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The Vale's Brains pubs reopening in August


The pub chain Brains has released a list of 40 of its pubs across Wales that will reopen to customers in August - with four in the Vale returning.

The four Vale based Brains pubs reopening are the Master Mariner and Cwm Talwg in Barry, the Star Inn in Dinas Powys and the Watermill in Ogmore-By-Sea.

The chain's remaining pubs will then open in a phased approach over the following weeks.

On Monday, pubs, restaurants and cafes were allowed to open outdoors, but Brains chose not to reopen any of its pubs, instead waiting for the go ahead to open indoors.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said last week, "I want to send a clear signal that, provided the reopening of outdoor hospitality goes well, and the state of the virus allows indoor opening for pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants will resume from August 3."

(The Master Mariner in Barry is one of four Vale based Brains pubs reopening)

Speaking on the Vale This Week last Wednesday, the General Manager of The Master Mariner, Jeremy Davies, said his customers were looking forward to returning, and mentioned some of the measures they're likely to see when they return.

"I'm fairly sure from my Facebook page and the comments, that they are very keen to come back and have a real pint again.

"But the world has changed, so we as a company have developed a brand new app in about 12 weeks, it's called 'Brains Pubs' and from there you can book your table in advance within time slots.
(Jeremy Davies on Vale This Week talking about the pub's plans to reopen in August)

"We're trying to get people not to spend any cash at all, we would rather everyone pay through the app or by card, just like you would when using JustEat for instance.

"Safety is paramount, so there'll be one-way systems in and out, we've mapped out exactly what we need to do internally, but yes I can't wait to open my doors and get customers back in."

Some of the pubs reopening in Cardiff include:

  • The Dock, Unit 1 & U1 Mermaid Quay, Stuart Street
  • Elevens Bar & Grill, Castle Street
  • Maltsters' Arms Hotel, Cardiff Road, Llandaff
  • Fox & Hounds Hotel, Old Church Road, Whitchurch
  • Victoria Park Hotel, Cowbridge Road East, Canton
  • Old Arcade, Church Street
  • Three Arches, Heathwood Road, Heath
  • Crwys Hotel, Crwys Road, Cathays

A number of Brains pubs are also reopening in Bridgend too:

  • Pheasant, Heol Eglwys, Pen Y Fai, Bridgend
  • Ty-Risha Alehouse, Pen-Y-Cae, Bridgend
  • Red Dragon, Litchard Hill, Bridgend
  • Two Brewers, Brackla Way, Brackla, Bridgend

For the full list of 40 pubs reopening in Wales and more info head to

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