It has been something of an open secret in recent weeks but The Grange pub has new owners – and is looking to open in the New Year.
Residents feared the building would end up demolished and the site turned into housing when the former Brain’s pub closed its doors last December and was put up for sale.
This was what we said a few weeks back – but now the news has been confirmed
The pub has been taken over by the local business which owns the Potted Pig restaurant in the city centre and successfully re-opened The Lansdowne pub in Canton as an award-winning community pub a few years ago.
The experience with The Lansdowne – soon to be a sister pub – gives a few clues as to what lies ahead. It has won a reputation for its range of real ale, good food and putting on community events.
“As we only got the keys on Friday, we have a lot to get going with,” said co-owner Cerys Furlong.
“First, and most importantly, we really want to become part of the community, so its fantastic to see that there is obviously a lot going on and a great community spirit. Hopefully we can add to that.”
The Grange first ran into trouble in 2013 when it was closed for three months. Its sale by the brewery, along with The Westgate pub, came as no real surprise.
Its closure left The Cornwall as the last remaining traditional pub in Grangetown – which has remained a popular community local, benefiting too as a big draw for Cardiff City fans.
Once there were 10 pubs in Grangetown. The Neville closed its doors two years ago and is now a shop. The Baroness Windsor, nearby in Penarth Road, closed in 2008 and converted into flats.
The Grange is at least 135 years old and probably older. Now it’s up to us all to help support the two pubs that remain!
We will run a full feature on the plans in the next edition of Grangetown News.