A quirky, quaint watering hole with one hell of an atmosphere

A place where the music and beer flows

The Goose and Cuckoo is a unique pub in every way with a lively tradition, rich in both culture and history. Having survived the pub cull of the teetotal Lady Llanover in the 19th century, lifelong friends and regulars at the Goose – Sue and Rhiannon wanted to keep the pub’s tradition’s alive. They decided to take the pub over in 2015, with a little help from Rhiannon's son Morgan, to continue the culture and traditions which make the Goose such a well-loved pub.

How the Goose & Cuckoo got its name

Run by a Goose? Owned by a Cuckoo?

Originally called the New Inn, legend has it that the pub acquired its current name following a row between the two sisters who ran it in the 1880s. One of the sisters was called a “silly old goose” by her sibling and responded by calling her sister “a silly old cuckoo.” The story has been passed down through the years and in 1947 the pub’s name changed from the New Inn to the Goose and Cuckoo. Its affinity with animals lives on. If you're looking for pubs for dogs in South Wales, you're in luck. The Goose is one of the best dog friendly pubs near Abergavenny and has several geese and pet goats living in its grounds.

Have any questions?

Call us and we will answer any questions you have!


Goose & Owner

Affectionately referred to as Goose by Rhiannon, Sue is the life and soul of the pub and makes everyone feel welcome to regulars and newcomers alike.


Cuckoo & Owner

Affectionately referred to as Cuckoo by Sue, Rhiannon creates the pub’s ever-changing menu of delicious home-cooked food from fresh ingredients, ensuring visitors are well fed and satisfied.


Ale Master & Barman

Whichever tipple tickles your fancy, Morgan is on hand to offer you advice on our vast choice or simply to pour you a pint with a friendly smile.

The Ales in Wales Never Fails

The best real ales from Welsh breweries and beyond

We have a history of winning local awards for our real ales and are constantly changing what’s on tap to give our patrons quality and choice. We source the best real ales from local independent breweries and from further afield. Give us a call to check what’s on tap or pop in for a surprise.

Over 45 Whiskies to choose from

Quality whiskies to whet your whistle

We are passionate about whiskey and if you like a tipple of it too then we promise you’ll be spoilt for choice. We source single malts of various ages from distilleries all around the world for you to sip and savour from the traditional world-renowned Scottish brands to the critically acclaimed new kids on the block, closer to home in Penderyn.