The Grange pub has closed and is boarded up – and is set to be turned into housing or shops.
The pub was one of five put up for sale by brewers Brain’s in September. The Westgate on the corner of Lower Cathedral Road is another.
The Grange on the corner of Penarth Road has struggled in recent years and was “dark” for three months in 2013, which was followed by a facelift to the outside at least. Despite the efforts of landlords with food and entertainment, the inside of the pub has been neglected and has looked shabby.
The pub has now been boarded up and the signs taken down. Property agents GVA are marketing the pub and The Grange is available for an undisclosed price. The brochure says there is a potential for development for housing or retail, subject to planning permission.
The brewery has blamed a decline in customers and the difficulty in finding a tenant to take the business on.
The Grange pub about 25 years ago. Photo: Peter Ranson
Zena Mabbs, a member of Grangetown Local History Society said: “Its walls must have absorbed the buzz of so many people enjoying themselves over the years, particularly on rugby Saturdays when crowds would gather there to sing before walking up to the Arms Park. I used to take my dad up there every Saturday afternoon for 10 years after my mum died, the place was full of characters.”
It leaves just The Cornwall as the last remaining traditional pub in Grangetown. The Neville closed its doors nearly two years ago and is now a shop. The Baroness Windsor, nearby in Penarth Road, closed in 2008 and converted into flats.
The pub is at least 135 years old and probably older. Only last Friday, an archive of old accounts and bills by its one-time owner John Martin Pritchard from the 1920s was handed over by Grangetown Local History Society to Glamorgan Archive.