Pubs associated with Welsh sportsmen

King Head, Pontarddulais

The King Hotel dates back to at least 1841 when Daniel Gregory was the recorded publican on the census forms and over the years the pub has been known as the King’s Arms, King Inn and King’s Head.  A popular haunt of miners during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

During the 1920s an occasional drinker was the Welsh boxer Tommy Farr who lodged close to the establishment and fought in local fairs.

Anchor Inn, Rhosllannerchrugog

Safai'r hen adeilad ar waelod Pentre Hill ond fe'i dinistrwyd gan dan ym 1956.  Y tafarnwr yn y 1930au oedd Edward Davies oedd yn cael ei adnabod yn lleol fel 'Ned the Anchor'.  Roedd e'n gwerthu cwrw cartref.

Roedd y paffiwr, Billy Morgan, yn ymarfer yn ystablau y dafarn.


The Bird in Hand, Neath

Neath RUF during the 1920s changed at the pub and then proceeded to walk across the fairground to the ground.  According to Dai Davies ‘they had shower baths and showers, everything was there for us’

Duke of Wellington, Acrefair

Ym 1920 fe groesawodd Dug Wellington y paffiwr Johnny Basham adref ar ol ei ornest ddewr yn erbyn Ted 'Kid' Lewis.  Fe gollodd Basham ei Bencampwriaethau Prydain, Cymanwlad ac Ewrop i Lewis.


Tregib Arms, Brynamman

Built around 1860 in the village of Brynamman located in the Brecon Beacons National Park. 

Welsh Boxing Champion Tommy Davies was a regular drinker at the Tregib Arms back in the 1930s.

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Y Mochyn Du, Cardiff

Previously known as the Poacher’s Lodge and before then the Lodge Wine Bar.  Became Y Mochyn Du in 2002.

Conveniently located close to Sophia Gardens and the Cricket ground and at one time sponsored Robert Croft, Captain of Glamorgan cricket.  Cricket memorabilia on walls. 

Popular with the media and Welsh widely spoken behind the bar.

Canton Hotel, Cardiff

A locals public house dating back to the early 20th century.  Much refurbished over the years.

Known as a traditional working man’s pub at one time licensed to Cardiff City star Ronnie Bird. 

During 1990s famed for its choice of over 40 whiskies!

Pool table and dart board located in the back room.

Part of the Canton pub crawl.

The Bear, Neath

Located just outside the town centre and close to Neath RFC

A sporting pub with pool table

Once run by Stuart Evans the former Welsh prop

Dyfi Forester Inn, Machynlleth

Now since the closure of the Glyndwr Hotel the Dyfi Forester Inn has the distinction of being the closest pub to the railway station.   A three storey structure built in 1826.
A real locals pub where visitors are made welcome.  The Inn has hardly changed over the years.
Has pool table and darts board much used by Steve Evans the professional darts player who was brought up nearby.

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