Branch Area Pubs
This listing has been put together by Montgomeryshire Branch Members. It covers those pubs within the branch area serving real ale.
Please note that the details such as pub opening hours and the beer range vary on a regular basis. Full pub details are shown in Whatpub.
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- Abermule Inn
Known locally as the 'Hotel', the pub has benefited from an impressive makeover during the last couple of years. The existing render has been stripped back to reveal the original brickwork. There is a smart restaurant, which serves the locally reared wagyu beef, and a spacious public bar. The Abermule has recently reverted back to a freehouse after a period under Hophouse Inns management. There is a small caravan park and camping area at the rear of the building. Now the only remaining pub in the village after the demise of the nearby Waterloo Arms.
- Abermule Inn Abermule SY15 6ND (01686) 639110
- Horseshoe Inn
The Horseshoe Inn, which dates from the 18th century, is a traditional country pub. The open lounge/bar area has a pool table and two separate seating areas. The large fireplace is decorated with horse brasses and there are some interesting old photos of the area. There is a dining room and function room available. Outside is a drinking and smoking area and a large well equipped children's play area. The inn has three en-suite bedrooms and is close to the Offas Dyke Path. The winter hours are shown but be aware in the warmer months, the pub is open all day from 12pm. Reopened after a short closure for refurbishment in December 2019.
- Horseshoe Inn Arddleen, Llanymynech Arddleen SY22 6PU (01938) 590690
A Grade II listed pub/restaurant about 2 miles out of Welshpool with a large car park. The Horseshoes began life as a coaching Inn in the early 17th century and has been extended greatly over the years. The emphasis is on good value food however those who just want to drink are made most welcome in the small bar area. There are wooden floors throughout. Previously owned by a pubco but now thriving under private ownership. The restaurant has a fixed-price menu. There is a large beer garden and adjacent a enclosed childrens play area. To the rear of the pub is an old limekiln and the Montgomery canal. May close early at quieter times.
- Lion Hotel
The hotel, which is situated in the middle of the village, is 17th Century, with exposed oak beams and sections of original wattle and daub. It is a former coaching inn and today it has seven letting bedrooms. Part of the bar was once used as the doctors surgery for the village! Comfortable bar to the right and a small area with armchairs in front of a distinctive purple walled dining room to the rear. Further dining areas to the left of the entrance with wood burning fire. The hotel is overlooked by St.Bueno's Church and the river rhiew flows nearby. Reopened as a freehouse in August 2018 after an extensive refurbishment.
- Talbot Hotel
This black and white timbered pub is situated just off the road from Berriew Bridge and adjacent to the River Rhiw. It is reportedly one of the oldest buildings in the village. The pub is just yards from the Grade II listed Aqueduct carrying the Montgomery Canal, which is also forms part of the Severn Way trail and is very popular with walkers. There are two large rooms containing a large restaurant and a locals bar which has all the usual pub games. Look out for the rocking pig and a sculpture of 'making bacon in the lounge! A new restaurant room was formed in addition to an existing one in 2021, thus making this now a three roomed pub. The guest ales are usually sourced from local breweries.
- Horseshoes Berriew, Welshpool Berriew SY21 8AW moc.kooltuo@weirrebseohsesroh(01686) 640198
- Bettws Cadewain
- Bull & Heifer
A new pub converted from the old village shop which has replaced the centuries old New Inn. The owners Bettws Hall have done a tremendous job in creating a pub that has something for everyone. There is a flag stoned floor throughout with a couple of fires in both bars. Food is served in well presented restaurant.
- Bull & Heifer Bettws Cadewain SY16 3DS ku.oc.refiehdnallub@ofni(01686) 651210
- Green Dragon
This Grade II listed Inn dates back from the late 17th century and likely emerged because of the proximity of the river crossing. The exterior is white painted brick with a slate roof and is one of the last pubs still owned and leased out from Powis Estates. The pub has been recently renovated and has an open plan layout inside. Situated on the Offa's Dyke path and close to the River Severn. There is ample room for touring caravans and camping with a large beer garden at the rear. There are home cooked meals served lunchtimes and evenings with booking recommended at weekends.
- Green Dragon Buttington, Welshpool Buttington SY21 8SS moc.liamg@223827ymmot(01938) 553281
- Stumble Inn
Stone building situated in the middle of this small village which was established as an inn in the 16th century. Originally the Cross Keys but renamed to avoid confusion with other local pubs. Upon entering the porch the bar is on the right whilst a smart 50 seater restaurant is opposite serving award winning food. The landlords are passionate about real ale and these are rotated on a regular basis. At least one of these are sourced from a local brewery. Please note there are seasonal hours before travelling and would be worth ringing ahead. Summer hours are shown.
- Stumble Inn Bwlch-y-cibau, Llanfyllin Bwlch-y-cibau SY22 5LL moc.loa@nnielbmutseht(01691) 648860
- Lion Hotel
Popular Grade II listed rural pub with a good reputation for food. The Lion is a late seventeenth to early eighteenth century inn, which was known as the White Lion in the mid-nineteenth century, and marked on a map of 1833 as the 'Caerhowell Ale-House'. An inglenook fireplace takes centreplace in the bar area and makes a cosy atmosphere when lit. There is a former well located just off the bar area which was re-excavated and now has a glass cover over it. A additional feature is the faded Watney Red Barrel sign outside the pub. Conversation is king here so be prepared to be dragged into discussions with the friendly locals.
- Lion Hotel Caerhowel, Montgomery Caerhowel SY15 6HF (01686) 668096
- Buck Hotel
Large village pub that was saved from permanent closure in 2010 after coming under local ownership. Smartly refurbished with original oak beams throughout. Food is available, with the recent addition of a tea room which has taken the place of the restaurant which is on the right hand side as entering. Three letting rooms are available. Sports orientated which means it is popular with a younger clientele and a lot of teams use the pub as their base. The cafe is open from 10.30am Tuesday to Saturday, and alcohol can also be served from this time.
- Red Lion
3 Main Street
This popular two-roomed village pub which was formally part of the Hophouse Inns group has recently reverted back to a freehouse under management. Until recently, this was a long standing entry in the Good Beer Guide and it has had a smart makeover. Conversation is king here and there is always a good eclectic mix of locals to chat to. Food is available all day apart from a Tuesday. The beer festival held annually which took place on the August bank holiday weekend appears to have been discontinued.
- Unicorn Hotel
A large roadside hotel near the banks of the River Severn. This prominent Caersws landmark reopened in 2018 after being closed for 15 months. The Unicorn has been renovated to a high standard with the public bar to the right and the restaurant opposite. Food has been re-introduced with a popular carvery on Sundays. 4 letting rooms are also available.
- Buck Hotel Main Street Caersws SY17 5EL ku.oc.oohay@swsreackcubeht(01686) 688267
- Aleppo Merchant Inn
The only pub in the United Kingdom with this name of which it's origins are still shrouded in history. There are various stories but the most likely is that the inn is named not after a ship, but a man - The Merchant Of Aleppo. The man was named John Matthews whose trade was in wool and linen in the Middle East who eventually settled locally and opened up the inn. According to legend, he was more of a pirate than anything else and could well have even named the inn after a ship that brought him so much wealth! There is a cosy restaurant by the smaller wood beamed bar and a larger locals bar which has been recently modernised.
