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  • Looking for a couple of good pubs in Trevor and Llangollen. Taking a canal boat trip Trevor to Franklin Junction and back, then Trevor to Llangollen and back in May 2015. Any suggestions? 

  • Nearly forgot - The Kite Brewery, a mile north of Llantrisant - superb! Lots of different brews, which they're pushing in South Wales pubs to add to the variety of tasty Welsh ales. And the Gwaelod-y-Garth Inn where Barbara (ex-chef in the the Caesar's Arms) keeps a wonderful real-ale drinking hole.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

  • I drank in the Tredegar House bar this weekend - it only stays open for three days a year, when the Tredegar House International Festival, west of Newport, is running. The bar was transformed into a marvelous real ale exhibition, first run by Gwent CAMRA and then by the Pixie Spring brewery from the Llantrisant area, and finally Gwent CAMRA again, who this year displayed many Welsh ales - what a choice! Notwithstanding the fabulous music, it's the place to be.

    My favourite pubs in the area are: The Boar's Head, Tyle Garw, a little haven for real ale with Wayne the landlord dispensing a plethora of good beers through his eight handpumps; The Cross Inn in Cross Inn village, at the bottom of Llantrisant Hill, a real village pub with four handpumps (Wye Valley, Hancock's HB, Wells' Bombardier and a guest beer) dispensed by Martin the friendly landlord; The Mountain Hare, Brynnau Gwynion, a pub where the in-house brewed First Gold is simply delicious; and Fagin's Chop and Ale House down in Taff's Well, where Simon the manager keeps a wide variety of ales and ciders (and locally-brewed Otley beers) in perfect order.

  • Sounds good Steve...if I am in that neck of the woods I will do...in Merthyr the best pub is the tiny Winchester in Castle Street ...real Rhymney Brewery ales and many characters worthy of inclusion in the annals of Boz
  • Here is a link to the story  An Inn Spectre Calls  http://americymru.net/profiles/blogs/an-inn-spectre-calls-short-sto...

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  • The closure of a number of the famous public houses of Merthyr is featured in the short story An Inn Spectre Calls on my page...check it out ...those who have imbibed in the Capital of the Valleys may recognise a few names...Phil Boz Evans
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    Comment by Byn (Bynbrynman)Tavarn Ty Elise on December 3, 2010 at 9:05am
    When I frequented the Metropolis many years ago our haunt was the New Ely until the landlord got fed up with Welsh speakers taking up his valuable space, although I lived in Merthyr and only went down occasionally, we collectively moved on to the Rhymney near the prison where the racist prisoners used to shout at Ap Siôn to go back home to Pakistan, this apparently had more to do with the price of soap than to his blood origins, although he was and is a prodigious curry eater, the hotter the better; his blood brother in curry eating is Castro, they order the hottest in the restaurant, and when it is served ask the waiter to take it back to the kitchen for an extra dose of spices. I remember one day on the way to the Rhymney after a match Gareth gave a huge swing at Castro, missed by a mile, then stormed off. We got into the bar, I went to the toilet and came out to see them both drinking together at the table. The New Ely was where I met Hervé Kerrain, "the mad Breton" in the Dyddiadur y Dyn Dwad. Hervé was called up to the French army, but was one of a number of Bretons who don't consider themselves French so Gareth persuaded him to go with them to Cymru/Wales, where he was lacking in resources "I 'ave no muuny" but was treated like a king, until the papers caught up with him then he went to Ireland and lived like a tramp, I found it ironic that a girl sang an Irish song at his funeral, anyway the French used to have a system whereby at the election of a new President there would be a general amnesty, so at the election of Chirac I think it was, Hervé came home only to be put into prison as it didn't count for him, not having already been incarcerated. The New Ely was also the pub where I met Jean-Louis Nano who told me of his project to open up a pub in the Breton hills and where a year or two later I met him again in his role of landlord of the Temps des Cerises in Berrien, one of the very first of the new Breton 'pubs' selling draught Guinness instead of bottled cheap German copies, just 7 miles from where I myself became 'mine host' at Ty Elise in Plouie/Plouye, another one of these new 'pubs' as against 'cafes', on my marriage to Elise Provost, the 'st' being pronounced in Brittany, as are the 't's' at the end of the place-names; my friend Bernard in Plouie/Plouye is a Maltret, whereas his cousin in Karaez/....contd below

