Llandeilo. Closest town with a GBG pub to Bethlehem, from where I sent a postcard home on my 33rd birthday after a pint of Bass in Pontfaen.
Llandeilo had been near the top of my Bucket of Bass list for years. On the edge of the Black Mountains, with its own railway station and three (3) Guide pubs for 1,795 souls, how had it taken me so long ? Apart from being seven hours away on the train, of course.
There’s still a thrill in entering a UK town for the first time, and I’m struck by how gorgeous it is.
You see. I have simple tastes.
The pubs look thrilling, too. And the three (GBG) entries are open all day. Some of the non-GBG places look worth a punt too.
So, what sort of town is Llandeilo ? More Llanidloes than Llanelli, that’s what.
Even the Town Hall looks like a branch of Evelyn & Crabtree, and the High Street is awash with pashminas and pastries accompanied by the sounds of Whitney’s “Didn’t We Almost Have It All“, her best moment in my book.
Pub No.1 is, thrillingly, a courtyard pub set back from the High Street, which confuses the GBG App but not your hero.
Oh no. Not a Brewery Tap.
But it’s OK. It’s Evan Evans. They know what they’re doing.
Modernised but multi-roomed, all it needed was locals.
But the White Horse is impressively ignoring the needs of diners and sticking to providing local beers for a few Old Boys, who all say hello and goodbye in between discussing virgin’s urine. I hope that’s what they said.
They seemed impressed I was drinking the local beer. Even if they weren’t.
My extensive notes say “Afternoon”, “Virgin’s urine” and “Crwr NBSS 3”, which tell only half the story. And now I wonder; was that apostrophe in virgin before or after the “s” ?