Here in Wales, you don’t have to travel far to find a decent pub. From busy town-centre pubs to cosy country inns, it could be said that there’s a pub to suit every personality within the Welsh valleys.
Many of the pubs found within the Welsh countryside have maintained their traditional charm, creating a unique atmosphere which is hard to imitate. Wales Online has put together a list of the top 50 pubs in Wales, and after visiting a few of them on the list – we’d have to agree.
One such pub in particular which was listed within the top 10 is the Black Boy Inn. This 16th century inn has been a popular pub and restaurant for a number of years, popular with both locals and tourists alike.
What makes the Black Boy Inn such a brilliant pub is the atmosphere that is created inside. With beautifully maintained oak beams, low ceilings and dimly lit atmospheric lighting, you almost feel like you’ve been transported back in time.
With cosy seating areas and a roaring log fire, it’s the perfect place to relax after a busy day of exploring the surrounding towns and countryside. The beer and ale variety is far from old-fashioned, with 20 taps featuring beers from a variety of local and independent breweries.
Last year saw the Black Boy Inn being voted the Welshest pub in the world, with their constant efforts to keep the Welsh language alive within the area by hiring Welsh staff and having bilingual signs presented throughout the inn. Visiting the place is a great opportunity to learn some new words, even if it’s just a simple thank you (diolch) or goodbye (hwyl fawr).
The Black Boy Inn wasn’t the only North Wales pub to end up on the list. The Albion, in the medieval town of Conwy was also featured thanks to its cosy atmosphere and huge variety of local ales to choose from. After exploring the historic town, it’s a great place to sit back in comfort in this restored 1920s pub which is owned by four local welsh brewers.
Other notable mentions were The Ship and Castle in Aberystwyth and The Bull in Beaumaris which is over 400 years old! The Bull is popular with many visitors for its food, but its ancient artefacts and log fire within the pub area create a fantastic atmosphere.
Its fantastic news to see local businesses thriving in North Wales, and it’s likely that we’ll hear plenty more as the year progresses.