- Ty Brith
A Grade II mid 19th century gothic house which evolved from a country club into a pub in 1959. Seemingly untouched since this time, entry is via the rear through a hallway. There is an intact off sales hatch and a slatted bar counter with a formica top. One of the two small rooms has an edwardian tiled fireplace. There is an unused snooker room upstairs with a billiard table. Easy to miss as you drive past as there is a very small sign. The pub is sometimes referred to as the Carno club! The real ale choice will drop to one during the colder months.
- Aleppo Merchant Inn Carno SY17 5LL ku.oc.oppelaeht@noitpecer(01686) 420210
- Castle Caereinion
- Red Lion
This popular village pub which is very much the hub of the local community is found off the beaten track on a road between Llanfair and Berriew. Started life as a coaching inn in the 17th century and once had stables at the back which have now been converted into a holiday cottage which is also owned by the current publicans. Enter via a small porch which leads into a large public bar which has a beautifully restored fireplace on the left. There are many original wooden beams still in place and in the small restaurant off the bar area there are quarried tiles making for a rustic atmosphere. On the right of the bar through a doorway is a much newer games room. The guest ale is usually sourced from a local brewery. Grade II listed.
- Red Lion Castle Caereinion SY21 9AL moc.loa@eltsacnoilder(01938) 850233
- Cefn Coch
- Cefn Coch Inn
Cefn Coch, Welshpool
A remote rural inn serving the scattered farming community of Cefn Coch high in the hills above Llanfair Caereinion. Formally a drovers inn it has a couple of small bar areas and a large function room. Stunning vista from the large beer garden that overlooks hills that are scattered with wind turbines. Open on Sunday afternoons at busier times of the year for lunches. The pub is active in local leagues such as pool and darts. The ale is normally rotated between Hancocks HB and Butty Bach!
- Cefn Coch Inn Cefn Coch, Welshpool Cefn Coch SY21 0AE moc.dlrownepotb@nnihcocnfeceht(01938) 810247
- Courthouse Inn
Situated by Saint Nicholas church about 100 yards off the main road in a quiet village which was first established by the Anglo Saxons. The origin of the name of this former coaching inn is a mystery although it was a local meeting place for farmers to settle their disputes and the name could have derived from this. Upon entry this stone built pub has a public bar to the right and a restaurant to the left. A lot of teams use the pub as their base and they are active in local leagues. Reopened under new ownership in 2020 after a lengthy closure.
- Horse & Jockey
Reopened in 2010 after a lengthy closure This stone built pub which is situated on the edge of the village has a large restaurant area and a separate public bar. It has the advantage of a large caravan and tent park next door. The landlord rarely gets the same beer in twice and the beams in the bar area are smothered with various pump clips. From March until October, real cider and sometimes perry are available. During these months there is a choice of up to 9 ciders/perry's which on request the landlord will bring up from the cellar. There is also a bar billiards table which will appease fans of traditional pub games.
- Courthouse Inn Churchstoke SY15 6AF moc.liamtoh@7864mas(01588) 620605
- Square & Compass
This small rural community pub survives mainly on wet sales with a limited bar menu available. Extremely popular and due to it's size it can sometimes be a squeeze to get to the bar. Photos indicating the areas agricultural past adorn the walls and the intimate surroundings can make for a convivial atmosphere. Situated just off the road halfway up the hill the pub can be easily missed. A new car park has recently been built which is next to a smart beer garden at the rear.
- Square & Compass Cilcewydd SY21 8RU (01938) 580360
- Hand & Diamond
A very old inn which according to a historical record contained in the bar dates back to the 14th century when it was known simply as "Ye Hande". The document makes interesting reading and is well worth a look. The interior of the inn has a wealth of exposed beams. The bar has an inglenook fireplace and a large open fire lit during the winter months. The carvery is open every lunchtime and although food led drinkers are more than welcome. The English border actually runs through the car park!
- Hand & Diamond Coedway, Shrewsbury Coedway SY5 9AR moc.loa@321zom(01743) 884379
- Admiral Rodney Inn
The Inn dates back to the mid 1700's and is a recently refurbished country pub. Named after Admiral Rodney who harvested local oak from this area for his ships and who was subsequently honoured by a pillar which was built on the adjacent hill. Indeed the pub is used as a base for walkers exploring this area to see the pillar and the breidden hills. There are two fireplaces on opposite ends of this large one roomed pub with a centrally placed bar. Oak beamed throughout with the restaurant area on the right. There is a notice on the front of the pub which reads "" Under these trees in sunny weather, just try a drop of ale however. And if in tempest, rain or storm a couple then to make you warm. But when the day is very cold then test a mug of twelvemonth old. Rest & regale yourself, 'tis pleasant. Enough is all the prudent need. That is due to the hardy peasant who tolls all sorts of men to feed. Then muzzle not the Ox when he treads the corn, nor grudge honest labour its pipe or horn.."
- Admiral Rodney Inn Criggion, Shrewsbury Criggion SY5 9AU moc.liamg@noiggircyendorlarimdaeht(01938) 570313
- Dolfor Inn
Situated in the hills above the market town of Newtown. This former drovers inn re-opened in June 2016 after a period of closure. The interior is stone walled and beamed throughout with an inglenook fireplace in the well presented restaurant. The bar, which is on the left after entering, has settles and a low ceiling which makes for a cosy atmosphere. Large parties can be catered for in the old stable block. The inn is handy for those attempting the nearby Kerry ridge-way path. Was once known as the 'Dolfor Ale house' as it only had a license to sell beer.
- Dolfor Inn Dolfor SY16 4AA moc.nniroflodeht@ofni(01686) 626531
- Cock Hotel
A former coaching inn named after the cock horse which was a name given to horses that were ridden to the base of large hills and then harnessed to the front of carriage horses to assist them pulling their carriage or coaches up. The local route traversed the local hills and ended up at Brockton in Shropshire. Incidentally this village also has a pub of this name. This popular village local serves authentic Indian food and a takeaway service is available. There is an large enclosed beer garden at the rear. Sky sports is shown and all the regular pub games are available.
- Railway Inn
Opposite to the long defunct Forden railway station which was shut by Beeching in the 1960's, the pub is a bit of a distance from the centre of this long spread out village. Although rural, customers flock in from far and wide with smart accommodation available for those who want to stop here longer. A static caravan park is adjacent to the pub. Recently bought by a local family, the pub has been extensively refurbished throughout with the bar relocated into a former private room which is now seen on the left as you enter. The ex bar area to the right has become a smart restaurant. Well worth a diversion for walkers as only half a mile from the Offa's Dyke trail. Please note the real ale ale drops to 1 during the quieter winter months.
- Cock Hotel Forden SY21 8LX ku.oc.oohay@nedrofkcoceht(01938) 580226
- Four Crosses
- Golden Lion
The grade II listed Golden Lion is a family run hotel that has been serving travellers since 1760. Once situated next to the busy A483 it has become somewhat isolated after the Four Crosses by-pass was built. The Offa's Dyke path passes only yards away from the front door. There is a stone lion guarding the entrance of this Georgian style hotel and the pub signs on the exterior have been painted by a local artist. Internally there is a central bar serving both the bar/lounge and the restaurant. Unusually in the bar there are two fireplaces which came about due to wall been knocked through to create a larger room. The landlord is a musician thus the hotel has become a bit of a music venue and stages a Jazz, Rock and Blues festival annually at the end of July. Please note the bar will close at 10pm if trade is quiet during the week.
