The Toad

Colwyn Bay:

At the Rhos-on-Sea end of Colwyn Bay’s prom, a slow amble brought us here. It’s a bit of a gastropub, definitely not a drinkers one. Access was a bit tricky for a family member with us in a wheelchair, but staff were accommodating and helpful. We were only drinking, and prices were a bit on the high side, but it’s a very attractive-looking pub- traditional inside and out. There was ale, but I didn’t try it, but it had every chance of being good, judging by the staff.

The Pillars


Only went in here because of the impressive pub sign and frontage, spotted when we used a postbox just over the street, and glad we did. No food, no cask ale, but tons of atmosphere is a proper, city-centre drinker’s pub. Friendly staff and locals meant we spent our time in here chatting to strangers and just soaking it up.

The Green Room


I was expecting to like this a lot, and walking through the door, it seemed good- traditional-looking, interesting looking beer, doggy greeting, wood-burning stove.

Things channged though; my beer was distinctly below-par, a bit vinegary, and we were asked to move upstairs, because of the smoke from stove drifting into the room- storm Ali was in progress outside. I don’t think that was the actual reason: smoke was present upstairs too. I think that in actual fact, they wanted to close the downstairs bar to move upstairs.

Upstairs had a different vibe: it’s a music venue, and a bit on the grotty side, which probably works really well and has the right feel if you’re seeing live music on a Friday night and it’s full, but on a Wednesday afternoon, it just felt a bit grimy, and it felt like we were intruding on a semi-private session, the dogs became annoying, and the bogs were swimming in water (but there were free condoms). Don’t get me wrong, I like pubs to be “lived in”, but something here didn’t work for me.