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Lockdown at The Loggs

Updated: Apr 6



Here we are- a year past the first lockdown and I'm sure I'm not alone in that I didn't think it would last this long.

For the majority of this time, our pubs -the hubs of our community, where we celebrate and commiserate, and simply enjoy the company of others - have been closed. When we think of the events we celebrate across the year, then the pub will feature somewhere, be it a meal with family on Bank Holiday weekend or a drink with friends over Christmas. These spaces have often been the hub of a community for many, many years, and this is certainly the case for We Three Loggerheads.

Built in the 17th Century, its original name was Loggerheads Inn and John Parry, a tin miner from Cornwall, became the first innkeeper in 1750. Fast forward to 2021, and the owners now are the brilliant Paul and Lynda. We caught up with Lynda to speak about the pub, its history and emerging from lockdown.


What drew you to We Three Loggerheads?


I was a play specialist on the children’s ward at Glan Clwyd hospital and Paul was a director of a graphic company in Mold. We both fancied a change and purchased a franchise selling sachets of frozen smoothie fruit to hotels, cafes & gyms for them to make fresh smoothie drinks, but we were still working our regular jobs. We decided the next stage to enable us to change our career path was to look for a juice bar and it was during this search that we discovered the lease for We Three Loggerheads was available.

Our youngest son was a kitchen porter at the pub and we used to call in on a Saturday night to collect him after his shift, and we got a feel for how busy the pub was. Over a glass or two of wine we decided we would make an approach to view it and have a chat with the owner. Owning a restaurant had always been a dream for us as we had fallen in love with a piano bar in one of our home villages in the Midlands and thought this would be an amazing kind of project to become involved in.

The day before the meeting was scheduled, Paul was in Dublin on business and he got a call saying that the administrators had gone into the factory in Mold and closed it, so effectively he was made redundant.

We had a positive meeting at The Loggs and loved the place, so we made the decision to progress with the offer, and we took on the lease in May 2008 and then purchased the freehold in July 2009.


What's your favourite piece of history about the pub?


This 100% has to be the story of Richard Wilson, the famous landscape artist who was living with his aunt at Colomendy Hall. He supposedly ran up a huge bar bill and to pay off his debts he painted a pub sign depicting two landowners who were at loggerheads with each other over a boundary dispute. The history lives on with the name of the pub, and the connections with the Colomendy centre are very strong to this day. Visitors love the story and the fact that the painting still hangs on the wall is a great talking point.


We Three Loggerheads sign


When lockdown lifts, what are you most looking forward to at the loggerheads?


Once again we have worked really hard during this lockdown and we have been trying to make the kerb side appeal of The Loggs even more attractive to our customers. This is still an on going project but we are sure customers will love the subtle changes we are making, so we are really looking forward to welcoming customers back to enjoy our re-vamped space, and to enjoy a beer or wine with us, because when we closed we were unable to sell alcohol! A pub with no beer was not great! It will just be nice to re-connect with everyone after so long.






Whats your favourite time of year in the pub?


I have two favourite times of year for different reasons.


The spring is always amazing as we leave the dreary, cold, damp months behind us and emerge into the brighter days of spring with the snowdrops and daffodils around the building bursting into life. We see spring as the re-birth of our business as people begin to come out and enjoy the beauty of the countryside, and they have a real feel-good factor with the Summer approaching. Its great to see people with a smile on their faces.


Christmas to me is always special and magical. I love it when the nights draw in and I can light the candles to make the bar look cosy. I love decking the place out with twinkling fairy lights and baubles. I get excited when the trees arrive from Frank at the country park, and I totally enjoy planning menus for people to have their get togethers with family and friends. I think this year will be even more special as it didn’t happen at all last year with our decorations coming down almost as soon as they went up.


When lockdown lifts, how can the community best support you?


Just by joining us to eat and drink!

Spread the word and tell everyone that we have a really beautiful pub, that we serve real home cooked food, we support other local businesses for our gins, beer and food produce, and that we love to share our hospitality.

Buy our gift vouchers for family and friends for birthdays and Christmas and choose us if you have a celebration no matter how big or small!


Did i hear you may be doing afternoon tea? If so give us all the gossip!


Now this was my lockdown project!!! Afternoon tea ……. With a difference!

Lots of places offer afternoon tea but we wanted to offer something exceptional that would make us stand out from the rest, so I have devised a complete afternoon tea menu.

Banners will be going outside shortly and they will be big and bold and hopefully make people stop…read…. and then enquire!

They should book in advance and specify the tea they would like, which will be served in the restaurant or in one of our 3 pods to be installed in the beer garden!

I’ve sourced vintage china from the facebook market place and we have slate cake stands, crisp linen and a variety of cake toppers and table decorations.

We hope people will book us for baby showers, leaving parties, groups of friends having an afternoon out or couples wanting a romantic date .

Its all still a work in progress but we will be ready when the re-opening date arrives and we will gradually reveal all in a teaser campaign on social media

We will be offering a real eclectic mix and here’s a few ideas that we might use though they are still very much in the planning stage.


