Good grub and a decent drop of ale (Adnams, Great Orme) are righteously available at the Queens Head in the North Wales village of Glanwydden — so if you’re anywhere near you might want to drop in, after reading my review in today’s Daily Telegraph (if I remember rightly my primary school beat Glanwydden school 3-0 when we played them at football when I was a kid. I think I scored a couple — and once you’ve had your fill here a mile away in the village of Penrhynside is the Penrhyn Arms, where beer and cider are drank with studied determination, the grumbling farmer at the bar is my old mate Mark).
North Wales beers are very much on my mind at the moment as fellow beer writer Tim Hampson and myself are doing a collaborative beer tasting at the Hay Ale and Literature Festival next month. A kind of ‘he says North Wales and he says South Wales’, sort of. With some readings of Welsh literature — I’ve picked George Borrow on the ales of Llangollen and I might even try a poem in Welsh (or maybe not).