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
All times are negotiable between 6am. & 1am., but
generally is as follows:
Llun/Lun/Mon: Fermé
Maw/Meu/Mar/Tue: Fermé
Mer/Wed: 15h > 23h
Iau/Yaou/Jeu/Thu: 15h > 23h
Gwe/Ven/Fri: 15h > 23h
Sad/Sam/Sat: 12:30h > 23h
Sul/Sun/Dim: 12:30h > ?
(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; wifi.
Coreff Ambrée: Pint = 5 euros, demi = 2 euros 50
Coreff Blonde Bio: Pint = 5 euros, demi = 2,50e
Coreff Blanche: Pint = 5 euros, demi = 2,50e
Coreff I.P.A.: Pint = 5euros, demi = 2,50e
Coreff Stout: Pint = 5 euros, demi = 2,50e
Pint of cider = Pint = 4euros, demi= 2e
My photos of Brittany taken when I was out of work on sale for 2,50euros each.
T(ee)-shirts: 15e au bar; 20e p+p.
Bar games: draughts; chess; dominoes; cards; solitaire; backgammon. 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.
Degustation, appreciation, conversation, tout en écoutant la musique.

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.
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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Breton/Welsh traditional pub - top quality ales: Stout; Christmas ale; Best bitter; I.P.A. & Organic lager (& Blanche during the summer). Choice of whiskies: Scotch; Irish; Breton & Welsh. Wines: Red; Rosé; White. Steak & kidney pies, pickled eggs, crisps, accompanied by huge music selection. Closed mondays & tuesdays during the winter period, otherwise open 7/7 the rest of the year & holidays. Open early afternoon till late at night.

Friday, 15 June 2018

I never thought that I'd say this, it certainly was not expected when I first arrived: I was in all the French guidebooks, even in one of the most popular as one of the best addresses of bars in Brittany, then came the fire and three years closure. Everyone thought that it was definitive, the guide books dropped me; my Basques & Cantabrians haven't returned; my motor bike clubs stopped coming, a thirty year tradition that would have ended but for the grace of 'Facebook' and its circulation. After 3 years closure, for four years it was more or less returning to normal, then I closed again for seven months due to illness, so the rebuilding goes on. In the meantime I've lost my students from Rennes and my weekly bands from Kemper & Morlaix who are now limited in their consommation by the lawful police activity making it not worthwhile anymore to travel so far just to stay under the legal limit without risk; as we are out in the middle of nowwhere taxis are out of the question, as it is one car, one driver, they can't select one non-drinking driver for the night, each one living too far apart from the other. The Bretons don't have a 'pub' culture, it's all based around the meal, my villagers are in at 'six' for their aperitifs and gone at 'seven'; the bars everywhere are closed before 9pm. except in the towns. I was fortunate to be included amongst the young Breton/Irish musical renaissance and the new 'pubs' that accompanied it, which brought people from everywhere to be a part of this mode, which  for different reasons has all but disappeared except in the towns and the festou-nos. I have to say that if it wasn't for the English newcomers with their 'pub' culture & traditions I could close my pub tomorrow, for I have the best beers, accompanied by the best music, subjectively speaking, and they spend the whole evening drinking pints whilst their wives drink kirs & rosés. The reason that I'm wring this, and why I began in such a way,  because ten of my regular customers who spent the evening drinking pints, English couples mostly, plus Huelgoat/Zimbabe have  returned home. Thinking positively, they will be back, and the holidays will soon be upon us. But I came here for Breton/Welsh solidarity that has existed since the 5th c. A.D., excuse the pessimism but there's not much left of it now. I'm open every day except mondays, you will be very welcome, especially if you appreciate good beer, good conversation and good music.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

As I'm working tomorrow, Whit Monday bank holiday, and as I like to have one day off, I may close on Tuesday instead.

As I came to the bar yesterday at 2pm there was someone already there waiting for me on the terrace, I looked at him studiously, then he introduced himself to my surprise as Ian Perryman, the man who drove me to this bar nearly forty years ago. That's twice this week that I have served Porth Grammar old boys, the other living 40 Km. down the road, Ian lives in Pentyrch. (For readers of 'Dyddiadur y Dyn Dwad', Perryman is Penniman in the book).

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Bun Walters: Queens Rd. Infants; Penydarren Juniors; Cyfarthfa Grammar; Ice Cream salesman, Billy Smart's Circus; Fitter's mate, Triang Toys (Lines Bros); Records clerk, Ebbw Vale; Machine operator, Moss Gears; Man from the Pru (Prudential Assurance); Odd job man, Castle Hotel, Merthyr; Painter, Mid Glam County Council; Fitter's/Roofer's/Brickie's/Plasterer's Mate/ Shop Steward, Brecon Rd. Yard; Refuse collector, Night Watchman, Toilet Attendant, Storeman, Dowlais Yard; General worker/Shop Steward, Rhydycar Sports & Leisure Centre; Branch Secretary/Constituency Executive Member/County Delegate/National Delegate Plaid Cymru; County Council candidate aged 21, lost to Mid-Glam chairmanArea Organiser Cymdeithas yr Iaith; Co-founder with Malcolm Llywelyn & Maldwyn Walters of Merthyr Sefydliad Cymru (first extra mural Welsh lessons in Merthyr, held in pub lounges in the Six Bells, Heolgerrig, The Owain Glyndwr, Pontmorlais, The Crown, Lower High St.; Linked to these was a carte blanche to organize Max Boyce concerts, Dafydd Iwan, Ryan Davies, Elenor Bennett, and the first Welsh language rock concert with Injaroc at Rhydycar, with permission from the council, not forgetting our Welsh language 'Disco Dewin with Malcolm & Maldwyn.' These various happenings could come under the auspices of either' Plaid Cymru', 'C-Y-I-G' or 'Mudiad Adloniant Merthyr.'  Thence forward to maker of concrete girders at Pierre LeJeune's yard, Plouye; Pub landlord; co founder of 'Coreff', first Breton brewery of modern times, two brewers, Jean-François Malgorn/Christian Blanchard, Roger, Ty Coz, Morlaix, Bernard, Chez Tom, Lesneven, Tavarn Ty Elise, Plouye (Me). Ty Elise, the genesis of the proto (not yet baptised) Vieille Charrues, organized by a band of friends, former 'pion(ne)s directed in the main by Stephan Pastor/Thierry Le Ster. It has gone on from two tables with food & wine brought into a little bar with background music to become the largest open air music festival in France. My activities are now on hold after two recent double operations on my liver and intestines, this means that I have to rest for at least a month before getting back to business when I hope to be back to full strength offering a huge welcome to all from then on (except trouble makers). P.S. Thanks to Elen, the bar is open fridays, saturdays & sundays, soon to open on wednesdays to sundays inclusive.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

News update on provisional internet connexion: Back home from hospital for hopefully the last time after a successful operation on my liver and intestines, six weeks rest recommended. My new address is 15 route de Huelgoat. Pub is however open every friday, saturday & sunday until I return.

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.