TRADITIONAL WELSH AFTERNOON TEA FOR 2

SELECTION OF FINGER SANDWICHES –

TUNA MAYO, CORONATION CHICKEN, PRAWN MARIE ROSE, HAM AND MUSTARD

OR VEGETARIAN OPTION BRIE AND CRANBERRY, EGG MAYO, CUCUMBER AND CREAM CHEESE, ROAST VEG AND HUMMUS

SCONES JAM AND CREAM

BARA BRITH

SELECTION OF HAND MADE WELSH CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

CHOICE OF WELSH BREW TEAS :- BREAKFAST, EARL GREY, GREEN TEA, CHAMOMILE,LEMON AND GINGER, PEPPERMINT OR DECAFF

ADD A GLASS OF WINE OR PROSECCO




G AND TEA AFTERNOON TEA (0VER 18’S ONLY)

SELECTION OF FINGER SANDWICHES –

TUNA CUCUMBER & MAYO, CHICKEN CHORZO, PRAWN MARIE ROSE, HAM AND MUSTARD

OR VEGETARIAN OPTION BRIE AND CRANBERRY, EGG MAYO, CUCUMBER AND CREAM CHEESE, ROAST VEG AND HUMMUS

HAND MADE GIN TRUFFLES

LAVENDER SHORTBREAD

CUPCAKES WITH CHILLI CHOCOLATE FROSTING

SCONES WITH BLUEBERRY COMPOTE AND CREAM

ANGEL FEATHERS GIN COCKTAIL (MANDARIN, RHUBARB, BLACKCURRANT, TAYBERRY, APPLE) SERVED IN A GLASS TEA POT WITH BOTANICALS

CHOICE OF WELSH BREW TEAS :- BREAKFAST, EARL GREY, GREEN TEA, CHAMOMILE,LEMON AND GINGER, PEPPERMINT OR DECAFF







CHEESE-LOVERS

CROQUE MONSIEUR (TOASTED SMOKED HAM AND CHEESE)

OR CROQUE PORTABELLO MUSHROOM (SPINACH AND GOATS CHEESE)

BAKED CAMEMBERT WITH CRUDITEES, BREADSTICKS & TOASTED FOCACCIA

ARTISAN CHEESES WITH CRACKERS CHUTNEY AND GRAPES

CHEDDAR CHEESE BISCUIT TRUFFLE IN A CHOCOLATE SHELL

CHOICE OF WELSH BREW TEAS :- BREAKFAST, EARL GREY, GREEN TEA, CHAMOMILE,LEMON AND GINGER, PEPPERMINT OR DECAFF

ADD A GLASS OF PORT OR WINE



CHOCOLATE WONDERLAND (POSSIBLY WILLIE WONKA STYLE!)

SELECTION OF FINGER SANDWICHES –

TUNA MAYO, CORONATION CHICKEN, PRAWN MARIE ROSE, HAM AND MUSTARD

OR VEGETARIAN OPTION BRIE AND CRANBERRY, EGG MAYO, CUCUMBER AND CREAM CHEESE, ROAST VEG AND HUMMUS

SELECTION OF CHOCOLATE CAKES

MINI CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE

MINI CUP OF LIQUID OF CHOCOATE WITH MARSHMALLOWS

CHOCOLATE DIPPED FRUIT

HAND MADE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES ROLO, CRUNCHIE, TOBLERONE

CHOICE OF WELSH BREW TEAS :- BREAKFAST, EARL GREY, GREEN TEA, CHAMOMILE,LEMON AND GINGER, PEPPERMINT OR DECAFF










SWEET SHOP TREAT

SELECTION OF FINGER SANDWICHES – TUNA MAYO, CORONATION CHICKEN, PRAWN MARIE ROSE, HAM AND MUSTARD

OR VEGETARIAN OPTION BRIE AND CRANBERRY, EGG MAYO, CUCUMBER AND CREAM CHEESE, ROAST VEG AND HUMMUS

PEANUT BUTTER CUPS

POPPING CANDY CHOCLOATE LOLLIES

SHERBERT FLYING SAUCERS

CANDY CANE CUP CAKES

SELECTION OF SWEET SHOP INSPIRED CAKES AND SWEET TREATS

CHOICE OF WELSH BREW TEA :- BREAKFAST, EARL GREY, GREEN TEA, CHAMOMILE,LEMON AND GINGER, PEPPERMINT OR DECAFF

FOR THE ADULTS WHY NOT TRY AN ANGEL FEATHERES RHUBARB GIN WITH CREAM SODA (TASTES LIKE RHUBARB AND CUSTGARD SWEETS!)


MAD-HATTERS TEA PARTY

SELECTION OF FINGER SANDWICHES – TUNA MAYO, CORONATION CHICKEN, PRAWN MARIE ROSE, HAM AND MUSTARD

OR VEGETARIAN OPTION BRIE AND CRANBERRY, EGG MAYO, CUCUMBER AND CREAM CHEESE, ROAST VEG AND HUMMUS

SCONES WITH JAM AND CREAM

JAM TARTS

SHORTBREAD BISCUITS

CAKE POPS AND CUPCAKES

MACAROONS

CHOICE OF WELSH BREW TEAS :- BREAKFAST, EARL GREY, GREEN TEA, CHAMOMILE,LEMON AND GINGER, PEPPERMINT OR DECAFF



COMPETITION NOW CLOSED-WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED FRIDAY 9TH APRIL!


We know that this Winter has been tough for everyone and we would like to give away an Afternoon Tea for Two at the Loggs!

To enter, simply nominate yourself or a friend in the comments section below saying why you/they should win and we will choose a lucky winner! The competition closes on Monday 5th April 2021. As we are unsure of how current guidelines will change, you or the person you nominate need to be a resident of North Wales to enter.

Good Luck!


P.S You may also want to follow We Three Loggerheads on Instagram for something exciting that they have coming up!









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