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Ponsonby Arms (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Windermere - Wordsworth's GoldenExceptional1
Kelham Island - Pale RiderExcellent1
Marston's - Long HopExcellent1
Saltaire - Saltaire BlondeExcellent1
Elland - White PrussianExcellent1
Watermill - A Bit'er RuffExcellent1
Ossett - Silver KingExcellent2
Bollington - Long HopGood1
Enville - AleGood1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Bank Top - Dark MildNot Tried0
Bank Top - Pavilion Pale AleNot Tried0
Bank Top - Barley to BeerNot Tried0
Ulverston - Flying ElephantsNot Tried0
Millstone - Tiger RutNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - Landlord Dark (was Ram Tam)Not Tried0
Elland - 1872 PorterNot Tried0
Picture 1. Ponsonby Arms, Llangollen , Denbighshire
Picture 2. Ponsonby Arms, Llangollen , Denbighshire
Picture 3. Ponsonby Arms, Llangollen , Denbighshire
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

13 Sep 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Late evening buzzing friendly locals pub a few minutes from the town centre tourist trade. Well sought first choice upon arriving here a short while ago. Beer range and quality worthy of its GBG entry plus a big thumbs up from me for its bias towards light pale coloured ales.
Kelham Island - Pale Rider5.20ExcellentSlightly sweet honey hints dangerously quaffable ale
Ossett - Silver King4.30ExcellentInitial strawberries and cream soon gives way to a pink grapefruit hit with this delicious and complex beer.
Saltaire - Saltaire Blonde4.00ExcellentCreamy yeasty with a hoppy bite
Elland - White Prussian3.90ExcellentWell balanced subtly spiced and peppery ale
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord Dark (was Ram Tam)4.30Not Tried
Bollington - Long Hop3.90Not Tried
Elland - 1872 Porter6.50Not Tried
30 Jul 2019 (Jack William)
Early evening visit - rather disappointed - my previous visit, and word of mouth from a “beery boater” suggested this would be a real ale haven - but only two of the ten handpumps in use. The garden was also rather overgrown- didn’t feel like a much-loved pub. The one beer I tried was however delicious.
Ossett - Silver King4.30ExcellentLovely dry hoppiness in sparkling condition.
Bollington - Long Hop3.90Not Tried
13 Jun 2015 (HSB)
13:00 Came here for lunch after a ride on the steam railway. The pub was in a poor state before the current owners took it over and the renovation is still very much a work in progress. Steady trade, mainly diners. Excellent selection of music playing from a Yellow Submarine themed Juke Box. Unusual sample board of brewing ingredients.
Watermill - A Bit'er Ruff4.10ExcellentBarmaid said it was a traditional bitter and she was spot on.
Bollington - Long Hop3.90Good
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Bank Top - Dark Mild4.00Not Tried
Bank Top - Pavilion Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
Bank Top - Barley to Beer3.60Not Tried
Ulverston - Flying Elephants3.70Not Tried
Millstone - Tiger Rut4.00Not Tried
15 Jul 2014 (Jack William)
Early evening, very quiet. Pleasant drink in the garden - invited back for a quiz later but didn't make it. Uses oversize glasses - sign of a true real ale drinkers pub.
Windermere - Wordsworth's Golden4.20ExceptionalRemarkable - nose like a Kentish hop garden - with a taste and body to complement it perfectly.
Marston's - Long Hop4.00ExcellentExcellent citrus hoppiness.
Enville - Ale4.50GoodFruity, quite sweet.

About the Ponsonby Arms

The pub sign. Ponsonby Arms, Llangollen , Denbighshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Llangollen, Denbighshire, LL20 8RY.

Traditional local on Mill Street and specialising in a good selection of real ales. Pleasant garden.

We have visited this pub 4 times, seen 16 different beers and tried 8 of them.

Map location

Postcode: LL20 8RY