“I bet you don’t get asked that every day ?” I said to the nice landlady. “No, apart from that rapper bloke“. “You mean BRAPA“, I corrected her. “Oh, with those red shoes I thought he was a rapper“. I might have imagined that conversation to be honest.
As Simon noted, the Wynnstay at Llansilin is both basic and colourful, though the colour comes largely from the sort of superhero collection I dreamt of at 11, when the Fantastic Four wallpaper adorned my walls. Flowers and friendly locals (them again) helped this add up to the sort of rural pub folk eulogise about, but rarely visit.
Toilets without any M/F signage at all added to the fun, which only ended when I took a sip of the York Guzzler.
I really should have had the Greene King being promoted in the lounge, but Simon’s warning about the Guzzler meant I had to try it. I don’t think the barrel had been changed since the Everitt family visited for lemonade testing a week ago. I tipped it into the nearest dog bowl.
Despite that, I recommend a visit. Pubs aren’t all about beer and this is a real pub.
I’d attracted attention already with an OS map sticking out my back pocket. Despite the glorious scenery it’s a place people get around on tractors, and there in the car park was a fine collection of them. During my school holidays I used to drive a potato planter for my Dad, occasionally in a straight line. It looked like the red one below.
Llansilin is a straggly little village on the route between Llansantffraid and Oswestry. Armies of the team formerly known as Total Network Solution make that journey to home games, probably on those tractors. TNS were the first competitive visitors to Manchester City’s new ground, of course, so I’d always wanted to visit the original TNS home ground.
You can only marvel that, like Caersws, this small village once staged European football. There’s a few attractive buildings, a few run-down ones, and a shop selling Welsh cakes. Don’t get it mixed up with Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, which is stunning.
That should be the last Welsh post till the new Beer Guide comes out. I love the place, but getting the spelling right is hard work.