- Golden Lion Llandysilio, Llanymynech Four Crosses SY22 6RB ku.gro.noilnedlog@sgnikoob(01691) 830295
- Lakeside Restaurant
A restaurant which is part of a 9 hole golf course, situated in the heart of the Powys countryside between Welshpool and Newtown. Open to the public, and serves food all day.
- Nags Head
The Nags Head is a grade II listed roadside building, which dates back to the Georgian era, that has been restored as a boutique style hotel after laying derelict for 8 years and reopening in 2010. It is a typical 19th century brick house which has prominent gothic-paned windows and retains an imposing porch. Very much food led the pub is set in an open plan design with a central bar. For outside dining and drinking there is a large patio at the rear. Situated by a busy main road with the defunct Montgomery canal to the side. A new, quiet lounge was opened in 2021 by knocking through to a former connecting residence which has been bought by the pub owners.
- Lakeside Restaurant Brynllwyn Lane Garthmyl SY15 6RU moc.liamelgoog@esruocflogedisekal(01686) 640909
- Kings Head
A traditional freehouse in the centre of the largest village in Powys. Bought by a local couple after a period of closure, the pub has developed a strong local following due to the home cooked food. The restaurant is situated in a room on the left upon entering with a smart bar directly in front. It has an atmospheric interior which boasts a wealth of period features.
- Oak Inn
The Oak occupies a listed, much altered 17th century farmhouse. Following a short closure the new landlords are getting the pub back to it's feet and will reopen the restaurant in the new year. The bar is adorned with old photos of the pub and surrounding area and feels very cosy with it's low, timbered ceiling. There is an extensive outdoor drinking area and covered smoking shelter. It also benefits from a large car park and a children's playground. Authentic Indian food is available.
- Kings Head Guilsfield SY21 9NJ (01938) 555930
- Herbert Arms
The Herbert Arms was originally Pen-y-Bryn Hall, built for Sir Edward Herbert of Montgomery Castle. A traditional village pub surviving just on wet sales. Formerly in the hands of a pubco but now safely in local hands. Can get very busy early evening with the after work crew. Pub games are very popular here with a lot of teams using the pub as their base. Music nights, with solo artists, bands & karaoke are also well supported. In the absence of a car park customers can use the (free)village one which is located next door.
- Kerry Lamb
Prominent red bricked pub which can found on the edge of the village. There is a large lounge/bar, games room and a dining room. The St Michael and All Angels Church backs onto the rear creating a picturesque scene in the beer garden in warmer weather. Seamlessly flits between its role as a community pub and restaurant with something here to suit all tastes. Locally owned and named after the breed of the Kerry Hill sheep.
- Herbert Arms Kerry SY16 4NU 07977 181729
- New Punch Bowl Tavern
Popular local situated in the middle of the village with a rustic locals bar on the left and the restaurant on the right. The landlords are keen to promote real ale and will be reintroducing food again in the near future. Well supported by local pub teams with the local Four Crosses football team using it as their base as well as the cricket team and various pool, dart and domino teams. The Punch was at serious threat in early 2014 as an application to convert to residential was submitted by it's Pubco owners. After a concerted local campaign to save this much loved hostelry the application was withdrawn and the Pub has now become a successful free-house. A third real ale will be introduced soon.
- New Punch Bowl Tavern Llandrinio, Meifod Llandrinio SY22 6SG (01691) 830247
- Llanfair Caereinion
- Black Lion
Established in the 19th century with a virtually unaltered public bar which has quarry tiled flooring and a brick inglenook fireplace. There a hatch on the side of the bar where locals end up congregrating. Whilst other rooms in the pub have been knocked through it still retains a traditional atmosphere. Only Sunday lunch is available at the moment but there are plans to introduce food at other times. An absolute boon for smokers is a covered smoking area which has it's own log fire!! Biker friendly pub.
- Goat Hotel
Serving travellers for over 300 years the Goat started out as a coaching inn in the 17th century. Beamed throughout retaining a cosy atmosphere with the large inglenook fireplace taking centre stage. The lounge has comfortable leather armchairs and there is also a popular restaurant and a games room with pool table available. Wood's beers are popular and you can always find at least one from their range to sample. Caution should be taken for those of a tall disposition when accessing the toilets due to the low ceiling!!
- Red Lion
Popular locals pub situated in the centre of Llanfair which is gaining a good reputation for home cooked food. The old pool room has been converted into a restaurant to cope with the increasing demand. In the centrally located bar there is a good selection of real ales and the guest beers are usually sourced from Three Tuns or Salopian. Accommodation is planned for the future as the property next door will be converted into holiday letting. Maybe worth ringing ahead as hours may sometimes vary.
- Black Lion Parsons Bank, Llanfair Caereinion SY21 0RR (01938) 810759
- Plas-yn-Dinas Inn
The Plas yn Dinas dates from 1702 making it one of the oldest surviving pubs in Montgomeryshire. It actually started life as a court house which was subsequently converted into a public house. Grade II listed, it has a wealth of original features. The interior is two rooms, divided into separate areas by the use of settles and the timber framework. The bar has moved three or four times in the not too distant past and has recently been relocated again after a smart refurbishment. There is a tiled floor throughout with an extensive heavily beamed ceiling and timber supporting posts. After a lengthy closure the Plas reopened in May 2015 with a complete makeover and will be a food orientated establishment. It is located just off the Llanfyllin to Llansantffraid road in the centre of the village.
- Plas-yn-Dinas Inn Llanfechain SY22 6UJ ku.oc.sanidnysalp@ofni(01691) 829055
- Goat Inn
A rural timewarp high in the hills above Llanfyllin. One of the last traditional beer houses remaining in Wales where domestic properties were opened up to serve beer. Situated up a hill just off the main road this rendered building is only distinguished as a pub by a sign on the wall. Entry to the bar is via a smaller overspill room entering via a door on the right. The public bar has a bar counter and bar back shelves installed in c.1956, it already had an old fireplace and is otherwise unchanged with most of the seating consisting of settees, which have to be moved to play darts. The toilets are outside via a couple of small steps. Please note the pub is closed all day on Sundays and will close if there is a function on in the village hall. If calling outside of the advertised hours, just knock on the door and if there is anyone around, then they will open the pub and serve the thirsty customer!
- Goat Inn Llanfihangel, Llanfyllin Llanfihangel SY22 5JD (01691) 648209
- Cain Valley Hotel
The hotel was built in the 17th Century and was originally called the Wynnstay Arms. There is a staircase from the same era which dominates the centre of the inn. There is a public bar on the right as entering and on the opposite side there is a cosy lounge bar. Reassuringly old fashioned with various nooks and crannies and wooden beams throughout. The Birches restaurant is situated in a large room via the hallway. Even though it opens from 9am, the Cain does not start serving alcohol until 11.30am. A 3rd ale is sometimes seen on the bar at busier times.
- Eagles Bistro Bar
Reputedly dating back to 1637. The Eagle bar is found via an archway off the main street. The pub has lots of interesting features and is beamed throughout. Real ale was reintroduced in 2018 with an ale from the Stonehouse brewery range always available. There is a fish and chip shop next door.
