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Fagins Ale and Chop House, Taff’s Well

Posted on 03. Oct, 2010 by in Pubs

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Fagin's Ale and Chop House, Taffs Well, Cardiff

Fagins Ale and Chop House is a free house located just north of Taffs Well in Glan-y-Llyn. The pub was CAMRA Mid Glam Pub of the Year 2008 and is known for it’s good selection of real ale and good food.

About the Pub

Set in a typical valleys terrace, the front of the pub consists of a large flagstone floor, wooden beams decorated with some rather cryptic bilingual sayings and a log burner on the one side. Seating is simple but comfortable and towards the rear of the pub is a restaurant area that has seating for 50 people.

“Real Ale, Real Food, Real Fire, Real People”

The pub is well known for it’s beer and usually has a good selection. There are five handpumps on the bar and a chilled stillage behind the bar that has room for 8 firkins. This is quite unusual for South Wales and I haven’t come across another in the any pubs in the area. With a capacity of around 13 beers, the pub doesn’t serve that many on a regular basis, at least not on the occassions that I’ve visited.

Fagin's Ale and Chop House, Taffs Well, Cardiff

Beers are from all over the UK with many from Welsh breweries such as Breconshire, Purple Moose and Otley. With Otley being brewed a short distance away in Pontypridd, there are always some available including OF which is brewed specifically for the pub.

The pub has a handy list of beers on a chalkboard next to the bar which lists beers available, beers that have just gone and those that are in the cellar. This gives a good indication of the types of beer that is usually served at the pub.

Beer is very reasonably priced at £2.50 a pint.

Beer Festivals

The pub holds two beer festivals every year. One was held between Thursday 30th September and Saturday 2nd October which I attended. 26 ales were availble throughout the festival with the temperature-controlled stillage being used for 8 beers along with a temporary stillage to the side of the bar holding another 14 beers. Beers were from a variety of UK breweries including Brew Dog, Thornbridge, Triple FFF, Sarah Hughes, Bays, Kelham Island and Breconshire.

I attended on Saturday afternoon and although about half of the beers had gone, it was still popular with people travelling from Newport and Penarth to visit.

Local Food

Fagins prides itself on serving, wherever possible, locally sourced food. The menu offers a wide range of food including home made pies, liver and onions and a variety of mixed steaks. I had an excellent 8ox sirloin steak at their recent beer festival.

Getting to the Pub

The pub is north of Cardiff and is a 15 minute walk from Taffs Well railway station. The station is on the Merthyr/Aberdare line and has frequent trains (around one every 10 minutes on a Saturday). The pub is also well served by Cardiff buses.

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Venue Location

Fagins Ale and Chop House

8 Cardiff Road

Taffs Well


CF15 7RE

Tel: 029 2081 1800

(Twitter: @awv)

Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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