Sunday, 19 June 2011

Fathers’ Day Pint: Y Mochyn Du

Sul y Tadau: Ges i beint o Gwrw Haf yn Y Mochyn Du.
Fathers’ Dad: I had a pint of Cwrw Haf (summer beer) in Y Mocyn Du.

Y Mochyn Du pub restaurant in Sophia Close, opposite the Sports Academy and SWALEC Cricket Stadium (and convenient for picking eldest daughter up off the athletics team coach), was once a lodge for Cardiff Castle. It was turned into The Lodge pub in 1994, which was renamed Y Mochyn Du in 2002. The pub’s name, meaning ‘black pig’ in English, is derived from a popular song from west Wales.

This is a notable real ale pub. They promise four regional Welsh ales on tap at any one time, plus guest beers. Tonight on draught were two Vale of Glamorgan Brewery beers - Cwrw and Cwrw Haf – and two beers from the Otley brewery in Pontypridd.

The food served in Y Mochyn Du features Welsh dishes (e.g., cawl, rarebit, laver bread and cockles, faggots, Glamorgan sausages), with locally sourced ingredients.

It’s a good place to go to practice Welsh – Welsh is spoken and Welsh learner groups meet there.

Y Mochyn Du, Sophia Close, Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9HW

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