You would expect me to have taken a look on What Pub, just to check on the pubs and bars in the vicinity of our hotel, and that is exactly what I did. Whilst not listed as stocking cask, Craft Republic was described as an excellent craft-beer bar, with 14 taps, which included one for cider, plus another for alcohol-free beer. Barry Craft Gin, produced on the premises, is also available, for those who enjoy something stronger.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my payment to go through, so he directed me into the labyrinth of different food stall, inside the containers, where I was able to order and pay in person. Not long afterwards, I received a text, advising my order was ready for collection, so I popped along to pick it up. So, with everything we needed, served on compostable cardboard trays, with wooden knives and forks, the chicken burgers, served with lime-pickle dressing and chilli-jam, plus fries to die for, it was “finger-licking good,” as the Colonel would have said, and the perfect accompaniment to the craft beer offerings on tap.
I started with a pint of DEYA Steady Rolling Man, a 5.2% New England IPA, and followed it with a brew, with a rather long name, from Cloudwater. It was certainly extremely cloudy, and not particularly enjoyable. Fortunately, I only ordered a half, but “The Interior Life and the External World," reinforced my view that Cloudwater are seriously over-hyped, and matched the premonition which led me to order a half in the first place. I fully expect now, to received hate mail from Cloudwater fans, and whilst I should perhaps have known better than to order a NIPA, brew I started off with from DEYA was fine, with just the merest hint of “murk.” This was in stark contrast to the turbid-looking Cloudwater offering! If you don’t believe me, check out the photos as “pond water” would be a more apt name.
Speaking of our canine friends, Darcy the pub dog made a beeline for our table, as soon as he smelled the food. He hovered around, under our feet, waiting for the occasional chip to be dropped – as invariably happened. All in all, our visit was an extremely positive experience, made all the more enjoyable by the helpful and knowledgeable staff. As we left, we were thanked by owner Tim, who was sitting at a table, tapping away on his laptop, whilst enjoying a beer.Craft Republic, but to the entire GoodSheds complex itself. The same recommendation applies to Barry Island, as the Bailey family found the town a lot nicer than we thought it would be. With sandy beaches, a High Street with plenty of independently owned shops, attractive looking and affordable houses, plus friendly Welsh people – I would say that, given my ancestry. I would also say that Barry Island is well worth a visit, even if you’re not a fan of Gavin & Stacey!