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Hopbunker is crowned best pub in Cardiff.

Byline: Philip Dewey Reporter

THIS pub has been named the best in Cardiff following a vote by a group of ale enthusiasts.

The Hopbunker, located in Kingsway, has been crowned the Cardiff Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

The bar, which opened last June, is on the site of previous rock clubs Barfly and Bogiez in the city centre.

Before being redeveloped as a bar, the site had been home to the Rose and Crown pub.

Camra described the pub as a "mecca for beer and cider connoisseurs serving real ales plus a number of craft keg beer taps".

The Hopbunker forms the taphouse of Pontyclun-based Pixie Spring and Hopcraft.

Steve Lewis, director of Hopbunker and Pixie Spring, said: "To be given this award is a great achievement and rewards all of our staff for their professional approach in helping to create a proper, old-fashioned community pub in the heart of the city."

Acting manager of the Hopbunker Owain Lewis, Steve's son, was also pleased about the accolade.

He said: "It's a massive achievement and we're all really happy about it.

"Camra have been a massive support to us and we couldn't be happier and we're humbled to have won this after only our first year."

Cardiff Camra chairman Rick Zaple said: "It is a huge achievement that the pub has made such a mark in such a short space of time.

"It not only serves a fantastic range of beers and ciders but also provides a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere, which is often lacking in city centre pubs.

"Despite the Hopbunker's contemporary decor it is very much like a traditional pub. It offers very good value for money for the area."

The Gwaelod-y-Garth Inn, near Taffs Well, was ranked highly commended.

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Owain Lewis of Hopbunker, which has been named the best pub in Cardiff by Camra

Camra ranked the Gwaelod-y-Garth Inn highly commended

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 12, 2016
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