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The Goat Major, Cardiff

33 High Street
Cardiff
CF10 1PU
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Aqualung . left this review about The Goat Major

My only previous visit to this pub was back in the 1990s when I recall it having a very thick pile carpet. The L shaped room now has tiled and wooden flooring with comfortable green leather furnishings and wood panelled walls. A TV was showing subtitled news. It was fairly quiet on my Wednesday afternoon visit.
There are seven hand pumps which had one unused that seemed strange as the SA one was isolated further down the bar. The other five Brains beers were Dark, Bitter, Rev James, Cafe Phoenix and Bragging Rights. The latter two are from their "Craft" brewery. The Bragging Rights (£3.45) was not that crafty but was in good nick. I enjoyed visiting here and would return.

On 3rd December 2018 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Goat Major

Well well well, what a let-down. Whilst the interior and range of Brains ales remain the same, there were a number of major downers this time. The stink of egg inside. The loud fan that made a regular and loud ‘clack’ every few seconds. The broken toilet seat in the ladies. The Brains Dark which was as flat as a pancake. Exchanged after a protracted kerfuffle but not taken off. Very disappointed by that, this is meant to be Brains' main ale showcase outlet?? At least its replacement (Gordian) was decent. Oh dear, an embarrassment - has the old Goat gone to the dogs?

June 2009
A laid-back Brains pub by the castle walls, with an inviting mock-Tudor façade. The unusual name is in homage to the handler of the Welsh Guards mascot, a goat; the handler being referred to, of course, as the Goat Major. Three Brains ales on - nothing too exciting mind, just the core range but kept and served in excellent condition. The interior is cosy and kept well with a fairly ornate bar, brass fittings, wood panelling, tiled flooring and plush leather armchairs. There are plenty of items of military and goat memorabilia to keep you amused. An enjoyable place to sup your beer, this was my favourite Cardiff pub on my recent trip and I’d make sure to visit again. Rated 8

On 10th October 2014 - rating: 5
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John Bonser left this review about The Goat Major

Visited in November 2010
Located down the far end of the High Street, just a stone’s throw away from Cardiff Castle is The Goat Major, a fine welcoming Brains house that has pleasingly remained unspoilt.
Larger inside than it looks from the outside, the interior features a single L shaped bar and a traditionally furnished and decorated interior with much wood panelling, comfortable upholstered seating and a tiled floor contributing to a somewhat old fashioned, austere atmosphere.
The “goat” part of the pub name relates to the mascot of a Welsh regiment which was taken to the Russian front during The Crimean War. There’s various items of goat related memorabilia, including the Goat Major ( the person not the pub |) receiving the British Empire Medal from Prince Charles. There’s also a photo of Henry Cooper with a goat.
On my recent lunchtime visit, the impressive bank of 9 pumps were serving 4 Brains beers – Dark, Bitter, SA and Gold. The Bitter was in good form. The pub is listed in the CAMRA 2011 Good Beer Guide.
Brains pubs are not exactly thin on the ground in Cardiff. The Goat Major strikes me as probably being one of the better pubs in town to sample their beers.

On 16th November 2013 - rating: 7
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Cardiff Central, 0.47 miles, 9 min walk (show)
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 25 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 25 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 25 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 25 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 25 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 25 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : No last updated 25 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 25 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Function Room : No last updated 25 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : Yes - afternoons - last updated 25 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 25 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 25 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 25 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 25 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 10 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 25 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 25 November 2018 by Aqualung .
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