Staying there Fri even though Antur DH likely to be closed
Any pubs that don't re-enact The Slaughtered Lamb scenario when 5 strangers walk in?
Good food recommendations too if poss
Any decent boozers in Blaenau Ffestiniog?
Staying there Fri even though Antur DH likely to be closed
About 1987, so went to the nearest pub in the town, barman slopped the drink accross the bar, and dropped the fiver change in the slop.
Gang of local came to sit next to us closer than a gay clubs clientele, all speaking welsh, the rest of the pub was empty felt very unwelcome, went outside and my car had been painted green, got angry and went inside, and as an angry cyclist shouted, WHO PAINTED MY CAR GREEN, a man mountain of a man stood up,built from pure slate miner stock walked over, and said I PAINTED YOUR CAR GREEN.
Me in a quivering quiet voice just said , drying lovely , before makeing a hasty retreat.
Dont leave any bike secured to roof or rear of vehicle, or on show in a vehicle, as bike thieves are operating everywehere , and travel round riding spots at night.
Ps it was a joke about the car being painted green.
I'm Welsh. Living in England.
Even I notice when you stray off the beaten tourist track some places (especially N Wales) hardly make an effort to put out the welcome map.
Why do you ask?
I'd stay inside and make sure the doors are locked. Sleep with a weapon under your pillow too.
Don't expect too much mate, It's a proper grimhole..
I'm from near the area. Most of the family are from round there, and they don't drink in Ffestiniog!
I ask because, if your English, I wouldn't recommend it. But since your Welsh, I still wouldn't recommend it!
Not a nice place. Lot of crime, and you won't get a warm welcome.
Go to Porthmadog instead. Not far, and much nicer.
Me and the wife stayed near Porthmadog for a week last May, and drove up to BF for a looksy. We didn't get out. Only going there so I can full out of bed straight onto the DH course (slight exaggeration there). Think it will be choosing the best of a bad bunch...hope to be pleasantly surprised on the pub front though.
I stayed there a couple of years ago (before antur was open), was riding coed y brenin, snowdon and penmachno so just looked on a map and thought that town is in the middle we'll stay there. Realised upon arrival it was no betws y coed but had a curry and a beer and everything was fine, we were in there about half an hour before we realised everyone was talking welsh. From memory we could only find one pub in the center.
landofgiants - you posted your last response while I was typing! Tremadog is where we stayed - think we ate and drunk in the Golden Fleece - great pub!
I'm going to be with 3 Englishmen and 1 Sri Lankan, and my accent ain't anywhere near as strong as it used to be - should be interesting!
As DH day looking cancelled I would look elsewhere but feel bad for bailing on the B&B so late as they haven't taken deposits - pay when there. Too late to find alternative accom for 5 now anyway....
Rascal if youre into trains, steam train to Pothmadoc, and caernarfon
nowt wrong with speaking Welsh boyos!
Speaking another language doesn't make you an insular narrow minded **** y'know!
Ta, but not really into shunters...I'm into biking - and that's why I'll be in N Wales this weekend
Hey, like anywhere, you can find trouble if your not careful.
Since Antur will probably be shut, you can get your adventure by having a right old knees up in Ffestiniog!
If your after a quiet boozer, where you won't get stabbed for your Gore-tex coat, then Penmachno ain't far. Nice country pub there, where my uncle drinks called the Eagles. The trails round there might be rideable too.
have a good time mate, I'm sure the
locals won't bite too hard!
It's not a place I would choose to socialise, I felt nervous stopping at a spar shop on a road ride, we went in the shop one at a time as we didn't want to leave the bikes as dodgy looking locals hanging about spending their child allowance on scratch cards.
Arse. Really not very keen on staying there now. Might look at alternative digs in Porthmadog instead!
Hahahahahahaha surely this is a troll?
Nope none, there wasn't even anywhere to eat when we where there other than an (admittedly very good, with nuclear power station cooling lake sized Cod*) sit down chippy
Curry house had closed down a few months ago, although half the locals hadn't actually noticed and where still recommending it
Hotel, in the centre where we stayed, opposite above chippy, and I forget its name, was nice, and staff friendly and helpful (possibly feeling a bit sensitive round us as some of our party had their bikes stolen the day before), we just had a few in there, not exactly lively but alright
Was recommended another bar round the corner, by the guys at Antur, they have live bands on at weekend but when we went round to check it out it was £5 just to get in and bouncer openly admitted it was 'full of kids and a bit shit to be honest'
Give Antur a bell. They are local and will gladly recommend some places, and places best avoided they are real keen to develop the town as an Mtb destination and that seems to extend to making sure we enjoy the night after
(*i know it's not afresh water fish which made the size of it even more unexplainable)
(** we experienced no trouble just an undertone of bored teenagers that may shout something in a language you don't understand whilst trying to look 'ard, just don't leave bikes or phones unattended in case)
(*** it's at least as friendly than Neath nr Afan, which isn't saying much)
I can assure you this is no troll.
