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The Bunch of Grapes

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Ynysangharad Road | CF37 4DA, Pontypridd, Wales
01443402934
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Description: The Bunch of Grapes at Ynysangharad Road Pontypridd backs onto one of the...
The Bunch of Grapes at Ynysangharad Road Pontypridd backs onto one of the last few remnants of the Glamorganshire Canal which was constructed in 1792. Built circa 1800 to satisfy the thirst of the hot forge masters who were making all the heavy anchor chains for the British Navy and all the passing canal workers on their way with to Cardiff with full loads of Coal and Iron Ore, business was brisk with male dominated ale consumption. This trend continued to well into the mid 1900's. It is rumoured that when Isombard Kingdom Brunel came to visit the Chainworks he was so impressed with what he saw and on securing the deal to supply him he celebrated with an ale in the Bunch of Grapes. Now tastefully and sympathetically refurbished the Bunch of Grapes offers a warm relaxed atmosphere both in the public bar and the restaurant where the emphasis is on quality, locally sourced foods, ales and ciders. The Bunch of Grapes at Ynysangharad Road Pontypridd backs onto one of the last few remnants of the Glamorganshire Canal which was constructed in 1792. Built circa 1800 to satisfy the thirst of the hot forge masters who were making all the heavy anchor chains for the British Navy and all the passing canal workers on their way with to Cardiff with full loads of Coal and Iron Ore, business was brisk with male dominated ale consumption. This trend continued to well into the mid 1900's. It is rumoured that when Isombard Kingdom Brunel came to visit the Chainworks he was so impressed with what he saw and on securing the deal to supply him he celebrated with an ale in the Bunch of Grapes. Now tastefully and sympathetically refurbished the Bunch of Grapes offers a warm relaxed atmosphere both in the public bar and the restaurant where the emphasis is on quality, locally sourced foods, ales and ciders. The Bunch of Grapes at Ynysangharad Road Pontypridd backs onto one of the last few remnants of the Glamorganshire Canal which was constructed in 1792. Built circa 1800 to satisfy the thirst of the hot forge masters who were making all the heavy anchor chains for the British Navy and all the passing canal workers on their way with to Cardiff with full loads of Coal and Iron Ore, business was brisk with male dominated ale consumption. This trend continued to well into the mid 1900's. It is rumoured that when Isombard Kingdom Brunel came to visit the Chainworks he was so impressed with what he saw and on securing the deal to supply him he celebrated with an ale in the Bunch of Grapes. Now tastefully and sympathetically refurbished the Bunch of Grapes offers a warm relaxed atmosphere both in the public bar and the restaurant where the emphasis is on quality, locally sourced foods, ales and ciders. Built circa 1800, locally sourced food, ales and beers. Public abr and restaurant. Family friendly.
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Superb Pub - They should all be like this!

The Bunch of Grapes is really special...Great food - fantastic choice of ales, wine etc... lovely rustic decor AND no loud music! Always a treat to go there! The reason I haven't given it five stars is that I consider it to be a little on the pricey side for it's delicious food - but hey, you can't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
Rob R
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De Ddwyrain Cymru
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8 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

Had looked forward to eating at The Bunch, having heard lots of good things. Pleasant ambience in restaurant, nice service mostly, but the 12 hour cooked pork belly that I was served was small and mostly made of unedible fat. On being asked if our meal was ok I responded in a courteous manner that I was disappointed, only to... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

I visited here multiple times with co-workers during August and September and the bar menu never fails to disappoint. Top quality fresh food served in not just an attractive way but also full of great tastes. I've never come away disappointed and you can't go wrong for a local pint and a quick bite to eat.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Fish and chips for lunch - scrumptions and plentiful fish, with crispy batter, but those chips..... they're so big that it's more like eating boiled potatoes than chips. Lovely tartare sauce to accompany and overall, a great experience

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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great little local with great food and excellent little beer garden. Awesome little selection of local brewery (ottley) ales. Superb lunch and evening menu.

