23 December 2019

Today’s post comes to you from the biggest Wetherspoons in the world.


Which is a fact. The Mold bit may perhaps be a bit of an exaggeration, but beauty is in the eye of the beerholder and all that.

Town Hall
Financial services institution

Two (2) new GBG ticks for me, both of the upmarket bar variety, and both therefore a bit out of character with Mold itself.

Come to think of it, the third GBG entry is a Brunnning and Price, so Mold is possibly the poshest Beer Guide town in England unless Barrow has upped its game.

Fat Boar

The Fat Boar, sister pub to the Wrexham cocktail bar, has attractive windows,

lovely staff, one beer on,

One is plenty. Perhaps too many.

and old folk in Christmas hats determined to enjoy their party BECAUSE IT’S THE LAW (it isn’t).

Stupid hats

You’ve seen all you need to, really. I applaud the success of places like this, all light and airy, smartcasual, local beer blah blah blah.

But I only had a high table to enjoy my half, and zero chance of chat with locals about Mold’s many merits. Ability to chat to locals is 40% of a pub’s appeal, beer about 5%.

2.5. It looks better than it is.

The Salopian looked better than it was.

As I left they put the Welsh beer on, to spite me.

And a mild!

Still, go for the tick. And the loos.

Gorky Zycotic Mynci, anyone?

I felt the same about the eponymous Ale House.

Full marks for beery effort, but with the half dozen regulars sitting at the bar and the tables behind a pillar I couldn’t feel I was actually part of the pub.

But then, I am (M)old.

My actual view

13 thoughts on “MOLD : THE BEST OF WALES

  1. Coloured tissue paper party hats are, it must be said, a great leveller – of sorts -I suppose.

    I’m trying to think of anything else, which is quite so cheaply and remarkably effective…


  2. Yes, I wasn’t very enamoured of the Fat Boar – they may make an effort on the beer front, but it doesn’t offer a congenial environment for drinkers. They’ve cut their prices since then, though – it was £3.70 in April 2018.

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    1. It’s very much bistro/wine bar, something Mold and especially Wrexham needed. If they served Doom Bar and Bass I doubt they’d get in the Guide, but they’d probably sell more beer 😉


    1. LAF,
      Recorded in the front room of a Coventry semi-detached house it is the only British number one single to feature a mother and son. Hilda Woodward on piano must be one of the oldest women to have appeared on Top of the Pops.


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