Live Your Grand Life.
Introducing the Grand Bar and Kitchen, a proud independent bar and kitchen in Cardiff found on the historical Westgate St in Cardiff.
In a venue that oozes features that span centuries, the venue has two unique spaces.
The top floor is dedicated to serving our tasty bar and kitchen menu, created using local produce, with a modern Welsh twist.
The Basement Bar is the coziest in town and is the perfect place to relax and take in a cocktail or Welsh craft beer.
We look forward to welcoming you to our part of Welsh History
Welcome to The Grand
Welcome to the Grand Hotel, built in 1886 on the site of the original harbour in Cardiff . Quickly after its opening the Grand Theatre was built next door in 1887.
The Hotel was a popular haunt with sporting societies, and was frequented by Cardiff Cycling Society who held smoking concerts, where cyclists smoked while listening to music. By 1893 it was used to provide accommodation for visiting sporting teams to the city, and by 1894 was a well established sporting hotel.
In 1894 Sydney Nicholls who played for Cardiff RFC acquired a stake within the hotel, and ran the hotel for many years, before moving to Hull to play Rugby League, whereby his more famous brother Gwyn Nicholls, took over the licence for a short while.
In the early 1900’s the Grand Hotel was managed by the formidable Ma Rosser. A historical figure within the Grand Hotel for many years. In January 1908, the Grand Hotel was nearly lost when Ma Rossr awoke to the hotels bar being on fire. Her daughter Lillian along with 10 other people were stuck on the third floor with no escape. With quick thinking Ma Rosser rushed to the fire brigade also situated on Westgate Street, to alert them in her underwear! The fire brigade rescued them all through the upper windows, and Ma Rosser made the front page of the newspaper.
In 1917 the earliest photo ever of a women’s rugby team was taken in the Cardiff Rugby Clubhouse, which featured Cardiff Ladies, with the addition of the wonderful Ma Rosser in the back line, who, let the women use the Grand Hotel as the changing rooms, for what has become known as the first genuine game of women’s rugby to have been played in a public arena.
The Grand Hotel was a working hotel until the late 1990’s with the infamous popular Sloanes Nightclub and Green Parrot pub underneath it.
The Grand Bar and Kitchen is now part of that history, and we want to stay true to our roots. With a menu and space with a traditional Welsh feel we want to bring our own modern twist while remembering the city and it’s past.
Visiting Wales? We are proud of our Welsh heritage … with our food being a reflection of our Welsh history.
Join us for a taste of Wales.
Join us for one of our themed or regular bottomless brunches served in our City restaurant with free-flowing Prosecco per 90-minute sitting. Offer available Thursday to Saturday between 12.00pm and 5.00pm.
Offer is £25.00 per person for the regular brunch, booking is essential and must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Themes brunches vary in price – please see tickets for details:
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Whether it be for our bar or restaurant, book your table below
Private function? No Problem. Our upstairs and downstairs are both availble for private hire. Just drop us a line below
The Grand Kitchen Menu