OK so you’ve made it nearly as far as Pont Abraham and everyone is hungry but Motorway Services food just doesn’t appeal. Here is a list of pubs and cafés which are close to your route so you only have to make a slight detour to get a bite to eat. They are listed in order so that the final pub listed is nearest to Carmarthen.
Places close by are Llanelli, Pontarddulais, Cross Hands.
All feature basic veggie dishes on the menu unless otherwise stated.
Please note that we take no responsibility for the quality of food served at these pubs and recommend that you phone in advance to reserve tables and check opening times etc.
End of M4
Pubs are listed in order as they occur from south to north.
If you are on your way towards Llandeilo via the A483 then there are a couple of options if you come off the M4 at Junction 48.
Location: Fforest near Pontarddulais; latlong 51.722776, -4.057111
Name: The Bird in Hand does not have its own website. Tel: 01792 886651
Location: Llanedi; latlong 51.744248, -4.049132
Website: http://tafarnyderi.co.uk Tel: 01792 883318
Name: Tafarn y Deri
Detail: has a good menu with several original-looking veggie options. They cater for special diets on request.
The road starts off running from south to north until it reaches Cross Hands, where it starts to curve round to the north west.
Pubs to north or east are:
Location: Gorslas to north east of Cross Hands latlong 51.804357, -4.074917
Website: http://www.sabrain.com/phoenix Tel: 01269 844438
Detail: Brains Brewery pub. Has large beer garden and grass for kids to play on. Food served all day Mon to Sat; Sunday 12 to 8pm. They have a few veggie options including dish of the day. Sunday roast available.
Location: Just off A476 to northeast of Cross Hands; latlong 51.808717, -4.078443
Name: Llyn Llech Owain Country Park
Detail: Café open April – September 10am – 6pm daily. Free entry to the park but it’s £1.50 for parking.
Location: Carmel village on A476 to northeast of Cross Hands; latlong 51.820034, -4.048802
Website: http://www.stagandpheasantcarmel.co.uk/ Tel: 01269 844000
Name: Stag and Pheasant
Detail: Does not seem to have veggie options. Open daily and serves Sunday lunch.
Pubs to the south or west are:
Location: Foelgastell just northwest of Cross Hands latlong 51.811791, -4.108778
Website: http://www.thesmithsarms.co.uk/ Tel: 01269 842 213
Name: The Smiths Arms
Details: Food served lunchtime and evening. Not good for veggies unless you want lasagne or tagine… or a cheese sandwich for lunch.
Location: Banc-y-Mansel on B4310 between Drefach and Porthyrhyd; latlong 51.8104387,-4.1421373
Name: Mansel Arms Tel: 01267 275305
Detail: Listed as one of Camra pubs of Year but has no website of its own.
Location: Porthyrhyd on B4310; latlong 51.822459, -4.149601
Website: http://www.theabadamarms.com/ Tel: 01267 275090
Name: Abadam Arms
Detail: Not open at lunchtime on weekdays. Eve 5-11pm. Weekends 12-11pm.
Location: Llanddarog on B4310; latlong 51.828916, -4.174307
Website: http://www.butchersofllanddarog.co.uk/ Tel: 01267 275330
Name: Butcher’s Arms
Details: Closed Sunday and Monday. Open lunchtime and evenings other days. They apparently have a veggie menu of the day but there is no sample displayed on their website.
To ascertain whether pub is dog-friendly, please contact the owners or licensees.