Restaurant and shop on Cardiff and Rhondda Cynon Taf border means customers can dine but not buy

Both counties either side of the restaurant and farm shop are in local lockdowns.

A restaurant and farm shop which straddles two county boundaries has found itself caught in a situation where diners are able to eat dinner but not cross next door to buy anything from the shop.

The Caesars Arms pub and restaurant is located on the Cardiff side of the border but the farm shop, attached to the business and less than 20 feet away, is in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

With both counties in their own local lockdowns, it means Rhondda Cynon Taf residents can go to the farm shop but not the restaurant. Meanwhile, Cardiff residents can go to the restaurant but not the farm shop.

Rhondda Cynon Taf residents can go to the farm shop but not the restaurant.

Owner of the pub and restaurant Mark Sharples says business has "dropped like a stone" since Rhondda Cynon Taf went into lockdown ten days ago.

On Saturday, the day before Cardiff entered lockdown, the restaurant was fully booked for lunch and dinner but Mr Sharples said he is only operating at 40 per cent capacity due to the current guidelines.

Mr Sharples said: "The boundary runs halfway across the garden. It means I've had to tell anybody in the past week who has phoned up to book a table from Rhondda Cynon Taf that they can't come because they will be going into the Cardiff area. But they can still come to the shop."

Cardiff residents can go to the restaurant but not the farm shop which is over the border.

He said the farm shop can remain open for essential travel, as it sells "essential items", with Mr Sharples adding that he had taken advice on that.

But it does mean residents in nearby Creigiau, who used the farm shop heavily during the first national lockdown, now can't pop in to pick up supplies as to do so would mean crossing a county boundary.

Mark Sharples said: "It's a bit of nonsense really. With complete lockdown there wasn't this boundary and you could travel to buy essential food like ready meals.

"We do our own ready meals which we sell in the shop and they were very popular during April and May, especially among the older generation.

"But now with this boundary lockdown people can't travel 10 feet to pick them up. It means we're losing out both ways really."

The boundary between the two counties runs between the restaurant and the farm shop.

The Cardiff-Rhondda Cynon Taf boundary used to be formed by the Nant Caesar, a small stream running below the pub from which it gets it name.

But 15 years ago, a boundary change saw the restaurant and car park separated from what was then the pavilion.

When Mr Sharples applied for planning permission to change the pavilion to a farm shop, he had to create extra car parking spaces on the Rhondda Cynon Taf side even though there were car parking spaces already there for the restaurant, albeit they were in the Cardiff side.