Branch real ale pubs
- Abercrave Inn
145 Heol Tawe
Family run hotel with a reputation for good food.
- Copper Beech Inn
133 Heol Tawe
Situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, this village pub offers accommodation and lunchtime and evening meals. A central bar serves up to four changing guest beers with one handpump dedicated to Welsh micro-breweries. On the right of the bar two settles cosy up to a large inglenook fireplace with log-burning stove. A comfortable lounge area with a relaxed atmosphere attracts locals, walkers, cyclists, climbers and cavers.
- Abercrave Inn ku.oc.nnievarcreba@ofni(01639) 731002 145 Heol Tawe Abercrave SA9 1XS
- Rock & Fountain Inn
Family run pub with reputation for good food.
- Rock & Fountain Inn moc.niatnuofdnakcoreht@sutcatnoc(01639) 642681 Glynneath Road Aberdulais SA10 8HN
- Butchers at Alltwen
A free house, no longer tied, offers two ales permanently, often from the Wye Valley Brewery and the Marstons range. Other local and national ales also feature, where possible ales requested by the regulars are put on. Is essentially a destination pub for diners and consistently offers food of restaurant quality. Ales always well-kept . Cask Marque accredited. Has a well-finished deck area with views down the Swansea Valley which provides a pleasant spot for summer evening drinking.
- Gwyn Arms
A traditional village free house which has recently been re-opened and refurbished, retaining its old wooden fittings. A warm welcome is assured from friendly staff and locals. Local brews are featured regularly. There is live music on weekends and an open guitar jam session on Wednesdays. Situated in the picturesque Swansea Valley, the National Cycle Path 43 and footpaths for walkers are not far away.
- Butchers at Alltwen ku.oc.newtllasmrasrehctubeht@ofni(01792) 863100 Alltwen Hill Alltwen SA8 3BP
- Bagle Brook
Beefeater Restaurant - Pub-style chain serving up a menu of grilled meats and international favourites such as fajitas.
- Bagle Brook (01639) 813017 Baglan Road Baglan SA12 8ES
- Briton Ferry
- Britannia Inn (01639) 812542 18 Bethel Street Briton Ferry SA11 2HQ
- Bryncoch Inn
Tyn Yr Heol Road
Family friendly pub/restaurant chain for sizzling-skillet specials, plus real ale and sports on TV.
- Dyffryn Arms
Located on the side of the A474, the pub has a large car park with a children's play area. The inside is modern and well kept. There is a real log fire in a central fireplace. Three real ales served, with Wadworth 6X always available. Food is served in the restaurant and bar until 9pm.
- Bryncoch Inn (01639) 633472 Tyn Yr Heol Road Bryncoch SA10 7EB
- Crown & Sceptre
Popular hostelry built in 1835 as the tap for the old Vale of Neath Brewery. The locals' bar and lounge have a central servery offering a choice of real ales. The pub has an excellent reputation for freshly cooked food, with fresh fish, home-made pies and a range of specials served in the bar, and an a la carte menu available in the restaurant in the old stables. There is a large car park opposite the pub.
- Crown & Sceptre (01639) 638042 Main Road Cadoxton SA10 8AP
- Afan Tavern
Traditional pub offering real ales, home-cooked meals and live music.
Built in 1845 and newly renovated in 2014 under new ownership The Brit established early on that they would be opening primarily as a "Real Ale" Pub serving food. It has a relaxed atmosphere with rustic, quirky surroundings. The new owners renovated the pub themselves and with their eye for interior design and antiques there is something interesting wherever you look. The bar itself was made from the old doors and floorboards taken from upstairs during the renovation and there is a section of rail used to hold up the ceiling of the restaurant from "The Great Exhibition" at Crystal Palace in 1851.
Serving a selection of five Real Ale's from local breweries such as (Borough Arms, Grey Trees, and Boss) they have one or two regular beers, Sharps Atlantic or Speckled Hen.
