Wednesday 3 October 2007

Talybont - White Lion/Y Llew Gwyn

White Lion Hotel/Y Llew Gwyn
Talybont, Dyfed, SY24 5ER. Tel: 01970 832245 [gmap]
Ceredigion CC historical pub info page
Old pics of the White Lion on Ceredigion CC's website

Last APG visit:

Lovely pub placed in some nice countryside and overlooking the village green. The White Lion is a two-bar, Good Beer Guide listed (since 2002) pub, selling Banks' Original and Bitter along with a guest beer, which sadly wasn't available on our visit. I tucked into a Banks Bitter which was good, as was the Original sampled by APG Agent Toothbrush.

It's a friendly place, got a bit of banter from the landlord when I asked for the sparkler to be taken off ("You want it flat? In that case, if anyone asks, tell them that you got this next door!"). Also got chatting to an old boy asking as us what we were up to Aber, and exchanged a couple of pleasant anecdotes.

The interior is kitted out with wooden settles and an original slate-flagged floor. Metal hooks can be spotted on the ceiling, giving away the origins of the building as a butchers shop (apparently!).

We dropped in on a Sunday afternoon and tucked into a good-sized Sunday lunch, in which the meat is Welsh-reared - so a good food miles tick there. There was no problem accommodating the dietary needs of one our group (not hard to remove potatoes and gravy from a dish, but you'd be surprised how many places can't cope with simple requests). So thumbs up all-round for the food. The dining room was a little tight though - best lose a table to allow a bit more room for the elbows when the Simpson-style eaters like the APG crew turn up.

Apparently there are Sunday pub quizzes, a monthly Friday Welsh club - Welsh language singing and poetry. A darts board, jukebox, piano and terrestrial TV also feature and accommodation is available too.

To sum up - a nice unpretentious locals pub, well worth a visit if you appreciate a traditional pub atmosphere. And a good place for mum and dad to take you for a meal on their once-a-term visit.

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