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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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good Beer, hmm about food

This pub used to be our local. The beer selection is generally superb, loads of guest beers. We started eating here. Best ever meal was their Sunday lunch, very good value, they even do 2 choices of beef. Their bar meals are very good, otherwise the restaurant tries to do, how can I put it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Andrew K
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

This pub used to be our local. The beer selection is generally superb, loads of guest beers. We started eating here. Best ever meal was their Sunday lunch, very good value, they even do 2 choices of beef. Their bar meals are very good, otherwise the restaurant tries to do, how can I put it, Gastro pub food, or trying... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I recently had dinner at the BOG with a group of five friends. I cannot fault the food which was quite delicious and beautifully presented. I will always choose quality over quantity but my chosen dish, the Blaengwawr lamb was such a small portion that I had consumed all in ten small mouthfuls and was left feeling hungry. The bill... More 

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

Visited The Bunch of Grapes on 22nd Feb for my fiances birthday, we had not been before, but I had heard a few great reviews about the place, therefore we decided to try...this is now our favourite place for Sunday lunch. I'm never 100% happy with eating out for a Sunday lunch, simply due to my Mum's cooking being the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Bunch of Grapes is a very nice pub, simply decorated and with a nice selection of ales, the food is normally very nice, although last time I ordered chips they were very large indeed, taking thick cut to another level, but apart from that, highly recommended.

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Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I have eaten here a couple of times before, sadly today was not the day to sing praises. I ordered the beef roll and sadly the roll was not particularly nice more like a solid bagel consistency heavy on the stomach. The beef, just 2 slices, 1 beautiful the second piece just gristle and fat. The biggest issue, however, was... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

15/2/15 Delicious, high quality, well presented Sunday lunch. Excellent value, the potions were very good but with emphasis on high quality homemade, locally sourced produce. We took away the dessert and it was presented well, it tasted beautiful and we were very impressed with the ingredients labelling. The Bunch of Grapes have clearly embraced the new EU Food Information for... More 

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Rhondda Cynon Taf, United Kingdom
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33 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

we had an evening meal here recently with my parents. decor nicely done and a friendly wellcome. homemade bread a little on the heavy side and the homemade burger too dry. how ever the fish and chips were a success. the vino is lovely but way over priced as were the rest of the beverages. in fact i would hasten... More 

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Cardigan, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We have been here several times as a family. Food always well made, portions generous, staff welcoming and great beers on tap to wash down lovely grub. The bar area is a little parochial and you can be made to feel somewhat awkward when at the bar. Not the fault of the establishment but a personal observation. The eating area... More 

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19 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Popped in here last weekend - beginning of Feb whilst was in the area. It was around 1pm on a Saturday and was very busy. Most tables were taken in the bar area, popular with the locals which speaks for itself. We found a table tucked in the corner in the second bar section (down by the Deli ). although... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

It's been a couple of years since I visited so was keen to see if they had maintained their high standard and was very pleased with the results. Yummy food, often with a bit of a Welsh twist. I had cockles and laver bread to start followed by rabbit. Both we excellent although the glass bowl the rabbit came in... 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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