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New micro-pub all set to open its doors in village

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A NEW micro-pub selling craft beer is coming to Rhiwbina, Cardiff, after a premises licence was granted for the venue.

The Rhiwbina Tap and Cellar is now set to open where the former popular cafe the Olive Branch used to be, on Heol-Y-Deri.

The venue will be similar to the Radyr Tap, in Radyr, Cardiff, selling craft beer and quality wines to drink on the premises or to take away. The Radyr Tap opened in 2018 and has quickly become a popular social hub.

Some residents living nearby raised concerns to Cardiff council’s licensing committee on Friday, March 9, about the potential for noisy customers; while others spoke in favour of the new venue bringing investment to Rhiwbina village.

During the licensing hearing, Kathryn Pinches, a concerned resident, said: “For those residents who live closeby, this is going to increase the already existing noise levels. We also question the suitabilit­y of the location – Rhiwbina is served by four pubs, and takeaway sales can be purchased from the Co-op.”

Speaking in favour of the new venue coming to Rhiwbina, Andrea Waddington, another resident, said: “This establishm­ent will add to the flavour of living in Rhiwbina. I think it’s very different to the other establishm­ents selling alcohol.”

Phil Newbould is the owner and managing director of Suburban Taps, the small company behind both the Radyr Tap and the Rhiwbina Tap and Cellar. He also runs the Vale of Glamorgan Brewery, based in Barry.

He told the licensing committee he wanted to bring a different offering to

Rhiwbina than is already there currently, and said the successful launch of the Radyr Tap “proved” the business would operate the new premises responsibl­y.

He said: “We’re bringing a more local, independen­t offering of beers and wines, which is quite different to what you have elsewhere. We want to bring something to the community. We’re not about chasing profits.

“We have never had issues with anti-social behaviour in Radyr. We’ve proven we’re responsibl­e operators.”

The Rhiwbina Tap will open until 10pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The venue is likely to open as soon as this summer.

The former Olive Branch cafe shut down last August, after 35 years, due to the coronaviru­s pandemic.

After the licensing hearing, the Radyr Tap tweeted: “Following fantastic support for our applicatio­n, we’re pleased to say our licence for the Rhiwbina Tap has been granted! Thanks to Cardiff council’s licensing committee and to all those who took time to give their input.”

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