Found a great B&B online, but the other 4 will be well p*ssed off when they realised we are staying in the ar@ehole of Waleshire...need a quick Plan B.
Are you Commencal Iain?
rascal. Not trying to scare you. Like Iain1775 says give antur a call. Theyre locals and will guide you in the right direction.
Do be wary of thieves though mate.
Blaenau eh, kin hell that place is bad. I grew up by Conwy and even us lads wouldn't ever go there. However if you want to stock up on methedone, score some (probably) poor scag then its for you.
BF is not part of the National Park for a reason!
Edit: AS is part of the plan to turn this around.
Really. Really. Really.
Find somewhere else. Most of my North Walean mates won't go nearer to the place than they have to, let alone stay there!
Blaenau is a working/non town- underneath all this mis informed prejudice,plenty of good people, Kings Head is a friendly place, the Meirion Vaults on the high street is more traditional-- as for speaking welsh-- funny that , speaking their own language, but if you do interact , most people will respond-- just try and leave your uninformed prejudices at the border....
as for speaking welsh-- funny that , speaking their own language, but if you do interact , most people will respond-- just try and leave your uninformed prejudices at the border....
I've had some incredible and brilliant hospitality in North Wales and some frankly racist and xenophobic behaviour too. It's not the Welsh speaking that gets to people it's the sudden switch when you walk in, been in places where the barman practically went round the entire pub to see if he could serve anybody before us, blatant anti english comments etc. With some mates we were asked outside for a fight, while we sat minding our own business. Like everywhere part of the population has a chip on their shoulder and an axe to grind.
Like I say it varies. There are places in England, Scotland & Wales I wouldn't go to day or night.
rudebwoy - Member
just try and leave your uninformed prejudices at the border....
And don't leave your bike anywhere either, lest a recently-released bike thief gets any ideas
I don't remember the name of the place, hotel on the main street. Sent their by the b&b for food/drink as there is not much grub on offer in the evening. They couldn't have been friendlier, all good really.
The comments about BF are not anti Welsh, the place is a sh1thole with a side order of anti English. This is characterised by using the Welsh language to ensure English only speakers are excluded/intimidated.
Defend it all you like, it's pure anti English i.e. racism carried out in a town that should be gassed/levelled.
BTW, enjoy your stay
We went in one on the high street one NYE and it was fine, we were a group if 3 couples, one of which was lesbian. Absolutely fine, although the whole village had a fight in the street later that night. We'd left a bit earlier.
I can vouch for Porthmadog. I have been there hundreds of times over many years and have NEVER experienced even a hint of anti-English attitude there….or anywhere else in Wales for that matter. Bit bemused by all the above.
Been to Blaenau plenty of times, stayed (once) about 5 years ago - can't remember the name of the B&B.
Honestly can't see what anyone's problem is with the place. Yes its grey, industrial, rains quite a bit and is a poor community but it's also got a unique character that's unlike anywhere else in the world and you're just as likely to get your bike pinched or get into a fight in any of the UK's major cities if that's what you're after.
The pubs are very Welsh, people speak Welsh - it's their first language for many (and they also speak it at home too). I find if you're friendly and chat to people like anywhere else then people tend to be friendly back.
I quite like the place to be honest, it's got a certain gritty character you won't find anywhere else and it's right in the middle of some fantastic riding, walking and industrial history.
I'm English - and have got no problem with the Welsh speaking Welsh. If you're in a French bar, do you feel excluded and intimidated by all that nasty French speaking?
However, on occasion I've entered an establishment in North Wales, seen the locals chatting merrily in English, then switch seamlessly to Welsh when they realise I'm there.
Half the N Wales locals appear to have nothing good to say about BF. I'm sure it's got a nice community there, but if you're on holiday or only there for the night, you might struggle to find it.
I would echo recommendations of Porthmadog and Tremadog. Breakfast in Eric Jones' cafe under the crags...sunlight dappling the rock...happy days.
I'm also from the area originally and previous posters are correct that it has a bad rep locally, some of it admittedly justified.
But...it's an isolated town with a long and proud industrial heritage which has been comprehensively crapped on, and has all the problems associated with that... this isn't a uniquely Welsh / anti English problem - there are towns like that all over the UK - just not that many of them have a national park and top class MTBing on their doorstep.
I'd guess that some of the residents of those other towns would probably also get a bit chippy at groups of strangely dressed people turning up with bikes costing more than they'll see in a year.
As above, AS is an effort to boost the local economy. I'd say give it a chance - ask the B&B / AS for recommendations on places to drink and eat - there are some decent places in some of the outlying villages even if you can't find anything suitable in Ffestiniog itself. You may be pleasantly surprised and you can always bail for Porthmadog if it all goes wrong.
Rascal - I Have a Log Cabin Booked just next to CYB Friday to Monday we have been snowed off and idealy would like to rearrange it sleeps 6 in three bedrooms & has all mod cons etc costs us £345 for whole weekend .. would that interest you ?
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