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Bessies

Gwaun Valley, Pontfaen, Wales
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A Gem of a Pub

Bessie a legend in her lifetime. Nothing but praise for the best pint of Bass in Uk. A must visit... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2018
Peter I
,
Bristol
step back in time

If you've taken the trouble to find this, then chances are that like me you will absolutely love... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2018
trevorc28
,
Fareham, UK
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  • Very good15%
  • Average0%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“bass” (21 reviews)
“old lady” (4 reviews)
“the pub” (7 reviews)
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Gwaun Valley, Pontfaen, Wales
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Bessie a legend in her lifetime. Nothing but praise for the best pint of Bass in Uk. A must visit for anyone who likes nostalgia. We go back every time we are in Pembroke. It was nice to see Bessie at 88 still the landlady...More

1  Thank Peter I
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

If you've taken the trouble to find this, then chances are that like me you will absolutely love it..

Thank trevorc28
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Reviewed 24 May 2018

Called in after along and interesting walk got a lovely pint of Bass served through a hatch by a jug by her granddaughter if you wanted another drink you had to ring a bell it was like going back sixtey years Bessi was in a...More

2  Thank 831jdav
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

Something of an institution and a hark back to old days. Just a NICE NICE visit and so please we went. Extremely freindly and well worth the visit but dont expect a Wetherpoons...thank heavens!!

3  Thank Baldbutsexy
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

Not sure what some reviewers are expecting, this is a traditional old country pub, basically a few seats, a fire and a serving hatch. Beer is from the barrel into a jug. It is not palatial (although it is frequented by royals), it is not...More

11  Thank Mark W
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Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

We popped in late afternoon on a Friday. There were two others in the pub, a roaring fire in the stove and a couple of Labradors steaming dry in front of it. The Bass was good and our daughter enjoyed a packet of peanuts while...More

1  Thank Genwen77
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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

A hidden gem in a lost valley. Simply wonderful. Made incredibly welcome by Bessie and an excellent pint of Bass. Well off the beaten track and a must for anyone with an interest of a life gone by. After 67 years running the place Bessie...More

Thank Graham T
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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Bass beer, from 1930, in a front room from 1930, served through a hatch, in jugs, by Bessie (born in 1930). Amazing.

2  Thank EatLikeKings32
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

A must go and visit this old fashioned pub.good beer. a good welcome from the lady who served us on leaving Aunt Bessie bid us farewell. LONG LIVE AUNT BESSIE.!

1  Thank COLIN W
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Reviewed 28 July 2017

What a dump, thank god that with the progress of time, this back in the good old days pub will change for the better or close for ever, I cant see the point of wallowing in the nostalgia of days gone by, drinking ordinary beer...More

8  Thank helgw
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kencockrell
2 October 2017|
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Response from Chrissie M |
It's proper name is The Dyffryn Arms. the good pub guide lists it as Pontfaen, Fishguard, Cwm Gwaun, Wales, SA65 9SE - different post code to the last contributor. but ask anyone - its a local institution
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Linda F
12 February 2017|
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Response from StevePenfro |
I'll be quite honest, I wouldn't bank on it. The mainstay is ale , served from a jug. There will be a few bottles of lager and possibly Cider. The pub is in a rather isolated, very rural and beautiful location and is a trip... More
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crossmytease
29 June 2015|
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Response from Erylvet | Reviewed this property |
Whenever you fancy a pint you'll be served (so long as the kitchen light is on)
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