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Singers, Saints and Sport: The top name suggestions from our Plum Tree competition.

Singers, Saints and Sport: The top name suggestions from our Plum Tree competition.

We were looking for all of your suggestions for the most meaningful, interesting, unique and funny names for the relaunch of the Plum Tree in Canton.

It’s an important pub at the heart of the community so we wanted to choose a name that meant something to the residents of the area and that would also appeal to visitors.

Here’s a list of the worthy runners-up:

5: The Tich Gwilym (Suggested by Rhisiart Williams)

‘Tich Gwilym was a Welsh rock guitarist who was most notable for his Hendrix inspired version of the Welsh national anthem, ‘Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’, considered one of the most famous renditions of the song. He lived in Canton.’

We didn’t know much about Tich Gwilym’s story before this! We’d heard of his famous rendition of the national anthem ( but he had a storied career playing at concerts with the likes of Fleetwood Mac. He played alongside many great Welsh musicians in his career, notably Geraint Jarman, and was also a skilled craftsman who made many of his own guitars. A true Welsh legend. And a good suggestion for a pub so closely linked to music.

4: St Canna (Suggested by Claire Williams)

‘St. Canna was a princess and part of the Breton Royal Family who had fled to Britain from Brittany (a Dutch named town in France) [to escape Frankish invaders]. [It was said that] Canna used to sing to Pagan travellers passing by the bridge at Pontcanna (Canna’s Bridge), enticing them to the church in an attempt to convert them to Christianity.’

A brilliant idea which would draw from the heritage of the pub’s proud Cantonian home. We’re fascinated by Saint (or princess) Canna’s story - she was said to have been the great-niece of King Arthur and ended her days in Pembrokeshire, where a holy well was named after her and became a site of pilgrimage for centuries to come.

3: The Bluebird (Suggested by Chad Payne)

We liked this idea because Canton sits at the heart of Cardiff’s football community, an area full of keen Bluebird supporters.

Now the team is flying high in the premier league we thought the idea of capturing the excited spirit of the city in a venue where fans could meet and celebrate their team was a great thought. But it was just pipped to the post by our top two...

2: Ivor Novello (Suggested by Vincent Jeremiah)

‘Named after Ivor Novello, a Welsh music composer who was born in a house just a five minute walk away on Cowbridge Road East.’

Our second musical suggestion was a big hit here at Brains. Ivor Novello is one of the Welsh greats who began his life in a modest house on Cowbridge Road East in Canton, right around the corner from the pub.

One of his early musical triumphs was the writing of ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’ at the outbreak of the first World War, capturing the feelings of a country in song. Novello himself served in the Royal Naval Air Service during the war.

Post-War, he continued his composing career and moved into acting on stage and screen, starring in films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Lodger’.

His storied career and life ended in 1951. He’s remembered across the UK and the world, but most of all in his home country. A statue of Novello was erected in 2009 outside the Wales Millenium Centre.


And the Winner is…


1: Tafarn Treganna

Tafarn Treganna, ‘Canton Tavern’ in English, was a clear winner for us here at Brains.

Canton is one of the most Welsh speaking areas of Cardiff, so we loved the idea of paying homage to that with the new name of the pub. Our pubs are at the heart of communities across Wales and we always aim to reflect the feeling of the community in each pub. There were many entries suggesting Welsh names, but Tafarn Treganna was our favourite suggestion.

There were many additional great suggestions that didn’t quite make the short list, but I’m sure you’ll agree Tafarn Treganna is a worthy winner.

We also received several other noteworthy entries including Pubby McPubface, Beer McBeerfaceand Plumby McPlumbtree, as some of you might have expected.

So, if you entered this name as a suggestion, check your emails! Our lucky winner could be joining us for a free meal, as a guest of honour, in the coming weeks.

The Refurb

The pub itself, Pubby McPubf- sorry, Tafarn Treganna, opened on Thursday 9th August, with the winning name over the door.

Inside you’ll find a freshly refurbished pub, complete with a whole host of new tasty treats from our Real Pub Favourites menu. We’re also offering new deals like ‘Weekend Wallet Saver;’ where you can fill up on two courses for just £9.99! And you can get spicy with a friend every Tuesday with £12 for two curries of your choice.

Len Edwards, Operations Manager for Tafarn Treganna, is thrilled with the new and improved pub:

‘We are delighted to open Tafarn Treganna in the heart of Canton featuring our Real Pub Favourites food offer with daily deals and a new and improved drinks range.’

Our staple 2 for £10 offer is available all day Monday - Friday, offering 2 main meals for just a tenner. No small portions, just great value!

As ever we’ll be putting on a wide range of quality drinks from the classic Brains SA to ciders and craft beer and on Wednesdays you can get two glasses of wine for just £5!

Len’s also happy to announce ‘a new children’s menu for our younger guests to enjoy’ as the venue opens its doors to families too.


The Plum Tree was always a place of music and laughter and Tafarn Treganna will be no different. Our stage will still play host to local acts and entertainment, to inject some song and soul into your evenings. There’ll also be a new weekly quiz and regular entertainment.

Operations Manager Len says ‘we have something for everyone here and we want to cater for the whole community with regular events and charity fundraising activities. It’s an exciting time.’

Sport and More

To complement the entertainment, the pub will also be showing live sporting games on Sky Sports every week.

And to celebrate Cardiff City’s promotion, we’re throwing a party!

On 25 August, for the Bluebirds’ second Premier League away game of the season against Huddersfield Town, we’ll be holding an exclusive ‘spin to win’ game with a chance to win a pair of premier league tickets for the coming games, a signed shirt and free pints, all courtesy of Carling.

We’ll be expecting a visit from the Match Day Squad team who will be on hand with beer, raffle tickets and the football spirit.

So join us at the newly named Tafarn Treganna for sport, songs and super pub classics.

We’ll see you there.

For more details on all events, offers and more head to the pub’s website:

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