A thread devoted to Real Ales in Wales

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

  1. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    oh tis open on Albany rd then! hope it shapes up and gets more beers like you say and will do a walkby and maybe go in soon
    still not been to the Otley Arms :rolleyes:
     
  2. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    cheers WoW, can't see them wanting to schlep to Bishopston tbh - I have a bit of free time so I might go up there myself whilst they are playing golf :cool:
     
  3. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  4. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Rhymney ales kick proper arse. Export and Dark are best. I can see that place doing well with it offering a welcome alternative for the CF-area alelover -- bit of a change from the ubiquitous Brains (and yet more Brains and then even more Brains :rolleyes: )

    Will check it out ourselves on a future visit.
     
  5. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Hey thanks for that report JKaranka -- we were going to head to Pontypridd today (Sun), from Cardiff along the Taff Valley trail on our bikes. But then the weather prospects declined ....

    I do know the Bunch of Grapes, loved it, it's the Otley Arms that will be new to me ... but festivaldeb has never made either pub so I'm sure we'll be back in the area .... certainly for Oct-o-bar (see above) and maybe another time as well ....
     
  6. jannerboyuk

    jannerboyuk ...just kids gone wild.

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  7. jannerboyuk

    jannerboyuk ...just kids gone wild.

    the conway did some guest ales a while back, with a handy list of what was it the cellar waiting to come up! Ill pop there tomorrow to see how they are doing on that front.
     
  8. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    Microbreweries 'the way forward' after 11 open in year
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-19583116

    with a handy list
     
  9. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    i only noticed it yesterday and thought it was a very odd choice of location. it used to be a video shop and doesn't look like they've changed much :D
     
  10. jannerboyuk

    jannerboyuk ...just kids gone wild.

    I was at the pelican near ogmore on sea on wednesday. a few wye valley beers and doom bar which i had, a bit ordinary but not brains at least
     
  11. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    Back from Swansea, went to that Park Inn? a couple of times - quite liked it - 3 or 4 ales on, nice atmosphere. Mumbles is pretty lifeless though - when I lived there in the 80s there were maybe 15 pubs/bars along the 'Mumbles mile' plus 3 or 4 clubs - it was a student mecca - now just a handful of pubs, a few wine-bar sort of places, no clubs - I heard somewhere that students don't really live there anymore - which probably caused the pubs to close - or was it the pub closing that led to the students moving into town?
     
  12. Plumdaff

    Plumdaff joy in people

    We were in Tenby last week on holiday - our favourite pub by a long shot was the Hope and Anchor on St Julians St near the harbour - two or three 'resident' beers which were your standard Brains and Doombar but a really good selection of around six guest ales, my favourite of which was Springhead's Maid Marian. They also do lovely grub and there's a good mix of locals and tourists. I recommend.
     
  13. Gavin Bl

    Gavin Bl terrible awful baaad

    So anyone been in the Rhymney place on Albany Road? i'm thinking I might have to combine this thread and the chippy thread, have couple of pints in there, and then partake of fish n chips in the Albany fish bar...:cool: couple of pints of dark, and a bag of chips - how tidy is that?
     
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  14. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    didn't look too inviting on Sat afternoon and a bit like a betting shop

    good idea you got tho as they are almost opposite each other!
     
  15. Gavin Bl

    Gavin Bl terrible awful baaad

    old men drinking real ale shock, ddraig?!;)

    I just hope the don't do what they did in the Winchester in merthyr, serving great beer in the most cheaply fitted out pub ever, was like an olde worlde portakabin.
     
  16. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member


    Popped in there a couple of days ago and all I could think off was the bookies. can't see myself becoming a regular
     
  17. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    e2a to gav
    i will be going in there to try it out and support them! so ner
    knocking on myself, nearly target audience :D

    yo nogo! ya ok?
     
  18. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Most of those we've tried over the months, the rest will have to remain a "tickers' challenge" ;) for now :p :oops:
     
  19. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    And if you can hunt Pixie Spring Brewery (Facebook link) down, then give their ales a go. Fabulous :cool:
     
  20. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Carmarthen Beer Festival 2012 starts tomorrow, for those able to head West ...

    We can only make the Thurs evening sadly (27th Sept), but we're leaving work no later than 4 pm tomorrow to get there :)
     
  21. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    sooo
    just got back from the Andrew Buchan! tidy :cool:
    1 other bloke and a group of 4/5 Indian students in there 7.30ish
    nice and cosy as they have a fire
    i had 2 pints of Rumney Export 5% very nice
    it is like a betting shop with the lights, semi mirrored ceiling :hmm: and 2 gamblers
    also furniture and lack of stuff over the walls adds to it

    there were 2 framed Cardiff City shirts, one red and one BLUE! both with signatures on wishing luck for the new bar.

    for some weird reason i didn't go directly across to AFB but came home and got to knock together a stir fry now! :facepalm:
     
  22. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    Been better, but its a long story
     
  23. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Our friends/neighbours in Neath/Port Talbot branch of CAMRA helped us get the last 2 seats on their minicoach to The Star Inn, Talybont on Usk, next Friday (12th October). Would be an utter killer (or would it? :confused: ) to get to otherwise (6 miles from Brecon, 14 from Abergavenny).

    The Star is having a beer festival that weekend. The place has won many CAMRA awards it seems ....We're hugely looking forward to trying somewhere completely new to us. On my very first official non working Friday after going onto a reduced-hours contract, too ... :D :p


    Anyone else been?
     
  24. trampie

    trampie Ba..ba..blacksheep Banned

    You still haven't been there WoW, 18 months after i [a local beer drinker] advised you on this thread.
     
  25. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    not bloody easy to get to now is it! to be fair like
     
  26. trampie

    trampie Ba..ba..blacksheep Banned

    None of the best ones are, Red Lion Penderyn, Ancient Briton in Pen-y-Cae, its a beer drinkers duty to seek out the best, to take 18 months after been told is terrible performance, WoW has a lot to learn.:)
     
  27. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    I've been to the other two (Red Lion and even more, the Ancient Briton) a good few times. But as ddraig points out, the Star is considerably more of a mission.

    Can't wait til Friday now though! :) :cool:
     
  28. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Ths Star was AMAZING last Friday! :D :eek:

    For last wekend's beer festival, the place had a huge marquee in he back garden with about 15 to 20 barrels in that, and maybe 7 or so handpumps in the pub itself.

    Paradise! :cool:

    So going back next year .... :)

    ETA : apparantly the pub has use of a canalside campsite 2 mins walk from the pub. Prospect of much summertime joy therefore! :) :) :)
     
  29. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Early talk locally of one of our infrequently-seen CAMRA mates setting up a new ultramicro in Mumbles. Apparantly, he has gone into partnership with some people (?) who are about to take over a long closed pub that was once one of the landmarks in the used-to-be famous Mumbles Mile in days gone by.

    Watch this space, but it may take time. We'll see!
     
  30. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

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