- Old New Inn
Situated at the far end of Llanfyllin High Street the Old New Inn occupies a Grade II listed building dating from 1790. The simply furnished bar is decorated with photos of sports teams, past and present. The function room at the rear houses the pool table. There is a covered and heated shelter to the side of the building and an elevated drinking area to the rear should the sun shine. A very friendly locals pub serving three well kept ales. Food has recently been introduced.
- Cain Valley Hotel High Street Llanfyllin SY22 5AQ ku.oc.letohyellavniac@ofni(01691) 648366
- Cann Office Hotel
A grade II listed coaching inn which was established in the 18th century. The unusual name was probably part derived from a drinking vessel called a 'cann' and during the 18th century the inn was then used as a 'post office' namely a place for changing horses along the Banw valley. Situated on a bend in the centre of this small village the pub has retained it's original layout of four rooms and has barely changed over the last 40 years. The rooms are connected by a tiled passage. There is a central bar which serves the main bar, reception room and the passage. At the end of the passageway there is a small boarded room and beyond that a pool room. The pub has two dining rooms which can serve up to 90 people. In the summer the place comes alive with the influx of tourists on the way to the Welsh coast and in the winter months it reverts back to a traditional country local. Has recently expanded with up to four real ales in the summer with Purple Moose featuring regularly. Will drop back to two in the winter.
- Cann Office Hotel Llangadfan SY21 0PL moc.tcennoctb@letoheciffonnac(01938) 820202
- Green Inn
The inn was established in 1740 and was so named after the village green it was built on. Once the geographical centre of the village it ended up isolated as the houses were built further up the road leaving the inn half a mile away from the centre! There is a lawned beer garden, woodland area and a large car parking area. A large function room is available upstairs along with seperate bar and restaurant areas. Reopened in 2014 under new ownership and has been smartly refurbished throughout. It is pleasing to see such a commitment to real ale.
- Green Inn Llangedwyn SY10 9JW moc.liamg@4102nnineerg(01691) 828234
- Black Lion Hotel
Built originally as a shooting lodge the Black Lion was first licensed as a beer house in 1633. It was rebuilt in the late 19th century as a hotel. Lovely wooden beamed interior with low ceilings which is split into two rooms. The buildings are predominantly of stone construction and the upper storey is clad with traditional hung tiles. New landlords have recently taken over from the previous incumbents who were here for 25 years. Two real ales are now available with the guest ale normally taken from the Three Tuns range. Back in 2010 the Black Lion was set to become a care home but thankfully the plans fell through. The hotel is slowly being renovated and the landlord is keen to restore the original features back to the interior of the building. For lovers of traditional pub games, Devil among the tailors can be played here with a shove ha'penny board expected in the future. The bus stop is by the edge of the car park.
- Bluebell Inn
This grade II listed building was converted into an inn in the late 19th century and contains many of its original features of which the highlight is a pair of old settles facing one another besides a fireplace range(Gas fire). There is a slate floored public bar and adjoining rooms which include a restaurant and a pool table. For coast bound traffic this is the last pub before beginning the ascent over the Cambrian mountains. Real cider in seen on the bar in the summer.
- Black Lion Hotel Llangurig SY18 6SG email@example.com(01686) 440223
- New Inn
Country pub/hotel set in the stunning Tanat Valley. The building despite it's name dates from 1751 according to a stone in the front wall. The half timbered interior is on several levels but there is wheelchair access to the dining room and lower part of the bar. Food served every day, booking advisable at busy times. Worth the long drive for the scenery and a well kept pint. There are areas to sit outside at the front and rear to enjoy the picturesque views.
- Tanat Valley Inn
Established in the 16th century the Tanat Valley is the older of the two inns in the village. The bar is wooden beamed throughout with a stone fireplace, tiled floor and a beamed bar which is adorned with hops. The lounge opposite has a lower level providing a further drinking area and a pool table. Popular with locals, the pub has a friendly relaxed feel. The area is blessed with stunning scenery and as a consequence it becomes very busy with tourists during the warmer months. Please note the limited opening hours.
- New Inn Llangynog SY10 0EX moc.duolci@nniwenain(01691) 860229
- Angel Hotel
A Grade II listed half timbered former coaching inn dating from 1748 with three rooms. Two of these until recently had remained unchanged for the last 40 years but a refurbishment has now sadly removed more of these historic fittings. The local Chartists once held their meetings here. Look out for the 'penny bar' when you are here in the right hand room. Food is available but is only served until 2 in the afternoon. A wooden decking area and marquee are present to the rear of the pub for outdoor drinking. The Angel is situated at the top of the high street.
- Crown & Anchor
41 Long Bridge Street
Affectionately nicknamed Ruby's after the long serving landlady who has recently retired. An old fashioned boozer that has been in the same family for over 200 years! This grade II pub consists of 5 unspoilt rooms,one of which was a haberdashery shop which was brought into pub use in 1948. There is a small corridor connecting the various rooms and in the front bar there is a framed document listing all the inns that ever existed in this market town. The first room on the left has a number of guitars on the walls. And a large garden area with a marquee is present to the rear which hosts regular music events. There are many interesting features and for lovers of traditional pubs this is one you will not want to miss.
- Llanidloes Football Social Club
Llanidloes Town nicknamed the Daffodils or the Daffs) can trace its history back to 1875 and as such is one of the oldest established clubs in Wales. The club house is a single lounge bar with a large screen TV. The club house is open and welcoming to non members but there is a charge for entrance to the ground when a match is on. The club has BT Sports and Sky sports TV and shows major football matches before and after a club game. Occasionally it opens on non match days to show major football and other sports events and also for club and private functions. In addition to the usual Keg products the The bar sells a number of bottled beers such as Sharp’s Doom Bar, Tomas Watkins Cwrw Haf and Old Gold Daffodil Ale (which is exclusively brewed for the club by Brecon Brewery). Open all first team and reserves home match days, times vary (Check with club).
- Llanidloes Rugby Club
The rugby club is housed in a grade 2 listed building near the centre of Llanidloes, built in 1845 as a National School House and bought by Llanidloes Rugby Club in the 1980s. There is a large open plan function room as well as various side rooms. The club is mainly used for Rugby club events and private functions. It is open to the public during the Rugby season on Saturday afternoons following a first team home match at the club’s ground half a mile out of town on the Newtown road. It is also open to show Welsh International Rugby matches on the large screen. It occasionally sells a real ale from the Monty brewery and the bar has a range of Monty’s bottled beers.
- Mount Inn
Established as a coaching inn in the 14th century the Mount continues serving thirsty travellers and offers comfortable accommodation. A half timbered building at the end of main street the inn retains many interesting features. There is a snug with two high backed settles next to a Victorian inglenook fireplace. There is a stone floor area as you enter and beyond that in the public bar there is green terrazzo tiled flooring. Most of the bar fittings are more recent but the Mount still creates the atmosphere of how traditional Welsh pubs used to be. A local history group meets here.
- Queens Head
11 Long Bridge Street
A white washed two roomed boozer with a central servery. The room on the left has a pool table and the opposite lounge bar has an impressive inglenook fireplace with modern settles. Well presented throughout and always with a selection of friendly locals. Real ale now served again (July 2021).
