Time capsule pub uncovered with £1.50 pub meals and dusty drinks

A time capsule pub, complete with posters for £1.50 pub meals and dusty drinks bottles, has been uncovered.

The incredible slice of 80s nightlife has been found hidden above an old BHS store in Princess Way in Swansea city centre.

Decayed, but also remarkably frozen in time, the old bar which last rang last orders in the 1980s was rediscovered as construction work is set to transform the building into a community hub and library.

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Once known as the Cavalier bar, the long forgotten boozer remains much as it was giving an insight into the city's retro haunts, before Swansea Council sends in the bulldozers.

Entry to the bar used to be found up a stairwell behind a large wooden door facing onto Princess Way.

Once upon a time anyone entering would likely have been greeted into the smokey snug by the sound of chatter and clinking glasses, and possibly talk about the odds for the 2.30pm at Worcester.

Now, in the gloomy space, a Corona glass lemonade bottle still stands on the bar, alongside a bottle of sweet vermouth Martini Rosso and a scrawled menu advertising bar meals of lasagne, cottage pie and faggots and peas, costing just £1.50 each.

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There's also an elaborate, hand-painted entrance sign, a mosaic wall and a poster from 1988 which announces the horseracing fixtures at Bangor, Hereford, Ludlow and Worcester.

Admirers and former punters have been commenting on the pics of the once popular venue, which have brought memories flooding back for some.

One said: "Corona pop…..nostalgia."

While another said: "What a shame to lose that history for the monstrous building they building."

Another wrote: "Seen my first stripper here. 50p in a pint glass for second half."

One former attendee said: "Good times, in the day when I would get excited at the thought of dressing up. Now, just slippers and leggings. Happy days."

The former Cavalier bar and the rest of building have been secured for safety reasons and the hub is due to open in 2024 once it has undergone construction.


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