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The Bunch of Grapes

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Ynysangharad Road | CF37 4DA, Pontypridd, Wales
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice Sunday Lunch

We had nice food, it's getting better again. Service is a bit hesitant and gluten free knowledge is good. Glad I so on the up again

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
Ray H
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Cowbridge, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Such a great little pub with a good range of beer on tap and local produce. The food is delicious and very reasonably priced. Perfect for a quiet drink or a leisurely lunch/dinner this tucked away pub is a fantastic find.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

What a surprise going to a valleys pub and having such a wonderful meal, different menu which was great. Can't wait to go back.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We had nice food, it's getting better again. Service is a bit hesitant and gluten free knowledge is good. Glad I so on the up again

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We had excellent food here today and service was great....I just wish there was more choice for vegetarians. Sunday dinner ie. The roast potatoes, carrots, greens, yorkeshires are all foods vegetarians enjoy too and with a little nut roast or similar instead of the meat, would be a delightful dish to enjoy. The actual choice of risotto was very tasty... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We had booked a table for four but had to wait on arrival as it wasn't ready, being told the previous diners 'were on their sweet'. There was another table for eight made up of two tables but were not offered one of these, even though subsequently they were split up for the next arrivals. I don't mind waiting a... More 

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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Visited today one of my favorite local places and have been flabbergasted at an interaction with a young lady who is working the bar. My friend found two long dark hairs in her food and she decided, not being one to complain, to ignore the first however, on finding the second decided she should raise this with the bar girl.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Called in with my son for a pint whilst cycling down the Taff Trail. After standing at the empty bar for about a minute a barmaid turned up, pulled a pint, looked at me and went away. About a minute later she turned up again, walked up and down the bar, looked at me and went away again. I continued... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Visited last month after some recommendations.... Couldnt fault it. Food was great, staff were excellent. You've gained a regular!! Keep up the good work!!!

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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I ate at the Bunch of Grapes this lunchtime (Tuesday 24th March). I am sorry to have to say this, but it wasn't worth the £25 it cost the 2 of us. The garlic bread was just not appetising, I left most of it, and my partner tried it too and he didn't fancy it either. The long grain rice... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

A bit pricey (main meals start at £15), but really good quality food that's beautifully presented. All accompanied by a fantastic selection of real ales. I have to say that I didn't find the meals as satisfying as I would have wished as none of the dishes that our table ordered had either enough vegetables or sauce/jus/gravy, but it's undeniably... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary

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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