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Looking for great value pub food, drinks and the ultimate social experience?

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Great value pub food, drinks and the ultimate social experience

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Fothergill Street, Treforest, Pontypridd, CF37 1SG

01443 404632

Opening hours

  • Sun - Mon // 09:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday // 11:00 - 00:00
  • Weds // 11:00 - 23:00
  • Thurs - Sat // 11:00 - 00:00

Food service hours

  • Mon - Sat // 12:00 - 21:00
  • Sun // 12:00 - 18:00

Facilities at this pub

  • Free Wifi
  • Darts
  • Pool table
  • BT Sport
  • Sky Sports
  • Dog Friendly
  • Families Welcome
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Lively Local

We have something for you to enjoy every day of the week, while you relax in our comfortable and cosy surroundings.

Why not banish the Monday blues and join us for a fun and interactive games night, or bring your mates to our music quiz every Tuesday night where there are some great prizes up for grabs.  On a Wednesday we hold our Sports Social, and then how about singing your heart out at our crazy karaoke night every Thursday.  The weekends are a time to party, and our live music will certainly get you dancing.  And, after all that fun, what better than a relaxing Sunday where you can unwind with the papers and some delicious food with us.

Love your sports? We show all the big games from both Sky Sports and BT Sports on our screens, we can even show multiple sporting events at the same time, so you don’t need to miss out on any of the action!

For added fun, we have a fussbal table, pool table, darts board, quiz machine, table top games and board games for you to enjoy while having a drink with your friends.


The Cask Marque Award is an accreditation which guarantees guests the perfect pint of cask ale, every time. All the cask ales on sale are tested twice a year by a qualified assessor for temperature, appearance, aroma and taste and every beer must reach the required standard in order for the licensee to pass the inspection. Mystery visits may be carried out at any time and feedback is invited from the public.

Cask Marque is an independent, non-profit making organisation formed in 1998 with the aim of improving beer quality in British pubs through the accreditation scheme, training courses on cellar management and the setting of industry standards through a series of beer quality charters, including cellar management, glass-cleanliness and line cleaning.

Over 10,000 pubs hold the Award and each one participates in the ‘World’s Biggest Ale Trail’. This allows drinkers to scan the Cask Marque certificates in the pubs using their phone and the more scans they make, the more prizes they win. Download the CaskFinder App to join the fun!


Looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend or relative? With our Brains gift cards you can give them the perfect present. Load them up at the bar with the value of your choice* and let your friends and family enjoy food, drinks or even a night’s stay at a Brains Inn of their choice.

Or maybe you know a budding beer enthusiast who would like to add to their collection? Our very own Brains Craft Brewery cans and original Brains Beers are now available in gift packs. Cheers!

*Minimum top-up value £5. Terms & Conditions apply. Visit for details.

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