Captain Scott at the Royal Hotel
"On the 15th June we left the United Kingdom after a rattling good time in Cardiff"
E. R. G. Evans, Lieut. R.N.,Commander
The Royal Hotel is indelibly linked to Captain Scott, the eternally famous Antarctic Explorer and his legendary, ill-fated British Antartic Expedition to the South Pole 1910-1913. It was in the hotel's Alexandra Room, subsequently renamed 'The Captain Scott Room' that the explorer and his men were entertained to their final public banquet on June 13th 1910, before leaving Cardiff aboard their ship the Terra Nova on the 15th.
The Captain Scott Room, orginally the magnificent Banqueting Room of the 1893 extension, has been preserved ever since, its rich oak panelling and sumptous decor as magnificent today as on that famous night when Cardiff gave Scott and his officers and men their rousing and unforgettable send-off.
In 1982, the manager of the hotel discovered the original menu of that banquet, signed by Captain Scott and his famous band of men. It was on this discovery that The Captain Scott Society, of Cardiff was formed and amongst their work in preserving the memory of Scott's connection with Cardiff, they hold an annual commemorative dinner in the Scott Room on the anniversary of the original event, enjoying a menu based on the orignal sumptuous banquet.
The grandson of Petty Officer Edgar Evans, the Welsh explorer who perished with Captain Scott after reaching the South Pole in 1912, has unveiled a plaque commemorating the expedition’s historic links with The Royal Hotel in Cardiff...
At the dinner to mark the 100th anniversary of Captain's Scott's banquet at the Royal, John Evans, the grandson of Petty Officer Evans gave a speech which included the words spoken by his grandfather in the same room 100 years before. Here iss John's speech in its entirity...