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The Black Bull Inn

Rothesay, Isle of Bute:

Not terribly inspiring from outside- it looks like a shop frontage, and the sign is a plaing black and white full-width job, but inside is lovely; traditonal. The front half of the pub has a notice that you may be asked to move to the back of the pub at busy food times if not eating, but when we visited (for food and drink) a chap was just sat reading the paper, and a couple of older ladies dropped in for coffee. Moving to the back wouldn’t be a hardship anyway, unless all the seats were full.

Great food, great beer, and very friendly staff.

The Station

Colwyn Bay:

Part of a small (2) local chain with The Albert, this is another stripped-wood recent refurb of an old pub, right on the main road through Colwyn Bay (if we disregard the A55, which bypasses the town in a cutting).

Inside is fresh and bright, but not wrecked by the refurb; there’s still original details about. Staff very friendly, beer great, and the food was excellent. The refurb is about 3 years old, but still looks good. There’s a strong bias to food, but you could just drink here- it hasn’t overtaken completely. A very pleasant place for lunch, only marred slightly by some twilds.

The Erskine Arms


Hotel or pub? Well, it describes itself as a pub, so I’ll allow it on the grounds that I allow Scottish hotels that feel “pubby” and it had an enviable real ale selection, and I think it’s more of pub with rooms.

Great staff, great food, great beer. Inside is stripped wood, modern, but hasn’t wrecked the place; it’s quite pleasant, in fact, after a £750k makeover.

Part of a smallish chain, together with The Snowdon and The Cottage Loaf.