New bar is on track for city open­ing

South Wales Echo - - News - NATHAN BE­VAN Re­porter­van@waleson­

A NEW rail­way-themed craft beer bar is set to launch in Cardiff later this month.

The Head of Steam will open its doors on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30, and will re­place the former Har­vester on Church Street in the city cen­tre.

Part of a chain op­er­ated by the Hartle­pool-based Cameron’s Brew­ery and spread across the north of Eng­land, the bar will fea­ture ales from all over the UK and around the world, with 45 cask and keg lines – in­clud­ing the wares of home­grown brew­eries such as Pipes Beer, Blue­stone Brew­ery, The Tre­for­rest Brew­ery & Vog Brew­ery.

It will also serve pre­mium cock­tails, beer cock­tails, wines, spir­its and soft drinks. Food will be “tra­di­tional Bri­tish pub clas­sics with a con­tem­po­rary twist”, in­clud­ing pizza and 4oz beer-infused beef and chilli burg­ers topped with chilli jam, gua­camole and na­chos.

The venue will be next to the re­cent­ly­opened Beelze­bubs.

It’s an­other new venue for Church Street, which is also due to get a muchan­tic­i­pated branch of ac­claimed Viet­namese res­tau­rant Pho early next year.

The bar, which mixes old train ephemera and neon beer signs, will cre­ate more than 30 job op­por­tu­ni­ties for the city, in­clud­ing bar staff, chefs and man­age­ment po­si­tions.

“We are re­ally ex­cited to bring the Head of Steam to Cardiff, this will be our first venue in Wales, and we feel it is ide­ally lo­cated in this bril­liant city, so it should be a real suc­cess,” says di­rec­tor Jim Bent­ley.

“We have launched a num­ber of venues across the UK this year al­ready and we re­ally love to embrace the lo­ca­tions we move in to by host­ing lo­cal brew­eries and tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the lo­cal his­tory for our decor.

“Our aim is for the venue is to go back to basics and make this to be a place for ev­ery­one – even dogs are wel­come.”


The Head of Steam in Birm­ing­ham – now one is due to open in Cardiff

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