Growing up in Swansea this restaurant has been a firm favourite for years in our family. So when we made a recent trip to Brecon we prepared ourselves for a lovely feast in what we remembered to be a friendly, hearty pub, with outstanding views, a warm atmosphere and friendly welcoming staff.
My husband and our two children pulled up in what looked like a run down version of the white fronted establishment we remembered. We ventured inside to find the chef (and I presume owner) slung over the bar looking us up and down. He immediately informed me, in a very cold manner, that they didn't have a children’s menu. When I said we would choose something from the main menu, he grunted that we HAD to sit in the dinning room, despite the pub being empty.
Understanding that pubs are not for children we duly went along to the dinning area, and picked up the menu. As we passed through the doorway my eldest commented on the disgusting smell emanating from the room. My husband and youngest went to the loo.
Looking through the menu there was little choice; it was overpriced and had designs above itself. There was literally nothing we fancied and the room (which was once a friendly welcoming warm atmosphere) was cold run down and smelly.
Returning from the toilet my husband looked at the menu and I said he didn't really fancy anything. He commented on the state of the toilets and said he wasn't really comfortable eating there. We decided to leave.
On our way out the obnoxious man at the bar who had stared down his nose at me muttered to his one customer "typical they only wanted the toilet".
I was furious!!!! For years we have visited Brecon and taken a trip to this lovely restaurant. I'm horrified at the attitude of this. How he expects to do business is beyond me. We should have known when at 1:30 on a Saturday afternoon his establishment was empty - that in itself speaks volumes.
The Tai'r Bull was once a friendly, warm, hearty pub. We aren't adverse to fine dining and our kids are quite used to visiting nice restaurants where a degree of decorum is necessary. This guy clearly thought we weren't good enough to eat in his establishment - I predict he won't be there for long!
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