Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies with the Golden Lion's owner Jon Bassett

Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies with the Golden Lion’s owner Jon Bassett

Penarth Conservative AM and  Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew R T Davies has congratulated  The Golden Lion pub in Glebe St. Penarth in Penarth on winning the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)’s ‘Pub of the Year’ for the second year running.

The award-winning pub The Golden Lion on the corner of King St and Glebe St

The award-winning pub The Golden Lion on the corner of King St and Glebe St

CAMRA’s  Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend members voted again for The Golden Lion for the “superb quality of the two or three well-chosen ales from Welsh breweries” and described it as a “genuine pub, with layout and design that just makes it great to drink there.”

Pub Owner  Jon Bassett and landlord Paul Harper met Andrew RT Davies on the premises last month when he visited the well-known Penarth pub last month.

Davies says  “This award is once again thoroughly deserved and recognises the superb offering provided by the Golden Lion in Penarth.” He congratulated “Everyone who plays their part – particularly the locals who sample some of the great Welsh beers”

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  1. Philip Rapier says:

    Congratulations to the Golden Lion. By astonishing coincidence PDN’s splendid article on the Golden Lion’s well deserved achievement comes on the day the last orders are called on contributions to the Westminster Government Consultation on bringing the iniquitous tied house brewery feudal leases in to the 21st century
    It would be great if Andrew RT Davies AM would let us have the benefit of his opinion on the notorious rip off closing pubs all over Wales. He may be cool with CAMRA on this but looks extremely wary of being uncool with Cameron.
    The tie is best explained as a 400-year old system requiring pub tenants to buy beer from their landlords rather than on the open market. (or supermarket) The price they pay is typically vastly above (super) market rates, but in return tenants receive benefits such as lower rent. The MRO, which is to be introduced next May, is designed to offer tenants who want it the option of a free of tie rent arrangement.

  2. I am a great supporter of Local Enterprise, and view Phil Rappier’s comments with a degree of suspicion. Forget the politics Phil, and be generous in praise for a great pub with fine beers in our town – the spirit of independence still holds good fortunately !

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