Villagers raise a glass to reopened pub


Lois Hough

VILLAGERS who fought tooth and nail to save a village pub have raised a glass to victory.

The Tyn y Capel in Minera reopened on Saturday after a massive community effort.
The pub – which shut two years ago – is now run by Minera Community Ltd, a village organisation which now has a lease on the building and the keys to the property.

More than 90 shareholders raised more than £37,000 to reopen the Tyn y Capel as a community-run pub.

Villagers went all out in their mission to reopen the pub by decorating the building as well as sprucing up the grounds.

They celebrated the relaunch by throwing a huge party, where guests tucked into a hog roast and performers included musicians Pamela Wyn-Shannon, Johnny D, Les Barker, 40 Days and Box of Froggs.

Eifion Williams, chairman of directors of Minera Community Ltd, said the event had attracted about 1,000 people and had been “fantastic in every way”.

“We had the best weather we have had in what feels like five years,” he said.

“And we were staggered by people’s response. The pub was drunk dry. We had to acquire some extra barrels.”

He said saving the pub which was built in about 1250 had been hugely important to local people.

“It means that 750 years of history isn’t just snuffed out. The village refused to see it close and we knew that in the current climate we would have to do it ourselves.”

“And we have done it. Until yesterday there were 17 community pubs in the country and now there are 18.”

The community group also took to Facebook to voice their gratitude to all those who visited or took part.

They wrote: “On behalf of Minera Community Ltd a special thank you to all the artists/performers for giving their free time to support the opening of this community pub.

“Also thanks to all the volunteers and most of all a big thank you to you the public who came along. This is a great start for us! See you all soon.”

Dozens of people visited the website to praise the event including Jane Plant who wrote: “It was an awesome day and evening. Well done to all of you. The Tyn looked fab.”

Debra Roberts-Griffiths said it had been an “amazing night”.

Performer John Durham posted: “Glad the event went well – beautiful spot and the pub looked lovely. Thanks for having me and I’m sure the other performers would say the same.”

Last year, madcap chef Heston Blumenthal championed the pub’s cause when he visited Minera to film an episode for the Channel 4 series, Heston’s Fantastical Food.

In the show, which aired in December, the Michelin-starred maestro put the fun back
into pub grub by building a giant, edible pie and turning it into a fully functioning pub.

Heston, who runs the award-winning Berkshire restaurant The Fat Duck, also made a billiard table from cod, tartar sauce and pea mousse with pickled egg billiard balls, and a super-sized pork scratching big enough to feed the entire village.

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