Venues to Visit


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


The City Arms

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


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