March 17, 2015 by Kay Byrne
A small party of Neath Port Talbot sub branch members, mostly from the Pontardawe area, ventured into the Afan Valley in early January to visit the Britannia in Cwmavon (known locally as The Brit) after hearing rumours of a major refit and real ales on offer.
After a pleasant 30 minute stroll up the cycle path from Port Talbot, The Brit appeared on the horizon. We were welcomed by Phil and Heidi who have owned the pub since March 2014. Phil is an ex-Royal Navy physical training instructor and with persuasion will also show off his skills as an accordion player!
Between March and September they undertook a major renovation which included complete renewal of the toilet facilities (knocked down and rebuilt) which are really plush now. In the drinking area many of the original features such as fireplaces were re-discovered and have been renovated.
There is a separate restaurant with a good and interesting menu with home-made food featuring strongly. The visiting CAMRA members would recommend this as a place to call and eat.
Some five real ales were available which was impressive for a pub new to real ales and it being winter. Phil was enthusiastic to familiarise himself with local CAMRA events and contacts for good, local ale suppliers. Definitely worth a visit.
By Colin Rees – Publicity Officer – Neath Port Talbot CAMRA Sub Branch