A historic Wrexham pub has reopened with a new name, new operator and new look, ready to offer the Wrexham community the very best of British hospitality.

The Wrexham Cwtch, formerly the Crafty Dragon, on the High Street, is open again following a full refurbishment and people are loving the new friendly local.

Operator Sally Bales-Smith is no stranger to running successful pubs. She has years of experience in the pub industry, most recently running The George in Oswestry with her husband, before taking over at the helm of the Wrexham Cwtch independently.

Sally said: "This is such an exciting time for this wonderful pub and I am so lucky to be here for this next chapter. Cwtch - the Welsh word for cuddle - is exactly what I am going to do here! I am going to embrace this amazing opportunity to run this lovely pub and welcome all the community in with open arms! We are in the heart of the town and at the heart of the community."

The Wrexham Cwtch interior, High Street, Wrexham.

The Wrexham Cwtch interior, High Street, Wrexham.

The landmark pub is part of the award-winning Craft Union Pub Company, who were named the Best Community Operator at the 2022 Publican Awards. It invested more than £112,000 in the Wrexham Cwtch during its recent refurbishment so the town can enjoy this friendly neighbourhood pub for years to come.

Attractive new external signage gives an indication of the quality new look inside. These latest works have seen the pub refurbished throughout while retaining the existing layout. The clever use of soft and warm colours, décor and lighting alongside a choice a comfy furnishings and large and small booth seating adds to the appeal of the pub, day and night.

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A highlight is the unmissable TV sports and entertainment viewing throughout with the latest big screens and audio to create a real match day atmosphere in the pub. There is a pool table at the rear of the pub for in-house sporting entertainment. The outside has new bistro furniture and an outdoor TV so customers can enjoy a match al fresco too.

Sally added: "The beauty of this place is it still has all its character and yet offers the comforts and quality we expect and deserve these days. The design is all about making this a warm, welcoming and relaxing pub for all - dogs included!

"It's a grand building with everything you would want in a local pub. We offer great drinks, great entertainment and great service without any of those eye water prices. It's about good quality and good value with people at the heart of it. The Wrexham Cwtch is a gem on the High Street. Come in and see for yourself."

The Wrexham Cwtch interior, High Street, Wrexham.

The Wrexham Cwtch interior, High Street, Wrexham.

Customers can look forward to a refreshing pint of beer or glass of wine from an extended drinks menu. The bar stocks leading local, national and international brands with a wide choice of beers, wines, ciders, spirits, low and no alcohol and soft drinks.

The pub has a rich history. Formerly the Crafty Dragon and prior to that a Yates bar, it dates back to the 19th century. The grandeur of the building and Italianate design is thought to suggest wealth and substance as financial institutions moved into the town. The building is still embellished with the Alliance Assurance Company name. There is also an engraving on a lower stone of the building stating it was laid in January, 1830 by British aristocrat Lady Williams Wynn.

• Opening hours at the Wrexham Cwtch are Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10am-11pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-2am.

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