- Red Lion
Long Bridge Street
A large Grade II listed three star hotel that started life as a coaching inn in the mid 17th century. There are two large rooms, one containing the main bar and in the other a cosy lounge bar with leather sofas and a wood panelled fireplace. The interior retains a timber frame, heavily beamed entrance hall. Various different floor levels and panelled doors of varying sizes are found throughout the hotel. Food is served all day up to 9pm. Note the imposing Red Lion that is situated above the front door. The guest beers are normally from local breweries.
- Stag Inn
15 Great Oak Street
A public house for over 150 years. Although it appears small on the outside it extends back a long way. The only pub in the town to possess a piano. Bands play here on a regular basis. It reopened after a 2 year closure in July 2021 with the new owners installing a number of traditional (table Quoits, Devil amongst the tailors and bagatelle) and not quite so traditional (table football) pub games. Usually has 3 beers on. A garden area with benches is available to the rear. One note of caution when going to the garden -use the steps to the left, as the "Lean To" is slightly low!!
- Whistling Badger at the Royal Head
4 Short Bridge Street
Reopened with a name change after a short closure in November 2017 as a pub and a wine bar. It has been tastefully refurbished with the original features retained and enhanced. The Royal Head was an amalgamation of two pubs, Royal Oak and Kings Head, in the 1960's. Even to this day it is known locally as the "Kings". The larger of the new rooms has many original beams, an inglenook fireplace and original distinctive stone walls. The smaller room is in the wine bar style set up for eating. There are plans to renovate a third room in the style of a Greek Taverna, available for hire for private functions. Tapas food is served daily in both bars from 6.00 - 8.30 pm. There is also a wide range of wines and cocktails available, premium lagers and bottled local cider.
- Angel Hotel High Street Llanidloes SY18 6BY ku.oc.seoldinallnnilegna@ofni(01686) 414635
- Hand Inn
A Welsh longhouse pub situated halfway up a bank from the centre of the village. A large inglenook fireplace dominates the bar area with low oak beams creating a pleasant atmosphere. It was built in the 16th century to serve travellers and even today it purely relies on drink sales alone. There is a large function room at the far end of the pub. There is also a covered smoking area outside and a public car park about 20 yards away up the hill. The village is only four miles from the Pistyll waterfall.
- Wynnstay Arms
Built as a coaching inn in circa 1850 in gothic style and once part of the vast Wynnstay estate. On the specially commissioned pub sign you can see the arms of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn from the estate. The public bar is the star here and has remained untouched since the 1950's. The bar has a large stone fireplace with a roaring log fire in colder weather and has untouched bar fittings,settles and bench seating. There is also a more modern lounge bar along with two dining rooms and a function room. William Morgan who converted the bible from Greek and Hebrew into Welsh thus helping to save the Welsh language was based at one time in St Dyfnog's church opposite.
- Hand Inn Park Street Llanrhaeadr SY10 0JJ (01691) 780389
- Llansantffraid FC Social Club
The social club is situated in a red brick flat roofed building adjacent to the football ground.
- Station Grill Bar & Restaurant
Spacious Bar and Restaurant situated in the old railway station which succumbed to the Beeching cuts in the 1960's. There is a refurbished bar and restaurant and an outside patio area which allows for stunning views of the local countryside. Real ale and cider has been introduced with new owners in 2016.
- Sun Hotel
A Grade II listed 19th century two storey village regency period inn that reopened after a 6 year closure in 2018. Sympathetically enlarged over the years but retaining it's original character. The original part of the building has three upper windows of 16-pane hornless-sash type aligned with openings below. The ground floor has a central door with sash windows each side, similar to those above but considerably larger. The hotel sits on the east part of the village. Two real ciders are served.
- Llansantffraid FC Social Club Treflan Llansantffraid SY22 6AE (01691) 828112
- Wynnstay Inn
Built in 1784 the Wynnstay is the last of five inns the village once supported. The pub consists of a public bar, lounge and pool room. There is a separate dining room which can be used for small functions. The Wynnstay is named after the large estate of the Wynn family, Sir John Wynn inherited the Watstay estate in the 17th century and combined the names. The inn is close to several attractions including Pistyll Rhaeadr, Offa's Dyke and the Tanat Valley. The landlords are keen to promote real ale as can be seen from the two available, with a third on the bar at busier times. This Grade II listed inn is the hub of the local community. Reopened after a full refurbishment in August 2021 after a 19 month period of closure. Some details may be incorrect while we await further information.
- Wynnstay Inn Llansilin SY10 7QB moc.liamy@yatsnnyw(01691) 791355
- Last Grouse
Lake Vyrnwy Hotel
The Last Grouse pub is situated in a separate building at the rear of the large Lake Vyrnwy Hotel complex. It opened in 2014, replacing the Tower Tavern which was situated in part of the main hotel building. The latter has subsequently been renamed the Tavern and it's main use is now as a restaurant, with an outside terrace overlooking the lake in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Three well kept ales are enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. It is worth noting that the real ale selection is split between the two sites, with a solitary handpull available in the Last Grouse and three in the Tavern. The dam was finished in 1891 and was at the time the largest in Europe. The hotel has 52 rooms and is part of a 24,000 acre country estate. A recent addition is an on site micro brewery with ales sold in the hotel.
- Last Grouse Lake Vyrnwy Hotel Llanwddyn SY10 0LY ku.oc.letohywnryvekal@ofni(01691) 870692
- Dolphin Inn
One of the oldest buildings in Llanymynech which evolved into a coaching inn in the 19th century. Some parts are actually dated way back to 1517. Originally called the Hollybush Inn the story goes that the pub was renamed after Sidney Godolphin who inherited the local Abertanat estate via marriage. Situated on the Welsh side of this border village the pub has recently had a smart refurbishment. There is a large bar at the front with a well appointed restaurant down a few steps at the rear. Both ales are sourced from a local brewery such as Stonehouse and Offas Dyke. For families there is a childrens play area at the rear. Please note that Winter hours are shown and in the Summer the pub is open all day, every day.
- Dolphin Inn North Street Llanymynech SY22 6ER ku.oc.nninihplod@ofni(01691) 839672
- Beehive Inn
A black and white timbered local situated in the heart of the village opposite St Michaels Church. Established in the 1650's as a drovers inn and with original beams and settles throughout. Originally a lot smaller with other rooms brought into pub use over the years, the room on the right used to house a butchers shop! The pub benefits from the adjacent caravan site and is very busy during the summer months. The landlord has been here for over 30 years and is a fountain of knowledge on local history. Whilst visiting, be sure to ask him about the interesting story involving a tramp that once stopped here.
- Beehive Inn Manafon SY21 8BL moc.loa@nofanameviheeb(01686) 651007
- Kings Head Inn
A stone walled village pub which was established in the 17th century as a coaching inn. There is a tiled public bar which is dominated by a large inglenook fireplace and a wood burning stove. Wall bench seating is present at one end of the bar. To the left of the entrance is a comfortable well appointed lounge/restaurant with various photos and a large mirror. At the rear is a covered smoking area and a grass drinking area with a wooden climbing frame for children. Meifod football club use the pub as their base and the ground is situated at the back of the pub. Reopened after a lengthy closure in December 2017 and now a free house after coming into local ownership. The pub has been renovated completely after many years of neglect from previous Pub Co owners, Admiral Taverns and is a much needed facility for this large village.
