Tag Archives: Wales

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

Conwy:

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.

The Swan Inn

Rhyl:

Old pub, but evidently refurbed over the years. Lounge wood panelled, and felt like a between-the-wars refurb, but it’s evidently been tidied up in recent years, but not ruined. There’s still lots of little corners rather than a cavernous space. Music at decent volume, good beer, friendly staff, and a pleasant place to sit for a few hours.