The Crown & Anchor

The Crown & Anchor, Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire SY18 8EF

A proudly traditional pub on one of the four radial main streets of this attractive and characterful Borders market town. The totally unspoilt interior comprises five distinct rooms, separated by a central corridor. On the right there is a public bar, containing the main bar counter, a small separate bar with some seating that would have provided service for the other rooms, and a rear snug with a television. The left has a lounge with bench seating and a pool room. The only concession to modernity is the addition of a new toilet block.

As the sign says, the pub is open all day, but no food is served. On my visit the real ales available were Hancock’s HB and Brain’s Reverend James. The landlady has been in charge since 1965. One of Britain’s true classic pubs and a must-visit. There are a number of other interesting old pubs in Llanidloes.