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Convivial old pub with exceptional views

At a glance

Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

Whoever built this old ale house chose the location well. On the wooded flank of Garth Hill, high above Taffs Well, the views are great; across the vale, for example, is Castell Coch, built in Victorian Gothic Revival style. The Gwaelod, meaning 'foot of the mountain', has its own brewery – Violet Cottage ­– nicknamed 'The Brew with a View'. Real ciders are local too. Home-cooked dishes feature daily market mussels, hake, salmon, lemon sole and other fish. Meat alternatives include roasted Gressingham duck breast with kumquat and cassis sauce; chicken wrapped in bacon, stuffed with apricot and brie; and salt marsh leg of lamb.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11am to midnight (Sunday 12-11)
  • Lunch: Monday to Thursday 12-2, Friday to Saturday 12-9.30, Sunday 12-3.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6.30-9, Friday to Saturday 12-9.30

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Wye Valley Bitter, Swansea Three Cliffs Gold, Dark Star, Crouch Vale Brewers Gold, Thornbridge Jaipur, Tiny Rebel, Violet Cottage Shine On (pub's own), Total Eclipse and Zig Zag
  • Real ciders: Gwynt y Ddraig, Abrahalls, Local cider

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, Easter
  • Cider festival, August


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar

Getting here

M4 junction 32, north on A470, left at next exit, at roundabout right, 0.5 mile. Right into village

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