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Provincetown, Massachusetts, United States
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

A very extensive and interesting menu but the kitchen fails to deliver. I have dined here about 4 times, the last time was a couple of years ago and every time the food was poor. I have now given up with the place.

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Wales, United Kingdom
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Booked a table at the restaurant for 3pm online. On arriving at 3:05 were told restaurant closes at 3pm and "if youd been here 5 minutes earlier we might have kept it open for you". Then told to sit in the bar because "its exactly the same food there anyway". It wasnt the same food as advertised on the website,... More 

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Aberdare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Atmosphere lovely , can eat by bar area or in conservatory. Always order club sandwich which comes with the nicest chips I've ever tasted .. well recommended

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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The Bunch is a superb example of how a pub should be. Laid back atmosphere, newspapers to read, a mini library in the small sunny back room, with a leather sofa to relax in. The bar has wooden floors,some old pew seats, a dog to stroke and a log burner to warm your hands on a crisp evening. Always a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The Bunch of Grapes is really special...Great food - fantastic choice of ales, wine etc... lovely rustic decor AND no loud music! Always a treat to go there! The reason I haven't given it five stars is that I consider it to be a little on the pricey side for it's delicious food - but hey, you can't have it... More 

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Abercynon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Can't believe the prices you pay for pub grub .restaurant prices , don't go if you have a big appetite , bland and very small portions

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ynysangharad Road | CF37 4DA, Pontypridd, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  South Wales  >  Rhondda Cynon Taf  >  Pontypridd
  • Phone Number: 01443402934

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Pub

Description

The Bunch of Grapes at Ynysangharad Road Pontypridd backs onto one of the last few remnants of the Glamorganshire Canal which was constructed in 1792. Built circa 1800 to satisfy the thirst of the hot forge masters who were making all the heavy anchor chains for the British Navy and all the passing canal workers on their way with to Cardiff with full loads of Coal and Iron Ore, business was brisk with male dominated ale consumption. This trend continued to well into the mid 1900's. It is rumoured that when Isombard Kingdom Brunel came to visit the Chainworks he was so impressed with what he saw and on securing the deal to supply him he celebrated with an ale in the Bunch of Grapes. Now tastefully and sympathetically refurbished the Bunch of Grapes offers a warm relaxed atmosphere both in the public bar and the restaurant where the emphasis is on quality, locally sourced foods, ales and ciders. The Bunch of Grapes at Ynysangharad Road Pontypridd backs onto one of the last few remnants of the Glamorganshire Canal which was constructed in 1792. Built circa 1800 to satisfy the thirst of the hot forge masters who were making all the heavy anchor chains for the British Navy and all the passing canal workers on their way with to Cardiff with full loads of Coal and Iron Ore, business was brisk with male dominated ale consumption. This trend continued to well into the mid 1900's. It is rumoured that when Isombard Kingdom Brunel came to visit the Chainworks he was so impressed with what he saw and on securing the deal to supply him he celebrated with an ale in the Bunch of Grapes. Now tastefully and sympathetically refurbished the Bunch of Grapes offers a warm relaxed atmosphere both in the public bar and the restaurant where the emphasis is on quality, locally sourced foods, ales and ciders. The Bunch of Grapes at Ynysangharad Road Pontypridd backs onto one of the last few remnants of the Glamorganshire Canal which was constructed in 1792. Built circa 1800 to satisfy the thirst of the hot forge masters who were making all the heavy anchor chains for the British Navy and all the passing canal workers on their way with to Cardiff with full loads of Coal and Iron Ore, business was brisk with male dominated ale consumption. This trend continued to well into the mid 1900's. It is rumoured that when Isombard Kingdom Brunel came to visit the Chainworks he was so impressed with what he saw and on securing the deal to supply him he celebrated with an ale in the Bunch of Grapes. Now tastefully and sympathetically refurbished the Bunch of Grapes offers a warm relaxed atmosphere both in the public bar and the restaurant where the emphasis is on quality, locally sourced foods, ales and ciders. Built circa 1800, locally sourced food, ales and beers. Public abr and restaurant. Family friendly.

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