A FAMOUS Pontcanna pub which was sold last year is to reopen next week under a new name with its own brewery on site.
Brewhouse & Kitchen will open its first Welsh branch on Monday following a £550,000 refurbishment of the former Mochyn Du, near the Swalec Stadium, on Sophia Close.
Founded in 2011 by Cardiff-born Kris Gumbrell and his business partner Simon Bunn, the company – with a £25m annual turnover – has pubs in 18 locations.
Money for the refurbishment has been spent on installing an open kitchen and microbrewery, and the new owners have also pledged to retain elements from its history as a Welsh-speaking pub.
Even the former name of the venue will be preserved, thanks to the Mochyn Du ale which will be among a number of beers brewed on the premises and the Welsh translation of the new pub – ‘Bragdy a Chegin’ – will be on the menus.
A spokesman said: “Apart from its location, one of the very special features of this business is that it is a bilingual pub. Brewhouse are committed to maintaining this cultural link.”
While Mr Gumbrell initially focused on establishing branches in southern England and opened the company’s first pub in Portsmouth, he admits the lure of opening in Wales proved irresistible.
“We’ve been consistently searching for the right location and the right opportunity, so when the Mochyn Du became available on the outskirts of the city centre we wasted no time,” he said.
The new venue plans to serve food and drink and promises to match every meal on the menu to one of their brews.
In addition, people will be able to learn how to brew their own beers at the pub with a day with the Head Brewer or attend masterclasses to taste a variety of beers and discuss how they’re made.
But Brewhouse & Kitchen’s changes haven’t gone down well with everyone.
“They should have kept the Mochyn Du name. ‘Brewhouse and Kitchen’ gives no sense of place,” said former Mochyn Du regular, Phil Evans of Pontcanna.
“Renaming the Mochyn Du ‘Bragdy a Chegin’ is almost as sacrilegious as trying to call Caroline Street ‘Chippy Lane’,” said another former regular, Dr Geraint Preest – also of Pontcanna.