If it was not making enough money as a gay pub it is hardly surprising the owners change it. Pubs are not charities in my experience, but if you find one that is, please point me to it.
What the owners say and what is true are 2 different things. I know the current managers well and the Kings does very well.
It’s also good to have a gay pub right smack bang in the centre of the city instead of being hidden out of the way like most gay pubs/bars.
what a pile of crock! I work opposite the pub, have (a very good) lunch there most days and drink there at least twice a week. its packed on a weekend from midday to midnight, the entertainment during the week means its pretty busy most nights. I was there last night and it was constanatly busy til close!
When ever I go in there it also busy, reasonably priced and always a good atmosphere. People travel far and wide to visit this pub and many people talk about it. I’m only 21 and go there everytime I am in Cardiff. It’s also great as it is right in the centre. It will be a shame to see it go.
I concur with the comments made by regulars at the Kings. It has a brisk lunchtime trade, it is far from empty any night of the week, indeed most nights its busy and does better than most city centre venues. It was the first gay pub that I ventured into, and, as far as I can see, is a profitable venture. I suspect the brewery want to make even more money and I suspect that the part of city is already over developed with food based venues and they may well regret their move from being a solid local gay pub to a near empty gastropub.
The gay pendulum is swings back again..
It’s a sad day when these pubs close. Still remembering the glory days of the late Coleherne. Still missed.
For me, it was Brief Encounter.