- Kings Head Inn Meifod SY22 6BY ku.dofiemdaehsgnikeht@ofni(01938) 500867
- Mellington Hall
A country house hotel on the Welsh/English border, housed in an 18th Century Victorian Gothic Mansion. Set in 280 acres of Mature Gardens and tranquil parkland. Situated in this impressive building is the Offas Dyke Bar which serves real ale. Found on a private track just off the Pentreheyling to Bishop's Castle road.
- Mellington Hall Mellington SY15 6HX ku.oc.krapnavaracllahnotgnillem@ofni(01588) 620456
- Breidden Hotel
Dating back to the early 19th century and located just yards from the English border this local pub also doubles up as a Chinese restaurant. Named after Breidden hill, a extinct volcanic hill, which rises above the village. Various Asian cuisines are served and a take away service is available. At least one of the real ales is sourced from local breweries such as Six Bells and are changed frequently. Although closed on a Monday, it does also open on a Bank holiday weekend.
- Breidden Hotel Brynhelyg Middletown SY21 8EL (01938) 570880
- Dolau Inn
On the road it seems to nowhere this small stone built pub serves the scattered community of Mochdre and is the last surviving with the New Inn and Lion Inn closing a long time ago. A prime example of a dying breed of village pubs. Whilst good homecooked food is served here it doesn't intrude. Food is available in the afternoons for parties of six or more if notice is given. In the winter months a roaring fire awaits in the small front bar. The owners are keen motorcycle enthusiasts and don't be surprised to see other bikers using the camp site. Until the 1970's this was the last pub locally to bring beer up in jugs from the cellar.
- Dolau Inn Mochdre SY16 4JL moc.tcennoctb@1ssegrubc(01686) 629538
A Michelin star restaurant in a historical Grade II listed timber clad building situated in the centre of Montgomery. Formally a coaching inn and until recently an old fashioned boozer the Checkers has been transformed into a high class restaurant with a lounge bar and gained a reputation for fine dining with patrons coming from far and wide. It should be noted that drink prices are a lot higher than the rest of the area. Casual drinkers are no longer welcomed as of early 2017.
- Crown Inn
Community based pub which is home to a lot of teams and the pub sponsors the town's football team. There is a large array of trophies in one of the rooms opposite the bar. Tall people beware as the beams are very low in the bar area. No food is served. The Crown is the last traditional boozer in a town that once supported a multitude of holsteries.
- Dragon Hotel
A Grade II listed former coaching inn dating back to the mid 1600's. This was once the principal coaching inn of the Powis estates, which was sold into private ownership in 1975. The exterior has a distinctive 'late Georgian black and white' half-timbered fascia and is a prominent feature in this market town. The interior has been much altered over the years. and the bar has recently been located to the rear of the hotel in a much larger room. There is an indoor pool, sauna and a large conference room.
- Checkers Broad Street Montgomery SY15 6PN ku.oc.selawsrekcehc@nyrhtak(01686) 669822
- New Mills
- Gwernydd Arms
Caravan site pub which is open to the general public and incorporated into the Grade II listed, Gwernydd Hall. Situated in a five star holiday home park in the heartland of Mid Wales and set in over 45 acres. Two local ales are normally served. Closed in January and February but open the rest of the year. Opening times may vary with the pub likely to be open all day during the summer so it is always worth ringing ahead.
- Gwernydd Arms New Mills SY16 3NW ku.oc.llahddynrewg@ofni(01686) 227644
- 23 Social
12-13 Broad Street
Bar and grill situated in the old Woolworths building which opened in June 2021.
- Black Boy
31 Broad Street
This is substantial black and white timbered building with parts dating from the 17th Century. After a extensive refurbishment it reopened in May 2014 becoming Wetherspoons first pub in Montgomeryshire. This grade II listed three-storey building is a ‘17th-century timber-framed lobby-entry plan house, refronted in brick in the late 18th century’, with a modern extension to the ground floor. To the right of the wooden entrance porch is an archway into the former stables. In 1828, Thomas Reese was the landlord at the Black Boy. Richard George’s many years as licensee ended with his death in 1875. In 1891, the landlady was a 67-year-old widow, Mrs Georgina Owen. At that time, there were still iron railings at the front of the inn. The front seating areas to either side of the entrances retain comfortable secluded leather seating whilst the rear half could be said to resemble a cafe.
- Buck Inn
19 High Street
A 17th century timber and thatch building believed to have been turned into a pub in the 18th century. If transported to a rural village and placed on its own tourists would coo and aaah at it. The pubs internal partitions were unfortunately opened out a few years ago making it almost open plan but the wooden beams and stone flooring remain. The pub has recently changed hands with the new landlord open to trying different beers from the Marston's /Banks range. A narrow drinking area with tables and chairs can be found to the front, it catches the sun earlier in the day, and rear patio area for outside drinking is also available.
- Elephant & Castle
Large Georgian coaching inn on banks of River Severn having benefitted from extensive refurbishment in recent years. This has partially recreated the places old multi roomed feel that was lost when Cains Brewery turned it open plan in the late 1990's. To the left of the entrance are comfy sofas, to the right is the main bar area with TV screens showing live sport. There is a separate dining area to the left of the main bar. There are usually two real ales on sometimes three. Brains Rev James and Three Tuns xxx often feature. The hotel reception is found at the very front to the left but is not always manned and bar staff cannot always see people waiting especially when busy. The river wall is located alongside and is popular on warm nights and afternoons with some benches as well, to the rear is a car park and further buildings. A riverside restaurant and hotel breakfast is found in one along with hotel rooms marketed as more upmarket Riverside Rooms and cheaper Bothy Rooms, the hotel rooms above the public bar have been recently refurbished. A large function room with own bar is also found at the rear – a favourite for weddings etc.
The building was the towns Flannel Exchange built in 1832 when the town and district was prosperous off the back of this trade the building now trades as the Regent Centre also hosting the town’s cinema and night club. The pub itself is situated in the basement of the building and is semi subterranean. In March 2019 after a period of closure it underwent a refurbishment, creating an open plan sports bar. The new look is dominated by a large number of TVs showing a host of different sporting events. The main drinking areas are set with high tables , benches and stools, but there are a couple of raised areas to the left and right of the main entrance where comfortable, lower seating can be found. At the far end of the pub is the spacious games area with two pool table and two new dart oches. At present three ales are on offer, two from Shropshire breweries.
Short Bridge Street
Originally a coaching Inn – the Red Lion Hotel dating from c1720 the Lion no longer performs that function and some of the property has been sold off, supposedly it once stretched to the corner of High St though the adjoining shop next door bears the name Lion as well. An outdoor drinking area for smokers is found down the ex carriageway & arch, inside the current landlord markets it as a Newtown’s top sports pub and sky screens and sport tv abound. The bar is located on the left hand side and towards the backs there is raised area which has been given over to Karaoke and Discos at the weekend. Recently the one hand pump has had its badge steadfastly turned around and it appears the serving of real ale has been given up.
