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A thread devoted to Real Ales in Wales

Discussion in 'Wales/Cymru' started by William of Walworth, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Welsh CAMRA Pub Of The Year, 2014, was announced a little while back as the excellent Pilot in Mumbles

    Visit thoroughly recommended for all Wales resident ale-lovers, and for anyone really.

    We'll be there tomorrow afternon (Sat 1st) for the official award ceremony ... :cool:
     
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  2. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    Great news - The Pilot is the last pub on the old Mumbles run? - one of the few of the originals left - it probably suffered a bit in the 80s I think the run was 13 pubs then - so there were plenty of casualties when you got to the Pilot:facepalm:
     
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  3. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Yes, that's it marty21 :)

    It was closed for a while, up to about 3 years ago, but was comprehensively refurbished before reopening at the end of 2011. The landlord Richard, and our mate Rob Turner, started the Mumbles microbrewery there. Rob and Mumbles moved on to renting space and brewing plant from Thomas Watkins ( :hmm: ) early in 2014, the Pilot's brewing rooom is tiny and Rob had Ambitions to distribute more widely and expand.

    But Richard, Pilot landlord still, has carried on brewing his own beers at the Pilot, with an excellent range of Pilot Brewery beers -- I particularly recomemnd the Black Storm :cool:

    All in all the Pilot really deserves that award. Great views of the Bay, and cracking beer always.

    Easy walk, as well, to the new and superb (albeit tiny) Mumbles Ale House (Facebook page).

    All in all, Mumbles is our shining exception to the Swansea area being (mostly) poor for ale and pub choice.

    No food at either of the above pubs, bar snacks only. None of that 'food getting in the way of drinking' nonsense :D

    But I'm getting introduced to the main man at the (also excellent) Gower Brewery soon, to find out what's new along the lines of new beers for them, and hopefully new pub developments ;)
     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2014
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  4. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Here's (possible?) news for Cardiff -- O'Neills opposite the Prince of Wales Spoons is being refurbished atm, and will apparantly reopen as a Nicholsons (a 'brand' which is part of the same empire, but much, much more ale-friendly than O'Neills ever was).

    Not sure where festivaldeb got that news .. maybe from our CAMRA Announce network, but I don't have access to that right now.
     
  5. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    yes read about that recently
    hope they will still let people use the upstairs for meetings
     
  6. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  7. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Ah man, the Albany used to be my local. Loved match day boozing in there :)
     
  8. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Wrong :oops: O'Neills in the above news from months ago. I'd just assumed they were refurbishing the O'Neills in which someone got murdered a few years back. Ahem.

    In fact the new Nicholsons is another ex-O'Neills, more central/just off the main drag.

    As I'm sure any Cardiff fule kno ... this new place is not too bad at all, but there are several much better pubs in the centre.
     
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  9. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    And more importantly.

    The Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival 2015 organisers have made an Annoucement (on Facebook, at least).

    (in the Autumn, it would seem).

    Better not be TOO close after the somewhat more ... erm ... settled in arrangement Swansea Bay Beer Festival has done its 2015 thang! Over the late August Bank Holiday w/e ...:D ;)
     
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  10. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    not been in yet, may do soon
     
  11. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Some superb news for ale choice in Cardiff.

    This recently emerged in the blogspot by high-standard brewer Gazza Prescott.

    He brews near Pontyclun, and as well as being a thoroughly class brewer, he's an excellent and friendly bloke. Utterly obsessed with loading his beers with bucket after bucket of strong and tasty hops.

     
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  12. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  13. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  14. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    can you get carry-out pails of real ales in wales?
     
  15. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    dim syniad cariad!
     
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  16. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    according to googletranslate that means 'no idea of love' so what i think it means is 'no idea mate'
     
  17. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    it means 'no idea love', love
     
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  18. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    The One Show had a pub item tonight , filmed in The Pilot and then at a place I hadn't heard of, The Westbourne, which is self service :hmm: pumps on tables, order by Ipad :hmm:
     
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  19. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    after a few jars you might need a new ipad.
     
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  20. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer


    Bollocks, we missed this. When the landlord at The Pilot originally told us there'd been filming, a good while back, nothing was then known about the broadcast date. I suspect he or someone else will have kept a DVD of it though (I'm assuming it's not on iPlayer anymore).

    The Westbourne is by no means a bad pub and sometimes has good ale choices (not consistently enough though, IMO). The pumps on tables thing there is well weird, looks very strange. For now, the pumps only apply to quite a small range of non-real-ale drinks, eg Strongbow I think, and a couple of the generic lagers, etc. Nor do all the tables have them, and the main bar still operates as normal -- if the programme gave the impression that ONLY self service was in operation there, that's wrong.
     
  21. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    That Hopbunker project seems to have had a fair few delays. When we walked past the other day, there looked like there was a huge amount of work still to be done. The original promise of opening it up in time for the Six Nations seems stupidly overambitious now.

    The Hopcraft blog has very little about it, and nothing recent. He seems to be focussing only on his beers atm.
    I've just joined the Facebook group specifically about the new pub, but only time will tell how much I pick up from that.
     
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  22. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    how go the sales of real ales in wales?
     
  23. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Achieving adequacy. May decline the next two weekends though -- we're off to Bristol both weekends! :D
     
  24. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    mind you don't go off the rails drinking real ales from pails over the river from wales
     
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  25. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

  26. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  27. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    i hope the recent gales haven't hindered drinking of real ales in wales, tho' i suppose leaks in roofs may mean you have to dance around the pails.
     
  28. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

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  29. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Those who visit Gravity Station in Barrack Lane (we love it :) ) will be pleased, or at least interested! to know that they plan to open in Swansea too. We know where as well, but we have no idea of timescale yet. Great news nevertheless -- central Swansea particularly is short of quality places ...
     
  30. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Plenty going on with Urban Tap as well.

    The supposedly temporary new branch in Newport, next to the indoor market, is excellent -- only opened Friday 1st May. We turned up the next day :D

    Much recommended.

    Urban Tap in Cardiff plan a beer festival starting Thursday 4th June -- details findable on the website or Facebook no doubt. We'll be there for the first day as we plan a Cardiff visit anyway ...

    we have tickets for the (Brian Wilson-less) Beach Boys in Cardiff that evening
     

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