help! am stuck in aberystwyth at horrid guesthouse pls help me find a nice pub or restaurant!

(33 Posts)
edam Sat 30-Jun-12 18:25:33

Travelling for work hotel bumped us as overbooked to horrid guesthouse - can't stay in my room all eve pls recommend somewhere to go

NoComet Sat 30-Jun-12 18:39:54

No idea just sending you my commiserations. My DSIS assures me Aber isnt quite the dump it was when we were kids, but I still wouldn't want to be stuck there unless its a really nice day.

nooka Sat 30-Jun-12 18:44:13

I went to university in Aberystwyth, but it was a long time ago now! Our favourite pub was the Cambrian (opposite the train station). I imagine that the town is pretty dead with all the students gone? We used to enjoy walking along the sea front (not the prom but over by the marina. You might need a dog for that to be enjoyable though!

edam Sat 30-Jun-12 18:48:58

Am in grim pub with sticky floor and bored.barman reading a book. Colleague tells me her wine is 'adequate which is the best I can hope for round here' :-)

peggyblackett Sat 30-Jun-12 18:52:35

Do you have a car? If so I recommend the drive to The Harbourmasters (sp?) at Aberaeron.

peggyblackett Sat 30-Jun-12 18:53:36

The Harbour Master Hotel. Fabulous food.

teaandthorazine Sat 30-Jun-12 18:56:19

Well, Aber is bursting with pubs - it depends what you want! When I was a student there I used to love Rummers wine bar on the Trefechan bridge - lovely cave-like atmophere, candles, etc. Gannets used to be the place to eat if you wanted something posh grin.

(The Cambrian is great if you want scary cocktails in pint glasses - ahhhhh, memories!)

teaandthorazine Sat 30-Jun-12 18:56:50

Edam which pub are you in?

brabbinsandfyffe Sat 30-Jun-12 18:58:29

I was in Machynlleth last year (at a completely gorgeous and fantastic guesthouse, if you want to escape yours) and the landlady drove her friend to Aber at sunset to see the starlings, which apparently gather in massive clouds. Not sure that's all year round though.....might be an alternative to feeble

nooka Sat 30-Jun-12 19:00:33

teaandthorazine when were you at Aber? Your summary sounds just the way I remember it (dh and I were there from 1990-93). dh was partial to an orbital or two, although he liked the Cambrian best for their very good Bass (and the lock ins).

teaandthorazine Sat 30-Jun-12 19:03:30

Yep, I was there from 92-95. Loved it - I mean, obviously it was (probably still is) deeply uncool but SO much fun! God, I remember Orbitals... have just been googling pubs and restaurants for edam and it's bringing back a LOT of memories grin

teaandthorazine Sat 30-Jun-12 19:13:00
edam Sat 30-Jun-12 20:24:52

Hey guys thanks for advice have found a sub-all bar one and we are ok

lagartija Sun 01-Jul-12 09:58:38

memories! I was at aber 93-96!

edam Sun 01-Jul-12 15:35:42

well, that was horrid. Grim grim grim grim grim. Aberystwyth - so bad it's not twinned with anywhere but does have a suicide pact with Dartford. (with apols to the late, great, Linda Smith.)

To cap it all, escaped on a train this morning, only for the guard to announce AFTER we'd set off that there was no trolley service. Not a drop of liquid for FOUR HOURS. My colleague and I shared out carefully rationed doses of Bach Rescue Remedy mouth spray like survivors of a shipwreck waiting for rescue...

edam Sun 01-Jul-12 15:36:41

Receptionist in the hotel this morning said 'Oh, I suppose you'll be going somewhere nice today. Like Birmingham... ' <wistful sigh> THAT'S how shit Aberystwyth is, makes Brum look like a paradise people can only dream of.

DowagersHump Sun 01-Jul-12 15:39:52

You have my sympathy edam. I went to university there and lasted a year - I loathe it grin

EdithWeston Sun 01-Jul-12 15:45:43

The books by Malcolm Pryce might help you get through it! They are:

Aberystwyth Mon Amour
Last Tango in Aberystwyth
The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth
Don't Cry for Me Aberystwyth
From Aberystwyth with Love
The Day Aberystwyth Stood Still

Sposh Sun 01-Jul-12 15:49:52

My college roommate was from Aber so i went there with her a couple of times.

