongue and groove panelling, whilst the right hand side boasts some lovely traditional dark wood panels that extend almost to the rear of the pub, where the servery eventually appears on the left hand wall. The counter has a series of drawers on its front, although whether they actually open or are just for decoration wasn't clear. Meanwhile, the canopy displays a mix of items including bottles, jugs, buckets and lamps. The bar back is also tongue and groove panelled and has a great Hancock's HB display shelf as a centrepiece. A couple of standard tables and chairs can be found opposite the bar and there is a slightly raised carpeted seating area at the far end of the room with three or four more tables, bare brick walls and a TV screen which was turned off in favour of quiet indie music. The whole pub is dimly lit, creating an atmospheric feel with the dark panels, which are decorated with lots of framed beer posters and some temporary St Patrick's Day promotional stuff. Menus on each table listed very reasonably priced food options with main meals, including steaks, costing around £7.00.
On the bar, two house beers - Hancock's HB and Wye Valley HPA - were complimented by Wye Valley Butty Bach, Purity Mad Goose, Untapped UPA, Exmoor Ale and something from Otley that I couldn't make out from the pump clip. A final handpull was dispensing Thatcher's Heritage Cider. I gave the UPA a try and thought it was a tasty enough drop, if not quite in tip-top condition.
I found this to be a well kept, traditional city centre pub and was a little surprised that it wasn't doing a much better trade given its prominent position. The pub makes a good bolt hole and the fact that it's not tied to Brains means its worth keeping in mind as a good bet for an interesting, varied ale selection.

On 18th April 2015 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Rummer Tavern

Looks like an interesting old pub, but the tables near the stairs had a distinct aroma of toilet chemicals wafting up from below. Only one real ale on offer (a reasonable pint of Hancocks HB).

On 25th September 2008 - rating: 6
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