The Dolaucothi Arms, Carmarthenshire


The Bar at the Dolacouthi Arms

The Bar at the Dolacouthi Arms

Idyllic setting in the Welsh countryside, cosy bars with real ale and a friendly barman, delicious home made food and gorgeous B&B rooms. You may say I’m biased as the Dolaucothi Arms is run my by brother David and his partner Esther but I’ll let the pictures do the talking…ok I may rave a bit more too! Alastair Sawday’s Special Places to stay thinks this is a great place too, just click here to see what they have to say.
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Esther has done a great job filling the pub with treasures found at local antique shops and auctions. In the summer fresh flowers fill vintage vases in every room and in winter the log burning fires keep everyone nice and toasty.

David and Esther, what can I say. I love my little brother to bits and Esther is lovely and never ceases to amaze me with her artistic creativity and amazing culinary creations. They gave us a keg of ale for our wedding present, need I say more!

The National Trust Dolaucothi Gold Mines are just up the road. In use from Roman times till the 20th Century you can still have a go at panning for gold today! Keep your eyes open in the pub and you may spot some gold mine memorabilia!

One for the Whisky lovers out know who you are!!


So on to the food…not only did I get to photograph it but I ate lots of it too so I feel fully qualified to say it tastes even better than it looks. David and Esther are committed to supporting local producers and source all sorts of  wonderful products that find their way onto their enticing menus. Take a look at their Facebook Page to find out when their next highly recommended Pie Night is!

Its Pie Time!

Ohhh and the puddings! Go on…you know you want to!

After all that good food and a few pints or glasses of wine the last thing you’ll want is a long drive home, but Da Dah! what have we here, some beautiful bedrooms finished with gorgeous vintage touches. The beds are VERY comfortable. I had the pleasure of staying in one of these rooms and slept so well. Giving their guests a really comfortable and relaxing stay is high on David and Esther’s list of priorities and these beds do just that!

Yes, not only do you get proper coffee, a range of teas and yummy biscuits in your B&B room you also get a generous drop of port!

Once you’ve enjoyed a long lie in and soak in a hot tub with stylish vintage taps its time for breakfast. Just take a look what awaits! Oh I love photographing food, yum yum!

David has put his green fingers to good use in the garden which was full of flowers.  A couple of tents popped up at one point as YES THEY DO CAMPING TOO! Oh and the pub owns the fishing rights of the river at the bottom of their garden and have lots of ideas for great local walks.


Thanks guys for a fantastic week!


If you are tempted here is their website


If you missed the links earlier here they are again…

Alistair Sawyday’s Special Places to Stay:

Like David and Esther on their facebook page:

The Dolaucothi Gold Mines

Don’t miss the beer and music festival next summer! 

So where is it again?  The Dolaucothi Arms is in the village of Pumsaint on the A482 between Lampeter and Llandovery. See the website for directions.


Still dreaming of those puddings!!!


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