Food is served from 12-3pm and 6-9pm. Everything is made on the premises with Pub Classics being served at lunchtimes and Mon-Tues evenings. Other evenings see a selection of A La Carte specials being served. On Sundays they serve a traditional Sunday Roast between 12-4pm. They also do High Tea but this must be booked in advance.
There is a beautiful garden to the rear that looks over the river Afan and is a haven for anyone wanting a tranquil setting. Being a pub for all seasons there is also a hearty log fire for the colder months.
They have acoustic music evenings every second Thursday and a popular quiz on a Sunday evening. A Real Ale and Cider festival is held every second weekend in June.
- Rolling Mill (01639) 896347 Salem Road Cwmafan SA12 9EW
- Afan Tavern ku.oc.nrevatnafa@ofni(01639) 898283 Jersey Terrace Cwmafan SA12 9AU
- Refreshment Rooms
The Old Station
The Refreshment Rooms at The Old Railway Station, Cymmer, run as freehold public house and restaurant. Lots of the original features, including high ceilings, log fires and a wooden sun terrace.
- Refreshment Rooms ku.oc.smoortnemhserfer@ofni(01639) 850901 The Old Station Cymmer SA13 3HY
- Dinas Rock Hotel
A traditional town centre local, that has recently been refurbished to an open plan layout by the new owners. The emphasis on real ale is most welcome in an area lacking any choice. Live sport is featured on TV, in particular Six Nations and Ospreys Rugby. The two wood burning stoves and the original stone walls, make for a very cosy atmosphere in winter. Live music is featured at weekends once a month. Very handy for the famous waterfall walks and Information Centre, 800 metres up the road.
- Halfway House
Friendly locals pub with pub games, Sky Sports TV and a Thursday quiz.
- Lamb & Flag Hotel
A large detached public house which has just undergone a major rebuild and total refurbishment and now offers a large “U” shaped bar, a lower ground floor function room with own bar, a fully enclosed garden, and good value home cooked food.
- Dinas Rock Hotel (01639) 720105 High Street Glynneath SA11 5AP
- Gwyn Arms
Roadside pub in picturesque valley with large garden and children's play area, offering good value pub food everyday including Monday. Situated very close to the National Showcaves of Wales. Beer is usually Hobgoblin from Wychwood
- Tafarn Y Garreg Inn
Country pub on the A4067 main road and on the Beacons Way. Reopened in July 2015 after a lengthy closure, and under new management, offering pub food and a choice of real ales.
- Gwyn Arms (01639) 730310 A4067 Glyntawe SA9 1GP
- Jersey Marine
- Towers Hotel
Large family-owned hotel with the Penderyn Lounge Bar and Conservatory Restaurant open to non-residents.
- Towers Hotel ku.oc.letohsrewot@2noitpecer(01792) 814155 Ashleigh Terrace Jersey Marine SA10 6JL
- Twelve Knights
Traditional pub offering real ales, good food, and accommodation.
- Twelve Knights moc.niarbas@sthginkevlewt(01639) 882381 Margam Road Margam SA13 2DB
- Allan Leonard Lewis VC
11 Orchard Street
Closed as Neath Constitutional Club and reopened as Allan Leonard Lewis VC on 5th October 2017, named after a World War One hero who lived in Neath.
- Borough Arms
2 New Henry Street
This cosy, traditional little gem is home to the new Borough Brewery and well worth the walk from Neath town centre. Beers from the Borough Brewery and guest ales, are sold from six hand pumps on the horseshoe-shaped bar, to the delight of the locals. Three Borough Brewery ales are always served, on a changing basis, out of the range of beers that are brewed on the premises. Winner of local CAMRA Pub of the Year three times, this is probably the best back-street pub in Wales.
- Cross Keys Hotel
1A St Davids Street
Rustic pub in the centre of Neath, dating back to the 1800s, when it served as a hotel. Open plan Bar and Lounge, featuring a 100 year old fireplace. The pub also features a large area for Pool and Darts plus a dedicated Snooker room, boasting a full sized snooker table. Locally brewed real ale (Neath Ales brewery) is always available. Situated close to the town's bus station and gardens. Sports TV regularly showing football and rugby. Live music at weekends when the pub becomes very busy.
