BASS NECKED AT CAPEL CURIG

 

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(Five points for the obscure song reference).

One day into North Wales and already I’m getting my Llangollen mixed up with my Llandudno.  That’s a bit like getting Wrexham confused with Wexham Park. Or Capel Curig with Chapel-en-le-Frith.

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Not many new GBG pubs in the interior of Abercolwyn CAMRA, but the Ty’n-y-Coed is a welcome return to the traditional roadside inn after months of Ember Inns, micropubs and social clubs.

Pleasingly, a deluge greeted our arrival by stagecoach.

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We entered what is politely called an unfussy (as opposed to boutique) hotel, empty  lounge bar to the right. That’s empty at lunchtime on Saturday in mid August.

Then I saw this…

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Surely not ?

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Two things jump out. Firstly, the availability of Bass, in a place that supports locals breweries. Secondly the care and attention in hand colouring the pump clip (they could have had one of my spares).

I’m sorry” I said, more to the Purple Moose than the young barman, “I’m going to have to have a Bass“.

Don’t apologise, it’s a great beer“.  Bless his heart.

And it was a very good pint in the south Derby tradition (NBSS 3.5), unexpectedly so. Mrs RM was almost converted.

The pub was delightfully unmodernised, right down to the burgers on plates.

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At 1pm,it was just us. By 1.30,it was heaving with soaked folk, all pretending to have walked in from the Llanberis Pass.  They didn’t fool me.

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That pass is stunning, the tour of the emergency power station (Electric Mountain) a must, the beer choice in Llanberis rather less so.

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Nothing in the Beer Guide this year, despite some robust looking drinking houses.

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So I took some soundings from Gwynedd a Mon CAMRA and picked up a bottle of Cwrw from Menter Fachwen the High Street gift shop. I almost got a taste of it, too.

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20 thoughts on “BASS NECKED AT CAPEL CURIG

  1. Jake Bugg is is far better in my opinion not so boring like a rolling stone and others Dylan has droned on about ,and he sings about places that no one would ever go to like Clifton, a large council estate to the south of the River Trent.

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    1. Bless your little heart, Russ. Love that article.

      We might use it over here when someone is a bit slow (Mrs RM says it to me).
      I meant it sincerely !

      Yes, a couple of old boys came in, necked a Peroni each in quick time, and left.

      Thanks for the comments !

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      1. Glad you liked the article. 🙂

        And I knew you were being sincere in your use of the phrase; that’s hardly surprising given your professed love of Bass. Just wasn’t sure if you know about how the phrase can be misconstrued elsewhere.

        “Yes, a couple of old boys came in, necked a Peroni each in quick time, and left.”
        Ahhhh. Seeing as how you mentioned no one else had been there until 1:30pm (when the rain soaked folk came in) I though you and Mrs RM had made use of those glasses! 😉

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