- Monty Club
11 Broad Street
This was a hotel (the Unicorn) up to 1918 and then became the British Legion, the date 1696 is prominent above the main entrance. A few years ago the declining membership decided on a rebrand and rename to reflect modern times. Despite its club name it does function as a public house and is used by all ages. Its location right in the centre of town and with a taxi rank outside makes it popular with the older members of the community. A pool room is to be found to the right of the main entrance with a long lounge to the left the bar is some way back in the middle of the building a large function room is to be found to the rear and upstairs there are small rooms which can be used for meeting and further pool and snooker tables. Pictures, paintings and other wall furnishings reflecting the clubs military associated heritage are prominent throughout. The club has been shortlisted for a GBG entry a few times. However, in the past with only one ale on and the odd poor quality pint reported it has been marked down. A recent makeover has improved the interior with fresh paint and new wooden flooring, and two changing guest beers may soon be on offer.
- Newtown AFC Social Club
Clubhouse for the adjacent football club. Rebuilt in the early 1990's after a major fire destroyed the original building.
- Newtown Bowling Club
Back Lane, Town Centre
Social clubhouse next door to the bowling green. There are 3 full size snooker tables available.
- Queens Head
An old street corner pub that’s lost its adjoining terraced neighbours on both streets. Its only one of two pubs situated on the main road through town, limited car parking available next to the outdoor smokers area. Basic interior adorned with pictures of old Newtown including the floods from the early 1960’s. There’s a raised area with pool table toward the rear. Very much a regular community local with darts, dominoes and pool teams operating from it. The real ale on offer is from Tetleys
- Railway Tavern
Old Kerry Rd
As the name suggests can be found near to the towns railway station, evening arrivals can produce a sudden surge as the tavern is the first port of call on way into town. The Tavern is single room establishment at the end of a terrace no larger than 2 rooms in a Victorian working class terraced house combined. Taff the current landlord has been here for 35 years and the pub has been in the Good Beer Guide continuously since 1996 possibly the smallest establishment to merit an entry UK wide? Despite its small size it has been one of the mainstays of real ale in Mid Wales for many years with three hand pumps always on, a tv shows sporting events, the jukebox is well patronised. The fire can make the place very warm allegedly a plot by the landlord to make customers drink more or so say the regulars! However to the right of it on the wall is a list of pubs/hotels that once existed in the town this is well worth a read as the current day town boosts 20 licensed pubs and clubs for its 12,000 population marvel at why it needed another near 50 in years gone by!
17, Severn St
Formally the Monty’s Brewery tap. The Sportsman became a free house in 2020 when the brewery's lease ended. There are always 5 ales and a selection of real ciders on, making it a real ale/real cider Mecca for quite some distance, certainly on the Welsh side of the border! Not surprisingly this is the HQ for CAMRA Montgomeryshire! A former Good Beer Guide regular which featured in the first guide in 1972 the pub suffered a long decline in the late 90’s and closed in the mid 2000’s. Fortunately when Monty’s Brewery wanted to set up a brewery tap the building was boarded up and for sale, a complete refurbishment followed and re-opened in April 2010 with an experienced landlord on hand. The pub has gone from strength to strength which it needed to as it can only really do wet sales due to the small kitchen. With 15 licensed premises within a 5 minute walk for a town of 18,000 there’s plenty of competition. Its success is down to quality and offering something different. The building itself is a Georgian three story brick affair and a pub calling itself the New Inn was recorded in 1800. A comfy lounge area is to be found to the right of the entrance with the main public bar and log fire to the left. Through the archway toward the back is a pool table and TV screen and to the rear there’s a small outside drinking area mainly used by smokers. Voted Montgomeryshire branch pub of the year 2013 and Welsh cider/perry pub of the year 2014! Vaping is welcomed!
- Victoria Vaults
15 Broad Street
One of Newtown’s single room establishments in the Irish/Scots tradition the basic no frills Vic Vaults is found in a three story Georgian building in the town centre. A rectangular bar sits in the middle of the one room which still has space for tv and jukebox, there are indoor toilets and an outside smoking area to the rear. Once owned by a James Nunn who had a short lived brewery to the rear of the property and these days an interesting and well kept guest beer is seen rotated on the bar. Like most pubs in the town it relies on wet sales and a steady number seem to drink here all day long, it tends not to get descended on by the youthful weekend crowd too badly and can be something of a haven on a busy Saturday night.
- Waggon & Horses
Situated in an older residential part of town the opposite side of the River Severn to the town centre approximately three quarters of a mile walk. The building was originally the canal agents office for the nearby Montgomery Canal terminus, the last couple of miles of the canal was closed and filled in back in the 1930’s however restoration work has taken place and a pathway/cycle way now exists along the old canal bed all the way to Welshpool – the canal itself starts again 2 miles or so from the Pub but is not currently navigable. The Wagon as its known is part community local and part Restaurant with the best beer garden in the town by a long shot. The left hand bar has a television, photographs and trophies with strong emphasis on sport and a games room with pool table leads off from it. The right hand bar is now used more as a reception room for the restaurant which is located at the rear. The restaurant and the landlords cooking have a good reputation locally and booking is recommended. Its known as the restaurant in the garden and overlooks the beer garden which is fairly large, flat and child friendly with play areas, its also a sun trap on better days which makes it a rarity in the area.
- 23 Social 12-13 Broad Street Newtown SY16 2NA ku.oc.laicos32@nimda(01686) 888230
- Pen-y-Bont Llanerch Emrys
- Penybont Inn
Pen-y-Bont Llanerch Emrys
Very pleasant village pub in the lower Tanat Valley. Well maintained and very comfortable lounge and separate pool room and bar. The bar has a large screen tv for sports fans. No regular public transport but worth the drive. Deceptively small on the outside, the interior is almost tardis like in comparison. There is a large car park at the rear with the back of the pub accessed via an arched wooden structure. Converted from a smithy to a pub in the middle of the 20th century. It replaced the much older New Inn which could be found just over the bridge aside the river Tanat. The guest ale is usually sourced from a regional brewery.
- Penybont Inn Pen-y-Bont Llanerch Emrys SY10 9JQ firstname.lastname@example.org(01691) 828243
- Railway Inn
Dating from the 18th century this friendly Grade II listed village pub has many original features including a slate floor and settles in the bar. The pub consists of a lounge/dining room, public bar and a small snug (known as the farmers room). The menu features locally sourced food wherever possible. Gets very busy with the influx of tourists during the summer months and when ever the six nations rugby is on! Even though the pub does not have a car park there is a free village one about 100 metres away. Named after the nearby Cambrian railway line which closed in the 1950's.
- Railway Inn Penybontfawr SY10 0NU moc.kooltuo@9102nniyawliareht(01691) 860447
- Royal Oak
Small country local hidden deep in the countryside and very much off the beaten track. The pub can be found via a small road just off the Meifod and Llanfair road. Situated along the Glyndwr way, the pub is a haven for walkers exploring this beautiful part of Mid Wales. There has been a pub on this site since the 17th century. Upon entry via saloon style doors there are two bars which are accessed via a small hallway with a games room just off the larger of these rooms. There is a restaurant which has recently been brought back into use with meals now available at the weekend only. The beer is usually sourced from the Purple Moose brewery. Occasionally Greene King Abbot Ale and Shepherd Neame Spitfire will replace the local ale. The building next door once upon a time housed a Lloyds bank!
