It’s been more than 20 years since the residents of Cyffylliog in Denbighshire had a local shop but that has now been put right thanks to the co-operation project.
The licensee of the Red Lion, Nirmal Singh, has turned what was the front hall of the building into a fully-equipped shop complete with freezer and chill cabinet and with shelves full of the essentials of life, from batteries to baked beans.
Now, as well as being one of the few pubs in North Wales to offer authentic Indian cuisine, it is also one of the few to be able to supply you with most of your groceries as well. With a grant of £7,500 towards the total cost of £10,000 the scheme would not have been possible without the help of Pub is The Hub and Cadwyn Clwyd.
The new shop has been officially opened by Clwyd West Assembly Member Darren Millar who popped in to pick up a few essentials and welcomed the venture. Nirmal Singh added: “My family had a shop in Birmingham so we knew how to set it up and it makes things a lot easier for the people here and saves them a lot of time and petrol. It’s convenient and it’s added value for the village and the local community which we are part of and which we want to support.”