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New Year, new look for The Rhydypennau

29 January 2020

The festive season may be over but Bow Street residents still have reason to celebrate.  Building work starts on 13 January on a major £346,000 refurbishment of The Rhydypennau pub by Heineken owned Star Pubs & Bars1 and new licensee, Barrie Jones with the intention of creating the best pub in the area.

Aberystwyth born and bred Barrie has lived in the village for 31 years and runs a locksmiths, The Unlock Doc locksmiths.  Prior to taking on The Rhydypennau on a temporary basis in September he ran the village’s only other pub for two and a half years, his first ever experience of running a pub.  He’s already taken trade at The Rhydypennau to a new level by introducing a twice weekly carvery and is now taking on a permanent lease.

The Rhydypennau will close at end of service on 12th January reopening

in mid to late February. 10 new jobs including a role for a second chef will be created on the back of the investment which will see the wet-led community pub upgraded and transformed into a top-quality village pub offering stand-out, food, drink and service.

Located on the main route to and from Aberystwyth to Machynlleth, the pub’s exterior is to be given a makeover, repainted in a striking turquoise with a new entrance porch and signage in Welsh and English for locals and tourists.  A new pergola will lead off the games room into the garden, while at the front, there will be a new seating area with picnic table, umbrellas and a picket fence.

Inside the bar area is being opened up to convey a greater sense of space with a distinct games area with a pool table, darts, TVs, and seating at five high tables. Reclaimed panelling and a wood clad chimney breast create a rustic ambience.

The dining area is to be smartened up and made more comfortable with new fixed seating, flooring, and redecoration.

As part of the refurbishment a new accessible toilet is being installed and the male and female toilets renovated.  The kitchen is to be upgraded to enable it to cater for the increased number of diners and the latest beer dispense technology, a HEINEKEN Smart Dispense system, is being installed to produce consistent superior quality draught beer and cider.  

The new menu at The Rhydypennau will feature traditional home cooked pub favourites and use traditional ingredients wherever possible.  Typical dishes will include steaks, pies and fish & chips, and home-made desserts as well as the pub’s popular carveries. 

Drinkswise, the pub will sell previous favourites and will have rotational cask ales, as well as premium lagers like Bier Moretti and Heineken Extra Cold, and offer a full range of spirits, flavoured vodkas and gins including pink gins.

West Wales coffee roasters Teifi Coffee will supply The Rhydypennau’s coffee.

Barrie’s plans for the pub include darts and pool and live sky sports as well as a range of different entertainment including a monthly quiz and live music and comedy nights.

Barrie said: “When I saw the lease of The Rhydypennau was available, I leapt at the opportunity to take it on as it meant I could provide a better all-round experience to customers, both in terms of the food on offer and the surroundings. 

“I really enjoy life as a publican, being at the heart of village life and helping to raise funds for good causes.  During my first year behind the bar, regulars raised money for the village hall, this year they bought a defibrillator for an old people’s home and we supported the local football team.  I am keen to continue this charitable focus at The Rhydypennau.  I also hope that the upgrade of the pub, will encourage people from Aberystwyth to pop in for a coffee, meal or drink as we’ve plenty of parking and the welcome will be a warm one.”

Caren Geering, regional operations director for Star Pubs & Bars said: “We’re delighted to be working with Barrie to broaden The Rhydypennau’s appeal and give it the upgrade it needs. The changes will improve the look and comfort of the pub and give people more reasons to visit.

“Heineken is a firm believer in the future of the Great British local and invested £50 million in 2019 in pubs like The Rhydypennau to help them keep pace with peoples’ changing needs and expectations so that they can thrive for the long term.”