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The Bunch of Grapes

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Ynysangharad Road | CF37 4DA, Pontypridd, Wales
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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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Unexpectedly lovely lunch

Wasn't expecting much from the outside as there's not much kerb appeal about the place. The saying 'never judge a book...' Definitely applies to this gem. I had a wonderful kipper with asparagus and scrambled egg served up on a wedge of toast for £6.50. In season, well cooked and tasty. Husband had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Fantastic service. Fantastic food. More people should know about this place (or should I just keep it to myself? :-))))

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This was the second time that i have been here in a group. I was disappointed with the servings of food the first time, but i just thought maybe it was because of the number of people in our group (25+). Giving it a another chance my thoughts were the same as the first time. The amount they serve are... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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69 reviews 69 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

It took a local to help us find this pub but what a great lunch! The pub has plenty of seating in a wonderful light and sunny conservatory area which is ideal for lunch. The meal selection and number of daily specials was one of the widest we have seen and all of our choices were of a good size... More 

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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We often visit and eat at the bunch and generally have enjoyed (though have had a few bad experiences lately hence my review). We decided to book for a family 40th wedding anniversary celebration Sunday lunch recently, sadly we were left disappointed with the service and also with the food. First let down was the starters, two people in our... More 

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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

For many years I have heard friends in work recommend this restaurant as good place to eat in the valleys. They were all right, this has to be one of they best places I have ever eaten and will be returning soon, not only was the meal excellent the wine and local draught beers were a lovely compliment.

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Pontypridd,S Wales
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This place is not your average public house, the food is top quality very tasty and presented in an exquisite way,it's not cheap but quality costs, so if your looking for burger and chips they will serve that in the bar and all the usual suspects that are bar meals but for a real dining treat just sample the a... More 

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wales
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Wasn't expecting much from the outside as there's not much kerb appeal about the place. The saying 'never judge a book...' Definitely applies to this gem. I had a wonderful kipper with asparagus and scrambled egg served up on a wedge of toast for £6.50. In season, well cooked and tasty. Husband had their veggie burger which looked really good... More 

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Senior Reviewer
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic pub and restaurant. Great ales and wines. Staff very friendly. Food always of a really high standard. Great all round pub

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Cowbridge, United Kingdom
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9 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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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, 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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