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Bessies

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Address: Gwaun Valley, Pontfaen, Wales

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A quaint pub that hasn't changed in over a hundred years

Bessie's is a world renowned institution. It's a no-frills old fashioned ale house where you drink and chat and don't expect to be fed . Officially known as The Dyffryn... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Erylvet
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tonbridge, kent, united kingdom
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tonbridge, kent, united kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bessie's is a world renowned institution. It's a no-frills old fashioned ale house where you drink and chat and don't expect to be fed . Officially known as The Dyffryn Arms(Tafarn y Cwm) it has been known as Llwyncelyn (The Holly Bush) by the locals for many years.On certain days of the year the other "front room" or parlour is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

went to Bessies a few years ago, and I just stumbled across a photo we took on that visit.... We had a couple of pints straight from the jug with Bessie, some pork scratchings and a good laugh. The place is a bit bonkers. On leaving I noticed Bessies car had two flat tyres... I said I'd pump them up... More 

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1 Thank Richard D
Buckingham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Don't bother... a dirty horrid pub. Dirty glasses.. rank beer.. strange people behind bar... why has this got such good reviews?

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1 Thank Merchandiseman
Newport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I have drunk ale in pubs from Shetland to Southampton the Scillies and never experienced such as Bessie's. Decades of history inhabit the place, and to sit there today listening to Bessie talking to my wife was great. I have never experienced a dirty glass nor other than a lovely clear pint of beer (Bass), as it should be. Wife... More 

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3 Thank baldred
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

This is an absolutely fantastic place. If you appreciate traditional and historic pubs get yourself in here. No pulls beer served straight from the barrel. Make sure you by Bob the dog a packet of walkers plain crisps. Friendly welcome by staff and customers alike.

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3 Thank RichardPNuttall
Manchester
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629 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is one of the few remaining examples of a front room public house of the sort that many years ago were the norm in working class Wales. It was busy with locals and the Bass served in jugs from barrels behind the bar was top quality. There was no music, no TV, no frills and thrills, just locals having... More 

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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

I can add no more to the other reviews giving Bessie's full marks. This is a magnificent place with magnificent beer. I feel sorry for those who didn't like it. It's not a "dive". They'd be better off going to a Wetherspoon's.

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1 Thank noelprivett
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Visited with my husband and both enjoyed our visit. In today's world this was a unique insight into how pubs used to be ( literally a public house).

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1 Thank ann6714
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

A Welsh friend took me to this pub, which has been hyped as a "must see" in the British media. This, folks, is a dive the likes of which I haven't seen since in a Pennsylvania mill town in the '60s. It's filthy and badly in need of repair. The interior smells of mold, mildew, and dead things. The elderly... More 

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2 Thank Vigaglum
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

We heard of breakthrough word of mouth I can honestly say it lives up to everything what a fantastic little Jem unfortunately Bessie wasn't very well but we got the experience we expected what a jewel in west Wales well done Bessie

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