The Cardiff and Country Club
Founded in 1866, the Cardiff and County Club's first premises were adjacent to the Royal Hotel, extending from a frontage on St Mary Street to a rear facade on Westgate Street. At that time the Club shared a kitchen with the Royal Hotel, and indeed was commonly called the Hotel Club. It is said that two women cannot happily share a kitchen, and it certainly proved to be the case that the kitchen shared between the Hotel and the Club was a matter of constant dispute. In 1873 the Club decided to move to other premises, which were in fact immediately next door. The new building was designed for the Club, which moved in during March 1876; the building can still be seen as part of The Royal Hotel frontage.