Mae'n bont rhwng Llydaw (Plouie) a Chymru (Merthyr Tudful)/ A bridge between Brittany (Plouye) and Wales (Merthyr).

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Degemer Mat, Bienvenu(e), Welcome, Croeso i Lydaw ag i 'Tavarn Ty Elise'. Ambiance positive acçeptée, ambiance negative rejetée.
An hent /Route de Collorec
Bro Gerne/Cornouaille
29690 Plouie/Plouye
Penn ar Bed/Finistere
Twinned with Carrog in North Wales
3pm. > 1am.(approx.)
All times are negotiable between 6am. & 1am., but
generally is as follows:
Llun/Lun/Mon: 5pm/17h > 8pm/20h (1am/1h possible).
Maw/Meu/Mar/Tue: 3pm/15h > 9pm/21h (1am/1h possible).
Mer/Wed: 1pm/13h > 11pm/23h (1am/1h possible).
Iau/Yaou/Jeu/Thu: 1pm/11h > 11pm/23h (1am/1h possible).
Gwe/Ven/Fri: 1pm/13h > 1am/1h
Sad/Sam/Sat: 11am/11h > 1am/1h
Sul/Sun/Dim: 2pm/14h >11pm/23h (1am/1h possible)
(33)(0)229250115 (pub) leave message.
Mobile: 0699724935

A little bar lost in the Breton countryside with a clay floor, wood burner, an eclectic music collection, Welsh, Irish, Breton, World, & pop/rock we don't have hip-hop/rap/techno, no juke-box or pool table. We do have real ale, organic artisanal beers and local farm cider, malt whiskies(Scotch, Irish, Breton & Welsh) and bourbons. Priority given to live music; Irish session the first sunday of every month. An important football/rugby match now and again.
Coreff Ambrée: Pint - 4 euros 50, Demi - 2 euros 50
Coreff Blonde Bio.: 4 euros 50, 2 " 50
Coreff Blanche: 4 euros 50, 2 " 50
Coreff Stout: 4 euros 50, 2 " 50
Tea & coffee: 1euro 50
Laminated/plastic covered A4 photos of Brittany and its heritage on sale for 5euros each.
Bar games: draughts; chess; dominoes; cards; solitaire; backgammon. Free WiFi. Extensive parking & large beer garden opposite.

PLOUIE/PLOUYE, Breizh/Llydaw/Brittany/Bretagne:

(The original premise: "Mainly banter, slightly rambling reminiscences, a little bit political, slightly cultural and a touch of publicity for my bar in Brittany".)

Ambiance positive acceptée, ambiance negative rejetée.
(Positive ambience accepted, negative ambience rejected).
Le mot clé est 'convivialité' - 'Conviviality' is the key word.



Up in smoke

Regrettably my Pub 'Tavarn Ty Elise', a little bar in the Breton countryside between Uhelgoad (Huelgoat) & Karaez (Carhaix), (Bro Gerne) Finistere, Breizh/Llydaw/Brittany/Bretagne burned down in the early hours of friday February 19, 2010. Thirty years of my life up in smoke, but in spite of that the phoenix has risen again and the red dragon is back (see below). I will be celebrating the 1st anniversary of the re-opening for Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant (Saint David's Day) Sat. March 1st 2014

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Saturday, 21 November 2015


La choix: Lorient v Paris S.G.; Guingamp v Toulouse; Scarlets v Racing 92.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Strictly speaking this is not 'Ty Elise, just Bun Walters, but: Out of work for 3 years believe it or not had its benefits; I took my camera around Brittany and caught up on my Welsh history, I thought that I'd read just about everything yet yesterday a friend brought in T.M. Charles's 'Wales and the Britons 350 - 1064' 679 p.p. Oxford University Press 2013 first published in paperback 2014. Very profound.
The big difference between now and then is that now I am working and earning then I wasn't, but is time on my side? This is the wrong time of year to be optimistic, but there again I've never been a pessimist.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

For my 3 years out of work I wasn't insured for loss of earnings however the state paid my rent otherwise I was baled out by old friends and new. My first year back I wasn't required to pay taxes thereby allowing me to put some money into my account, on top of which I had a good summer. Having accrued social security debts I pay extra every month to reimburse them, and if they had blocked my bank a/c later in the month or the following month it wouldn't matter so much but my a/c was blocked after Aug. which was easily the best month of the year and before my bills; taxes, beer etc., went through resulting in nothing being paid., With no more money in the bank I failed to pay a 1000 euros beer bill; 500 euros rent; 2,261 euros euros social security; 2,230 V.A.T. plus ongoing monthly bills. Unless I get my money back this can't go on, I got a call from the brewery today.. It was the worst possible time, to have my a/c blocked, 2 weeks later or any other time of year when it would have calmed down all these bills would have been paid and already things would be building back.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

I don't like doing this especially as I was here 3 to 4 years ago, I thought I was clear and back on my feet with a 10,000 euros cushion in the bank,unfortunately it got pinched by the bailliff; I'm still fighting to get it back because it shouldn't have been allowed, but if things don't work out I would need 500 euros minimum to keep the pub open, I won't tell you how much maximum! Names will be registered. I've gone from out of work zero living on friends handouts to 10,000 euros to minus 3,000 euros and back to friends' handouts.