- Royal Oak Pontrobert, Meifod Pontrobert SY22 6HY email@example.com(01938) 500243
- Pool Quay
- Powis Arms
The Powis Arms is an 18th century coaching inn located in a historic hamlet. The sign reflects the name(The Quay) by which the pub has been nicknamed locally. Pool Quay was a major port on the River Severn before the demise of river transport due to the evolving rail industry. Saved from closure in 2007 when it's then owners Powis Estates tried to get permission to convert into two houses. Located on the Montgomery canal, the Powis Arms is popular with walkers using the towpath. The pub sign is a joy to behold and is well worth a detailed look. Worth ringing ahead as opening times may alter and pub may open earlier than the advertised hours. New tenants have installed a 3rd handpump with a beer festival planned in the future.
- Powis Arms Pool Quay SY21 9JS ku.oc.smra-siwop@ofni(01938) 590255
- Sarn (The)
Established in 1884 this small village pub is the hub of the local community. Sarn is a Welsh word meaning a 'causeway' and so it is possible that the village takes its name from the road built along the valley which passes from Churchstoke to Kerry over the flat, somewhat marshy area between Sarn village and Gwern-y-go. Purchased from Admiral Taverns by Claire Austin Hardy Plants Limited in late 2017. The pub reopened in August 2018 after an extensive refurbishment and has been restored to it's former glory. It has now been renamed 'The Sarn'. A flower shop which opens at 10am, is attached in conjunction with the associated plants business.
- Sarn (The) Sarn SY16 4EJ ku.oc.stnalpydrah-nitsuaerialc@seiriuqne(01686) 670880
- Red Lion
Beamed village pub with a pleasant view across the valley. The public bar is wood panelled and has an impressive stone inglenook and wood burning stove. The pool room is situated via a couple of steps off the bar and there is a restaurant area to the right as you enter. The pub attracts a mixed clientele and has a relaxed feel to it. There are outside drinking areas at the front and rear. The building directly to the left was once the other inn in the village, the Belle Vue Tavern which closed in the early 20th century.
- Red Lion Trefeglwys SY17 5PH moc.loa@8591ebabybguR(01686) 430934
12 Berriew St
Extensively enlarged and modernised town centre pub. Small snug to right of main door as a reminder of how it was. Large number of tv screens(more than Dixons) showing sport, rather then music videos later at night. Drink prices are reduced between four pm and eight pm during the week. Smoking area/ beer garden at the rear. Three beers are on offer, two of which are from Shropshire breweries.
- Bay Tree Vintage Tea Rooms
5 & 6 Church Street
The Bay Tree has just restarted serving real ale from Thursday-Saturday in response to customer demand. One ale only at present. A good selection of bottled ales always available. It is possibly the quirkiest real ale establishment in the branch area, certainly the only one with reclaimed scaffold planks for walls. The collection of signs and memorabilia from days gone by has to be seen to be believed, worth a visit for this alone. There is a dining room on the first floor in use during the evening. The food is of high quality, additionally a selection of cocktails is available for those not drinking ale.
- Green Dragon
A Grade II listed town pub which was established way back in 1754 and relies completely on wet sales. Large open bar on two levels with a pool table at the higher level and a comfortable lower level with large screen TV. Originally much smaller, the pub was extended into the house next door in the early 1980's. There is a small function room with it's own bar to the rear. Even though only one ale is served, it is sourced locally and is usually a good standard.
- Old Bakehouse
14 Church Street
A micro pub that opened in the site of an Old Bakehouse in the town in September 2021. Local real ale, traditional cider, craft ales, wines and a small selection of Welsh spirits are sold. The aim of this micro pub is to be a small bar selling traditional drinks in a traditional way with no tv’s, no fruit machines, no jukebox but just good old fashioned conversation. There is a relaxed, chilled out environment where you can unwind and meet friends or just come and sit with a quiet drink and a good book. The emphasis is to sell local and Welsh products to drink on the premises or take home and enjoy. Although no food is served, basic pub snacks are on sale. There is a smart, enclosed outside drinking area. The premises also opens from 11am for teas and coffees with alcohol sold from midday onwards.
- Pheasant Inn
43 High Street
The Pheasant is a Grade II listed building in a terrace of 18th century former town houses, a document dated 1747 noting it was newly built. The false exterior timbering added in the early 1980's has been removed greatly improving the look of the pub. Much modified internally the pub is now one room with pool and darts in the middle. A door towards the rear gives access to the outdoor drinking/ smoking area. In the latter part of the 20th century twice weekly discos were held in an upstairs room, now no longer in use. In days gone by this wet let local was The Upper Pheasant, this was because the Westwood was also know as the Pheasant. A third guest ale is sometimes available at the weekends making this a must stop on any pub tour.
- Raven Inn
The pub is situated next to the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway station. It has an olde world atmosphere and is popular with diners. There is an old photo in the bar at The Raven which shows the site as a row of old cottages, the centre one being an ale house called The Black Lion. The pub is listed in Slater's Directory of 1858 as the Raven with Samuel Oliver as landlord. The pub has now expanded into most of the cottages. It pre-dates the light railway which opened in 1903. The line now terminates at the rear of the pub, but in former times carried on through the town to a terminus near the main line station. Reopened in May 2018 after a major refurbishment. It is contemporary, clean and light while maintaining the traditional and historical elements of its previous incarnations. There are 5 different spaces that all flow through the pub, two open fires, oak and slate flooring, and an eclectic mix of furniture.
- Royal Oak Hotel
The building was the manor house of Earls of Powis and has been a hotel in the centre of the market town and former administrative capital of Montgomeryshire for many years. The hotel part now trades under the Coaching Inn Group name but is still family owned, it offers 25 rooms starting at 60 per room per night. Visit Wales 3 star rated. The hotel has a large function room available for weddings and its own secure car park. The ground floor is multi roomed with the main bar to the left of the main entrance, armchairs and tables are available along with coffee and cakes. There are numerous smaller rooms that can be used for eating in or meeting. Another bar named the Ostlers is to be found to one side of the establishment away form the main reception and hotel customers more pitched at the local market though you won't find the choice of real ale in here. The Oak is most unusual for a 3 star hotel in that it does have a choice of real ales albeit at hotel prices. The whole place is adorned with photographs of old Welshpool and newspapers including the sports section of the Telegraph hung above the urinals!
- Smithfield Bell
This Marston's purpose built food led outlet is Montgomeryshire's newest pub opening in 2012. It is named after the former Smithfield cattle market on which the pub is built. Even though almost all the pub is given over to food real ales are sold. Although 3 real ales are normally sold this can reduce down to 2 at quieter periods!
- Talbot Inn
16 High Street
Wet sales & sports focussed house in town centre. The building frontage has black and white timbers. As stated on a plaque on the pub-"The timber frame on the left end is probably 16th century. In the 19th century the entrance was flanked by a pair of marbled Tuscan Columns". In the early years, it was called the Corner House Inn! Right hand bar has jukebox and tv showing live sport, left hand side there is a games room. Pub has active dominoes and darts teams. To the rear there is an extensive outside drinking are with many tables under cover as well as covered smoking areas – probably largest outdoor drinking area in town. Grade II listed.
Formerly built as a coaching inn and known locally as "The Westwood" this is a traditional pub with bed and breakfast. A lot of local teams use the pub as their base. There is a comfortable bar area, which has a pool table, dart board and juke box, and a quieter lounge area. An interesting array of ales are sourced from both national and regional breweries.
- Angel 12 Berriew St Welshpool SY21 7SQ (01938) 553473