“ Address: Bangor on Dee / Nr. Wrexham / Clwyd / Wales „
I found this lovely Hotel by accident. Some friends and I had gone to visit Erddig House and arrived too early. We went off to find a coffee somewhere and were lucky enough to come across Buck House in nearby Bangor on Dee, or, to give it it's proper name Bangor-is-y-Coed. It is quite close to Wrexham, North Wales.
Bangor on Dee is a lovely little village. It wasn't so much sleepy when we arrived there, it was more comatose. Not a soul was in sight as we wandered up and down the pretty main street. Eventually a solitary dog walker took pity on us and told us to "Go around the back of the Buck, they'll look after you!" We went around the back and were pleasantly suprised to find a nicely laid out beer garden awash with flowers.
Alas, the pub wasn't open! As we turned to leave a man walked out of one of the outhouses, stopped what he was doing and asked if we needed any help. We explained that we were looking for some coffee and he opened the back door of the pub and ushered us in.
The lady of the house came and took our order for tea and coffee and she couldn't have been more pleasant, even though we had interrupted her obviously busy preparation for opening.
We were shown into the bar and we couldn't believe our eyes! The raftered ceiling was festooned with tea-pots! Rank upon rank of hanging teapots. All different as far as I could see. There were a few wall cabinets that housed even more pots. (I think they were the more precious ones)
When the landlady came back with our very welcome drinks we asked her about the extraordinary collection. She showed us through to another slightly smaller bar that was similarly decorated with teapots. In all she reckoned that there were about 1,300 pots collected over the last thirty years.
I remarked that they all looked pristine and dust free. She said they had got easier to keep clean since the smoking ban, even so, I wouldn't like the task of giving them their monthly clean! It was a remarkable collection and we spent a lot of time just looking at all the different designs. Some of them were really funny, some were a bit naughty and some were just plain elegant.
The rest of the decor, once we could see past the teapots, was very pleasant. Traditional polished brass and local pictures and photo's showing events from local history.
The seating was comfortable and the whole place had a lived in and welcoming feel to it. It was well kept and spotlessly clean.
The downstairs of the Hotel was wheelchair accessible. I don't know about the bedrooms. The toilets were very clean and were also wheelchair accessible.
We had a look at the lunch menu and there was a good range of dishes on offer. For a touristy area, the prices were very reasonable and a few weeks ago I went back with my Husband and had a very pleasant lunch of Chops and chips and Sausage and mash. The meal with a soft drink each came to just under £12.00. It was cooked perfectly and there was too much for me to finish so my husband 'helped' me finish it. (as usual!)
The Hotel offers accomodation. There are 6 bedrooms all en-suite. I haven't stayed there but, if they are of the same standard as the rest of the place, I imagine they would be very comfortable indeed. Pictures of the rooms can be seen on their website. The address of which is at the foot of the review.
There is a large dining room at the back for larger parties. It looks light and airy. I only looked in but it looked comfortable to me.
There is also a games rom and bar. I enjoy watching a game of pool when I'm having a drink but I am hopeless at it so I just left it to the regulars.
At the back of the pub, near the exit to the beer garden, there is a room with a covered well in it which is worth a look. This room also contains a lot of tourist information leaflets. I usually find that you can get even more useful and interesting info' if you just talk to the regulars. The Buck House was no exception and we were given a lot of local tips and anecdotes. I love this about new places, the locals know what is happening in the area and are usually happy to expound their insights.
Bangor on Dee is a quiet place which I should think gets much busier when the races are on at the local racecourse. At one end of the main street is a lovely old packbridge over the River Dee. It was built in the 1600s and is a beautiful old thing. We enjoyed watching the fish in the very clear river below.
The mellow old chuch and graveyard look over the village. Looking and feeling timeless.
I was delighted to see a couple of tourist information boards designed and decorated by the local school children. They were charming to read and useful too.
There are a couple of shops and a few more pubs too. They all looked inviting but we only tried one!
Buck House Hotel is central to a lot of tourist attractions and would be a good base for a holiday.
I don't usually put big lists in my reviews but I thought this was fairly impressive in terms of showing what how well located the Hotel is.
Erddig Hall and Country Park (4 Miles)
Bangor on Dee Race Course (1 1/2 miles)
Valle Crucis Abbey (8 miles)
Llangollen Motor Museum (7 miles)
Llangollen Railway (7 miles)
Green Acres Farm Park (10 miles)
Cheshire Military Museum (15 miles)
Chester Race Course (15 miles)
Chester Cathedral (16 miles)
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens (14 miles)
Chester Zoo (18 miles)
Beeston Castle (19 miles)
Rug Chapel and Llangar Church (16 miles)
Boat Museum (18 miles)
Oulton Park Race Circuit (23 miles)
If you look down the list you can see that there is something for all ages very close by.
I found the owners and the regulars of the Buck House extremely pleasant and welcoming. The beer is well kept and not overpriced. The bars are clean and comfortable. The food is wholesome, hot and well served. I wouldn't hesitate to bring friends or foreign guests here as part of a pleasant day out.
More information (and some idea of what 1,300 teapots look like!) can be found on their website.