Photo courtesy of Dave Jones from RATS
Crown Inn, Main Road, Llantwit Fardre, CF38 2HL
The Crown is large and imposing corner pub on the A473 between Treforest and Talbot Green. With a bus stop outside, numbers 100 and 400, this is an easy pub to reach, alternatively there is a large car park to the rear. The Crown Inn dates from at least 1851 and the new owners have improved the pub no end with an attractive refurbishment of the interior, the addition of a quality menu and by being adventurous in their beer range.
The interior of the Crown is open-plan for the most part with a dinning area to the left and a more traditional pub seating area to the right with wall-backed bench seating. Towards the rear is a wooden-beamed area with comfortable couches and there is also a separate function room. Outside, adjacent to the car park is a patio area for when the weather becomes a bit warmer.
The large bar area has 4 handpumps mounted on it, serving real ales such as Hancock's HB and guest beers from local breweries such as the Otley Brewery. Behind the bar are a collection of pumpclips this pub has served recently with breweries from across the country being well-represented including Tomos Watkin Cwrw Haf, Fuller's London Pride, Brain's Rev James and Hook Norton. Also on handpump is Happy Daze, a local cider made by Gwynt Y Ddraig, the Welsh Cider and Perry Company, whose farm is situated on the hill behind the pub. The Crown also offers some bottles ciders from Gwynt y Ddraig including their Autumn Magic – a cider blended with blackcurrants and Orchard Gold.
A good range of food is available 12-2 and 6-9, the menu featuring lasagne, chilli, omelettes made with free-range eggs and hand-cut chips. In addition to the menu on the tables there is also a separate specials board.
The Crown features regular live music on Friday nights as well as quiz nights on Sundays, all help to make this a real community pub, along with the signs saying “Families Welcome”. The welcome even extends to well behaved dogs on leads in this pub.
Latest on the bar:
Wickwar Coopers 3.5%
Box Steam Brewery Chuffin Ale 4%
Gwynt y Ddraig Happy Daze 4.5%
In the cellar:Wickwar Long John Silver 4.2%
20p off a pint for card-carrying CAMRA members!
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