There were once two pubs in the village of Darowen: The Red Lion and The Unicorn. What was the Red Lion is now a residence, and the original Unicorn was demolished, so we decided to adopt its name. The current Unicorn began life as a garage, soon to become a workshop and store, later a summer house, and finally a pub. The bar is made from pitch pine pews salvaged from the chapel opposite, and it also contains a fine pew from the same building. Chairs are from another chapel and the faux marble tables came from a bar in Cardiff. A proper beer engine serves our own real ale, made with hops grown in the garden. There is plenty of interesting ephemera and some unique old photos of the village (being added to regularly), a collection of real ale bottles (some quite old) and a new solid fuel stove to keep it nice and warm in winter. Morag supplied the competition darts board. At the end of January 2011 we were joined by the Corris Mine Exploration Group for a social evening. Our most well- known visitors to date have been Lembit Opik, our local MP (at the time), Juan Gorriti, famous Basque sculptor, and John Higgins, world famous comic artist and illustrator of Watchman and Judge Dredd. It's used for village gatherings at Christmas and New Year, regular darts and film nights plus special events, birthdays and visiting relatives. Donations are made in the Wales Air Ambulance box (last year about #570 was raised!): their helicopter once landed in the field right next to The Unicorn. This winter Morag is using the pub for weekly afternoon teas for friends and neighbours. And it's a great place for us to relax after a busy week managing Kittiwake Guides.
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