Have you heard of St Canna’s Ale House before? I think it is one of Cardiff’s hidden gems! Tucked away in the heart of Canton with Chapter Arts Centre as a neighbour, St Canna’s is a charming little community micro-pub with a huge personality, set within a vibrant and up-and-coming part of the city.
Named after the saint who shares her name with the local areas of Canton and Pontcanna, St Canna’s was opened by a friend and old colleague of mine, James, who is a Baptist Minister. He had the exciting vision of creating a community hub offering craft beers for all to enjoy, as well as a space to share with locals and form relationships and a community spirit – the true meaning of a public house. And I really think he has achieved his vision and more!!
The newly refurbished ale house which opened in April is full of quirky features, from its eclectic bar furnishings and specialist ales, to it’s passionate staff and themed community evenings. It is the perfect meeting point for a catch up with friends and a refreshing pint and you can guarantee that you will bump into friendly locals and meet lots of new people while you’re there. And to top it all off, St Canna’s is *DOG FRIENDLY* which certainly attracted lots of locals and their furry friends. I was in my element, surrounded by friends, the cutest dogs and a laid-back atmosphere. It is clear to see that St Canna’s has already become a thriving micro-pub with a solid reputation and a keen crowd of Cardiff locals who visit regularly to enjoy the craft ales on offer.
I went along to the “Pints and pizza” evening recently, featuring South Wales based Flour’d Up wood fired pizza. With their wood oven set up out the back of the ale house and the smell of fresh pizza and wood smoke in the air, the micro-pub was buzzing and packed full of beer and pizza lovers! I ordered “the Bale” pizza, with Italian ham and spicy sausage – all ingredients sourced locally in Wales. It cooked in minutes, with a light and crispy base and delicious toppings. The pizza went down a treat.
The bar man, David, talked us through the speciality ales, craft beers and local ciders on offer, which change on a regular basis. He certainly knows his stuff! He was enthusiastic and animated, describing the flavours of the various ales, ciders and beers to us. I had no idea ales could have the flavours of tropical fruits or coffee and caramel undertones! I’m not much of a beer drinker, but David was such a passionate connoisieur that it started to rub off on me. I sampled a couple of different ales and ciders and discovered a new appreciation for these interesting brews. I think I’ll be going back to St Canna’s very soon to see what new local and speciality ales are in the spotlight.
Aside from the selection of drinks and tasty food available at St Canna’s Ale House, we had a fantastic evening catching up with old friends and laughing so much that we ended up with tears in our eyes. The micro-pub was full of people (and dogs) having a great time. It is a very friendly and sociable space with an inspiring community-building ethos. I would recommend St Canna’s to anyone, even if you’re not a lover of beer like me!! Keep an eye out for their themed evenings, like the Sunday Night Quiz, spoken word night, Bearded Taco pop-up and Oktoberfest coming soon.