The Alchemist Chester

New openings have been announced in Nottingham, Bristol and Cardiff for premium bar and restaurant The Alchemist. The group, which launched its 10th venue in Chester last month (pictured), will transform the newly acquired sites into its concept that combines casual dining with theatrical cocktails. In Nottingham, it has taken over the former Hard Rock …

First Prince The Dead Canary

Cocktails on the latest menu at Cardiff bar The Dead Canary celebrate Welsh heritage by taking inspiration from the country’s myths. The 24-strong “Cock’tales” list takes guests on a literary journey with the classic 12 stories that make up the medieval Welsh collection called the Mabinogion. Created by the whole bar team, the drinks use …

Brewhouse & Kitchen Highbury London Paul Winch-Furness / Photographer

Brewhouse & Kitchen is set to expand to its 18th site after buying a pub in central Cardiff – the home town of its co-founder, Kris Gumbrell. It has acquired the freehold of Y Mochyn Du pub on the edge of Sophia Gardens, marking the company’s first move into Wales. It will be refurbished and …

Dirty Martini CGI Cardiff

CG Restaurants & Bars is to expand its Dirty Martini concept outside of London for the first time after taking on a site in Cardiff city centre. It plans to open a Dirty Martini in the former premises of bar, club and restaurant Maddison of Cardiff in St Mary Street in September. The group will …

cardiff cocktail week logo

Bars and drinks brands are set to celebrate this week with events and special menus for the first-ever Cardiff Cocktail Week. Running from today to April 24, it features events across the city, from tutored masterclasses to supper menus, from spirits tastings to tiki takeovers. It is being run in partnership with Pernod Ricard UK. …

Joe Hill Base Barley Exeter

A second site is to open for bar and restaurant concept Base + Barley in Cardiff at the start of plans to open 200 over the next 10 years. It offers a simple, specially selected range of pizzas, using a signature sourdough and cooked in wood-fired or stone-based pizza ovens, as well as a range …

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 …

Leading Cardiff cocktail bar Buffalo has been sold to a new company, saving 22 jobs, after going into administration. Administrators from insolvency practitioners SFP negotiated the sale of the bar in Windsor Place to 8 Bar Blue, which plans to continue running it as Buffalo for the time being. The venue, which opened in 2005, …