Panton Arms, Pentraeth
About: The Panton Arms, please see below!
Regular Purple Moose Beers: Glaslyn
Wednesday - Quiz Night
Thursday - Steak Night
Friday - Music (most Fridays)
Sunday - A Great Sunday Lunch.
Address: Pentraeth, Anglesey, LL75 8AZ
Tel: 01248 451 043
Did you know: Charles Dickens once stayed here on his way to write about the Royal Charter disaster.
Royal Sportsman Hotel, Porthmadog
About: The Royal Sportsman is Porthmadog's premier hotel, offering a 4-star experience at 3-star prices. It is the only full-service quality hotel in the town, among the top three AA & Visit Wales 3-star hotels in all of
It has 2 AA Rosettes for its cooking, one of only five in Gwynedd to achieve such status, and meals are served either in the homely bar, comfortable lounge, or elegant 60-seater restaurant. Naturally the traditional-style bar serves Purple Moose real ales, as well as other leading draft and bottled beers, lagers, wines and cocktails! Children and dogs are particularly welcome here.
Independently owned and managed by a friendly new owner, the hotel is a place of genuine warmth, character and comfort with welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable staff. It has 28 small and larger rooms that are comfortable, clean, unfussy and newly-refurbished. There is free WIFI throughout, free on-site covered parking for customers/guests, free electric car charging points, and free drying and storage facilities for outdoor lovers such as golfers, cyclists and walkers.
It also offers incentive vouchers to visit around 20 key local visitor attractions! Centrally located, the hotel is at the quieter end of Porthmadog High Street, in a town often described as the ‘Gateway of Snowdonia’. It is very close to the Harbour, Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, Portmeirion, lots of shops. . . and, of cousre, the Purple Moose brewery!
Events: It provides special dinner menus for occasions such as Valentine’s, Mothers’ Day, Christmas Parties and X-Mas Day Lunch, and New Year’s Eve. It regularly hosts celebration parties, commiseration functions, and community group meetings.
Address: 131 High Street, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9HB
Tel: 01766 512 015
Did you know: In 2013 the hotel and its former owner featured on a well-known national TV ‘reality’ series. This led to a few negative comments - but thousands of extra website hits. With the new owner, that interest has translated into record numbers of bookings! All publicity is good – if handled correctly. . .
Built in 1862 as a traditional coaching inn, the hotel still has local Blaenau Ffestiniog slate visible outside. Inside it retains many features, such as stone and slate fireplaces in Gelert's Bar and the lounge. Floors may occasionally creak and the walls be a little offline, but its heritage has been preserved throughout extensive restoration and refurbishment.
The Albion Ale House, Conwy
About: A unique 1920's pub where four local breweries work together to offer the highest quality beers, wines and spirits in a relaxing sociable atmosphere.
Events: 6 Nations Rugby is the only exception to our rule of no TV! So why not call in during the tournament to watch games and enjoy the Calon Lan Ale especially brewed by Purple Moose Brewery for the Tournament.
Address: The Albion Ale House, Uppergate Street, Conwy, LL32 8RF
Tel: 01492 582 484
Did you Know: The Albion was featured in the Gurdians article "The best bars in the World", see below:
When separating good pubs from exceptional ones, what matters most? Appearance? Of course. No one wants a boozer that looks like it's been assembled from an alcoholic Ikea catalogue.Atmosphere? Obviously. Beer? Goes without saying. The Albion ticks all those boxes and a few others. It sits within the town's 13th-century walls, just off Conwy's refreshingly chain-free high street.
Its art deco interior is less a dusted-down museum piece, more a well-appointed time capsule. The modern world – rolling sports coverage, happy hours, fruit machines juke box – never got a look in. After Punch Taverns deemed the pub a dead loss and jettisoned it in 2010, a businessman took the site on and offered it to Llandudno brewery Great Orme.
Feeling too small to take it on alone, it proposed bringing in three other brewers – Conwy Brewery, Bragdy Nant in Llanrwst, and Purple Moose from Porthmadog.
Each brewery gets to use the pub as a showcase space. It's this welcome shot of community spirit(s) that elevates the place to the exceptional.