We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“You really can't beat a good country pub in unique setting”
Review of Leyland Arms

Leyland Arms
Ranked #17 of 46 Restaurants in Ruthin
Price range: $2 - $198
Cuisines: Pub
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Description: The Leyland Arms is one of the few remaining true country pubs with a real country pub attitude. The Leyland Arms exists primarily to keep the local community together and to provide a social center for those within Llanelidan.A warm welcome also awaits anyone who wishes to visit us and experience our hospitality whether on holiday or working on business.The Leyland Arms occupies a prime position in the picturesque village of Llanelidan, and has always provided a warm and re-assuring feeling of welcome for over several hundred years.The Church of Saint Elidan is a building of both historical and architectural interest, it shares pride of place with the beautiful church of Saint Elidan adjacent to the village hall; which was previously the school. Overlooking the village cricket pitch, the Clwydian Mountain Range in the background affords the pub a natural source of shelter.The entrance to the Leyland Arms is through the courtyard behind the main building. Once inside the building the ceiling beams and wood burning fire provide a complementary setting for the small, well stocked, bar.The food is both great quality and good value. The items on the concise but varied menu are all prepared and cooked on the premises by the landlord, Steve Nicolopulo, to excellent standards. All produce is sourced from local suppliers wherever possible and served up in portion sizes not for the faint hearted. If you have a special requirement or want to book an event then please contact us and we will do our best to cater for your requirements.The Leyland Arms also provides up to 3 rooms should you wish to make yourself at home in the village for longer than a quick drink or meal. The accommodation consists of a double room, which boasts an en suite and spacious relaxation area, a twin room and a single room. For more details on our accommodation please visit the 'rooms' link. All of our room rates include a full breakfast.
Reviewed July 10, 2012

This public house, build in the mid 19th century by the local estate, is fine old building that overlooks a view down the valley with the village cicket ground and 12th century church in the foreground. The pub was refurbished by the famous Clough Williams-Ellis ( of Portmeiron fame) when he was also working on the Nant Clwyd House nearby.
The resturant is great value and fantastic quality and the Steve serves some very special real beers from the bar. He takes great are to ensure quality comes first and the atmosphere in the bar is made friendly and characterful by the bar room banter. I recommedn this place because I have been there several times and found it a great place for saunter around the village and church and for longer walks into the surrounding countryside and country lanes. There are rooms in the Leylkand Arms too and often there are village events to add to the interest.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank bonerattler
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (47)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

41 - 45 of 47 reviews

Reviewed June 17, 2012

For Father's Day we wanted to find somewhere we hadn't been to before, that had a friendly atmosphere, good food and real ale! Well, we got all that at this really welcoming country pub in Llanelidan, not far from Ruthin, which is in a stunning setting. The home made soup is lovely, and following that our group chose either the roast beef or salmon in hollandaise sauce. Very pleasant few hours and a nice chat about the history of the place afterwards.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank KarenChester4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 26, 2012

The food was ok but the pub its self was cold and not very welcoming

1  Thank Rosalie R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LeylandArms, Owner at Leyland Arms, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2012

Hi Jean ! don't recall seeing you here recently ! Give me a call and I will be happy to discuss things. Best Regards. Steve.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 29, 2011

We visited for dinner on a Saturday evening in October and were delighted by the beautiful setting and gorgeous old pub. The pub was quiet and as a result atmosphere was a bit lacking but everything else was charming. We all had starters and main courses and couldn't fault the food: a fabulous steak and kidney pudding, deliciously savoury steak and ale pie, perfectly cooked gammon and steak. The chunky chips were a very tasty accompaniement as was the large bowl of fresh vegetables. We thought the prices very reasonable and the menu was very varied. Service was inevitably slower than in some establishments because the lower volume of customers means there isn't a need for as many staff but the landlord had a lot of time and attention for us and we were made to feel very welcome. I have recommended the Leyland to all friends and family and hope that many more people enjoy its rustic charm.

2  Thank harry8348973
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 14, 2011

Not really a family restaurant. Seems to have gone quiet and a sense of 'hanging on'.

Had a home-made beef and kidney pie which was ruined by over-salting. Not quite sophisticated cooking.

Will not be going again.

    • Service
    • Food
Thank Northwales_9
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Leyland Arms also viewed

Ruthin, Denbighshire
Ruthin, Denbighshire

Been to Leyland Arms? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing