The Grange has been announced as the 2018 Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Pub of the Year in Cardiff and 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 over 4,000 Sunday roasts and poured countless pints of real ale from some of Wales’ best independent breweries, and now has scooped this year’s CAMRA accolade.
Runner up and last year winner 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.”
CAMRA is a campaign which aims to ensure everyone has access to quality real ale, ciders and perries and to keep pubs and clubs thriving in every community.
To win the prestigious gong, pubs are nominated by CAMRA members and chosen by a panel of CAMRA judges.
Brian Francis, CAMRA Cardiff said: “The Grange has been turnaround from a rundown 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 this spring at The Grange
- Wye Valley Brewery – Butty Bach
4.5% Golden ale
This classic, easy drinking Golden ale will suit the palate of any Ale drinker.
- Goffs Brewery – Cheltenham Gold
4.5% Golden Ale.
Released only in the Spring time, Goffs have created a deliciously hoppy, Spring time ale.
- Castles Brewery – Court Jester
3.8% Pale Ale – A session pale at session strength, Court Jester is the perfect light Ale to accompany a delicious Sunday Roast.
- Hopback Brewery – Citra
4.0% Pale Ale
Welcome the sunshine with a hoppy, citrus Pale ale with plenty of Grapefruit bitterness to keep you coming back for more.
- Castles Brewery – Blacksmith
For those who enjoy a dark malty Stout, this is a perfect example. Best enjoyed with a Beef dinner on a Sunday afternoon.
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CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, was founded in 1971 to protect the availability of Real Ale (and later Real Ciders/Perries) as well as the pubs and outlets where these may be available. It has been described as “Europe’s most successful consumer movement”. More recently it has achieved “Super Complainant” status to H.M. Government. There are over 190.000 members.