Abbey Grange Inn, Llantisilio, Denbighshire

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The Abbey Grange has been in Stephen Evans’ family for forty years. Situated near the famous mountainous Horseshoe Pass in Denbighshire in north east Wales it is also close to the 13th Century Crucis Abbey and a number of holiday caravan sites.

Llantysilio is only a small hamlet of 20 or so houses so the Abbey Grange serves local customers as well as passing trade, holiday and weekend visitors.

No stranger to diversification Stephen and his wife Llinos have nine guest rooms at the pub as well as a microbrewery but there was a noticeable gap in local services for the younger end of the market:

Being so remote there are very few facilities for children who visit the area so, with the help of Pub is The Hub and Cadwyn Clywd and the funding from the Co-Operation project with the Welsh Assembly, Stephen was able to apply for a grant to build an expertly designed and built community play area in the pub’s large garden.

Consisting of a number of pieces in an assault course style it is built to all the current safety requirements as well as being highly desirable and fun for children of all ages.

Anyone can access the community play area which has already seen a busy start during the summer months and with such a large investment Stephen and Llinos can be assured that its users will be safe as well as having fun.

Project cost £12,500.00; Grant £7,500.00.

This project has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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