It’s a long time since the Chapel Revival forced pubs to close on Sundays. This part of Wales was one of the last redoubts of the Sunday drinking ban.

It’s rare to find local beer like Purple Moose in our local pubs, but on the plus side they all now serve edible food, which is certainly a step up from 25 years ago.

Y Branwen, on the main road below the Castle, Harlech LL46 2UB
Fairly new; it’s a brave thing to open a pub nowadays. Fair pub grub.

Victoria, on the main road, Llanbedr LL45 2LD
Lovely old pub with a great garden for children alongside the river Artro. Shame about the Robinsons beer. Fair pub grub.

Grapes Hotel, Maentwrog LL41 4HN
Grim from the outside, great within. Used to have the best pub food around, now under new ownership.

Oakeley Arms, Maentwrog LL41 3YU
One of the most architecturally significant pubs in Britain. Splendid location on the A487. According to Llinos, this is where gentlemen with pencil moustaches and two-tone shoes meet their lady friends.

Ysgethin Inn, Tal-y-Bont LL43 2AN
A river runs through it. Good pub grub, better beer than Robinsons.

Lion Hotel, Pen Dref, Harlech LL46 2UB
Why does this make us think of “Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonite” by Earl Vince and the Valiants? We’re being unfair. Under new ownership since 2009. Its claim to fame? The Beatles practised here.