Vale of Glamorgan

The Ancient Druid, Cowbridge

The Grade II listed building is one of the oldest private houses in Cowbridge with many claiming it was used to house weary pilgrims on their way to St Davids.  It became an inn some time during the 1850s but had been closed by 1920 when Wybert Thomas owned the property and used it as an office for his building company.      

Masons Arms, Cowbridge

The Grade II listed Masons Arms is the oldest public house in Cowbridge and the medieval features include the trefoil headed window and the stone doorway.  It is one of the most important houses in Cowbridge as it is was built into the town walls – part of which was the public bar. 

The Masons Arms was owned by Anne Painter in 1784 and William Thomas was the tenant.  It became a desirable license to hold and ideally located to be an inn.  Unlike many of the other inns in Cowbridge it has not been owned by any of the gentry families of the area. 

Horse and Groom, Y Bontfaen

Mae’r adeilad Fictorianaidd crand presennol yn dyddio i 1891 tra’r oedd yr hen Horse and Groom ychydig o ddrysau i ffwrdd i’r dwyrain.  Mae’r cofnod cyntaf ohoni o 1795.  Lewis Jenkins oedd tafarnwr yr hen le rhwng 1878 ac 1891.  Cyn iddi gael ei hadnewyddu yn y 1980au, doedd yr hen le ddim wedi newid llawer mewn canrif, gyda bar, parlwr, cegin, ystafell masnachol, 5 ystafell wely ac ystafell biliards i fyny’r grisiau. 

Edmondes Arms, Cowbridge

By now the Edmondes Arms is the first public house encountered in the market town of Cowbridge when driving from Cardiff.  The Edmondes Arms was built in 1899 from light grey Jurassic limestone and the date can be seen on the outside with the Reverend Thomas Edmondes (a wealthy landowner) being the original owner. 

Tadross Hotel, Barry

The Tadross Hotel is a large Victorian building located close to Barry Island.  En suite rooms and hotel has large car park.

Serving real ale from the popular Bassett Bar located within the hotel complex.  Sky sports screened throughout the week.

Has pool table which can be played free of charge every Monday to Thursday from 12 noon to 11pm.

Lamb and Flag, Wick

With the closure of the Star, the Lamb and Flag became the only remaining public house left open in the village of Wick in the Vale of Glamorgan.  The former coaching inn dates back to the 16th century and still provides food and drink for the weary traveller.  Original features include inglenook fire place. 

One famous local is Nicole Cooke, the Olympic gold medallist.

Popular with walkers and is the home of the local football club.

Serving real ale.

Glenbrook Inn, Barry

The Glenbrook Inn is a free house opened in 1982 by the O'Leary family named Joseph, Vincent and Peter who built the inn on the site of their own farmhouse and it is the same family who own the Cross Inn in Cowbridge as well.

The Glenbrook has won numerous food and drink awards over the years and in January 1997 became the first pub in Barry to introduce a high-tech smoking area.

During elections the car park is transformed into a polling station!

Serving real ale and has large beer garden which also includes a children's play area.

Park Hotel, Barry

The Park Hotel was built in the 19th century to quench the thirst of dock workers.  Located close to the railway station and believed to be a church at one time before becaming a hostelry.

Original features include moulded plasterwork and wooden staircase which leads to an upstairs function room.  The skittle alley is popular with the locals.

Brains establishment with rugby memorabilia and photographs throughout hostelry.

Has jukebox and quiz machine.

Serving real ale with many from local breweries including Vale of Glamorgan and Gower.

The Windsor, Barry

The Windsor, BarryOne of the best known hostelries in Barry, located in the centre of town with three bars which comprises a lounge, a middle bar known to the locals as the snug and a 'spit and sawdust' bar which was known for years as the 'Zoo' but now named longbar.  It is said that a local once brought his horse into the bar for a bucket of beer!  Hence named 'Zoo'.

Snooker and pool tables.

King William IV, Barry

Possibly named after the Hanoverian King William IV (1765 - 1837) and located in Bridge Street, Barry.  A locals public house known as 'King Billy' in the area.

Refurbished in early 2011 with improvements to the skittle area and now boasts four flatscreen television sets.  Entertainment comprises of regular quizzes, bingo, karaoke and poker evenings.  Pool and dart board can be seen withint the establishment.

Serving real ale.

Beer garden to the rear.


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