- David Protheroe
7 Windsor Road
Situated opposite Neath railway station, this popular Wetherspoon outlet is easily accessible. It was the former Neath Police Station and is named after the town's first policeman to be appointed in 1836. It has an open plan interior, with a family area at the rear and the four alcoves were once the 'lock-ups' for the town! A wide range of food available, with themed menus throughout the week. One cider regularly available to compliment the regular beers and guest ales.
- Exeter Inn (01639) 769252 52 Briton Ferry Road Neath SA11 1AP
11 Water Street
Lively community pub focused on music and sports TV.
- Smiths Arms
A Grade II-listed building, this traditional pub is close to the ruins of Neath Abbey, a former Cistercian monastery. The interior is attractively decorated and comprises a bar, lounge and function room. The lounge features an open hearth fire. Pool and darts are available in the bar and sport is screened on TV. Live music plays occasionally. Carvery meals available on Sunday. A local outlet for the Neath Brewery, where two ales are served, on a changing basis.
- Allan Leonard Lewis VC (01639) 633389 11 Orchard Street Neath SA11 1DT
- Ancient Briton
Local CAMRA Pub of the Year for the past four years and Regional Pub of the Year 2012, this establishment is ideally situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park with many local attractions within easy reach. The pub offers hotel accommodation and is introducing full camping and caravan facilities. However, it is the magnificent array of 13 handpumps that sets the pub apart. The landlord and staff take great pride and care in the constantly changing selection of ales, ciders and perry.
- Penycae Inn
Upmarket pub with large upstairs restaurant, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. One real ale is always available from local or regional breweries
- Ancient Briton (01639) 730273 Brecon Road Penycae SA9 1YY
- Dillwyn Arms Hotel
Prominently situated in the very centre of Pontardawe, the pub has benefited from many improvements of late. As well as three star accommodation on the first floor, there is a separate restaurant and a comfortable lounge bar on the ground floor served by a central bar. Two real ales of consistent quality are always available. Live music is a popular attraction on Sunday evenings. A decked terrace at the rear overlooks the river and caters for both smokers and drinkers.
- Ivy Bush Hotel
Recently under new ownership with food offered daytime and early evening. Occasional live music. Once the home of the famous Pontardawe Folk Club. One real ale, usually from Tomos Watkin
- Other Place
9 Ynisderw Road
Large pub with several rooms, with the emphasis on screening live football and rugby on TV. Two real ales always available in good condition: Gower Gold and Courage Best Bitter
- Pink Geranium
31-33 Herbert Street
Busy town-centre pub, handy for the Arts Centre. The L-shaped main bar is to the right of the entrance. There is a lounge and a music room with a stage where live bands play on Friday and Saturday nights. This leads to a large covered patio, popular with smokers and alfresco drinkers in the summer. Up to three ales are available, usually including a Welsh guest - Brains Rev James and Celt Bronze are among the favourites.
- Pontardawe Inn
123 Herbert Street
Now back to its best, the present landlord, Steve and staff have restored the "Gwachel", as known locally, to be a focal point for the community. Live music features regularly in the rear bar on Friday and Saturday evenings with Welsh language bands playing once a month. The guest ales are from the Marston's range and the pub puts on three beer festivals in May, August and November. The new landscaped garden is popular with drinkers and diners.
- Travellers Well
76 Commercial Road
Known as the Travs, it has a public bar, lounge and games area. One guest beer available, usually from Welsh microbreweries, often Mumbles. The pub is situated in a good area for walkers between the Baran and Gwrhyd mountains. Carn Llechart Stone Circle, Cwm Ddu Glen and the 1500 year old Llangiwg Church are worth visiting while in the area.
