A great Llay pub well worth fighting for


Liam Randall

PRIOR to its recent reopening The Crown Inn at Llay was the subject of a well
publicised battle between residents and brewery to keep its historic name.

As is often the case people power won the day and it was with that in mind that I
visited The Crown on a chilly Saturday night to see if it had been worth the fight.

On our walk through the car park, my girlfriend Beccy and I were immediately charmed by the ambient lighting in the pub’s gardens, which with a nip in the air started to put us in a festive mood.

At the door we were warmly greeted by a member of staff who quickly showed us to out seats in the already bustling dining area, which has received an impressive
refurbishment. We were seated next to a mural of a colliery pit – a fitting tribute to Llay’s history.

All the food on the menu was part of a buy one get one free offer, including specials.

So needless to say we decided to get our money’s worth and head for the giant blackboard.

I was immediately taken by the black pudding and pork stack and having been
christened the velociraptor for her love of all things meat, it was no surprise when Beccy opted for the 6oz Barnsley lamb chop.

Having worked up an appetite I was not disappointed when my dish arrived at the table. Comprised of three pork chops and two slices of black pudding it was quite a sight to behold. The taste was more than a match too. The pork was tender and well accompanied by the rich black pudding. To top it off it all came drizzled with a sweet, but not too overpowering, apple and cider sauce. There was nothing to say about the new potatoes and seasonal veg aside from that it was cooked to perfection.

Between vast mouthfuls I even managed to try a piece of Beccy’s lamb. It too, was perfectly cooked and came with a tasty, thick minted gravy.

Surprisingly we even managed room for a pudding. My toffee and sultana clotted cream pudding hit the spot and as is customary I nicked some of the other half’s mouth-watering cream tea cheesecake.

Between the excellent service and delectable food, it’s hard to come to any other conclusion than that The Crown was a pub well worth fighting for. I would highly recommend it.

The bill

Mains: (Buy one get one free)

3x3oz pork joint and black pudding sizzled with apple cider sauce £11.95

6oz Barnsley lamb chop with mint gravy £10.25


Cream tea cheesecake with ice cream £3.75

Toffee and sultana clotted cream pudding £3.65


Two colas £3.70

Lemonade £1.85

Total: £24.90

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