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Kings Arms, Llandudno

17 Mostyn Street
Llandudno
LL30 2NL

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Punch Taverns

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Graham Coombs left this review about Kings Arms

A rather run-down town pub, with odd bits of niceness, like some of the glasswork, betraying past glories but generally a bit manky. Draught ales are still restricted to Courage Best (not on) and a very indifferent Doom Bar - rather disappointing for a Cask Marque pub.

On 17th March 2020 - rating: 5
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John Bonser left this review about The Kings Arms

On Mostyn Street, slightly away from the main visitor orientated part of town, is The Kings Arms, a Grade 2 listed building, featuring an attractive tiled frontage and curved frosted glass windows. High up on the upper mock Tudor part of the building, we see the date 1898. As we go in, we see a fine mosaic floor entrance.

The old wooden bar is on the left hand side and features some attractive old coloured glass inserts in the bar gantry. Furniture is mainly normal tables and chairs with a long padded banquette running alongside the front wall under the window. Old black and white photos of Llandudno adorn the walls. A slightly raised area towards the rear is apparently used by diners at lunch time, but in reality, based on my visit, is just an integral part of the normal pub seating. It’s got that proper, old fashioned unpretentious local boozer feel to it, looking somewhat tired and worn in places.

Two real ales were on – Doom Bar and Courage Best. Upon ordering a pint of the former, I got that quizzical discouraging giveaway look from the barmaid that speaks volumes – “Blimey, I don’t think anyone’s ordered this before”. Surprisingly, it was pretty reasonable (by Doom Bar standards), although somewhat overpriced at £ 3.50p. This is clearly and most definitely a pub that serves real ale, as opposed to a real ale pub, if you get my drift

BT Sports are prominently advertised and with regular Disco / Karaoke evenings, it’s clearly one geared up more for the locals than the visitors to this seaside resort. On my visit, a somewhat raucous and lively atmosphere prevailed. Although it was only early evening, a good number of the customers were already clearly getting rather boisterous and, although I didn’t feel uncomfortable, this fact, coupled with the discouragingly over loud “background” music, persuaded me to retreat to one of the outside tables on the pavement at the front.

Here, unfortunately, on my visit, a rather unkempt, smelly and drunken old sod, who I had earlier seen weeing in a shop doorway a few doors down, decided to come over and, although he was barely coherent and could, by now, hardly stand up, proceeded to challenge all and sundry, but no-one in particular, to a fight. Thankfully, there were no takers – it wouldn’t have exactly been a long drawn out fight going the full distance – and, although it was more comedic than threatening, it did persuade me to finish my pint of Doom Bar quicker than originally intended. (In fairness to the pub, I ought to stress that, there was nothing that indicated that he had previously been a customer in the pub)

I normally like good honest unpretentious boozers of this ilk, but, taking the experience as a whole, I’ll probably give this one a miss next time – and you might want to as well.

On 7th October 2015 - rating: 5
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Al Bundy left this review about The Kings Arms

Improved slightly. Still full of divvies but at least its a bit cleaner. Not the worst. That's now The Town House.

On 18th March 2015 - rating: 4
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Al Bundy left this review about The Kings Arms

Sadly the 2014 version of this pub is not so good. Infested with flies, shabby and crap. Worst place in Llandudno by far.

On 2nd December 2014 - rating: 1
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Clive Thompson left this review about The Kings Arms

A proper drinkers pub, a bit old and unkempt looking but still has some attractive decorated glass. TV showing sports, quiz nights and karaoke feature. Two handpumps, only saw Bass on but it was a decent pint on both visits.

On 22nd September 2010 - rating: 7
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Kirsty Roberts left this review about The Kings Arms

This place is a brilliant night out and great 4 the afternoon sesh! it has brilliant food and awesome entertaintment 3 times a week!!!

On 26th June 2008 - rating: 10
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Tony o'sullivan left this review about The Kings Arms

I've been drinking here since the late 70's when the legendary Ben Humberstone ran it, it had 2 bars then.One room now. Still a popular venue with locals and visitors alike.Give it a go real ale buffs!!

On 29th December 2006 - rating: 10
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