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    contd.....Carhaix is a Maltré(t), the towns are grander places. It's difficult for the French coming to Brittany not having prepared themselves for a distinct culture and mispronouncing everything, it also creates problems for the English expecting a French National homogeneity. Back in Caerdydd/Cardiff, on the odd occasion when I missed the last train home I used to stay at Ian Perriman's house in Alfred St. off Claude Rd. in Y Rhath/Roath which his aunt had left him, it was large enough for him to rent out the bedrooms, and I used to doss down there, whilst upstairs Dafydd Jones was writing the dyddiadur y dyn dwad, recounting the exploits of a band of friends, all of whom were born elsewhere, even if it was only from Ponty or the Rhondda just up the road, although many of the characters were immigrants from the Gogledd, as was the author himself. It was later made into a film where ap Siôn was an extra watching an actor playing his role; Dafydd also had a regular spot writing in 'Y Faner' under the pen name 'Charles' Jones. The Claude was the sunday morning haunt. Other watering holes at the time were mainly across town; the Conway, Half Way or the Robin Hood, and on a saturday night we were likely to end up at the Blue Moon or Pappagio's down the docks. Since I've come to Brittany, I've heard of the newer generation of pubs such as the Tomos Watcyn, selling its own brew, where Castro's son Iestyn worked behind the bar, The Cayo Arms, where apparently they want to replace the Eagle of Eryri, with a necktie, on Cayo's photo outside, and the Mochyn Du where the new annual St. David's Day march begins. My reason for writing this is because in my last dream I found myself visiting Caerdydd/Cardiff where Gareth ap Siôn took me to a real ale style ('in') pub of the moment, it was called Mulloney's and it was on George St.

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    Comment by Mick Tems on February 20, 2010 at 8:17am
        The famous Tavarn Ty Elise in Plouye, Brittany, has been destroyed by an accidental fire, Ouest France reports. Byn Walters, the Ty Elise landlord, was born in Merthyr and emigrated to Brittany, where he presided over traditional sessions where many famous Breton musicians (including Alan Stivell, guitarist Soig Siberil, Erik Marchand, bombarde and hautbois player Ioan Le Bihan and piper Padrig Molard) would relax with a glass of Coreff real ale, brewed in the Breton town of Morlaix. Byn promoted the links with Wales and Brittany, and among the Welsh musicians who drank there were Meic Stevens, Calennig and Plethyn. Irish players included Davy Spillane, Paddy Keenan and Liam Wheldon. Ty Elise was noted and loved throughout the entire Breton nation and Wales, Ireland and the whole of the celtic nations.

        Latest news: Byn Walters says that Ty Elise CAN rebuild, but he is going to need help. August is the estimated date of completion.

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    Comment by Mick Tems on October 10, 2009 at 8:06am
        Diolch, Ian - I meant January 3, 2010. That NZ Sauvignon Blanc really is knockout stuff, isn't it? Just to confirm: my celebratory 60th birthday, Sunday January 3rd, 2010, The Boar's Head - all welcome/Croeso i bawb.

    Comment by Ian Price on October 9, 2009 at 8:46am
        Jan 3rd 2009? - tad late old chap?

    Comment by Mick Tems on October 9, 2009 at 7:44am
        Hi, all you 19 members,
        I would like to invite you to celebrate my SPECIAL super-dooper 60th birthday on January 3rd, 2009, in The Boar's Head, Tyle Garw (just 100 yards from the Llantrisant West level crossing.) Landlord Wayne Owen will serve up a scrumptious buffet, and you can partake of any of the eight stunning real ales he has on. Friends are coming from Australia, so don't leave it too late! Festivities should commence at 7pm approx. This being a Sunday, we might dine on the full Sunday blowout, but that hasn't been decided on yet - watch this space!

    Comment by Ceri Shaw on October 8, 2009 at 11:12pm
        Diary marker – Famous coaching inn, 'The Grapes' turns clock back 200 years in Wales

    Comment by Ian Price on October 8, 2009 at 10:19pm

        The Crown in Ynyswen. A red telephone box resides within as does a very large open fire and a wide selection of real ales.

    Comment by Ian Price on October 8, 2009 at 10:16pm

        The Prince of Wales Treorchy. Small village pub on High Street. Nothing special in the beer department but it was the place where Billy Scott collapsed into a snow drift one memorable Christmas and was marched home by a passing Salvation Army band.

    Comment by Huw John on October 8, 2009 at 8:29pm
        The Fishguard Arms, I am reliably informed, was on Bridge Street close to the Golden Cross. It was demolished in the early 80's , and now forms part of the car park for the Marriott hotel

    Comment by Byn (Bynbrynman)Tavarn Ty Elise on October 4, 2009 at 6:02am
        I should have pointed out that Hywel Williams, leaning on the bar, used to be 'Mine Host' of the 'Tafarn yr Hanner Ffordd'/'Half-Way' in Nantgaredig, near Caerfyrddin/Carmarthen. It was in that pub during the Eisteddfod of '74 that I got to speak to THE Carwyn James.

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