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"Great food and always a welcome."



"Best place for Sunday lunch."



"Once again a lush meal."








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"Amazing food, amazing customer service

and amazing atmosphere."


"A great night out."



"Love coming for the food, the drink and the karaoke."

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There is always a warm welcome for you at the Hafodyrynys Inn.

Mine hosts Tom and Colin and their friendly staff will welcome you to the Inn where there is always a log on the fire in Winter and plenty of cold drinks in the Summer.

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The Hafodyrynys Inn has a reputation for excellent value, hiqh quality food.

Come along for an evening or lunchtime meal.



The Inn is also known for it's events which include Karaoke and Quiz Nights. If you want to arrange a Private Event there is also a Function Room available for hire.



There has been an Inn or a Hotel on the site since, at least, 1873 when the Hafodyrynys Colliery was started although the Hotel may have been built some time earlier.

Arhoswch am cwrw da - Stop for a good beer

In the early 1900s the hotel was the focal point of the social activities of the village.

Before the chapel was operational, a Sunday School was set up in the hotel, meeting every Sunday in the club room.

A savings club "The Slate Club" was formed, and met in the Hotel every fortnight, where villagers could pay a few coppers and withdraw them in times of adversity.

Another club "The Death Club" was formed and met in the Hotel every fortnight on the same basis as the slate Club, with members withdrawing money to assist in funeral expenses, bearing in mind mortality in infancy at the time was very high.

Whist drives were very popular and held regularly in the club room.

Smoking concerts, on behalf of the RFC and Brass Band, were often held in the Hotel's club room, admission 3 old pence or 1.3 new pence.

Many celebration parties were held in the club room - weddings, anniversaries etc.

During world war 2, the club room was taken over by the Home Guard as HQ and Command centre. Training was carried out in the club room and in the yard at the rear. An ex officer from World War 1 was in charge of the unit. The Home Guard had a mounted patrol consisting of one draft horse, named BLUCHEAR and ridden by Tom "Kitty" Hall, the local farmer's son. The Home Guard manned the club room every night, in case of air raids. I understand that the skittle alley was also used as a rifle range.

A First Aid Unit was also set up in the club room, manned by the local ST John's Ambulance Team. They also manned the club room each night, prepared to assist anywhere an air raid took place.

A boxing club was also formed in the skittle alley and the trainer was an ex professional boxer.


The first tenant I can recall was one Reuben "Poppy" Lewis, a big ex copper. Nobody tangled with Poppy and he ran a strict orderly house. To bring an extra income he kept a few pigs at the end of the skittle alley. during his tenancy, manually operated petrol pumps were installed on the forecourt, the petrol being sold in half gallons. An oil tank dispenser was also installed selling oil in half pints. When a driver needed service he pressed a bell push, which rang a bell in he bar, then a member of staff would go out and serve him. As vehicles became more numerous, electric pumps were installed and at one period a full time petrol attendant was employed.

Bryn Roberts, a Llanhilleh resident, won a large amount of money on a lottery and took over the tenancy of the Hotel. Bryn was a debonair fellow and it is rumoured the Hotel became a centre for "Black Market" deals during World War 2. Bryn also introduced a cash supplement for drinks served in the lounge as opposed to the bar. At one stage he kept a few horses in the rear yard.

With the introduction of large petrol stations the Hotel's pumps became outdated and were dismantled. There was no public telephone in the village but Bryn allowed the villagers to use his phone at 6p old money or 2.5 new pence per call.

With the Chapel in operation, the Junior School established and later the Welfare Pavilion and Ambulance Hall being built, the Hotel lost its pivotal role in the village and returned to its original purpose of serving beer, that was until the present tenants joined the national trend of serving food. They now have a fine established restaurant.

Mostyn Jenkins


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