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The Prince of Wales (JD Wetherspoon), Cardiff

81-83 St Mary Street
CF10 1FA
Phone: 02920644449

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Aqualung . left this review about Prince Of Wales (JD Wetherspoon)

Although this was once a theatre it was better known as a cinema in more recent times, well certainly 45 years ago. It was JDW's first outlet in Cardiff opening in Summer 1999. It's a huge cavernous space with an upstairs area that I didn't investigate.
The bar has two sets of five hand pumps that on my visit had an alarmingly poor selection of ales. The two GK beers were doubled up then there was Adnam's Broadside, London Pride, Doom Bore, Spitfire and Brain's SA. This left just the International Golden Perch brewed by Wadworth to fly the flag for anything that isn't a boring national brand. The Golden Perch was in good nick but I had a better or equally good pint of it later in the week in Wales where it was £1.99 not £2.50.
Despite the grand interior I thought this Spoons was a complete waste of time but happily found better things in the next one.

On 16th June 2015 - rating: 2
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Prince Of Wales (JD Wetherspoon)

A large Wetherspoon’s pub, handily situated for the shopping, Millennium stadium and the train station. The building was a theatre in a former life, and many of the previous architectural features have been kept in place, which makes for a somewhat more interesting building than many other JDW pubs.

The decor has the is the usual corporate, bland feel that you get in any other mass produced pub, but reminders of the theatre include the stalls, large red velvet drapes, some reproduction stonework and pillars, some private boxes on each side and even a couple of lighting rigs. There’s a great view down from the upper balconies to the lower level of the pub and there are some large arched windows at the front which is a good spot and look down on the hustle and bustle outside.

Beers on this occasion were Brain’s SA, Ruddles County, Abbot Ale, Deuchars IPA and Jennings Sneck Lifter. Good choice of ciders on this occasion, no doubt due to the cider festival that they have on – Strongbow, Thatcher’s Gold, Addlestones, Mr Whithead’s Festival cider, Green Valley Strong cider, Sandford Orchard’s Devon Scrumpy and Weston’s Cider Twist Raspberry.

On 26th July 2011 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about Prince Of Wales (JD Wetherspoon)

This impressive Wetherspoons pub is located in the heart of Cardiff's St Mary Street, just a short stroll from the Central train station.
Cardiff's infamous nightlife meant that it was packed when I turned up on a Saturday evening and perhaps unsurprisingly, all ales were off apart from the Ruddles. I can't say that this experience is likely to be replicated at other times of the week though.
The building is a converted theatre and you get a great sense of the place if you go to the top floor and stand with your back to the bar, from where all the old balconies and features are visible - great to see such a building being put to good use.

On 11th March 2010 - rating: 6
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graham dunbavan left this review about Prince Of Wales (JD Wetherspoon)

Converted old theatre, handy for railway station

On 15th December 2008 - rating: 8
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john mcgraw left this review about Prince Of Wales

Large Wetherspoon's on 2 levels selling a fair range of real ales.Handy for the railway and bus stations.

On 30th September 2007 - rating: 6
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