Monday, 4 October 2010

Black Cock Beer Festival this Weekend


Black Cock Inn, Waunwaelod Way, Caerphilly, CF83 1BD
Beerex this weekend Friday 8th October 6-midnight, 12-12 Sat & Sun 9th & 10th

Situated on the wooded mountain road between Caerphilly and Cardiff, the Black Cock is half-timbered in the pre-war Brewers' Tudor style but this fa├žade hides an older building as photos within the pub show. The Black Cock features a large car park and outside drinking area as well as a choice of dining and drinking rooms inside. The lounge on the right-hand side of the building features a stone-built wood-burning fireplace and wooden floorboards, conversation dominates in this small room which is extremely popular with both customers and their dogs. Thankfully this pub has not been knocked into one large space and still retains separate rooms, popular with customers who prove they like it by their attendance. An odd collection of tables, chairs and settles add to the interest in this room, together with the half- panelled wooden walls which may date back to the rebuilding of this pub in the 1930s. Old photos of Caerphilly, aerial photographs of the pub and rugby memorabilia adorn the walls of the lounge. Pewter tankards hang from wooden beams on the ceiling and the bar is built out of wood with an unusual feature being the rough-sawn planks which make up the top of the bar. A good range of real ales are available including Hancocks HB and Wye Valley Butty Bach as the regular beers with guest beers from brewers such as Vale of Glamorgan and Cottage adding to the range. The Black Cock also hosts a regular annual beer festival, held over this weekend this year, featuring 30 beers from across Britain. Draught cider is also available from the the International Cidermaker of the Year, Gwynt Y Ddraig, with one of their ciders behind the bar, recently the aptly named Dog Dancer has been making an appearance.
The lounge does have a projector and screen but this is only used for major sporting events, usually conversation is left to dominate the pub. A sign above the bar says, “Dogs welcome but children must be kept on a lead at all times!” A bit tongue in cheek but if you like dogs and good beer and food then this is the pub for you.
To the left of the bar is the extensive dining area and the Black Cock has a good reputation for food with curry nights on Tuesdays and steak nights on Wednesdays. In addition there is a separate seafood menu. The ingredients for the food are locally sourced wherever possible and booking for Sunday lunch is advisable. Food is served all day with the menus changing throughout the day.
Despite being in an isolated position, the Black Cock is extremely popular with regular customers and their dogs as well as with customers from further afield who are also made to feel welcome in this great pub.

Beer list:
Art Brew GHB 4.6%
Art Brew Monkey IPA 6.0%
Beartown Oktoberfest 5.0%
Beer Rocks Play On 4.2%
Box Steam Chuffin Ale 4%
Box Steam Piston Broke 5%
Bulmastiff Brewery tbc x2
Celt Experience Native Storm 4.4%
Cottage Brewery Lord Nelson
Cottage Brewery Normans Conquest 7%
Robinsons Battering Ram 4%
Goffs Cheltenham 4.7%
Heart of Wales Phoenix Gold 4.2%
Hook Norton Oxford Copper 4.8%
Hook norton Old Hooky 4.6%
Hydes Manchester Finest 4.5%
Jennings Crag Rat 4.3%
Lees Coronation Street 4.2%
Mayfields Leominster Ducking Stool 4.2%
Mayfields Leominster Hop Pickers Gold 4.0%
Newman's Last Lion of Britain 5%
Newman's Red Castle Cream 4.7%
Newman's Red Stag 3.6%
Newman's Wolvers' Ale 4.1%
Old Mill Fire & Brimstone 3.9%
Roosters Jasmine Pale Ale 5%
Roosters Yorkshire Roosters YPA 4.3%
Skinners Pennycomequick 4.5%
Slaters Top Totty 4%
Slaters Why Not 3.6%
Wharfebank Tether Blond 4.1%
Wickwar BOB 4%
Wickwar Rite Flanker 4.3%
Woodlands Nantwich Generals Tipple 5.5%
Woodlands Nantwich Super IPA 6.4%
Wye Valley HPA 4%
Wye Valley Wholesome Stout 4.6%

8 ciders will also be available.

Google Map:

Journey Planner, the pub is a short walk from the main road:

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