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The Old Market Tavern, Cardiff

21 Trinity Street
Cardiff
CF10 1BH
Phone: 02920371263
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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Quinno _ left this review about The Old Market Tavern

Was O'Neills and is now a Nicholson (not that there’s been a change in the pub’s overall ownership – they’re both M&B). Three pumps as you enter and five further round. However in contrast to traditional Nicholsons pubs in London and Birmingham there was only Doom Bar, Rev James and the Nicholson Pale Ale on. The others were all off or found to be off when enquiring at the bar; really appalling cellar management given that we called in early Saturday afternoon. So we settled for a half of the Nicholsons Pale Ale (brewed by St Austell) which was in decent nick. Student discount prominently advertised, though they were utterly perplexed when presented with an NUS card by Mrs Quinno. Fairly so-so interior, the converted butchers were the main thing that caught my eye but there’s no high Victoriana as you might well expect from the chain, it really did feel like a pretty basic switch over from O’Neills. Rugby showing silently on the TVs to remind you you’re in Wales. Overall, the poorest Nicholson I’ve been in for many a day.

On 23rd November 2015 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about Old Market Tavern

Formerly one of two city centre O'Neill's Irish pubs, this M&B venue has recently been converted into their much more appealing Nicholson's brand. The pub dates back to the 1840's and was originally known as the New Market Tavern, in reference to the neighbouring market building. Today we find a jumbled maze of a pub, with a vast amount of partitioning walls and structural supports creating something of a labyrinth around which the pub has been awkwardly laid out. You enter into a small front bar area with a few seats under the front windows and a short stretch of servery with enough space for just three handpulls. The seating area opens out a fair bit over to the right with a lot of high tables and stools in particular, before you move further into the pub where the main servery area appears to the left. There is a decent amount of seating here opposite the bar underneath a painted depiction of the brewing process. As you move further to the rear, the place becomes even more of a rabbit warren, with a series of spaces offering different seating options with differing degrees of privacy. Some button backed banquettes give way to standard tables and chairs in areas that might be better suited to diners wanting a bit of peace from the bustle of the bar area. The pub is decorated in fairly dark shades with lots of half panelled walls and pictures arranged by theme, covering subjects as diverse as rugby and the circus. A dismal pop music soundtrack played throughout my stay, although this can be avoided by making use of the few tables outside at the front which offer the chance to indulge in some good people watching.
On the bar, two banks of handpulls offered St Austell Proper Job, Sharps Doom Bar, Nicholson's Pale Ale, Brains Reverend James, Castle Rock Harvest Pale, Daleside Old Leg Over and Conwy Beachcomber. The latter was a new brewery to me, so I gave it a try but found it to be a pretty unpleasant beer, not in the best of condition.
I normally enjoy visiting Nicholson's pubs, especially when they are in historic buildings, but this place has been knocked around so much in the past, it's lost just about all the character it might have once had. I'd hoped this was going to prove to be another good addition to the city's drinking scene, but ultimately it just feels like an O'Neill's pub with more handpulls.

On 19th April 2015 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
Cardiff Central, 0.46 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Cardiff Queen Street, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Cathays, 0.71 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Old Market Tavern, Cardiff
1st Nov 2019, 19:16
Picture submitted by Will Larter approved
 
1st Nov 2019, 19:16
Picture submitted by Will Larter approved

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No - NUS discount though - last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 23 November 2015 by Quinno _
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