An independent brewery will finally be able to open a real ale bar in Roath, after being given an alcohol licence for the premises on Albany Road.
Rhymney Brewery was given planning permission back in xxx to open a new real ale bar in the former Choices video store at 29 Albany Road, but was refused an alcohol licence for the pub in June after concerns from businesses and residents about the effect the new drinking venue would have on the local area.
But the brewery applied again for permission to sell alcohol between 9am and 10.30pm seven days a week, and Cardiff Council’s planning committee approved the application this morning.
The ale bar – selling the brewery’s own cask ales – will be aimed at the over 40s as a “traditional” local pub, and a meeting room on the first floor will be available for local community organisations and businesses.
The licence was given despite concerns from local residents about the impact another pub will have on anti-social behaviour and public nuisance in and around Albany Road.
Speaking at this morning’s meeting, Arabella Street resident Alexis Pritchard said people living nearby had long suffered from the effects of alcohol related crime and disorder, including fights, damage to cars and property, and loud noise in the early hours on the morning.
She said she no longer felt there was any community in the area, so questioned the brewery’s aim to turn it into a traditional local.
She added: “We are trying to keep our area a little bit tidy, a little bit respectable, but we are fighting against the odds.”
Roy Magwood, who lives on Inverness Place, raised concerns about drinkers and smokers spilling out onto Albany Road where families shopped, but John Lamb, representing Rhymney Brewery, said the new venue would have an outdoor area within the building for smokers to use.
He added that although the bar would offer a small selection of lagers and ciders to give customers choice, 80% of their business was cask-conditioned ale, and responded to concerns about what the meeting room would be used for by saying it was intended only for local community groups and perhaps small parties, not large functions.
Mr Lamb added that the bar would be bringing an empty building back into use, and would benefit the area.
The application was granted on the condition it only has effect while the licensee is Rhymney Brewery Ltd and is a pub with a ‘real ale’ character, that a CCTV system by installed, and an incident book of refusals is kept.
Also approved by the licensing sub-committee this morning was an application from Viva Brazil to sell alcohol at its new restaurant in the Maldron Hotel, St Mary Street, between 10am and 2am. It also received permission to provide regulated entertainment such as films, live music, and dance between 10am and 2am, and late night refreshment between 11pm and 2am.
The application was approved despite the fact that the restaurant was within the St Mary Street saturation zone after Viva Brazil agreed to conditions requested by the police, including that 75% of the premises be laid out with tables and chairs for consuming food, and the outside area not be used beyond 11pm.
Viva Brazil’s director general Andy Aldrich said the saturation zone policy was not designed to target restaurants, and should not stop responsible operators from opening successful businesses.
The committee rejected an application from the Ali Baba shop on Clifton Street for a licence to sell alcohol. More details on that application can be found here.