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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Two Llan hostelries in latest Good Pub Guide

* The Cornmill. 
Two famous Llangollen hostelries feature in the 2020 Good Food Guide.

The Corn Mill gets a prominent mention in the main Wales section as “a fascinating riverside building with fine views, personable young staff, super food all day and good beers.

And the Chainbridge just further up the river makes a favourable appearance in the “also worth a visit" slot.

The guide, described as the pub lovers’ annual manual, is published every year and for 2020 lists 5,000 pubs across the UK together with their contact details, facilities and opening hours.

Of the Corm Mill it says: “The interestingly fitted-out interior of this cleverly restored watermill has a striking open stairway with gleaming timber and tensioned steel rails, pale pine flooring on stout beams, and mainly stripped-stone walls.

“One of the two serving bars, away from the water, has a much more local feel with regulars sitting on bar stools, pews on dark slate flagstones and daily papers.

“Seats on a raised deck in front of the pub overlook the mill race and rapids below; you can also watch steam trains arriving and leaving the station on the opposite riverbank.”

The guide then goes on to list the beers, whiskies and cider available.

Besides the fully inspected pubs, the guide also lists those “also worth a visit”.

In Wales that includes the Chainbridge (pictured above) which is described as a “refurbished 19th century-c hotel in great position overlooking River Dee rapids, chain bridge and renovated steam railway; bar, lounge, restaurant and good outside spaces, decent food from sandwiches and pubby choices up, two or three well-kept ales; children and dogs welcome, plenty of bedrooms (some with river view balconies), good walks, open all day.”

* The Good Pub Guide 2020 is published by Penguin at £15.99.

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