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.
Downm a side street, but near the sea front. Fairly traditional inside, but nothing very special, there was cask, which was nice, but it was distinctly below par, which was less nice, having had a decent pint of the same beer just hours earlier. Food available, but not when we visited.
We had high hopes, as this was a sister pub to The Station, but it didin’t quite hit the mark. Advertised as a traditional pub, it had too much of a food bias to hit that note for us, and the barman made us feel as welcome as a dose of the clap, so we didn’t stay long. It wasn’t awful, by any means, but just didn’t feel great.
Fairly typical ‘spoons, but quite compact, in a grade-2-listed former cinema and theatre right next to Colwyn Bay station.
Another building that JDW have restored well, removing the ugly cladding outside.
To drink in, it’s just another ‘spoons, but special mention goes to the staff who rescued the camera I left behind, so I could go back and retrieve it.
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.
Fantastic, Grade-2-listed pub dating from the 1920s, with a glorious art-nouveau interior. No food beyond pies/cobs/crisps, no fruit machines or jukebox, just good beer and wine, and a nice atmosphere. Friendly staff too.
Technically a hotel again, but the bar feels pubby, and it’s a proper old coaching inn in the High St. Glorious grade-2-listed exterior, pleasant interior, decent staff, and great beer and wine.
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.
A bit of a ‘spoons-a-like, this, unsurpising, given The Palladium nearby. Part of the Stonegate pubco chain.
Cheap pub food and beer, and an opened-out interior of what seems to be quite an old pub. Friendly staff, Ok beer (limited choice, but in good order), locals who tolerated us sitting in “their” seats until we left!
Lovely multi-room traditional local near to the rail and bus station. Friendly landlady and great beer, the snug was a lovely place to sit and relax, and loads of historical photos.