500-year-old Welsh Inn set to brew up some interest

By Owain Betts

It’s served thousands of customers for over 500 years and now the chance has arisen for the next publican to pull the pint and serve the fayre at one of Mid Wales’ oldest running pubs.

Sat along the Dyfi Estuary in the foothills of the famous Snowdonia National Park, licensees Colin and Cheryl Jones of The Black Lion at Derwenlas near Machynlleth, Powys have put the Inn up for sale, providing a budding licensee with an opportunity to pursue their dreams.

The Grade II listed property that traces its history back to the 16th century, has been a freehouse throughout that time and once served workers at a former quayside along the estuary, as well as travellers heading between the mainland and coast towards Aberystwyth.

Today, it’s open plan bar and restaurant with accommodation, providing regulars and visitors with a destination for good food and drink within traditional exposed Oak beam rooms and an open inglenook fireplace.

“It’s a deceiving property. From the outside it looks small, but it can cater for 48 covers, has a bar and restaurant and two bedrooms for accommodation, as well as an attic room that can also be used for the owners or as accommodation,” said Paul Evans, a partner at Mid Wales estate agents, Morris Marshall and Poole.

“The location of the Inn along a key tourism route to the coast and towns like Aberstwyth, means it maintains good local and visitor trade. With the Dyfi Osprey Project, Dyfi Estuary, Snowdonia National Park and stunning countryside all around, it’s a magnet for visitors.”

The Inn has been owned by landlords Colin and Cheryl for 17 years. They are now focussing their attention on another business they own in Machynlleth.

“We’d originally been customers at the Inn and then one day we’d been talking to the then landlady and told her we were looking to by a Inn and she said she might be willing to sell. Within days we became the new owners back in 2000,” said Cheryl.

“We’re now focussing our attention on our other business. It’ll be a shame to leave, but it’s a great business opportunity for someone with a catering background and in such an amazing location.”

The Inn has hosted many well-known famous faces during recent times too. The BBC Spring Watch team were regulars in the years they filmed at nearby Yynys Hir nature reserve. Russell Grant and comedian David Mitchell have also called in.

But perhaps its Hollywood star Richard Gere who is the most famous after he called in while filming in the area.

The Black Lion is being marketed for sale through estate agents and property surveyors Morris, Marshall and Poole for £245,000. Details can be found at www.morrismarshall.co.uk or by telephoning 01654 702472.

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