Corrantaf - Luxury Holiday Home for let - Laugharne, South Wales

Food & Drink

Pubs

The “New Three Mariners” is at the end of Victoria Street, about 150 yards walk. This is a great local, with a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere. Take a drink at the bar or lounge on the sofas. They generally do a great pizza which you can take away if you wish, and some other bar meals. It often gets pretty lively later into the evening, with a party-type atmosphere particularly at weekends, when there may be a band playing.

“Brown’s Hotel” (turn right at the Three Mariners) is famous for being the “second home” of Dylan Thomas, and was recently voted in the Sunday Times at Number 3 as “hotels to visit”. It has recently been restored by its new owners (the Penderyn Distillery of Welsh Whisky, which we strongly recommend you try if you are partial to Malts). The bar has been preserved more or less as it was in Dylan’s time and usually makes for a more quiet drink when the Mariners is busy. Often there is a Sunday afternoon music session. Again they do a range of bar meals.

Brown's Hotel

Brown's Hotel

In the town ‘square’ (or Grist, to give its official name) you will find the “Rugby Club” which is open to all (it is actually a pub called “The Fountain”, but everyone calls it “the Rugby”), and is particularly popular sitting outside in good summer weather. Opposite, there is another pub with a more modern décor called The Cross House, which also has a friendly atmosphere and serves great meals, either in the bar or the upstairs restaurant.

All the bars serve real ales, with a high proportion from the excellent local Welsh breweries. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in all the pubs.


Restaurants

As close as the Three Mariners, just alongside the Town Hall and the entrance to Laugharne Castle, is the “The Portreeve’s Tafarn” bar and restaurant. Run by Stan and Babs, this has an excellent reputation for very good, reasonably-priced food, and also serves an excellent pint of the local Double Dragon real ale from Felinfoel, the oldest brewery in Wales. The restaurant is named after the local dignitary: Laugharne has an elected Portreeve, which is officially the “harbour master” of the township.

On the Grist, the “The Owl and The Pussycat” doubles as a coffee/tea room and restaurant, with a sign on the door “Dogs Welcome”. Almost next door, “Arthurs” also has a growing reputation for great daytime snacks and good Italian style evening meals in a very friendly atmosphere. The Cross House Inn offers bar food and an upstairs restaurant serving excellent meals.

The Cors

The Cors - Hotel and Restaurant

The region’s top-class restaurant is “The Cors” (a big private house in beautiful gardens). Dining here is a unique experience and highly recommended. Sunday lunches are generally available at “The Portreeve’s Tafarn”, “New Three Mariners”, and “Cross House Inn”.

All the above are within a few minutes walking distance of Corrantaf. Slightly further afield, there are further options:

  • About a mile down the road towards Pendine is another excellent traditional pub, which serves very good food, called the Carpenters Arms.
  • Within two miles, on the road to Pendine, the Broadway Hotel has an excellent Sunday carvery as well as evening meals. There is a lovely garden and it makes a great destination on a nice day.
  • In Pendine itself, the Springwell Inn offers good bar meals and an excellent pub-style Sunday lunch.
  • Just outside Laugharne, on the left at the top of the hill on the road to St Clears, try afternoon tea at ‘Keepers Cottage’; possibly the best cream teas available anywhere.
  • St Clears itself (approximately 4 miles away) has a number of restaurants, including a highly recommended Indian restaurant and take-away.

Provisions

There is a well stocked SPAR shop in the Grist, including meats from Eynon’s. Laugharne also has a post office, newsagent and pharmacy, a gift shop and a delicatessen, whilst the Laugharne Victoria bakery is only 100 yards from the house. Otherwise fresh food and provisions have to be purchased in St Clears or Carmarthen. If you want a meal at home, without having to cook, try the traditional fish and chip shop on the Grist, which is well known for quality and value.

Eynon’s is an award winning butcher and deli in St Clears. A more traditional butcher in St Clears is Phillip Hughes who we would recommend highly for most meat, superb pies, and even a few other provisions, including (strangely from a butcher) wonderful cakes. There is a 24 hour Tesco superstore in Carmarthen, and they can also deliver. There is also a large Morrison’s store and a full range of other shops, including some delightful independent stores.