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Re: Cardiff Bay/Mermaid Quay developments

PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 2:13 pm
by Brian62
I walk past the Big Windsor nearly every day. The rate the building work is going "move in this summer" is very optimistic. Haven't seen anyone there this week, it wasn't exactly speedy before the lockdown.

I like the imagined roof terrace in the Bank development. Though I hope whoever buys it knows how windy this part of the world is otherwise their furniture will be visiting the surrounding roads every couple of weeks. The building looks nice though. Pleased to see it restored.

Re: Cardiff Bay/Mermaid Quay developments

PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 6:19 pm
by Lewisbeecham
What's the big Windsor?

Re: Cardiff Bay/Mermaid Quay developments

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 7:25 am
by Brian62
Big Windsor is the ex pub next to Bills in mermaid quay.

Re: Cardiff Bay/Mermaid Quay developments

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 9:58 am
by Cardiff
I've not known it as a pub, more known recently as Spice Merchants and Juboraj

Re: Cardiff Bay/Mermaid Quay developments

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 12:00 pm
by Kyle
I can't ever remember it as a functioning pub, that must have been years ago. I lived in the bay between the mid nineties to 2003 and I'm sure it was derelict already in the mid nineties. It was empty for years wasn't it until it was converted into the restaurant?

Re: Cardiff Bay/Mermaid Quay developments

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 5:48 pm
by Ash
I can remember it open as a pub - just! That was in the late 70s / early 80s. At that time it had something of a bad reputation but as a stone plaque on the building records in the post-war period it had a reputation for fine dining with Cardiff's first French restaurant.

The really impressive docklands pub was the original Mount Stuart which stood opposite the old post office / Merchant Place more or less where the Sainsbury's Local is now. It was a classic victorian "gin palace" with fantastic wood and glasswork. It was demolished around the time Butetown tunnels were built and I think I'm right in saying that some of the original bars, mirrors etc were saved and installed in the Heath pub.

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Re: Cardiff Bay/Mermaid Quay developments

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 6:41 pm
by jones4891
That's right. My grandfather, the artist and sculptor Jonah Jones carved the plaque to pay tribute to the work of the chef Abel Magneron.

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3 ... &source=49

Re: Cardiff Bay/Mermaid Quay developments

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 6:59 pm
by Lyndon
Kyle wrote:I can't ever remember it as a functioning pub, that must have been years ago. I lived in the bay between the mid nineties to 2003 and I'm sure it was derelict already in the mid nineties. It was empty for years wasn't it until it was converted into the restaurant?


I went to the Big Windsor on a work pub crawl which couldn't have been earlier than 92/93, so it was still open then (just about).

Re: Cardiff Bay/Mermaid Quay developments

PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 10:03 am
by Cardiff
At least 27 years then ;)

Re: Cardiff Bay/Mermaid Quay developments

PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:57 pm
by Lewisbeecham
Proposed extension to the Mermaid Quay car park was granted today. It will now become 4 floors with the amount of parking doubled with an additional 20 EV spaces and cycle hub. Completed face lift and an impressive £250,000 S106 contribution towards active travel infrastructure.