Wednesday 3 October 2007

Pontrhydygroes - Miners Arms

The Miners Arms

Address: Pontrhydygroes, Ystrad Meurig, Dyfed, SY25 6DN. Tel: 01974 282238 [gmap]
Last APG visit: Never!

Another pub in more spectacular scenery near Aber. 'Little Switzerland', apparently. At the turn of the century, Pontrhydygroes was a watering hole for the landed gentry of Edwardian England who made their way here to enjoy the hospitality of the nearby Hafod estate. The Miners Arms is the last remaining Inn of five in the village, which was once a busy silver-lead mining area with mines at Frongoch, Cwmystwyth and Lywernog. Having driven through it for the first time on a wet March Monday, I have to admit it felt a pretty gloomy place.

From what I've cribbed from their website (ie this entire non-review), they're big on food, New World wines, peculiar whiskies, (including Wales' own Penderyn), two ales (Brains and Hancocks' HB) along with the usual nitrokegged stuff. There's TV, darts and pool available, as well as a log fire. And Wi-Fi enabled for the geeks. Sounds good.

There's accommodation to be had. In an unusual selling point, the pub sells fishing permits for Trisant Lakes (approx 4 miles away); apparently if you catch yourself a good fish, the chef will cook it for your dinner.

The pub sign below is the sort that will give small children nightmares.

Opening times:
(July - September)
Tues - Sat: 12-2pm
Sun: 12-10.30pm

Tues - Wed: 7pm-11pm
Thurs - Sat: 12–3pm & 7pm – 11pm
Sun: 12–3pm & 7pm-10.30pm

No comments: