Towards the end of August I spent a few
days doing a bit of exploring in West Wales. Although my visit there was far
too brief, I managed to visit a few cracking local venues, so I thought I’d
write a little bit about them… Here’s a very quick summary of a few highlights!
Wright’s Food Emporium, Llanarthne
Definitely one of the highlights of the
trip, this place is seriously worth visiting. A café/deli with a wide range of
cheeses, meats & other goodies, which serves great food. On the beer front,
the deli stocks a tremendous selection of beers – from local Welsh breweries to
international craft superstars Mikkeller. This was a noteworthy selection,
which included the likes of Tenby Brewing, Geipel, Wild Horse, Bluestone and
others. They also had a couple of interesting beers on tap, including London
microbrewery The Kernel.
I would thoroughly recommend a detour to
Wright’s for anyone travelling towards West Wales. You won’t be disappointed.
There are rumours that plans are afoot
for a wine-led venue in Cardiff… Let’s hope this comes to fruition, perhaps
with a few beer offerings as well!
The Ginhaus Deli, Llandeilo
Another day another deli. Once again,
great selections of cheese & meat, and an incredible stock of gin, if that’s
An eclectic yet cosy interior, which
feels a little bit like a wine-cellar (in a good way), was particularly charming
when candle-lit during the evening.
No beers on tap, but a very decent range
of bottled and canned beer available. Very good offerings available from 4Four,
Otley, Bluestone and others.
No visit to Llandeilo should omit this
little gem of a deli.
The Angel Hotel, Llandeilo
An interesting and welcoming pub with
buckets of character. There are several rooms spread throughout the pub, each
with their own unique personality.
Beer-wise, a good selection of Welsh
brews, with Gower and the recently-resurrected Celt brand available on tap.
This pub has an old-world warmth which
makes it a popular venue amongst tourists and locals alike.
What an absolute belter of a bar.
Located in a little courtyard off Upper Frog St, this is a sharp bar, with contemporary
Serving as the brewery tap for the
excellent Tenby Brewing Co, a range of cracking local beers are available on
tap, along with a well-stocked bottle collection, with beers from Crafty Devil,
Otley, Heavy Industry, Arbor and many more available in addition to Tenby’s
This is a really top quality craft beer
bar and kitchen, which must be one of the best in Wales.
For the first
time since probably the 1930s, Wales now has over 100 active breweries. The last decade has
seen a dramatic increase in the number of Welsh micro-breweries, with growth
outstripping all other parts of the UK apart from London.
Over the past couple of years, it has regularly been predicted that Wales would
soon break the 100 brewery barrier, with 88 independent breweries recorded in 2015.
It now appears that we have reached that landmark figure. Below, we have
listed all the active breweries in Wales – giving a total of 115. Four of
those breweries are not yet brewing commercially (denoted by *). However, even discounting those 4 companies still leaves a total of 111 breweries operating in Wales. The geographic
footprint of the breweries is impressive, with every local authority area in Wales (yes, all 22) having at least one brewery! In
terms of size and scale, the list is very diverse – including long-standing
giant Brains alongside newly established microbreweries. The r…
Here is the second post for the ‘100 Beers from Wales you must try’ series, taking us through numbers 11 to 20:
11. Crafty Devil - Safe as Milk Canton’s Crafty Devil are establishing themselves as a prominent player on the Welsh craft beer scene. A really high quality stout. An earthy and slightly smoky nose which leads to a strong flavour of black coffee with an almost charcoal-like flavour in the background. A smooth and creamy stout with a rich earthy finish. 12. Hopcraft - Profits of Doom Pontyclun brewery Hopcraft’s Profits of Doom is another very good Welsh stout. Woodsmoke and earthiness on the nose, which follows onto the palate with the interesting addition of dark fruits (berries and cherries), giving a slightly sweet malt kick. A slightly sharper finish than you might expect. An interesting beer. 13. Grey Trees - Afghan Pale Ale Aberdare’s Grey Trees are one of Wales’ most acclaimed breweries of recent years and deservedly so. Afghan Pale is an awarding winning ale which uses v…
A few years ago the Guardian produced a list of the top 10 craft beer pubs in Cardiff. Walesonline has produced a couple of similar lists, but inevitably such lists become outdated as some bars close whilst new ones open. The purpose of this post is to provide an up to date guide to the craft beer pubs/bars in Cardiff. I've decided not to rank them, or to limit the list to 10 because I believe it's important to try to present a holistic depiction of the thriving craft beer scene in Cardiff. In the last few years I've visited quite a few cities in the U.K. and Europe, as well as a couple in North America. I genuinely believe that Cardiff stands out as a high quality craft-beer destination. More needs to be done to promote Cardiff as a great destination for a city break, and the city’s flourishing craft beer scene could be a key element of its appeal. Before I start, one caveat: I've not included bottle shops - although there are some great ones in Cardiff. The focus here…