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Lamb and Fox, Pwlldu, Blaenavon

Posted on 29. Jun, 2011 by in Pubs

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Lamb and Fox, Pwll-Du, Blaenavon

The Lamb and Fox is a small pub located on the top of a mountain in south Wales.

Brief History

Situated on the top of the Blorenge mountain, in Pwll-Du (pwll = pit or pool, ddu = black), near Blaenavon, is the Lamb and Fox pub.

The pub was once located in a thriving village that had over 300 residents, two pubs, two chapels, several bake houses, a school and a shop. It was filled with miners, colliers, iron workers, quarrymen and tram road workers.

The village began to decline after the 1930’s and by 1960 it was declared a slum with most of its residents being relocated down the valley into newly constructed council houses in Govilon. Once the houses were emptied, they were demolished; now all that remains of the village is the pub and the Welfare Hall.


The interior consists of a low ceilinged beamed room with an old stone fireplace at one end and the small bar at the other. To the right of the bar is another room which in the past has been used as a dining area. I’m not sure if meals are still served there. At the rear is a patio and beer garden which has excellent views north towards Abergavenny.

The Beer

Unfortunately the pub no longer sells any real ale on tap. They do sell a selection of bottles although I’m not sure if the ones they stocked when I visited are always available.

I visited the pub in April 2011 and they had a mixture of bottles from the Rhymney Brewery along with Brakspear Oxford Gold, Shepherd Neame Spitfire, Banks’ Bitter and Wychwood Hobgoblin.

Visiting the Pub

Due to the pub being well off the beaten track and being quite a distance from civilisation, the pub is not always open and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was struggling. I’ve only visited the pub twice, once in 2011 and the other around 3 or 4 years ago.

The first time I visited they had at least one ale on tap and was popular with diners in the evening. When I revisited this year, no ales were available and it did appear to be struggling. It’s a pity as another remote pub, the Goose and Cuckoo, which is not a great distance from the Lamb and Fox, is very popular.

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Venue Location

Lamb and Fox




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5 Responses to “Lamb and Fox, Pwlldu, Blaenavon”

  1. Tracy Lewis 24 January 2012 at 6:02 am #

    the lamb and fox is a friendly pub, and has been in our family for a few generations, it has been handed down to my cousin. my father was born in the lamb and fox and  went to the school which has sadly been knocked down, he has fond memories. i also have fond memories of of when i was a child of windberry picking opposite the pub where my grancha had some land,the food is to die for especially the sunday dinners….

    • Dale Brown 30 May 2012 at 9:56 am #

      Hi…… i visited the pub many times before it was a pub… my grandad was childhood friends with Burt Lewis and we used to visit him and i can still see him now sitting in his chair, i used to play around the back of the house on an old tractor that lay dormant in the field…. that was 30 years ago and i still remember it like it was yesterday… all the best..

  2. bobnjul 2 June 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    We called in the Lamb and Fox today for a bite and a pint or two. Wish we could have had a shedfull more. Excellent welcome with a really nice chat with a few locals. Great meal as well.I think I went there once with my ex partner about twenty three years ago. I wont wait 23 days till the next time! This is what a pub SHOULD be. Room to talk and enjoy a pint. That log fire wont be found in Wetherspoons, thats for sure. Thanks L&F, for keeping a pub in the true sense alive in these hard times. See you soon. Bob and Maria.

    • margaret Wright 18 August 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      Hi, yes i and my two friends called in this pub today, we’d been walking down the goitre canal all day and we were very hungary. What a fab pub something like out of wuthering heights. The landlady made us food which was lovely, what a lovely atmosphere and full of character. People in pub were friendly and welcomed us and our two greyhounds and schnauzer. Please please do not ever close down, these pubs and now going under making way for the sterile, no character chain pubs. We will be going back when up that area.

  3. Maureenrichards44 23 July 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    I used to live in garnderis, down in the dip,how we ran those hills as kids. Live in Kent now, but go down three times a year, we love it there. We always go to the Lamb for a Sunday lunch. Wich is great. I was a McCloy .

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