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Y Llong/The Ship, Porthmadog Central, Porthmadog

Lombard Street
Porthmadog
LL49 9AP
Phone: 01766512990

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Steve of N21 left this review about Y Llong (The Ship)

As mentioned below The Ship (or Y Llong to give its Welsh name) is a pleasant looking stone fronted pub set into a small row of shops just off the harbour, in the small town of Porthmadog, which was made a Grade II listed building in September 2005. It has both the Welsh and English pub names on the front of the pub and for those that can’t read at all, the pub sign is a model ship above the front door. I guess this may have been for the benefit of the sailors as this pub and the sign date back to when the port used to export Welsh slate all over the world. However these days most, if not all boats in the harbours are privately owned pleasure vessels.
Internally it is has two main rooms, a Snug room to the left, the main lounge room with bar to the right and then a separate dining room behind the main bar on the right.
It has a focus on food and we utilised it both at lunchtime and in the evening for this purpose and the meals were good and reasonably priced on both occasions.
But the benefit for me was also a decent range of Ales available on four hand pumps in this independent freehouse. For our visits these were Sharps Doombar, St Austels Tribute, Moorhouse Pride of Pendle and an excellent Castle Rock Harvest Pale. For a visitor it was a bit of a disappointment that the range did not include any local ales, especially anything from the excellent Purple Moose brewery down the road. But the gentlemen who I assumed to be the Landlord explained that his policy was to have a range of regularly changing regional ales that locals don’t find regularly, so in that respect fair enough.
I’m not sure if this is the same gentleman referred to below, but this one was a very self-opinionated Lancastrian from whom you would get the impression from his conversation with another customer who was an Australian visitor that the current English Cricket team is a one man Jimmy Anderson team with no contribution from any Yorkshiremen. But he runs a decent pub with good Ales and food and I wouldn’t hesitate to utilise it again when next in the area.

On 26th July 2013 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about Y Llong (The Ship)

After the misfortunate attempted visit below, I gave this one another go when a holiday took me to the nearby Port Meirion. This time the place was open as advertised. The pub is situated to the rear of the park on a street that has, oddly, a couple of small shops (not much passing trade I would have thought) and is part of a slate stone terraced block of houses. Three ales on the go (Copper Dragon, Big Bog Swampy, Moorhouse Pride of Pendle); my first half of Big Bog was a bit on the warm side and probably hadn’t been pulled through before I ordered (despite the place already having been open for 30mins or so) but the Copper Dragon was better. The pub itself is a more up-market operation than the nearby Spooners, being a traditional two-roomed affair with wood planked floor, black & white prints of Porthmadog on the walls, nautical paraphernalia and a converted inglenook fireplace in the lounge. There’s an emphasis on food with candles on the tables and some specifically laid tables to the rear. A decent quality coffee was on offer to keep Mrs Quinno happy. The landlord spotted us playing chess and declared that he was formerly Welsh champion but no-one ever plays in the pub. I didn’t point out the apparent lack of chess set in the pub might be a reason why…

Overall this is one that ticks most of the boxes for the average pub-goer and it’s worth venturing into if in the town.

November 2011
Shut at 5pm on Saturday despite an A-board advertising itself as open (as well as the GBG stating all day opening on Saturday). "Half five" mouthed someone from inside. Well, if you want to turn away eight paying customers...

On 9th March 2013 - rating: 7
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john mcgraw left this review about Y Llong (The Ship)

has two bars each side of one another.The one I went into was very dark and had no atmospnere.One real ale on which was Deuchar's IPA which although not in top condition not too bad.

On 6th May 2010 - rating: 5
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