Friday, 6 November 2015


I was preparing a brilliant write up about my fantastic summer with the Irish sessions and Lleuwen with her friends and family, after 3 years of closure and 2 quiet years of re-opening, finally I managed to get back on my feet. Unfortunately owing money to the social security (RSI) as I do they have illegally blocked my bank a/c and pinched all my earnings. Illegally because they are not allowed to do this so long as one regularly repays the debts together with the monthly payments which I have never failed to do since the re-opening more than two & a half years ago. I am very upset, not to mention angry; the brewery is supporting me for the moment but my rent is two months overdue, I don't like writing this because my favourite song is Bob Dylan's 'Dignity' and as you can imagine I'm not feeling dignified at the moment. Perhaps it's not finished but they weren't allowed to do it in the first place. If I'm not open for Christmas you know why. PS. The bank rejected my VAT payment due to insufficient funds!!!
13 Nov. Cymru/Wales v Iseldiroedd/Netherlands à/at 19h30 au/at the/le bar

Jean-Claude Dreyfus, & Merzhin au bar Ty Elise

Post-cards sent to pub/bar

The discoloration on certain cards is from the cigarette smoke and open fire due to having been pinned to the ceiling for many years.


Bro Gozh ma Zadou

Meic Stevens - Rue St. Michel (leaning against my bar)

Glenn Devant le Pub/Bar Eté 2009

Those with an advanced musical aptitude who have trodden the clay floor

Jim O' Rourke; An Triskell; Glenmor; Youenn Gwernig; George Jouin; Liam Weldon; Jean-Yves le Roux; Alan Stivell: Dan ar Bras; Yann Tiersen; Davy Spillane; Meic Stevens; Paddy Keenan; Patrick Molard; Les Freres Morvan; Alan Simon; Tornaod; Lleuwen Steffan; Soig Siberil; Nolwenn Corbell; Steve Eaves (& Cerys Matthews, according to Steve's daughter Lleuwen Steffan); Gwennyn Mammen; Jackie Molard; Glenn le Merdy; Youenn Bihan; Twm Morris; Gilles le Bigot; Laurent Jouin; Eric Marchand; Pierre Crepillon; Les Freres Quere; Jean-Jacques Milteau; Rhys Harries(Trwynau Coch); Jean-Claude Dreyfuss (o.k. so he doesn't sing); Gweltaz ar Fur; Siân James; Derek Smith (Mabon); Gareth Westacott & Guy (Toreth); Plethyn; Yr Hwntws; Bernez Tangi; Gaby Kergoncuff; Louis (Lulu) Roujon; Louise Ebrell; Annie Ebrell; Jean-Claude Lalanne; Bernie Smyth; The Halby Brothers; Brian McNeill; Jamie McMenemy; Jean-Michel Veillon; Patrick LeFebvre; Fanch Landreau; Linda Thompson, from Fairport Convention; Mick Tems & Pat Smith; Peter Meazey, Susanne George and Stuart Brown (Mabsant); Dom Duff; Dedé Hellec; Michel Caous; Michel Clec'h; Ti Jaz; Anweledig; Kristen Nikolaz; Kern; Christian LeMaitre; Dezzie Wilkinson; Sean Corcoran; Jim Rowlands; Gazman; Maffia Mr Huws; Yvon Etienne; Iestyn ap Rhobert; Gafin Morgan; Côr Caron, Tregaron; Côr Seren Burma Star Choir, Abertawe/Swansea; Hastan; Fanch le Marrec; Katell Uguen; Katell Kloareg; Brigitte Kloareg; Fran May; Jamie Bevan; E.V.; Laurent Bigot; George Cadoudal; Re An Are; Mona Jaouen; Denez Abernot; Pat Kilbride; Aelodau'r Anweledig; Aelodau'r Mim Twm Llai; Aymeric; Matteo Cargnelutti; Jean Baron; Katelsong; Dik Banovich; not forgetting the Peruvian native American who made a point of calling in to play 'en route' to concerts in Paris, Berlin and London: Would those of you with better memories than myself please be kind enough to let me know who I've inadvertently left out.



Independence Cymru

Owain Glyndwr

Pan anwyd fi,

'Roedd gwyneb nef yn llawn o ffurfiau tanllyd,

A rhedai'r geifr o'r bryniau; a'r diadelloedd

Ddieithr frefent yn y meusydd dychrynadwy:

'R arwyddion hyn a'm hynodasant i,

A holl droellau'm bywyd a ddangosant

Fy mod uwchlaw cyffredin ddyn.

