Are you visiting Conwy? Do you like to try ales and beers that are brewed locally by small, independent breweries? If you would answer “yes” to either one of these questions, then you should pop down and give the Albion Ale House a visit!
Once you have worked up a thirst by exploring the town walls of the Conwy UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will want to pull up a pew in this ale house, regarded as one of the best examples of a 1920s public house in Britain. Four of the hand pulls on the bar are originals, almost a hundred years old.
The Albion Ale House puts as much care into choosing its drinks as it does its heritage. The pub is actually run as a joint venture between four different breweries, all of which are independent and based in North Wales: the Conwy, Great Orme, Bragdy Nant and Purple Moose breweries.
This means you can sample such great drinks as the Riptide Black IPA, the Ysgawen elderflower pale ale, the Brenin Bootliquor session ale and the famous Snowdon Craft lager, all within this unique setting.
The Albion Ale House is found in central Conwy, close to the railway station. There is parking available nearby.
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If you are dedicated to trying only the most local and independent of beers and ales, then you will probably want to find a brewery that is similarly dedicated to producing fantastic brews. Well, you’re in luck: breweries don’t come much more dedicated than the North Wales Brewery in Abergele – the owner, John Wood, recently drilled 500 feet into the mountain behind the brewery to find pure spring water to use in the process. Now that is dedication to using local ingredients!
Any lover of real craft ales will want to get themselves down to Porthmadog, where the lovely Purple Moose Brewery is located. Purple Moose has been operating from within the town of Porthmadog for just over a decade now, and has gone from strength to strength, selling out of last year’s special Christmas brew completely, and have even just started exporting a couple of their beers to China.
With arguably the best range of ales in all of North Wales, the Conwy Brewery has already become a firm favourite of drinkers both in the local area and further afield. They specialise in high quality, conditioned ales, both in cask and in bottles.
Enjoy everything Conwy has to offer by staying in a cottage in and around the town or Conwy Marina. Attractions include Conwy Castle, the town walls, Plas Mawr Elizabethan House, The Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, pleasure cruises and a wide range of shops and restaurants.
This large area of country side streches from the Conwy Valley towards Chester. Almost entirely countryside, many of the cottages have wonderful views across green fields, hills and woodland. Find something to suit you...
Base yourself in the Caernarfon area to explore this historic castle town and the Snowdonia area. The Welsh Highland Railway starts from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, a great way to see the countryside. The Llyn Peninsula is also easily accessible. Find a your holiday cottage here.