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We stayed two doors from here. The day we went for a beer a Welsh Male Voice Choir turned up. It... read more

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Dyffryn Arms

Bass served all day from the barrels or bottled beer or traditional cider also on draft. Run by... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2018
Caz R
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| Gwaun Valley, Pontfaen SA65 9SE, Wales
+44 1348 881305
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 August 2012

This is a must visit for alehouse enthusiasts. The Dyffryn Arms, Pontfaen is better known as Bessie's after the landlady, who is in her 80's & has ran her quaint home as a pub for over 60 years! Very little has changed inside over her...More

19  Thank PubRover
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Don't bother... a dirty horrid pub. Dirty glasses.. rank beer.. strange people behind bar... why has this got such good reviews?

13  Thank Merchandiseman
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All reviews bass the pub step back in time no frills welsh speakers good old days crisps rural wales well worth the visit an institution hatch jug barrel landlady unchanged pembrokeshire dogs
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed two doors from here. The day we went for a beer a Welsh Male Voice Choir turned up. It was Amazing Only beer is served and no crisps but what an experence.

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Reviewed 23 September 2018

Bass served all day from the barrels or bottled beer or traditional cider also on draft. Run by Bessie, her son and granddaughter serve behind the bar along with a lot of other family members. Inside is a little room with a hatch in the...More

2  Thank Caz R
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Bessie a legend in her lifetime. Nothing but praise for the best pint of Bass in Uk. A must visit for anyone who likes nostalgia. We go back every time we are in Pembroke. It was nice to see Bessie at 88 still the landlady...More

4  Thank Peter I
Reviewed 9 June 2018

If you've taken the trouble to find this, then chances are that like me you will absolutely love it..

2  Thank trevorc28
Reviewed 23 May 2018

Called in after along and interesting walk got a lovely pint of Bass served through a hatch by a jug by her granddaughter if you wanted another drink you had to ring a bell it was like going back sixtey years Bessi was in a...More

3  Thank 831jdav
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Something of an institution and a hark back to old days. Just a NICE NICE visit and so please we went. Extremely freindly and well worth the visit but dont expect a Wetherpoons...thank heavens!!

3  Thank Baldbutsexy
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Not sure what some reviewers are expecting, this is a traditional old country pub, basically a few seats, a fire and a serving hatch. Beer is from the barrel into a jug. It is not palatial (although it is frequented by royals), it is not...More

13  Thank Mark W
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

We popped in late afternoon on a Friday. There were two others in the pub, a roaring fire in the stove and a couple of Labradors steaming dry in front of it. The Bass was good and our daughter enjoyed a packet of peanuts while...More

1  Thank Genwen77
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

A hidden gem in a lost valley. Simply wonderful. Made incredibly welcome by Bessie and an excellent pint of Bass. Well off the beaten track and a must for anyone with an interest of a life gone by. After 67 years running the place Bessie...More

1  Thank Graham T
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Bass beer, from 1930, in a front room from 1930, served through a hatch, in jugs, by Bessie (born in 1930). Amazing.

2  Thank EatLikeKings32
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2 October 2017|
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Response from Chrissie M |
It's proper name is The Dyffryn Arms. the good pub guide lists it as Pontfaen, Fishguard, Cwm Gwaun, Wales, SA65 9SE - different post code to the last contributor. but ask anyone - its a local institution
Linda F
12 February 2017|
Response from StevePenfro |
I'll be quite honest, I wouldn't bank on it. The mainstay is ale , served from a jug. There will be a few bottles of lager and possibly Cider. The pub is in a rather isolated, very rural and beautiful location and is a trip... More
29 June 2015|
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Response from Erylvet | Reviewed this property |
Whenever you fancy a pint you'll be served (so long as the kitchen light is on)