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Borracha



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 2:32 pm    Post subject: The Carpenters Arms  Reply with quote

The Carpenters Arms is a lovely pub.  When the weather is nice there's nothing better than a good walk over the mountain from Six Bells to St Illtyd's.  The only trouble is you can never guarantee that the pub will be open when you get there.  There are a few benches out the front to enjoy a drink at when the place is open but it would be even better if there was a beer garden at the rear  Very Happy I'm sure business would be booming.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:04 pm    Post subject: Re: The Carpenters Arms Reply with quote

Borracha wrote:
The Carpenters Arms is a lovely pub.  When the weather is nice there's nothing better than a good walk over the mountain from Six Bells to St Illtyd's.  The only trouble is you can never guarantee that the pub will be open when you get there.  There are a few benches out the front to enjoy a drink at when the place is open but it would be even better if there was a beer garden at the rear  Very Happy I'm sure business would be booming.


We walk up there pretty regularly. However Jan and Cheryl only open Friday and Saturday nights and all day Sunday.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went their last summer. No Guinness, no Murpheys, no Jack Daniels, no Bushmills so settled for my fifth choice Worthingtons but nonetheless a really nice little pub to sit outside on a sunny day.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went to the Carpenter's Arms yesterday evening (Saturday) as it was a lovely day and I felt like a quiet drink sitting outside.  When I got there at 6pm it was closed so I drove over to The Star in Hafodyrynys and had a drink there.  Drove back to the Carpenter's at gone 7pm and it was still closed!  I have since been told that it's no longer open on a Friday or Saturday evening; it's now just open on a Sunday (all day apparently).

It's very disappointing as it's in such a lovely location.  I'm only glad I hadn't decided to walk up there from Six Bells  Laughing

PS - The Star is a  nice pub.  Good sized beer garden with a big slide for the kids and a large car park.  They also do bar meals there and Sunday lunch although I didn't have a look at the menu.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry Borracha I only just saw your post. I am sure the Carpenters still opens Friday and Saturday evenings and all day Sunday so why it was closed when you visited I don't know.

It wasn't you walking with your dog we passed on the path up through the forestry a couple of weeks ago was it?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Martyn,

A good friend of Jan's told me that he now only opens on a Sunday.  He does open on a Saturday but only if there's rugby on (apparently!)  

It could have been me.  I do walk through the forest every day but normally the Cwm Nant Y Groes side of Six Bells.  I have attempted to walk up the other side towards St Illtyds but there are so many sheep the dog goes mad!    I've got a great big German Shepherd lol.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It wasn't you then - not sure what dog it was but it wasn't a GS.

We must have been lucky then as we've been up to the Carpenters a couple of times on Saturday evenings lately and it's been open. Jan has started a new job though so maybe he is opening less.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll have to give it another try then.  The last time I tried was late April-ish.   Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know this thread has been around a while, but does anyone know the current status of the pub & opening hours?

I was once told by staff in the Potters that the peeps that run the Carpenters only do it as it was a clause when they purchased the property.
They wanted it purely as a house, but reluctantly had to agree to open x amount of hours a week for the locals. This might explain why they open a few evenings one week or all day on a Sunday, so long as the weekly hours have been met.

Similarly, anyone know the status of the Potters?
It was up for sale, but the FS sign has been removed.
This place really needs someone to open up the first floor as a restaurant.
People would flock to it for the views!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:33 pm    Post subject: The Carpenters in the 60's Reply with quote

Excuse me for hijacking the thread but as customers of the Carpenters you might smile at this.
In the mid 1960's the family that owned the pub were called the Langleys. They had two sons and a daughter. My sister Avril was sparking one of the boys and when she was babysitting me would drag me up there so she could meet him.
I always complained bitterly about having to go all the way up there just so she could meet her boyfriend but what she didn't know was that I was very well entertained. The young sister, I wont write her name here, was extremely promiscuous and the same age as me....about 10 I think. Needless to say my sexual education started here...
Years later I went back to the pub on the off chance, just to say hello,  but they had moved on...somewhere in Brynithel I believe.
I also believe that my fathers younger brother Harry Eason took over the pub for a while after he retired from the pit. If anyone can confirm that I would be very grateful.
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Barry Boy

The owners of the Carpenters only open on Friday evenings and all day Sundays. I have no idea whether there is any enforced reason why they have kept it open as a pub but it is more of a hobby really.

We met the new (then) tenants of the Potters in the Carpenters earlier this year. It was their first pub and they had moved here from ? - can't remember.  Laughing They had their young son with them who was a bit apprehensive about starting at Aber comp. They seemed nice enough.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's the first time I've seen Haydns' post , well it's certainly brightened up that dull period between Xmas and New Year. Haydn you went back to the Pub' just to say Hello,Yeah I bet you did!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We walked up to the Carpeneters on NYD. Some of the roads up there were still blocked by snow  Shocked Apparently it is now open Thursday, Friday,  Saturday evenings and all Sunday. Good news. The walk down through the forestry afterwards in the dark was as hairy as ever though. Laughing

Incidentally, I don't know his name but I also got talking to someone who now lives in Pantygasseg, and who I see up the Carpenters regularly, but whose parents had run the pub until about 1970.


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