Eating out very locally

The Belle at Llanllwni

(also called ‘The Belle Vue Inn’) Carmarthen Road, Llanllwni, Llanybydder, Carmarthenshire SA40 9SQ

On the A485 towards Carmarthen, a couple of miles outside Llanybydder, before you get to Llanllwni. Local, good, ethical. Eat in the bar or in the rather small dining room.. Marked improvement in the cooking recently and well worth the visit. Often has themed evenings – check their website.

Closed on Mondays. phone: 01570 480495

web: www.bellevueinn.co.uk

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Y Talardd

(Talardd Arms) at Llanllwni Carmarthen Road, Llanllwni, Pencader, Carmarthenshire SA39 9DX

Opposite side of the road to the Bell Vue and a bit further along, in the middle of Llanll-wni. John Jones is a splendid “mine host” supervising real ale on the pumps and his wife Anne cooks delicious and absolutely enormous meals.

Open all week.

phone: 01559 395 633

web: www.talardd.com

The Grannell Arms in Llanwnnen

Run by Sue and Siriol,

Take the B4337 from Llanybydder and it is the large pink build-ing in the middle of Llanwnnen. You can usually get in unless they have a function when it becomes very busy.

phone: 01570 480476

The Falcondale Hotel, Lampeter

Posher than the three above, it has recently changed hands and seems to be getting good reports although we haven’t tried it yet.

Take the B4337 from Llanybydder to Llanwnnen where you turn right onto the A475 to Lampeter. As you enter Lampter you see a petrol and bus garage on the left. The entrance drive to Falcondale is immediately after the garage.

phone: 01570 422910

web: www.thefalcondale.co.uk

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The Town Hall Café-Deli

For delicious home-cooked lunch, daily specials, coffee or tea.

It is in the Town Hall, next to our Welsh Quilt Centre and is run by our daughter Mal and son-in-law Arif.

They soon got into Colin Pressdee’s prestigious guide: “FoodWales”. The daily “specials” are indeed special and much in demand so come early or book.

phone: 01570 421599

Eating out further afield

The Dolaucothi Arms Pumpsaint

The Dolaucothi Arms, Pumpsaint, Carmarthenshire SA19 8UW.

The pub is in the middle of the village, on the A482 between Lampeter and Llandovery. It is a local pub owned by the National Trust. The food they describe as simple, hearty meals made from scratch from good stuff found not too far away. We describe it as excellent; well above the average and, with the local beer, well worth a lingering detour. You can use it for a base for walks or a visit to the Dolaucothi Gold Mines.

phone: 01558 650 237

web: www.thedolaucothiarms.co.uk

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The Harbourmaster at Aberaeron

30 minutes drive. The old Harbourmaster’s house is right on the quayside and has been beautifully converted by Glyn & Menna Heulyn and has deservedly received lots of accolades. It has a sophisticated dining room or else you can eat for less in the populous and popular bar. This is an absolute favourite for us but you should book.

Take the B4337, past Llanwnnen, through Cribyn. At Temple Bar (tiny hamlet), turn left on-to A482 to Aberaeron.

phone: 01545 570 755

web: www.harbour-master.com

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The Daffodil at Penrhiwllan

20 minutes drive. Family owned and excellent cooking.

At the road junction by the end of our lane, turn left onto the B4338 to the next village; Drefach. At the junction, turn left onto the A475 towards Newcastle Emlyn. Across the staggered cross-roads at Ho-reb then the next place is Penrhiwllan.

phone: 01559 370343

web: www.daffodilinn.co.uk

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