Tuesday 13 January 2009

Oldest Pubs in Wales

The Skirrid Mountain Inn claims to be the oldest pub in Wales but only dates from 1640 at the earliest. Here is a list of older Welsh pubs:

Llanthony Abbey Hotel, Monmouthshire, dates from 1107, though first mention as an inn, the Travellers Rest, is in 1852. Which still makes it 7 years older than the first mention of the Skirrid Inn as a beerhouse in 1859.

Priory Inn, Lower Priory, Nr Milford Haven, 1100s, though only became a pub around 1986.

King's Head, Llandovery, 1100s

Old House, Llangynwydd, 1147

Llindir Inn, Henllan 1200s

Old Nag's Head, Monmouth, 1200s,

Cross Keys Inn, Swansea, 1300s

Pen-y-Bont, Llarwsrt, 1300s

Sun Inn, Rhewl, 1300s

Rhydspence Inn, Rhydsence, 1300s

Blue Anchor, East Aberthaw, 1380

Plough & Harrow, Monknash 1383

Duke's Arms, originally the Talbot, Presteigne 1480

Red Lion, Llanafan Fawr, 1400s

Harp, Old Radnor, 1400s

Kings' Arms, Abergavenny, 1500s

Robin Hood, Monmouth, 1500s

Murenger House, Newport, 1520s

Black Boy, Caernarfon, 1522

Radnorshire Arms, Beguildy, 1500s

Old Swan, Llantwit Major 1500s

Plough & Harrow, Murton, Gower, 1500s

Duke of Wellington, Cowbridge , was the Half Moon, 1500s

Three Tuns, Hay on Wye, 1500s

Hanbury Arms, Caerleon, 1560s, though the tower is Norman!

Red Lion, Llanfihangel-Nant-Melan, 1500s

Fforest Inn, Llanfihangel-Nant-Melan, 1500s

Wheelwright Arms, Erwood, 1500s

New Inn, Newbridge, Radnor, 1500s

Bridge End Inn, Crickhowell, 1500s

Llanerch Inn, Llandrindod Wells, 1500s

Crown, Rhayader, 1500s,

Red Lion, Llangadog, 1500s

Brunant Arms, Caio, 1500s

Radnorshire Arms, Presteigne, 1530s, but only became a pub 1792

Cornhill, Rhayader, 1540

Lion, Trellech, 1560

Groes Inn Hotel, Conwy, 1573

Fishers Arms, Cellan, 1580

Penrhyn Old Hall, Penrhyn Bay, 1590

Lion Royal Hotel, Rhayader 1600s

Old Stag, Llangernyw, 1600s

Olde Bulls Head Inn, Beaumaris, 1645 at least

So there we have the list of 43 Welsh pubs that date to before the Skirrid Inn was built.


Anonymous said...

The Old Swan Inn claims to be early 12th Century??

Unknown said...

The Ty Mawr, Gwyddelwern, Denbighshire also has claims of the oldest pub, being from the 12th century.

Anonymous said...

Red Lion, Penderyn 1100's


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