- Ynysmeudwy Arms
Family friendly pub with the emphasis on food. One real ale from the Gower brewery range
- Dillwyn Arms Hotel moc.letohsnywllid@seiriuqne(01792) 863310 The Cross Pontardawe SA8 4EB
- Angel Inn
Traditional country pub convenient for the famous Waterfall Walks and opposite the Waterfalls Centre. It has a large area catering mainly for diners with quality home-cooked food, and a separate bar for use by hikers and for screening live rugby matches on TV. The outside tables are popular with walkers and diners in fine weather. The pub may close in the afternoon in winter if quiet.
- Old White Horse Inn
12 High Street
Situated in waterfall country in the Brecon Beacons national park, this inn, built around 1600, has served as a coaching house, shop and a B&B before reverting to a pub in the early 1960s. It has a cosy public bar, lounge/restaurant and a large games room. Up to three ales are stocked in winter and up to five plus a cider in summer, when the pub holds a beer festival. Popular with walkers, budget hostel accommodation is available.
- Angel Inn (01639) 722013 Pontneathvaughan Road Pontneddfechan SA11 5NR
Family friendly food oriented pub.
- Colliers ku.oc.edisrevir-sreilloc@ofni(01639) 643187 Efail Fach Pontrhydyfen SA12 9TY
- Port Talbot
- Blancos Hotel & Restaurant
Modern spacious hotel with a bar, lounge and restaurant, offering regular live music events.
- Lord Caradoc
69-73 Station Road
The Lord Caradoc is a Wetherspoon Lloyds Bar in the centre of Port Talbot close to both bus and railway stations. Good atmosphere with a varied clientele from shoppers to regulars. There are two regular ales on offer and usually two or three guest ales which are often from South Wales regional and micro breweries.
- Margam Deer
Afan Way, Port Talbot
Family friendly food oriented modern pub with carvery, indoor children's activity area, and outdoor play area.
- Pig Iron Tavern
44-46 Station Road
- Blancos Hotel & Restaurant ku.oc.letohsocnalb@ofni(01639) 864500 Green Park Port Talbot SA12 6NT
- Crown Hotel
216 New Road
Traditional pub with bar, lounge and beer garden.
- Crown Hotel (01792) 411270 216 New Road Skewen SA10 6EW
- Somerset Arms
Family run pub offering good value pub food and live music.
- Somerset Arms (01639) 887026 Commercial Road Taibach SA13 1LP
- Corner House Cafe Bar
70 Commercial Street
Traditional village local, run by the same family for two generations, situated on the main (Top) road through Ystalyfera. Interior recently refurbished and modernised to an open plan layout. Live music often features on weekends. One real ale on handpump, often Oakham Citra or GreyTrees, plus one real cider (Westons) always in good condition.
- Flying Pig
Formerly named Ystalyfera Arms. One real ale from Local or regional breweries
- New Swan
50 Gurnos Road
Large open plan pub with accommodation and daytime food, including breakfasts. Live sport features regularly on TV and live music at weekends. One real ale from Tomos Watkin, but not always available
- Wern Fawr
47 Wern Road
The Wern Fawr's regular cask beers are from the 9Lives Brewery (previously Bryncelyn Brewery which started in the cellar of the pub in 1999). There are three regular beers (9Lives) all retaining Buddy Holly themed names, plus one changing guest ale. The bar is home to a large collection of artefacts from the locality and is firmly on the must visit list for real ale and historic pub enthusiasts.
- Corner House Cafe Bar moc.loa@iadshtiffirg(01639) 849420 70 Commercial Street Ystalyfera SA9 2HS
- Cafe Chameleon
The Cafe Chameleon (formerly The Gough Arms Hotel) is a Bistro Pub. Two regularly changing ales, one of which is usually from the nearby 9Lives brewery.
One of Marstons new build pubs, with a strong emphasis on food. Two real ales available, Marstons Pedigree plus another from the Marstons range.
- Ynyscedwyn Arms
53 Commercial Street
Hotel with restaurant, carvery, and bar on the banks of the River Tawe. Two ales from the Brains range readily available.
- Cafe Chameleon zib.noelemahcefac@ofni(01639) 841395 Glantawe Row Ystradgynlais SA9 1ES