A gentleman named Ian sent us this wonderful photo he found in his Dad’s photo album dating back to the 1920’s!

Hidden away in the sleepy village of Llanarmon DC, The West Arms Country Inn in North East Wales, is steeped in local history and charm which has attracted hundreds of guests from all over the globe to the Ceiriog Valley.   

Here are a few golden nuggets which you may not know about our Country Inn in North East Wales – why not come and explore them all for yourself and find out more… 

Once upon a time there was a farm 

Did you know? The West Arms started life as a Welsh farm owned by the Watkins Williams Wynne Family of Llangedwyn Hall. It later became a Drovers’ Inn known as ‘The Eagles’ where cattle drivers would rest their livestock on their way down from the Welsh hills en route to Chirk, Oswestry and London markets.  

The Eagles 

Our Country inn in North East Wales was once called The Eagles.  When sold to Mr Cornwallis West, the local landowner, it was renamed The West Arms. Today, it is owned and passionately run by husband and wife team Mark and Nicky Williamson who have enhanced the inn’s most cherished historic features whilst providing warm Welsh hospitality which adheres to today’s traveller. 

The mystery pub bench 

The West’s antique oak chair, what could be have been used for?

Part of Inn’s charm and mystery includes an antique oak chair which can be found in the bar and restaurant area. There are many anecdotes about this beautiful piece of furniture, which resembles a ‘Charles I Canopy Settle’ bench.  Some believe it is an old confessional box which links to stories about the The West Arms doubling up as the ‘church’ for the Roman Catholics in the village, centuries ago, others simply call it the ‘lovers chair’.  

Characterful rooms pay tribute to past owners 

The past owners of The West Arms have left their mark on the hotel.  The Bunny Warren Suite, one of the quirkiest and most special rooms at the Inn, is aptly named after Mr and Mrs Bunny, who owned the hotel in the 1950s. With original exposed beams throughout, the room is arranged over two floors with a bedroom on the third floor and a lounge on the lower floor. 

The only country inn with a corral  

Local riders can park and pint at The West Arms which has its very own corral.

Reflecting its local history as a Drover’s Inn, the West is one of the only Country inn in North East Wales/Oswestry to have a corral for horses.  Local riders, from Spring Hill farm and beyond, frequently stop by for refreshments at the West Arms pub whilst their four-legged equine friends take a break at the Inn’s corral.