Over the years I have visited a number of pubs and other watering holes that have made a positive impression on me - whether it be for the quality of the service, the beer or the building/decor itself.
Here I have collated a little selection of pen portraits of some of my favourites. Click on the venue's name to be taken to the relevant article. A map of all the V-T-Vs is displayed below the index.
I will continue to add to this collection as time goes on.
|Carpenters||Cask Felinfoel in a no-nonsense atmosphere|
|The Ridgeway||Suburban simplicity in an elegant environment|
|The Bell Inn||A reborn restaurant/pub in tranquil surroundings|
|The Pod||Where you can literally have a drink in an office. Sort of.|
|Ye Olde Murenger House||Oldest pub in Newport - or is it?|
|The Cellar Door||Newport's award winning micropub|
|Classic Cardiff pub that's a must on matchdays|
|The Old Arcade||A rugby museum that serves beer|
|Flute & Tankard||The Best Guinness In Cardiff|
|Pop N Hops||Bottle shop that was a lifesaver in lockdown now offering drink-in|
|Blue Bell||Everything old is new again in this classic Cardiff city boozer|
|Head of Steam Cardiff||A chain pub where quantity and quality are equal|
|The Cambrian Tap||Classic Cardiff boozer with a history - but what future?|
|The Harp||Covent Garden's small jewel makes a big impression|
|The Pembury Tavern||Pints, pizza and potting as many balls as you can|
|Waxy O'Connor's||London's expansive underground Irish bar|
|The Three Tuns, Bristol||Saved from closure just before lockdown - that's the luck of the Irish|
|Christmas Steps||A steampunk stony staggered stop-off in Bristol|
|The Liffey||Irish bar in Stockholm's Gamla Stan with an underground snug|