Historic Pubs Of Wales


Currently being re-printed – Delivery after 17th October 2022. This book by Graham Loveluck-Edwards captures all the incredible history and folklore you can lap up over a pint in the 89 oldest and most interesting pubs in Wales. This book catalogues where the the thatched roofs and dark wooden beams bow under the weight of history.

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Currently being re-printed – Delivery after 17th October 2022.

There are so many amazing stories associated with these ancient pubs in Wales. Some of them true, some of them exaggerated and some of them just plain mad. And in this book I have captured over 100 of them from 89 different pubs, from all over Wales.

Like the pub which claims to have an elephant buried under its beer garden, the pub where funeral parties take a short cut through the bar to keep an ancient right of access alive, the pub with a Roman bath in the cellar, the pub that invented pancake day and many, many more. Is there any truth in them? This book captures them all and puts them in the context of history so you can be the judge. And what about the age-old question of which is the oldest pub in Wales? We have eight different establishments all claiming it’s them, so which one is right?

Throughout my book I try to clear some of the fog. A task made all the more difficult because many publicans in the 18th and 19th century had very vivid imaginations. Some of them made the most outlandish claims about their pubs to attract tourists, which in themselves make for fascinating reading.

This book is packed with legend, folklore and some dubious interpretations of history across 80,000 words and numerous photos. But when you put it all together it gives us some amazing insights into Wales in a bygone era and the pubs our ancestors used to drink in. It also highlights the modern plight of the ancient boozer. So many amazing pubs, with fascinating histories which you will find in these pages are for sale, are on the brink or are already lost to us.

Here are the pubs visited in this book:


The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Llanvihangel Crucorney

The King’s Arms, Abergavenny

The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell

The Bridge End Inn, Crickhowell

Nantyffin Cider Mill, Tretower

The Ship Inn, Raglan

The Cross Keys, Usk

The Horse and Jockey, Pontymoel

The Robin Hood Inn, Monmouth

The Queen’s Head, Monmouth

The King’s Head Hotel, Monmouth

The Lion Inn, Trellech

The Anchor, Tintern

The Boat Inn, Chepstow

The Mounton Brook Lodge, Pwllmeyric

The Llanthony Priory Hotel, Llanthony

The White Hart, Llangybi

The Hanbury Arms, Caerleon

The Old Bull Inn, Caerleon

The Rose Inn, Redwick

The Old Murenger House, Newport


The Rummer Tavern, City Centre, Cardiff

The Goat Major, City Centre, Cardiff

The City Arms, City Centre, Cardiff

The Prince Of Wales, City Centre, Cardiff

The Church Inn, Llanishen, Cardiff

The Traveller’s Rest, Thornhill, Cardiff

The Court House, Caerphilly

The King’s Arms, Pentyrch

The Baron’s Court, Cogan

The Plymouth Arms, St Fagans

The Captain’s Wife, Sully

The Blue Anchor, East Aberthaw

The Old Swan Inn, Llantwit Major

The Plough And Harrow, Monknash

The Three Golden Cups, Southerndown

The Market Place, Cowbridge

The Bush Inn, St Hilary

The Laleston Inn, Laleston

The Jolly Sailor, Newton, Porthcawl

The Old House, Llangynwyd

Prince of Wales, Kenfig


The Old Cross Keys, Swansea

The White Rose, Mumbles

The Worms Head, Rhosilli

The Welcome to Town, Llanrhidian

The Old Moathouse, Kidwelly

The White Hart Thatched Inn & Brewery, Llanddarog

The King’s Head, Llandovery

Bunch of Grapes, Newcastle Emlyn

The Three Horseshoes, Cenarth

The Pendre Inn, Cilgerran

The Royal Oak, Fishguard

Golden Lion, Newport

The Bishops, St Davids

The Priory Inn, Milford Haven

New Inn, Amroth

The Black Lion, St Clears

The Angel Vaults, Carmarthen


The Griffin Inn, Llyswen

The Harp Inn, Old Radnor

The Radnorshire Arms, Presteigne

The Three Cocks, Three Cocks

The Hundred House Inn, Bleddfa

The Aleppo Merchant, Carno

The Buck Inn, Newtown

The Triangle Inn, Rhayader

The George & Dragon, Knighton

Y Talbot, Tregaron

The Green Inn, Llangedwyn


The Guildhall Tavern Inn, Denbigh

The Llindir Inn, Henllan

Ty Mawr, Gwyddelwern

The Old Tavern Inn, Llanerch-Y-Mor, Holywell

The King’s Head, Llanrhaeadr

The Morning Star, Ruthin

The Horse and Jockey, Wrexham

The Groes Inn, Ty’n-Y-Groes

The Harp, Abergele

Tafarn Penllan/The White Horse, Capel Garmon

The Plough Inn, St Aspah

The White Lion, Bala

The George and Dragon, Beaumaris

The Bull Inn, Llangefni

The Black Boy, Caernarfon

The Stag, Dolgellau

Penlan Fawr, Pwllheli

The Glyn Arms, Hawarden

The White Lion, Llanelian-Yn-Rhos

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Weight 400 g
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 3 cm


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