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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 4 weeks ago
Caz R
A Gem of a Pub

Bessie a legend in her lifetime. Nothing but praise for the best pint of Bass in Uk. A must visit... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2018
Peter I
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| Gwaun Valley, Pontfaen SA65 9SE, Wales
+44 1348 881305
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All reviews bass old lady the pub step back in time no frills welsh speakers good old days rural wales well worth the visit an institution hatch jug barrel dyffryn landlady throwback unchanged
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1  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

12  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
Reviewed 4 August 2017

A must go and visit this old fashioned pub.good beer. a good welcome from the lady who served us on leaving Aunt Bessie bid us farewell. LONG LIVE AUNT BESSIE.!

1  Thank COLIN W
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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)