The Grange has been announced as the 2018 Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) pub of the year in Cardiff — an astonishing feat as it’s only been open one year!
The pub, in Grangetown, was brought back to life in March 2017 by the owners of The Lansdowne pub and Milkwood restaurant after being derelict for 18 months.
In its first year it has employed 15 people, served more than 4,000 Sunday roasts, and poured countless pints of real ale from some of Wales’ best independent breweries.
Runner-up, and last year’s winner of the title, is The Grange’s sister pub, The Lansdowne, which opened in 2012.
Dai Dearden, manager of The Grange, said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have received recognition by CAMRA in our first year. A lot of hard work has gone into restoring The Grange and this is credit to our brilliant staff and customers.
“We want The Grange to be a family friendly, real locals’ pub, which offers quality beer and food. So far, the community in Grangetown have responded really positively and we are already seeing a lot of return and loyal custom. It is great to be at the top with our friends and family at The Lansdowne, too.”
Brian Francis, of CAMRA Cardiff, said: “The Grange has been turned around from a run down pub with a limited selection of beers to an independent, inspired pub that champions real ales. They stood out as winners this year as this is a great achievement in just one year of business. It is clear they are keen real ale people.
“Grangetown is a tough area to have a pub, with lots closing over the past few years, but the Grange is showing great signs of success, seen in the number of people flocking there. We wish them every success. And if you haven’t been already, then we suggest you do.”
Five ales to enjoy at The Grange
Wye Valley Brewery, Butty Bach (4.5% ABV, golden ale)
This classic, easy-drinking golden beer will suit the palate of any ale drinker.
Goffs Brewery, Cheltenham Gold (4.5% ABV, golden ale)
Released only in the spring, Goffs have created a deliciously hoppy, seasonal ale.
Castles Brewery, Court Jester (3.8% ABV, pale ale)
A session pale, Court Jester is the perfect beer to accompany a delicious Sunday roast.
Hopback Brewery, Citra (4% ABV, pale ale)
Welcome the sunshine with a hoppy, citrus pale ale, with plenty of Grapefruit bitterness.
Castle Brewery, Blacksmith (4.6% ABV, stout)
For those who enjoy a dark, malty stout, this is a perfect example. Goes well with a beef dinner.