Let’s face it kids I’ve been around the Cardiff scene for more years than I care to remember… So when I was invited to the launch of the Slug and Lettuce Central, I was intrigued to see what might happen?
Why? Well, anyone whose been around St Mary’s Street for a while will realise its location has changed names and hands quite a few times. Each time its had a lick of paint, but always felt a bit tired. Its trouble has always been that its size means its a big old building to fill, and trying to get that balance so it doesn’t feel empty and cold has been a challenge.
Stonegate, the new proprietor, has spent a small fortune, nearly £900k, and it shows. As you walk in you are greeted with a beautiful cocktail making area, perfect for private sessions and parties.
Gone are the black uninviting walls, as they’ve gone with a a floral theme throughout the building. It feels clean and fresh, and not dark and dingy. The whole place has been worked out in areas, breaking down the vast expanse of the building which I think previous owners have struggled with. This feels intimate, despite the venue’s size.
You’ll also notice the lighting as soon as you go in. Decorative lighting and neon flashes are everywhere creating a great ambience.
A full beer, cocktail and spirits menu are available, with offers depending on the day. Personally I bought a bottle of the premium Sauvignon Blanc, which set me back a very reasonable £20.
The bar is being headed up by Mark Seaton. Mark has been part of the Cardiff nightlife scene for a while now and its great to see a friendly familiar face at a new venue, it gives you a sense that this bar is here to stay.
So to summarise, its beautiful, and think there’s room for it in Cardiff. The venue ticks all the boxes for anyone looking for the whole package when organising a special night out or celebration, or you can just pop in, grab a flowery booth and have a catch up. But don’t take my word for it, go and see for yourselves 🌸
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