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Britannia Inn, Llangollen - pub details

Address: Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen, Clwyd, LL20 8DW [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 39945) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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Visited in September 2009.

The Britannia Inn ( or "The Famous Britannia Inn" as it likes to be called ) is a large attractive looking roadside inn/restaurant on the A542 a few miles outside Llangollen, close to the scenic Horseshoe Pass and the Ponderosa Cafe, a popular meeting point for bikers.

The Inn dates back to 1462 and was previously a group of cottages used as accommodation by monks from the nearby Valle Crucis Abbey who brewed ales on the premises.

I'm afraid the interior has little if anything to appeal to the traditional pub goer. It's got that Harvester family restaurant look and feel to it throughout ( not that I frequent Harvesters, I hasten to add ) with matching light pine furniture and place mats everywhere. Mr & Mrs 2.4 children were present in droves during my early evening visit, taking advantage of the all day standard pub menu and it is clear that this is where the establishment has positioned itself.

Despite seeing the Theakstons logo above the entrance door and Theakstons umbrellas on the outside tables, there did not appear to be any Theakstons beers on offer. Two real ales were on - Barley Gold and Thirst Brew from Offa's Dyke Brewery in Trefonen, near Oswestry. My pint of the former - served in a Theakstons branded glass naturally - was an enjoyable pint, but this is not a drinkers pub.

I spent a pleasant half hour or so sitting outside in the early evening sunshine, despite the constant stream of leather clad bikers roaring past on their way to / from the Ponderosa Cafe, but, if you do decide to call in, don't expect anything remotely resembling a normal pub experience.
JohnBonser - 6 Apr 2010 09:04
Styling itself as the 'Famous Britannia Inn', this hotel is located a couple of miles north of Llangollen, on the ascent up the mountain pass to northern Denbighshire.
Flags fly from the spacious and well-kept garden area, and the inside is pretty well looked after and geared up for dining, although it isn't characterless and drinkers are welcomed.
It's a long, one-roomed affair with a low ceiling and semi-distinct areas, a mixture of traditional and modern furnishings. The scenery is pretty good so a window seat can add to the experience.
Limited but sound range of cask ales- Theakstons XB and a Stonehouse guest. The latter was OK.
It's not a must visit and is more of a restaurant, but I didn't mind it here and would probably return.
Carlurmston - 1 Apr 2010 16:57

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