Cardiff’s Harry Ramsden’s set to become Wetherspoon’s pub

August 2, 2012 8 Comments »

Harry Ramsden’s in Cardiff Place looks set to become a Wetherspoon’s pub.

Cardiff’s Harry Ramsden’s looks set to close and be turned into a JD Wetherspoon pub, with the fish and chip chain saying it is in “advanced negotiations” to give up the lease on its Cardiff Bay restaurant.

The restaurant, in Landsea House, Stuart Place, was opened in 1995, but a statement from the company today said the “tough economic climate” meant it was having to consider its options in the city.

The firm said it was in advanced negotiations to surrender its lease in Cardiff Bay, and the building’s landlord was in “ongoing discussions to investigate a declared interest” from JD Wetherspoon to take on the lease at a later date.

The Harry Ramsden’s in Cardiff Bay currently employs 15 people, all of whom have been told about the consultation process.

The company’s statement added: “Depending on the outcome of these ongoing discussions, if necessary and where possible, alternative employment elsewhere within the company will be offered in a bid to keep job losses to a minimum, however, compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out at that stage.”

CEO of Harry Ramsden’s Joe Teixeira said: “This is an extremely difficult decision however, in this tough economic climate, we are now in a position where we have to consider our options.”

A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon said the pub chain had exchanged contracts on the Stuart Place building, and was progressing with the deal, but was unable to give any further details at this time.

According to the Harry Ramsden’s website, the company has two restaurants in South Wales – the restaurant and take away service in Cardiff Bay, and a “quick service” restaurant in Bridgend.

JD Wetherspoon already has a number of pubs in central Cardiff, including The Gatekeeper on Westgate Street, The Crockerton on Greyfriars Road, The Prince of Wales on St Mary Street, and The Central Bar in Windsor Place.

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  1. Neil August 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Cardiff Bay sorely needed a Wetherspoons although i always hoped they'd rescue the train station building instead. Hopefully this'll force other remaining pubs in the bay to buck their ideas up like the Terra Nova to reduce it's prices and the Eli Jenkins to have a much needed refurb.

    • Jayson August 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      Weatherspoons will ruin the bay with cheap drinks and food…..however after moving alway for cardiff over 7yrs it was most disappointed to move back and see loads of empty buildings still at the bay!!(train station)

    • pete March 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      Well said! I could not agree with you more!!!

  2. Sebastian September 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Wetherspoons will not ruin the bay, most people that go into the bay (visitors) wouldn't even find the Harry Ramsdens building, plus it's a little off the beaten track. As a resident of Cardiff and frequenter of Cardiff Bay I personally probably won't use the Wetherspoons and will still opt for slightly better bars such as Terra Nova and Salt, irrespective of the prices.

    • Pete March 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      Personal choice vital.

  3. cHRIS January 1, 2013 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    My family and i are saddened by the closure of Harry Ramsdens in the bay.
    We have enjoyed many a fine lunch and evening of entertainment there.
    However, recently the quality has slipped and the prices quite extortionate.
    We will miss this place

    • Pete March 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Been going down hill for years. I think the Gulls will be more disappointed! The number of people with take aways who threw chips to the Gulls was despicable.

  4. Pete March 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    As a regular visitor to the Bay I am delighted with the decision to have a Wetherspoons where the old Harry Ramsdens was. Good beer, acceptable food and above all, value for money. Always clean. Many jobs created as well.

    A definite kick up the proverbial for Terra Nova and SALT. Outrageous prices. But they have their regular clientele so fair enough.

    Hope Wetherspoons will be open soon. Hope its called The Captain Scott!!

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