Three days in Mid Wales and I still couldn’t quite finish the GBG chapter.
It’s possibly the most challenging “county” after Rutland, which just doesn’t open at all, with weird opening times, aggressive sheep and occasional trains.
But I did make it to Llanwrtyd Wells (pronounced clan-weir-tid), some 22 years after last driving past it (actually, Mrs RM was driving, it was my birthday, we’d just been to Pontfaen) and thinking “I‘ll be back there soon“.
But I wasn’t, until now, even though it’s a mere hop away from Builth, where I seem to be every year recently.
This is the centre of Llantwryd, which I sense I’m just about to spell wrong.
Apart from net curtains, there’s a great café (caffi Sosban), three (3) hotels with cask, the Sugar Plum Christmas Tree Emporium and a fine collection of pashminas on day trips from Brecon.
And the World Bog Snorkelling Championships.
It’s next week*, so there’s still time for Mark Crilley or Pashmina Pauline to take the crown from Neil Rutter, who I think has the initials on his name the wrong way round.
As Duncan pointed out, Neil rather let standards slip last year.
And if bog snorkelling isn’t enough, there’s also Man v Horse, not to be confused with the frankly gruesome 1970 film starring Richard Harris.
These, and other events such as BRAPA baiting, have giving the Neuadd Arms a profile well beyond its size over the years.
Of course, I attempted to get in via the side entrance.
Yes, it’s not boutique.
But inside, ignore the lounge, and head to the Public where magic awaits.
Oh no, they’ve got homebrew !
At the bar, an Old Boy was entertaining his grandson by letting him play Fortnite on his phone on the sofa. That’s Proper Pub.
“Are you after one of those REAL ALES”
I couldn’t deny it.
“That one’s very popular, I hear”
It was pretty good for £2.80 a pint (NBSS 3), cool and rich if still defiantly homebrew. I could have had the Felinfoel if I’d gone in the lounge.
But then I’d have missed Jones the Eggman dropping off his punnets (“got lettuce too if you want them“) and frankly the best bit of basic pub of the month so far.
Mrs RM would have loved it.
The Neuadd was pretty busy, so clearly there’s still people who want to escape craft murk by putting on a snorkel and wading through cask mud.
*Next week folks, don’t miss it.