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Andrew Buchan – real ale bar opens on Albany Road

Andrew Buchan - Albany Road real ale bar

Roath’s newest pub opened its doors today.

The Andrew Buchan is the Rhymney Brewery‘s first Cardiff pub and is a dedicated real ale bar, aiming to recreate the traditional community local. The bar will also have a function room upstairs.

After a difficult passage through planning and licensing the bar has been developed on the site of the former Choices Video shop on the corner of Albany Road and Arabella Street which had been empty for several years.

Rhymney Beer - Andrew Buchan openingThe main focus on the bar is the brewery’s real ales and a good selection was on offer on the opening night. Overall it still has a slightly unfinished feel, but it had only been open for a few hours and the staff were all very welcoming and helpful.

There was a good mix of customers of all ages popping in to check it out this evening, including plenty of beer enthusiasts.

If you’re wondering about the name, Andrew Buchan was the manager of the original Rhymney Brewery when it began operating in 1839.

Have you been in to try it yet? What did you think?



  1. Angharad says:

    Lovely pint. Thank god the sliding door has gone. The atmosphere is a bit more like a pub than when it first opened. The staff behind the bar are lovely but the boss is hard work! Basil Fawlty eat your heart out!

  2. Owen Jones says:

    I haven’t been to the Andrew Buchan yet, but I’ve heard that the beer is great and I’m looking forward to going there.


  3. David says:

    Fantastic beers, and just 2 pounds a pint when I went!
    Definitely NOT “traditional ale house of the fifties/sixties” feel tho.
    more like rugby club/estate pub of the seventies/eighties.
    -basically they’ve just put a bar and some seating in an empty video shop, even retaining the shop windows and sliding door!

  4. Howard says:

    Having visited their bar in Pontypridd (the “Patriot” aka “the Wonky Bar”) – I’m looking forward to going. Rhymney Brewery’s Dark is fabulous!