(Shakespeare: Henry IV)

Wales - W. Watkin Davies

Wales - W. Watkin Davies

Destiny of the Britons - Taliesin

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Wales United

"If they decide to unite," he said, "they would be completely invincible. This nation would be fortunate....if they could accept one prince, and he a good one." - Gerallt Cymro (Giraldus Cambrensis)
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The result was that the king, Henry II, with his mighty army, was forced to retreat, and in his anger he blinded his hostages and burned the churches.

Putting the Record Straight

At a time when the vast majority of the French abandoned their fate into the hands of Marshall Pétin, many Bretons chose, and that as early as 1940, to go to England to continue the fight. At the end of 1940 the Bretons made up 70% of the resistance while Brittany only comprises 7% of the French population. The resistance went on to attract more and more men and women, yet at the end of 1943, only six months before the Normandy landings, the Bretons still represented 40% of the Free French. This is not to forget the resistance in Brittany itself, a vast uprising of the whole people, which retained many German troops in the peninsula, for these, had they been allowed to reach the Normandy front, would have pushed the Allies back to sea. It is also thanks to the Bretons that France, whose authorities had massively collaborated with Nazi Germany from 1940 to 1944, could recover her honour. The brutal repression which was triggered after D-Day against all forms of Bretonness, seems all the more disgraceful. Bernard Le Nail

Bethesda Chapel, Georgetown, Merthyr Tydfil

Bethesda Chapel, Georgetown, Merthyr Tydfil
Joseph Parry worshipped in this chapel as a young boy before going "off to Philadelphia in the morning". One day I received a note from Margaret Roberts, Emrys's wife asking me to volunteer to help to clean it out, which I was happy to do. Later on John Jenkins had an office there and I used to go down to see him for a chat at lunch time."



Richard Trevithithick Commemorative Plate

Richard Trevithithick Commemorative Plate
2004 Bi- Centenary Limited Edition No. 110 out of 200, a gift to me from Llinos Davis representing the school

The first steam locomotive to run on rails in the world, Feb. 1804

The first steam locomotive to run on rails in the world, Feb. 1804
Designed by the children of Ysgol Santes Tudful, Merthyr Ty(u)dfi(u)l

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Born Merthyr Tydfil, Cymru/Wales/Galles
Georgetown Infants,Queen's Rd.Infants, Penydarren Juniors, Cyfarthfa Grammar, Merthyr Tydfil
Sold ice-cream in Billy Smart's Circus, Merthyr Tydfil
Records clerk, Ebbw Vale Steelworks
Turner, Moss Gears, Merthyr Tydfil
Insurance salesman, Prudential, Merthyr Tydfil
Handyman, Castle Hotel, Merthyr Tydfil
Asst. Costermonger around the streets of Rhymni, Merthyr & Cwm Cynon Valley
Industrial painter, Mid-Glam C.C.
Storeman;night watchman;refuse collector;street cleaner;toilet attendant;brickie's,plasterer's,fitter's,
roofer's mate;Town Hall caretaker;General handyman, Rhydycar Leisure Centre,all with Merthyr Borough Council
Shop Steward;Political Ward Branch Secretary;Constituency Membership Secretary;National Delegate;Area Organiser Welsh Language;County Council Candidate;Election Agent, Borough Council;member of Merthyr Tydfil and Ebbw Vale Rugby Clubs;member of Gellifaelog Bowls Club;life-long supporter of Merthyr Tydfil F.C., founder member of extra mural Welsh classes; signed Merthyr's 'Visitors' Book' after Charles and Di; moved to Brittany in 1979, landlord of 'Tavarn Ty Elise';
voted in newspaper, person who comes to mind when one thinks of Brittany; more than one guide book refers to my Pub as an 'institution'; largest open air music festival in France conceived in my Bar. Helped to establish first 'Real Ale' micro-brewery in Brittany. Alan Stivell is my niece's godfather and my daughter's godmother is a daughter one of the 'Soeurs Gouadec';Yann Tiersen played in the pub;Jean-Claude Dreyfuss drank and acted in the pub for a video-clip.
For my Wedding, the Merthyr Express sent over its Chief Reporter Melanie Doel and her photographer boyfriend Robert Haines. Best Man to George & Marilyn Quirk; Usher to Mike & Rhiannon Jones. Pall-bearer to Erwan Kervella. Grandfather to Goulwen, Glen & Awena.

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Born Aug 3 1951, Merthyr Tydfil, Cymru/Wales.Moved to Brittany Sept. 1979.I run a rustic Bar in a village of fewer than 800h.Real ale& best whisk(e)ys.At the moment I'm occupied with photos, flowers and music. For more information look up my site & blog: http://crwtynrhifnaw.blogspot.com my story: http://taffawrnantmorlais.blogspot.com my photos:http://picasaweb.google.com/BynWalters    my photos: http://patrimoinebreton/blogspot.com    a.n.other: http://mymiscellaneous-bynbrynman.blogspot.com