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The Bunch of Grapes

Ynysangharad Road | CF37 4DA, Pontypridd, Wales
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Ranked #14 of 64 Restaurants in Pontypridd
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Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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English first
Caerphilly, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Found a restaurant at last that serves local and international food with a flair and outstanding tastes. I will definitely be returning and I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates good food but don't expect fast food turnaround, this shows the food is prepared when and as ordered not pre-prepared. Service was excellent if a little reserved but this... More

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Wales
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We've eaten here quite a few times over the last 5 years, the Sunday lunch is always good value, if a little inconsistent. the bar chalkboard could do with a kick up the rear, as could some of the staff, to say they are indifferent to the needs of the customer would be an understatement, waiting for food, no food... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Went to the Bunch of Grapes today to meet work colleagues. Have been here previously and food and atmosphere has been good. However, today I was really disappointed. My colleagues had ordered their meals around 1:30 - 2pm in the restaurant. At just after 2:30pm I went to the bar to order a meal to eat with my colleagues whilst... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I've been here multiple times as I'm a big fan of the ales they have, however the food takes it up another notch. I would say this is the best food I've had in Wales and one of the few places in pontypridd where you can get fine dining at a very reasonable price. I've been before for thanksgiving dinner... More

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

.....because I absolutely love this pub where I've got so many fond memories. I drove here with my two girls for Sunday lunch 31/8/14 We were the first in about 11.45 and were told service would commence shortly which was fine.We ordered drinks and were handed the menu which we all opted for the three courses. Starters impressed I had... More

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is my 3rd time here for dinner, having experienced a certain under-achievement on their part in the past. However, this time they got it right. Dinner was excellent, all the dishes lived up to their expectations and the service was good, even though they were very busy. We had the additional benefit of entertainment via a 40's/50's nostalgia group... More

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south wales
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

What a wonderful little hide awy in the lovely villzge of pontypridd. we love the chunky chips with the open mackerel sandwich. Aswell as the goats cheeze and red onion sandwich. Yum. The ice cream, oh the ice cream is absolutely amazing. one recomendation woukd be to use an orange sauce with the toasted bara brithinstead of stout.

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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Drink choice is very good craft beers and ciders and Otley brewery makes ales on the premises. The daily baked bread on premises is fab with the mixed olives. I only go here for a drink nowadays because the food is somewhat hit and miss and I have been disappointed 2 out of 3 occasions I have eaten here. The... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The Bunch is my first choice of local restaurant as it always has a good, interesting menu with something for everything and they use locally grown produce so the menu usually reflects what's in season. Portion size is generous, two courses is usually enough. They also have a good selection of drinks, including local beers, ales and cider depending on... More

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Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

My husband had read about The Bunch of Grapes and said that we should try it. Last Monday we were on our way back to Hay from Cardiff. Perfect. Such a wonderful place in, what I would call, an unlikely area. Down a no through road and, when we went, no pub sign or logo on he front of the... More

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