Monday, 7 March 2016

Arvon Ales

Arvon Ales located along Temple Street is Llandrindod's very own Micropub. There are about 200 of these Micropubs in England but Llandrindod Wells has the privilege and honour of being host to the first in Powys. The pub has an emphasis on serving good quality real ales whilst providing a welcoming place for people to chat, relax, meet new people and feel they belong to the strong community of Llandrindod Wells. It is only natural the Micropub does not have televisions, WiFi or music as the emphasis is on the good old fashioned tradition of excellent ale and real people and this is something, the owner Laura Gallagher feels makes the place so special. 
Some of the ales on offer at Arvon Ales

Laura and John opened up the doors of Arvon Ales to the community of Llandrindod Wells in November 2014. They effectively "stole" the idea and model of developing a Micropub by converting an empty shop into a friendly and cosy bar and brewing ale in a low risk way. After visiting several Micropubs themselves they thought they would give it a go at combining their love of ale into a business idea and this has proved highly successful and a real hit with people of this old Victorian spa town in Mid Wales.

Arvon Ales has a large quality and choice of real ale available and this is paramount with the business being awarded the Campaign for Real Ale Award (CAMRA). Although Arvon Ales are proud of the fact most of the ales are sourced from a 30 mile radius the Micropub actually has it's own small brewery where some of the ales are fermented in a safe way and this is one of the reasons why the Ale House has achieved the CAMRA award as the beer is kept really well. This encourages people to come into Arvon Ales and try out the beer and experience a completely different environment to a normal pub. 

CAMRA award

Laura's favourite ale at the moment is the Sarah Hughes Ruby Mild which she describes to have a full malty rich taste. March is Welsh Beer and Cider month at Arvon Ales with all the draughts beers selling this month being produced in Wales. You can see everything in the cellar here.
March is Welsh month at Arvon Ales

"Last week we had offerings from Tudor in Blaenau Gwent, Big Hand from Wrexham, Heavy Industry from Denbighshire, Cwrw Ial from Mold and Waen Brewery from right here in Powys."
Lots of people that come to drink ale and socialise at Arvon Ales are people who have stopped going out drinking in bigger pubs on nights out but are still looking for real ale and a friendly atmosphere to socalise. People come from all over the place to Llandrindod Wells, even from as far as Aberystwyth just to visit Arvon Ales and this certainly is an asset to the town. 

One of the exciting things which happens at Arvon Ales is the folk sessions every second and fourth Sunday of the month from 4pm.  This attracts numerous musicians from the local area and I can imagine the place becomes extremely lively at these events.

Here's an example of the music produced at the folk session. You can view more of these clips here.

A Blues Session is the next potential event Arvon Ales has on its radar in the way of music so if you are interested and want this to happen get in touch. As Laura says "the more the merrier".

Folk session fun

The Art Wall within Arvon Ales features an exhibition of art from the National Cycle Museum located in Llandrindod Wells and Laura is hoping it will soon feature art work from the Radnorshire Museum

The Art Wall featuring work 
by local artist, Amanda Skipsey

Here is what some of the community of Llandrindod Wells and the surrounding area have had to say about Arvon Ales on their Facebook page and tripadvisor.

"We visited this fantastic pub on Saturday and were greeted with the warmest of welcomes from the owner Laura and had a brilliant night talking with many of the friendly locals here. The ale was in first class condition too so I probably had more than I should have done (ahem). If ever you are in the area and enjoy a pint or few of ale or proper cider then I cannot recommend this pub highly enough."~Trevor Harris
"This is just what the town needed superb little ale house with friendly owners to boot! Always an excellent selection of unusual beers not the run of the mill stuff and with the added bonus of carry outs for those cosy nights in! Thanks guys keep up the good work x"~Jenny Phillips
"Beers - Always spoilt for choice. Warm welcoming atmosphere. Laura and John superb hosts. Always making new and re aquainting with old friends . A wonderful bubbly place."~Lucy Sidaway
"The best beer I've sampled in ages and as for the whiskey !!!!"~Pete Anderson
"A proper pub! I got a good vibe as soon as I walked through the door. No TV, games machines, piped music or nonsense! Friendly landlord & landlady. 5 real ales on tap (although we kept coming back to the moreish Cwrw Ial Pothole Porter). Excellent selection of other drinks: a real cider, excellent collection of whisky (particularly Irish whiskey. I wish this was my local!"~Eleanor C
"I call in here about two times a week and they always have five real ales on and 2 or 3 ciders. It's a lovely clean bar with good seating and art work by local artists on show. The bar has a very everyone is welcome feeling and has a good mix of ages."~Llandrinod furniture
Laura describes Llandrindod Wells as "full of life" and I think this statement is true of Arvon Ales too. 
"There are lots of things going on and lots to do in Llandrindod Wells and it's a shame that some of the community don't realise this. We need to break through that negative energy and help people to understand Llandrindod is a place full of life."
If you want to experience the old tradition that is coming quickly back into fashion with the high stresses of life in the 21st century, I advise you to visit Arvon Ales where I am sure you will be able to find peace and time to relax whilst enjoying a truly satisfying pint (or two!) of real ale.