Cider Pub Guide to Mid Wales

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The guide to pubs selling Real Cider in Mid Wales, including the counties of Montgomery, Radnor, Brecon, and Merioneth. 17 listed so far...

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Abercraf

  • Ancient Briton, Brecon Road, Penycae, Abercraf, Powys, Mid Wales, SA9 1YY. Tel: (01639) 730273.

Weston's Old Rosie which is a real cider and Thatchers Gold which isn't. Friendly roadside inn on the A4067 (Swansea-Brecon road) just north of Abercraf, on the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons. Unspectacular but decent food: curries a speciality.

Brecon

  • Boar's Head, Ship Street, Brecon, Powys, Mid Wales, LD3 9AL. Tel: (01874) 622856.

Weston's 1st Quality which is a real cider and the industrial cider Addlestones which is made with apple concentrate. Large 2 roomed pub, with smaller "locals" bar to the front, with the main set of Hand pumps (Beers from the Breconshire Brewery); and the larger back bar with the Cider Hand Pump. May occasionally stock Gwynt y Ddraig ciders. Large riverside garden/patio to the rear. One of the 'unofficial' Jazz Festival venues.

Also - other pubs in the town occasionally do real cider, try the Drover's Arms in Llanfaes or the Clarence on the Watton as starting points.

Crickhowell

Review 1: Top quality food pub of over 17 years standing serving "...only real draught ciders..." Really? Don't be fooled by the name: Addlestones, Stowford Press or Old Rosie seems to be the limit of choice (29/05/07). Didn't seem interested in our queries about cider (or the beer that we settled for...) just on whether we'd be dining or not - we couldn't afford the prices. More like a fake themed restaurant than a cider mill. Disappointing - wasted journey, didn't bother taking a photo.

Review 2: Can't really understand what the above person is talking about - fake, did you seen the dining room? - we love this place 3 ciders on tap (very rare) in these parts, amazing food and i would imagine it was packed out with folk. Don't think it would survive these days as a boozer without a chimney pot in sight!!!

Reply to review 2: Our observations were made purely on the lack of 'real' cider (apart from the ubiquitous Old Rosie) which you would not expect from something calling itself a "cider mill". We were not interested in the unused cider mill fittings or architecture - if these are merely 'there' and not being used (i.e. like stone apple mills and painted ploughs decorating folk's front gardens) they hold no interest for us. It wasn't packed either. Just our opinion of course, just as you are welcome to yours. I'm sure it's great as a dining experience.

Gwynt y Ddraig cider, including Autumn Magic. CiderMike 12:57, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

  • Vine Tree, Legar Road, Llangattock, Powys, Mid Wales, NP8 1HG. Tel: (01873) 810514.

Located just over the bridge (left at the lights) between Llangattock and Crickhowell on the A4077. Pub/Restaurant with excellent food and beer, and cider made exclusively for the pub. The cider is claimed to be organic and is (unfortunately?) kept in the fridge in 1 x litre glass bottles (29/05/07). The cider was delicious when allowed to reach a reasonable temperature; dark golden brown, dry and very tasty. Landlady would only say that "...it is made within a mile of here..." when asked for more details. It's marked up on the chalkboard, along with a local organic mead - same producer perhaps?

Glasbury

  • Hollybush Inn, Old Brecon Road (B4350), Glasbury on Wye, Hay on Wye, Powys, Mid Wales, HR3 5PS.

Tel: (01497) 847371. Attractive, isolated country pub with grounds leading down to the Wye. Good range of draught Weston's (cider and perry). Has a good reputation for its food, but when I visited, the chef had walked out/been fired (there was some dispute about which...) and there was nothing on offer! On the B-road between Glasbury and Hay.

Hay-on-Wye

  • Kilvert's Hotel, The Bullring, Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Mid Wales, HR3 5AG. Tel: (01497) 821042.

Dunkerton's Organic 'Black Fox' (7.0% ABV) bottled Cider. Excellent, reasonably-priced food and outdoor seating on the square. Don't be misled by the hotel name - this is a real pub.

  • Rose & Crown, Broad Street, Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Mid Wales, HR3 5DB. Tel: (01497) 820435.

Down-to-earth locals'No real Cider!

