Thursday 20 June 2024

Now & Then, the Uplands Tavern, Swansea


The Uplands Hotel, Swansea has expanded into a neighbouring building since this picture was taken in the 1950s when it was a pub owned by Evan Evans Bevan Vale of Neath Brewery. Now renamed the Uplands Tavern and owned by Greene King Brewery, the Tav, as its known as, has a connection to Dylan Thomas who drank there and in most other Swansea pubs.

Previous owners: Whitbread

Wednesday 19 June 2024

Now & Then, former Dulais Rock ph, Aberdulais

 The former Dulais Rock pub, Aberdulais, pictured in the 1950s when owned by Evan Evans Bevan Vale of Neath Brewery. The building apparently dates back to the 17th Century but closed in 2009, Wales Online has some interior photos from 2019 here

Owners after the Vale of Neath Brewery include Whitbread and Punch Taverns.

Tuesday 18 June 2024

Now & Then, former Farmers Arms, Resolven, Neath


The former Farmers Arms, Glynneath Road, Resolven, Neath, marked as a "Beer House" on the 1888 Ordnance Survey Map, as opposed to a fully licensed "Public House". Was owned by Evan Evans Bevan Brewery of Neath who sold out to Whitbread in 1967 as the family preferred to live in the Channel Islands as tax exiles. The pub closed in 2019 and has since been converted to housing and is now called "Farmers Lodge". Also known as the Ynysbipan Arms, there was a campaign by locals to save the pub

Other former Evan Evans Bevan Vale of Neath Brewery pubs in Resolven were:

The New Inn, New Inn Place, now the Nisa shop, closed around 2004

The Gored Hotel/Gored Arms, Melincourt, demolished

The Vaughan Arms, the last pub in the village closed in 2020


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