This hotel bar, also known as the Press Bar, was a popular meeting place for gay and bisexual men in the 1960s and ’70s. It was also frequented by journalists from the South Wales Echo and Western Mail.
The Royal Hotel has enjoyed more than its fair share of drama over the years. In 1910 it hosted a fairwell banquet for Robert Falcon Scott before he set off on his ill-fated mission to the South Pole, and in 1939 a baby was abandoned in its lobby, and later adopted by a Cardiff steelworker and his wife. By the 1960s and ’70s it was home to Robert’s Bar (aka the Press Bar), a regular haunt of journalists from the nearby South Wales Echo and Western Mail, and a popular meeting place for gay and bisexual men.