Locke & Remedy restores city centre site in Cardiff

locke and remedy cardiff

Revere Pub Company has opened Locke & Remedy in Cardiff. Pictures by Ben Carpenter Photography

Cardiff’s Old Library has been through a variety of guises since it stopped being a library 27 years ago. It has been home to the likes of Big Blue Bar & Grill, the Toad at Exhibition and, most recently, 1876 Bar but the grand architecture of the interior has been restored for Locke & Remedy, specialising in cocktails, craft beer, pizzas and burgers.

The bar is the fourth from Revere Pub Company, the premium division of Marston’s, after Bluu in Manchester, The Fire Station in London’s Waterloo and The Lost & Found in Birmingham. For Locke & Remedy, leading hospitality designer Concorde BGW began by stripping back more recent additions to reinstate many of the late 19th-century Grade II-listed building’s features. High ceilings create an airy space, with windows letting in natural light on three sides, with heritage colours to emphasise the pilasters and arches.

The space is broken up into different zones such as sumptuous dining booths, comfortable fixed seating, and industrial-style bar stools, with Georgian metal and glass screens creating intimate areas. Distressed wall finishes and geometric detailing are softened by floral accents and curvy glass bubble lights.

locke & remedy cardiff

The design is inspired by Victorian apothecaries, with oak shelves and cabinets stuffed with antique medicine bottles and equipment. The drinks also take their cue from this, including “Traditional Remedies”, featuring classic drinks with a modern edge such as an Old Fashioned twist made with smoked Bulleit Bourbon and cinnamon syrup and the East India Cocktail combining Courvoisier VSOP, Monin raspberry syrup, Cointreau, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur and Angostura bitters. Original recipes, under “Alternative Therapies”, include the Roots & Rhizome with Absolut vodka, Hayman’s Sloe Gin, Briottet rhubarb liqueur, fresh lemon juice, grapefruit juice, sugar syrup and soda.

Alongside a small, varied choice of wines, there is a good selection of beers, with several on draught such as Meantime Pilsner, Birra Moretti and Shipyard’s American Pale Ale from Maine. The US features strongly in bottles, including Flying Dog Easy IPA, Anchor Steam and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale plus Michigan’s Founders All Day IPA in cans.

Open from 8am Monday to Saturday and 9am on Sundays, it serves up breakfast and brunch through to dinner, including wood-fired pizzas cooked in a striking-looking oven in the open kitchen. The gourmet burgers, made with the best minced chuck, brisket and dry-aged flank, include the Black & Gold burger with black pudding and double cheese.

“Cardiff is a city with a vibrant hub of quality bars and restaurants, and many prestigious national brands have recently opened sites there,” says Revere’s managing director Colin Sadler who also heads Pitcher & Piano bars. “By opening Locke & Remedy in such a prominent location, we are bringing a successful concept of modern informal drinking and dining right into the heart of the city.”

Locke & Remedy, 18-19 Trinity Street, Cardiff CF10 1BH
Tel: 029 2167 6982

Locke & Remedy Cardiff

Behind the scenes
Interior design: Concorde BGW
Main contractor: Concorde Build
Loose furniture, lighting: Concorde Interiors
Tiles: Grestec, Nick Firth
Loose furniture: Revivalist
Timber flooring: Havwoods
Kitchen equipment: YCE
Pizza oven: Gozney
Signage: Sign Specialists
Music: Kaleidovision, installed by MDM

Locke & Remedy Cardiff

Originally published in the November 2015 print edition of Bar magazine.

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