Wednesday 7 July 2010
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Bush Inn, Main Road, Llantwit Fardre, CF38 2EP
The Bush Inn was built in the nineteenth century and stands set back from the main road in Llantwit Fardre. A two-storey whitewashed building with adjacent car park and a centrally placed entrance, the interior of the Bush is almost open plan but old stone walls with windows in them help break up the interior spacing. The stone-built structure of the pub is visible inside and a welcoming cast iron firegrate adds to the atmosphere of this pub. The interior is a mixture of bare stone walls, whitewashed walls and a bar carved out of dark wood. Photographs of the customers, the local area and framed, signed rugby shirts together with old water jugs from Bushmills and other producers add to the unique atmosphere of this popular pub.
The bar, on the right hand side as you walk in, features two real ales, another two are on the other side of the bar towards the rear as the bar twists round to the pool table and wide-screen section. On the left hand side as you walk in is a large seating area which is able to maintain its distinctiveness from the rest of the pub. The Bush proudly displays a sign outside and on the carpets inside that it is a free house, so they are able to source their real ales from any brewery they choose to. Beers have featured from local breweries such as Tomos Watkin as well as from other breweries further afield such as Red Squirrel from Hertfordshire and Tring Brewery. Dark beers are extremely popular in the Bush and tend to sell out quickly. Glass tankards from the regular customers hang above the bar. Welsh cider is available in bottles, made locally by Gwynt Y Ddraig cider, who are situated not too far away from the Bush.
The Bush is a popular community pub with all ages using it, whether to read newspapers in the front section or to play pool and watch sports on the widescreen television in the rear. To the back of the pub is a patio section with a separate heated smoking shelter, a nice touch to cater for those who feel they have been ostracised by the Draconian legislation the outgoing Government have passed. The Bush features regular live music on Saturday nights but most nights the atmosphere of the Bush is dominated by the friendly conversation of the regular drinkers in this CAMRA Good Beer Guide recommended pub. Two quizzes are held every week on Tuesday and Wednesday as well as open mike sessions on Thursday.
Buses 100, 400 stop outside