Loads of highlights posts to come, enough to see us through ’till Christmas if necessary (sob).
Not many recent trips to the magical Gower, though last year I DID make some major inroads into West Wales, where the beer was better than expected.
The beer has been a bit up and down in the vast GBG chapter (safe word) of Glamorgan of late, and you’ll struggle to see much cask pulled in the Gower.
“The Exmoor in a Carling glass was drinkable (NBSS 2), though giving the impression of a long and happy association with the pipes“.
“Well worth the trip for the CAMROT-approved outside loos, complete with swing doors and a memory brought back of the Vetch c.1993.”
The Dolphin backs on to the marshes, where you can swap the pub dog for the marsh sheep and ponies.
Closer to Swansea you’ll find good beer, Rev James a 3.5, in the Valley.
The Valley, Bishopston
The sort of pub gentlefolk travel out to for their ham, new potatoes and leeks in parsley sauce for £6.50, without upsetting the locals with “Reserved for Simons” signs.
The real classic, the locals pub set in the wood near the disused railway line, is the place for your Deep Slade Dark.
Railway Inn, Upper Killay
“It’s not a pub you’d take your Mum to for Sunday lunch perhaps (unless you were Simon Everitt), but somehow all the more welcoming for that”.
Not a huge number of classic boozers round here (I’ll get to the Mumbles later), but the multitude of Spoons in small towns seem to have found their market.
But let’s be blunt, you don’t come to the Gower for beer, you come for this;