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Primarily a cider drinker, I enjoy visiting as many different pubs as possible around the country. I'll try to mention the beers as well as any decent ciders!

Username: blue_scrumpy

Age: 43

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Lord Caradoc, Port Talbot

I've passed through Port Talbot a few times on the train, but never alighted. It looks like a fairly grim place. The main street has a handful of bars and take-away joints. The highlight appears to be the Lord Caradoc, a branch of Wetherspoon's. The pub was busy. But the ale range was disappointing. The regular beers - Sharps Doom Bar, Greene King Abbot & Ruddles Best were supplemented by just two guests - Brains The Rev James & Nick Stafford's Hambleton Ales Nightmare Porter. However there were three fruit ciders left over from 'spoon's recent cider festival - Snail's Bank Rhubarb Cider, Tempted Elderflower Cider & Cock Eyed Pear Mania. I opted for the Elderflower Cider and watched for almost 10 minutes whilst four staff members all tried to squeeze the last of the box into my glass. I could have ended up with a free half. But I was driving and unable to take up their offer. Probably the best pub in Port Talbot. I moved on from here to the excellent Brit Pub in Cwmafan and the Federation Bar in Maesteg. I'll request both to be added to the site.

15 Apr 2018 12:10

Smiths Arms, Neath Abbey

After a visit to Neath's RAFA Club, I moved on to the Neath Abbey area of the town to visit the Smiths Arms. It is clearly an old roadside hostelry that has been sensitively restored. There are two large rooms - a bar and a lounge. All other customers were in the bar, which had a pool table. But I retreated to the lounge, where the real ales are pulled from. Only one was available on this visit - Neath Welsh Amber. The landlord was very friendly and offered me a newspaper to read. The lounge itself was a very nice and cosy room. Tried to visit the Crown in Skewen. But that has now closed. I was successful however in visiting the Bowen Arms in Birchgrove, further up the road. Neither are listed on the site.

15 Apr 2018 12:02

The Borough Arms, Neath

My fourth pub on my visit to Neath was the Borough Arms, home of the Borough brewery. Its beers are brewed out the back and some were arriving to purchase bottles. Bass is the regular ale. But there was only one Borough ale on, which was Full Blast. I chose the guest ale, which was Hanlon's Firefly Bitter. The barmaid was friendly and the two customers seemed to be too. Pleasant backstreet pub that didn't quite meet my expectations. CAMRA describe it as "probably the best back-street pub in Wales". But it also claims that they always have 3 Borough brewery ales. So maybe my experience was a one off. Still a nice place though.

15 Apr 2018 11:57

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