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Favorite photo: Check out this little pub somewhere in Wales.

This is not a historic photo, at least in the sense of some I’ve done recently, and I’m not entirely sure why I wanted to post it. But this is one of my favorite photos. All I know about it is that it’s a pub somewhere in Wales. I don’t know which one, what town it’s in, who took the picture or what its context is. But it certainly looks cozy. The ancient stone archway indicates it’s in a very old building, perhaps 18th century or even older. The beams on the ceiling look almost Tudor, though they could be a much more recent imitation of that style. Check out the wrought iron under the table at the left; this piece of furniture was probably made in Edwardian or Victorian times.

What I love about this picture is its quiet promise of peacefulness. There’s everything you need here for a cozy evening: some beer taps, comfortable chairs, and presumably–though off-camera–some friends or loved ones to spend some time with. Although not a lot of British beer is to my taste, I’d even overlook that for a chance to make a place like this a regular haunt.

As I said I know virtually nothing about this picture. I’ve had it on various computer hard drives for at least 9 years and I can’t even remember where I got it from. If anyone can identify what place this is, leave it in the comments! In the meantime, dream of a nice frosty pint of beer in a place like this as you go about your work today. Cheers.

Because I know nothing about this picture, I do not know its copyright status. If anyone can identify the place or recognizes the picture I will be more than happy to amend this article to give full credit to the photographer or copyright owner, if any.

2 Comments

  1. All I know is it looks like the pub in the sitcom “Last of the Summer Wine”.

  2. Luckily, despite the rise of the gastro-pub, there are still many pubs like this in the UK. One of my locals is the Red Lion in Cricklade which has its own micro-brewery in addition to the ever changing range of beers on tap http://www.theredlioncricklade.co.uk/images/transition/contact/01.jpg …. I’d have to take issue with you on British beers though! Like the craft beer explosion in the States we’ve seen some fantastic brews coming to market in recent years.

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