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Carolyn

The Dolls House

Has Bob Smith sold the Dolls House or is it under new management? Question
Borracha

Not sure but I saw it advertised for sale in last week's Gazette.

Does anyone know what sort of numbers the place attracts when they have bands playing there?  It's just that I've noticed a couple of bands advertised there but it costs 10 to get in!  I realise the bands have to be paid but it seems a bit expensive.  I'm just wondering whether the price seems to put people off going there or if there is usually a good crowd???
Carolyn

I saw the add in the paper last week he is selling the old co-op in Blaina as well.

I don't go there so would not know how many it attracts notice crowds of youngsters outside on the front and pavement you have to walk on the opposite side or out an around them on the bend.  not all of them appear to be smokers but whether they have been inside or not is difficult to say as he windows are always open and the muscic quit load so maybe they just congregate to listen.  I know a lot of youngsters come from out of town for the bands, at least one of the four Ebbw Vale girls that were killed on the mountain in that fatal crash was making her way to the Dolls House the following day
Borracha

I don't go to see bands that often but 10 is the sort of price I'd expect to pay to get into TJ's in Newport to see a semi well known band.  Seems a bit much to pay to get into a small pub in Abertillery  Laughing
Damned08

We are in the process of purchasing The Dolls House off Bob. We are hoping to run it as a cafe bar during the day offering food and coffee etc. During the evenings and weekends we are hoping to attract older crowds with live music (Tribute acts/acoustic nights etc) and maybe 70's/80's discos. We would also like to take advantage of the excellent function room and facilities and try and promote more weddings and parties etc.

If anyone has got any ideas as to what they'd like to see or do, please let me know.
martyn142

That sounds brilliant. I freely admit part of the 'older crowd' though.  Laughing
honeybunny

the dolls house

That's flipping Great news its been years since theres been that kind of disco in Aber the dolls house is a great place for that kind of thing, it will be like the lymes disco used to be back in the day.Are you planning to do sunday lunch and meals in the evening as well. Very Happy
Ian

Oh no disco Exclamation I don't know whether to look for my flares and gold medallion ,or get out the bell and shout 'unclean' !!

Seriously though having watched many bands in the Dolls House,the turn out amongst the 'older'crowd depended on how decent the band were.I'd say there were a hardcore group who would turn out,but would leave fairly sharpish if the band weren't up to scratch or if the disco reared it's head.The problem you'd have was that most of the profit to be made on those nights left with them. Confused

Anyway it'll be nice to see the place with some life in it again,a couple of weeks ago we out numbered the bar staff on a Saturday night and there were only 2 of us Confused
Damned08

Our longer term plan is to offer Sunday Lunches and evening meals, but until we take over, we don't know how this is going to pan out.

Ian I understand your comments, but we are hoping to cater for all tastes.  I've been to the last few tribute nights (AC/DC and The Who) and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of interest.

As I said in my previous post, if you've got any ideas or preferences as to what you'd like to see at The Dolls, please let us know and we'll see what we can do.
Brithyll

I'd like to see some decent ale being sold.

The only reason I don't drink at all in Abertillery is the fact that only lager and cream-flow beers are available. If a pint of Marstons Pedigree or Old Speckled Hen were flowing through the pumps then, and only then, would I be even remotely interested in drinking in Aber.

What about supporting local breweries who produce some wonderful real ales with different, distinct flavours. And don't tell me that it won't sell either. The last time a local tavern sold Pedigree the barrel was drained in less than a week. Variety is needed, not just the same tasteless garbage that pubs in the valleys tend to deliver. Rolling Eyes

Allbright? Do me a favour. Razz  

Anyone for a Butcombe Blonde?
martyn142

Brithyll

Whilst I too would love to see more pubs offering real ale in Aber, including the Dolls House, it isn't true there isn't any available. The Commercial always has a guest ale and it's usually pretty good. I don't tend to go to any other pubs in town but I do know Jan stocks some nice bottled beers in the Carpenters, St Illtyd's.
Brithyll

I was told that the Commercial had withdrawn the real ale recently. It was the Commercial that sold the Pedigree I mentioned in my previous post. A pity that only one pub amongst many, though, will bother. The landlord told us that the pubs cater for youngsters because they spend the money and I can't argue against his 'their business ethic. They are there to make money.

Roll on the arrival of Wetherspoons and a choice.
martyn142

You might be right - I haven't been in there for a few months. I hope not though because I hate creamflow too. By the way have you come across Brains Smooth Sad Sad Sad

Never mind I am waiting for my first batch of home-brew in about 30 years to come to maturity and I am busy planning my next brew  Very Happy
Brithyll

Haven't tried the Brains smooth but they, Brains, would be a good alternative to the usual lagers etc. in Aber. I work in Cardiff and have tasted a lot of their Xmas specials and winter warmers over the years.

Let me know how the home brew turns out, haven't made any for years.
martyn142

I'll let you know how I get on.The kits have moved on enormously since I last made some. The one I used has powdered malt and dried hops. I am intending on trying a couple and then getting a boiler to make it from malted barley.

Brains Smooth is I think a creamflow product. I was really disappointed to see they had gone down that route.
martyn142

Anyway sorry to hijack the thread.  Very Happy If you do relaunch the Dolls House then, even if it is only bottles, some decent beer would be very welcome.
Brithyll

Agree with the above whole heartedly. Very Happy

By the by, my son was married in the Penndragon several years ago and they arranged for bottled beer to be available on the day, Tomas Watkin, if I remember. Very tasty. Things were a tad hazy by the end, mind. Embarassed
martyn142

Tomos Watkins is very nice - brewed in Dowlais or Rhymney I think. There are a few local brews which are worth checking out - Crow Valley from Cwmbran is also good.
Carolyn

We went there a few times to see a few local and tribute bands that appeared when it first opened.  I have also been to a few functions and weddings but generally don't drink as they don't serve Woodpecker, many of the pubs now seem to favour Strongbow or Magners the youngsters prefere stronger alchohol. I find them too strong and we nip off to another pub for a drink and then come back.

We enjoy the live music but they always put records on in between, their sound system is very loud so you do not get a break in between to carry on a conversation with family or friends to catch up on the weeks events unless you go outside or duck off to another pub.  I don't mind background music between acts but not blasting away so that you cannot hear yourself think. Laughing but then I am one of the old crowd too Laughing

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