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Bensons, Llangollen

11 Bridge Street
LL20 8PF
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John Bonser left this review about Bensons

Occupying a central position in Llangollen, just off the main drag, is Bensons, an establishment that brands itself as a “Hotel, Bar and Restaurant”. A longish glass fronted shop style exterior gives way to an eclectic and unusual interior with fake wooden beams at slightly below ceiling level from which hang a large and varied collection of model cars, planes, bicycles, ships lamps, old copper pots and pans etc. We also see an old metal AA Hotel sign and an old bus stop. Seating at the front consists of some leather button –backed sofas accompanied by several old three legged circular copper topped tables. On the walls here we see a number of signed framed football shirts ( eg – Pele, England, Newcastle United ) and also a collection of Liverpool football tickets from their Wembley appearances in years gone by.

The interior extends back a long way and towards the rear we see a pool table and a piano, over which is a large rocking horse and several old sewing machines. A few brewery mirrors and old enamel advertising signs feature. Some ornate looking chairs and tables here on the other side of the room cater for diners.

Further back still is a separate smart looking dining room which leads out to what the arguably the establishment’s best feature – a large outside decking area overlooking the fast flowing River Dee and the famous old stone bridge crossing it.

A small modern looking bar counter is in the middle on the right hand side, rather oddly surrounded by some vertical and horizontal fake wooden beams that effectively divide the area directly in front of the bar in two.

2 real ales were on – Cottage Brewery’s Defiant ( £ 3.50p ) and Blindside, neither of which were particularly memorable. I didn’t detect much, if any, interest in real ale from either the management or the other punters.

I find this a difficult one to sum up on the basis of one relatively brief afternoon visit. It certainly doesn’t feel like a hotel bar, yet, by no stretch of the imagination, does this resemble what I would regard as a traditional pub. Interestingly, despite clearly emphasising the restaurant side of the business, on my visit, food trade was negligible and, with a TV screen at each end of the room showing the Leicester v Aston Villa game with full sound on effectively dominating proceedings, there was a hint of a sports bar feel to the place. It feels like one of these place that doesn’t really know where it is trying to position itself.

If you’re in town, you might want to look in, but it’s not worth going out of your way to visit

On 5th October 2015 - rating: 6
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Al Bundy left this review about Bensons

Lots of interesting stuff hanging from the ceiling and pleasant in the summer when the frontage is opened out.

On 19th January 2015 - rating: 7
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Alan Hurdle left this review about Bensons

A long bar with folding glass panel doors (opening out on to the street in warmer weather). Highly decorated with unusual bric-a-brac like motorbikes, old household and old industrial memorabilia hanging to the ceiling and walls. Changing (guest) Real Ale. Good value food available in the bar, rear or downstairs restaurant or outside balcony overlooking the white waters of the River Dee. Accommodation

On 13th October 2011 - rating: 7
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 05 July 2014 by Alan Hurdle
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 27 July 2013 by Alan Hurdle
  • Car Park : No last updated 27 July 2013 by Alan Hurdle
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 July 2013 by Alan Hurdle
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 27 July 2013 by Alan Hurdle
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 July 2013 by Alan Hurdle
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 10 March 2016 by Alan Hurdle
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