  • Three Tuns, Broad Street, Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Mid Wales, HR3 5DB. Tel: (01497) 821855.

Recently re-opened following a devastating fire, the pub is now much changed and expanded from it's former life as a one room cider house. The Autumn 2007 edition of 'Hereford Hopvine', the newsletter of Hereford CAMRA, report that the pub now offers two real ciders from Westons, plus up to three real ales.

Bar serves two real ciders from Weston's, as well as home-cooked, locally sourced food, country wines and real ales. As seen on The Hotel Inspector.

Knighton

  • Harry Tuffin Ltd, Whitehall Bridge Street, Knighton, Powys, Wales, LD7 1BT. Tel: (01547) 528645.

If anyone lives within striking distance of Knighton in Powys the local supermarket, Harry Tuffins, is worth a visit. They have a range of Weston's products but best of all they stock Gwatkins!! The bottled single variety range, Kingston Black, Foxwelp, Norman, Stoke red (my favourite!!) and also his Blakeney Perry. A marvelous range of bottled beers too.... HT's is a great store who keep many other weird and wonderful things that you didn't know were still available. Regards Ni.

"Based in Churchstoke, Montgomeryshire we also have branches in Knighton, Craven Arms, and Bishop's castle."

Llanidloes

  • Stag Inn, 15 Great Oak Street, Llanidloes, Powys, SY18 6BU. Tel: (01686) 414824. Email: info@staginnllanidloes.co.uk

real cider permanently available on hand pulled from the cellar – this is Bill Bleasdale's Welsh Mountain Cider, which is made about a mile from the pub. They also stock Gwynt y Ddraig Orchard Gold in bottles. Wasn't sure if this should br Mid or West wales? CiderMike 12:44, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

Llanthony

No real cider, but the Abbey Hotel at Llanthony Priory has Thatcher's Gold and the Half Moon Inn has Addlestones and Stowford Press, all of which are industrial ciders.

New Radnor

  • Radnor Arms, Broad Street, New Radnor, Powys, Mid Wales, LD8 2SP. Tel: (01544) 350232.

Draught Ralphs (delicious!), Weston's-in-a-box, and draught Thatchers (plus Strongbow and GL if you must). Excellent village pub - generally quiet though seems to attract hordes of bikers on occasion. Good ham eggs & chips.

Also has real Weston's perry and "Orgasmic" Cider at very reasonable prices.


  • Ralph's Cider, Old Badland Farm, New Radnor, Presteigne, Powys, Mid Wales, LD8 2TG. Tel: (01544) 350304. Email: james@ralphscider.co.uk

Farmhouse Cider & Perry is grown, milled and pressed on the farm and sold in the off-licence. Located on the B4372 between New Radnor and Kinnerton. <- Not really a pub, or is it?! It's already listed in the Cider and Perry Producers in Wales so I'll delete this entry at some point, unless someone disagrees that it should actually be in the pub guide.

Talgarth

  • New Inn, Bronllys Road, Talgarth, Powys, Mid Wales, LD3 0HH. Tel: (01874) 711581.

Occasional polypins of Old Rosie + others (when available), plus draught keg cider. Friendly atmosphere, Fine Real Ales, Home Made Food.

Talybont-on-Usk

  • Star Inn, Talybont-on-Usk, Powys, Mid Wales, LD3 7YX. Tel: (01874) 676635.

Cider varies have included Westons Old Rosie, Moles Black Rat and Dunkertons Organic Scrumpy on our visits. Busy canalside pub, popular with locals. Live music on occasion, real fire, and good honest food. Accommodation. Just off the Taff Trail (National Cycle Network route 8) and an ideal base for walking in the Brecon Beacons. Excellent (and wide) range of real ales too. A real pub with an ambience to match - don't expect too many frills.

  • White Hart, Talybont-on-Usk, Powys, Mid Wales, LD3 7JD. Tel: (01874) 676227.

Thatchers Heritage. The most touristy of the four pubs in Talybont, but in a great location with very pleasant canalside seating. There's a bunkhouse attached, too.

The Usk Inn is rumoured to do real cider too: haven't tried it yet. (- Neither have we - had just closed when we got there!)


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