Things that struck me were that there was a single rail line in and out so trains were few and far between as they couldn't pass each other.

There was no alcohol served ANYWHERE on a Sunday, except at private clubs. Is that still true?

lagartija Sun 01-Jul-12 16:26:16

Ha ha that's so funny, I went to school in Dartford and uni at Aber grin

nooka Sun 01-Jul-12 16:31:48

I'm pretty sure we got pissed on Sundays (along with the rest of the week!). As a student I really enjoyed living in Aber, as the remoteness meant that there was a very good social life - no one left very often and you could visit all your friends with a max half hour walk. It wasn't so good when you fell out with your mates mind!

edam Sun 01-Jul-12 16:40:27

edith grin

my colleague and I were making up slogans for sticks of rock 'Aberystwyth - be very glad you aren't here' was the cleanest.

We found the most startling window display on the high street. Very old fashioned and bleached out - you know shop windows in places that have stood still since the 1950s look really faded? Did a double take, saw it was a nurse and a body on a table wrapped in bandages, looked more carefully and realised it was a ruddy sex shop!

If you ever find yourself stuck in Aber again Bella Vita, Gwesty Cymru and Ultracomida are nice.

Unusual for there to be no trolley service on the train, I travelled from Aber to Birmingham on Friday and back yesterday and the trolley was back and forth for the whole three hours. And every time it passed the children pestered me for something!

If you ever find yourself stuck in Aber again Bella Vita, Gwesty Cymru and Ultracomida are nice.

Unusual for there to be no trolley service on the train, I travelled from Aber to Birmingham on Friday and back yesterday and the trolley was back and forth for the whole three hours. And every time it passed the children pestered me for something!

Wish I'd seen this yesterday - I could have sent you round to visit my sister who live is Aberystwyth!

There is a nice Greek restaurant there, and a Japanese one.

And yes, it's unusual for there to be no trolley service on the train. Which reminds me, must book our train tickets for later in the month!

Sposh Sun 01-Jul-12 16:59:01

Maybe the University bars are considered private? Mind you, I was there in '88-'89 so entirely likely that the laws have changed since then!

teaandthorazine Mon 02-Jul-12 10:49:50

There's nothing else to do in Aber on a Sunday except get pissed! grin

Awwww, poor old Aber, I loved it there, you're all meanies! Although it is considerably more attractive in the sunshine... And yeah, it does make Birmingham look like Monte Carlo grin

edam Mon 02-Jul-12 11:16:52

We jumped on the 9.30 train as had no wish to spend a second more in Aber. Only for the guard to announce, after we'd set off, that there was no refreshment trolley. It's a FOUR HOUR journey to Birmingham International where I was changing. Mind you, would have been no use knowing in advance as all the shops were shut - even WHSmith, ffs. We were reduced to sharing a stale bottle of mineral water I'd forgotten to throw out the night before, and taking it in turns to have a spray of Bach Rescue Remedy mouth spray...

DowagersHump Mon 02-Jul-12 12:10:40

My boyfriend came to visit me and couldn't believe that you couldn't even get petrol on a Sunday, much less a drink. Actually when I was there, I have a vague recollection that the trains didn't run on Sundays but that can't be right can it?

edam Mon 02-Jul-12 12:54:27

They do now, praise be!

You can drink on a Sunday there now, but I know you couldn't in the 1970s.

DowagersHump Mon 02-Jul-12 13:27:18

I was at university there in the mid 80s Norman <am old, but not that old wink>

gillyisace Mon 16-Sep-13 12:04:46

I would like to know where that guest house is? I've lived in Aberystwyth for over 23 years & it's a great place to live with lots going on! There's recently been a lot of money spent on making the town look smarter. Don't forget there are lots of students who came here to study & never returned home - so it can be that bad can it?

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