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Cayo Arms, Cardiff

Posted on 02. Jun, 2010 by in Pubs

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Cayo Arms, Cardiff

The Cayo Arms is located on Cathedral Road, about 10 minutes walk north of Cardiff city centre.

Brief History

The pub is situated in an old Victorian townhouse that until 2000 was the Apollo Hotel. In 2000, Welsh brewers Tomos Watkins converted the hotel into a spacious pub and named it the Cayo Arms in memory of the late Julian Cayo Evans, leader of the Free Wales Army. Cayo was jailed for public order offences on the eve of Prince Charles’s investiture as Prince of Wales and the brewery’s decision to name the pub after him drew some criticism.

The Interior

Inside, the spacious pub is divided into different drinking sections with a large bar located on the left and seating located on the right and to the rear. The large staircase in the centre of the pub leads to a private function room as well as to five en-suite rooms (single, twin or family room)

The pub has TV screens throughout and is popular with sports fans, particularly on international days. The small front and much larger rear beer gardens are popular when the weather is good and their is parking available to the rear of the pub.

The Beers

Being owned by Marston’s PLC, they serve beer from the Marston’s owned breweries, e.g. Wychwood, Banks’s, Ringwood and Jennings, as well as beer from Tomos Watkins. Whilst the selection of beer is great, two of the three times that I’ve been there the beer I chose tasted a bit off.

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Venue Location

Cayo Arms

36 Cathedral Road


CF11 9LL

Tel: 029 2039 1910

(Twitter: @awv)

Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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One Response to “Cayo Arms, Cardiff”

  1. Rachel 10 August 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    Stayed here yesterday after the refurbishment, rooms look much better and management were great. Full english was good too an good value, inlcuded in the room rate. Much nicer than other pubs around this area and good value for a hotel stay.

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