We visited the Welsh malt whisky distillery at Penderyn ( a few miles south of Defynnog ) and needed a place to stay overnight. After reading a number of reviews we decided to stay at The Tanners Arms. Our son had a room at the front of the property, we had a room to the side and at the back of the pub. Both rooms were spotlessly clean and very well appointed with good en suite facilities. A previous review mentioned " a very strong smell of drains and the towels smelt of cooking". Can't argue with their experience, can only say that was certainly not our experience. The bedroom at the rear was a little dark, but that is how the building was built with a fairly small window. whenever that was. The radiator in our bedroom was'nt very hot when we arrived. The owner said that it had probably got a bit of air in the system. The radiator was bled immediately and worked perfectly quickly making the room very cosy. The pub has undergone quite a change since the present owners took over. It was a country pub for locals and good to see that with all the changes that have been made it still is. When we were there ( Saturday 7th December ) the bar was full of locals. We eat in the restaurant on the evening and enjoyed an excellent meal, our breakfast the next morning was also excellent.
The pub boasts an impressive choice of real ales and the owners have managed to achieve the difficult balancing act of modernising and in some ways widening it's appeal without spoiling it for the locals who use the bar and want a decent pint. We would certainly stay there again if we were in the area.
We would also recommend a visit to the distillery at Penderyn. A modern distillery but interesting nonetheless, making excellent malt whisky, plus other spirits ( gin, vodka, etc ).
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