About Us

Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...

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History

Here is little potted history of our pub and the local area... if you have a spare minute or two and maybe a cup of tea (or is that a G&T), we think it's well worth read.

Read on...

Quite a few in the company thought the Glasfryn was one of the less attractive properties in the group, perhaps because, in the absence of mature trees, it didn’t sit happily in its environment.

Before...

...after

Having said that, the building itself does have its defenders, being an early example of Arts and Crafts architecture. It’s possibly the glazed red brick that makes it look a bit cold from the outside, but once you’re in, there’s a lovely atmosphere.

Before....

...can you guess

We’ve planted lots of climbing plants that will hopefully spread over the building and soften it to the eye, and planted plenty of trees that will help it sit more comfortably in the landscape, but it will take time. There are some great views from the terrace.

Weeding the garden...

...the day after

The building was originally built as a judges’ residence for the circuit judges attending the courts opposite, although no judge ever actually stayed here. There was a brief flurry in the press at the time, as it was the most expensive judges’ quarters in the land because although it had never been used, it still had a full-time housekeeper and butler in residence. They must have had a sweet time of it while it lasted.

The building was subsequently sold and became a farm, which looked very pleasant surrounded by trees and bushes, although these have sadly disappeared in the intervening years. They needed large barns, which have now become our kitchens.

From free range...

...to kitchen range

When we bought the building in 1999, however, it was sadly dilapidated, and was being used as bedsits, but with a lot of care and attention, and a deal of money, it is looking as good as ever.

Photos courtesy of Ken Armstrong, Builders

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If you'd like to put a name to a face, allow us to introduce you to the crew...


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Front of house

Graham Arathoon

Manager

Graham has been there and done it - he joined Brunning and Price many years ago as a chef, and was the head chef at the Pant for six years before going front of house there as joint manager with Lindsey. He looked after Pen-y-Bryn between 2002 and 2010 before embracing a new challenge at Glasfryn. Graham has been teaching himself the electric guitar for a number of years now, and has finally mastered Slayer's seminal thrash metal classic "Spill The Blood".

Sheena Davies

Deputy Manager

As soon as Sheena walked through the door it was as if she had been there for years, she fitted in so well. Sheena never stops working, to the extent to which it is difficult to get her to sit down at the end of a shift, and is universally popular thanks to her warm and sunny personality.

Hannah Hough

Deputy Manager

Hannah is horse mad and took Equestrian Studies at Yale College. She has worked in pubs all her life including a stint at our sister pub the Wharf. Over the years she has become a wine buff, being a big fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. In her spare time Hannah loves to watch a good horror movie, going out with friends and eating a lot (errr...that's eating out a lot, rather than eating a lot).

 

Kimberley Watson

Assistant Manager

Kimmy has been at the Glasfyn for a couple of years now, having first come to us from our sister pub the Corn Mill in Llangollen. Thankfully she is very organised, which is useful as she is able to sweep up all the little notes that Graham jots down for 'safe keeping'. In her spare time she can be found messing around in the kitchen at home making her own booze or hiding behind a sewing machine creating a mess.

Debra Arathoon

Bar/Waiting Staff

Debbie is married to manager Graham, and has worked alongside him both at Pen y Bryn, and now at Glasfryn. Debs actually has worked front of house in a number of B & P pubs, and knows the ropes inside out. She is a ray of sunshine and works like a trooper.



Kitchen

Matthew Bratt

Head Chef

Before he joined the Architect, Matt had been cheffing since 2005 at the 3 Rosette Homewood Park Hotel in Bath, athough he first donned his whites in 1997. Despite his appearance Matt is the sporty type with a love of working out in the gym, which he balances by playing pool and drinking beers.

Paul Rudd

Sous Chef

Paul is another chef that came to us from the Queen’s Head along with Andy and Jonny (so we’d better not go there for a meal in the near future). Paul is very keen golfer and enjoys letting his hair down. He loves his music (young people’s) and is Mr Socialiser with some wicked dance floor moves. According to him, that is.

Gary Steele

Kitchen Porter

Gary joined us in 2002 straight from leaving school and has since become a Glasfryn legend….. Out of work Gary has a busy life supporting Manchester United at every game both home and away, as well as going to gigs – Gary is a bit of a rock ‘n’ roll / indie type, which is evident from his hair… and as a big fan of Oasis he likes to look up Liam Gallagher’s cool clothes on the web and don the same outfit…



Maintenance

Paul Dickinson

Gardener/Handyperson

Paul took over the garden in a fairly raw state, soon after we opened, and has steadily been planting beds, hedges and climbers ever since – at the last count we had some twenty-eight climbing plants around the building, but as with all things gardening, patience is the key. As each year goes by, the trees get bigger, the garden fills out, the climbers climb and the building softens. Soon, of course, we’ll have to start cutting it all back.


Book online

Use the calendar to book a table. If the time you're after is not available, give us a call and we will try our best to fit you in. We keep some tables for phone bookings.

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Upcoming event

Christmas Fayre Menu

Monday 27th November to Tuesday 26th December

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