TWO pubs have recently been celebrated by a renowned good ale guide, however one of them is closing…

It can be no surprise one of Penarth’s best pubs; the Pilot, has been celebrated by revered ale guide CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).

And it might be no surprise that the beloved Bears Head has made it on there, however it’s a shame about the timing as Wetherspoons is set to close the pub!


Pilot wins CAMRA's 'Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend Pub of the Year 2024'

The Pilot has held a special place in the hearts of many people in Penarth.

Most recently, the pub announced some big news when long standing staff general manager, Francois Commeureuc-Cherot was promoted to co-owner along side business partner and fellow Frenchman Serge Luceau.

It hasn’t meant too much change at the Pilot, with Monsieurs Commeureur-Cherot and Luceau emphasising operations are carrying on as usual, with a few added continental twists to be introduced over time – such as the wine list getting some valuable influence from the home of wine, France!

The only other change sees the Pilot commended by CAMRA in what is good news for its ales service.

On the pub, CAMRA said: “While The Pilot maintains its long-established reputation for high-quality food and wine, it has recently increased its emphasis on sourcing and serving up to three high quality ales in excellent condition, along with interesting craft alternatives.”

Penarth Times: Francois Commeureuc-Cherot and Serge Luceau of the PilotFrancois Commeureuc-Cherot and Serge Luceau of the Pilot (Image: Pilot Insta)

Bears Head highly recommended by CAMRA despite is set to close

The Bears Head has been in the news quite a lot recently after Wetherspoon’s revealed to the Penarth Times at the end of March it was set to close the pub.

It’s a shame, not just because of the popularity of the pub – so popular a petition has been set up to try save the fabled watering hole – but also because the pub has caught the eye of CAMRA.

Wetherspoon’s says they have activated a break clause in the lease on the building the Bears Head is situated in, but no date has been set for when the pub will actually close.

Wetherspoon’s added all staff will be offered jobs in other Wetherspoon’s pubs.

Penarth Times: The Bears Head, set to closeThe Bears Head, set to close (Image: Newsquest)

On the Bears Head, CAMRA said; “A Wetherspoon outlet right in the town centre with an extensive open-plan interior, and a smaller area upstairs comfortable for families.

“A mixed clientele enjoys a variety of up to eight ales, with Welsh breweries making regular appearances.

“Over the last year or so the management team have concentrated on ordering quality ales that customers request, and keeping and serving them in perfect condition.

“The pub has a steady trade most of the week, with good value food available all day.”

We hope you’re listening Mr Wetherspoon…

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