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Imagine crackling fires, a cool crisp pint, and hearty dishes, what could be better? There are a variety of pubs in Carmarthenshire ready to welcome you!

Whether you’re seeking an authentic Welsh inn for traditional pub fare, or a gastropub for cocktails and pub classics with a twist. You needn’t look any further!

Continue reading to discover our favourite pubs in Carmarthenshire…

1. The Black Ox, Abergwili

First up on our favourite pubs in Carmarthenshire guide is the award-winning Black Ox.

This pub is well-known for its warm welcomes and mouth-watering dishes prepared with local ingredients. As well as enjoying a superb range of dishes, the pub offers a variety of ales, wines, spirits, and cocktails.

There is a playground to keep the little ones occupied, along with a coffee bar, and a wonderful beer garden for making the most of the good weather. Did we mention that this popular gastropub is dog-friendly too?

Address: Abergwili, Carmarthen, SA31 2JB
Phone: 01267 237370


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2. The Friends Arms, Johnstown

If it’s a traditional pub atmosphere you’re after, look no further than the Friends Arms.

Step into the friendly local and choose from a wonderful selection of real ales, before relaxing in front of one of two open fires.

You can also enjoy watching sports on the TV, a game of darts, or live music on certain days. As if that wasn’t enough, the pub also welcomes dogs!

Address: Old Clears Road, Carmarthen, SA31 3HH
Phone: 01267 234073

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3. Stag & Pheasant, Carmarthen

Next up on our guide is another classic pub, the dog-friendly Stag & Pheasant.

Enjoy the delights of this friendly pub, whether you’re tucking into one of their quality Sunday lunches or relaxing with a glass of wine.

The pub has Sky Sports for those wanting to catch the big games, whilst others can catch some rays out in the lovely beer garden or participate in a pub quiz!

Address: 34 Spilman Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1LQ
Phone: 01267 232040

4. Butchers Arms, Llanddarog

Feel right at home at the award-winning, country pub of the Butchers Arms in Llanddarog. Ideally located for those visiting the nearby National Botanic Garden of Wales.

This Carmarthenshire pub serves a varied menu of restaurant standard meals throughout the year, with dietary requirements catered for. As well as an excellent choice of beers, wines and spirits.

Relax with a glass of something cold and plan the following days adventures in the warmth of the crackling fire.

Address: Cae Person, Llanddarog, Carmarthen, SA32 8NS
Phone: 01267 275330

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5. Y Polyn, Carmarthen

Settled in the picturesque Towy Valley, is the popular, family-friendly pub of Y Polyn.

This Michelin Star eatery defies all expectations, with a relaxed atmosphere and simple, yet beautiful dishes. Forget what you know about Michelin Star restaurants here, where you’ll find no table cloths and the wine pouring is down to you!

Y Polyn serves a great value lunch menu, dinner, of which the dishes change daily, along with Sunday roasts. Whilst you can always ensure your favourite locally brewed ale will be on tap.

Address: Capel Dewi, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA32 7LH
Phone: 01267 290000


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6. The Coracle Tavern, Carmarthen

Tucked away in the heart of historic Carmarthen, is the friendly Coracle Tavern.

Sit back and enjoy a meal created with local produce, paired with a real ale or a cocktail. The pub shows live sports for those wanting to watch their team play in relaxed setting, as well as darts and live music on certain evenings.

Address: 1 Cambrian Place Town Centre, Carmarthen, SA31 1QG
Phone: 01267 468180

7. White Hart Thatched Inn & Brewery, Llanddarog

The next addition to our favourite pubs in Carmarthenshire guide is The White Hart Inn. This Grade II Listed pub is arguably one of the prettiest in West Wales, thanks to its beautiful, thatched roof.

The pub, built in 1371, also has its own on-site brewery, Coles Family Brewery. Producing everything from larger and bitters, to cider and ales, perfect for enjoying with your meal. There is also the option to take the hand-crafted brews away, so you can enjoy them back in the comfort of your Carmarthenshire cottage.

The pub is family-friendly and has a children’s play area, along with a lovely beer garden where you can sit out with your favourite tipple and soak up your surroundings.

Address: Llanddarog, Carmarthen, SA32 8NT
Phone: 01267 275395

8. The Kings Arms, Llansaint

Escape the hustle and bustle in the charming village of Llainsaint, home to the Kings Arms.

This award-winning pub has been a staple in the village for over 200 years, and sits opposite the 11th-century All Saints Church.

Relax amongst the exposed stonework and charming decor, as you try to choose between the excellent selection of British and Welsh dishes. If you still have room, the pub has a great selection of puddings.

There is also an outdoor seating area where you can sit on warmer days with pint or a glass of wine, you are on holiday after all!

Address: 13 Maes-Yr-Eglwys, Ferryside, Kidwelly, SA17 5JE
Phone: 01267 267487

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9. Corvus Inn, St Clears

The Corvus Inn is a wonderful place to refuel after a day of adventure. Positioned in the idyllic village St Clears, it’s not hard to see why this family-run pub is so popular.

The pub was built in 1873, and despite being refurbished in 2010, still retains much of its original character.

Enjoy lunch, evening meals and carveries in the restaurant, or relax in the bar area with a pint of your favourite ale and watch live sport on the TV. On sunnier days, you and your loved ones can enjoy food and drink out in the beer garden.

Address: Station Road, St Clears, Carmarthen, SA33 4BG
Phone: 01994 230601


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10. Inn at The Sticks, Llansteffan

Our next favourite pub in Carmarthenshire can be found in the coastal village of Llansteffan.

Formerly a Union Hall, this Grade II Listed building is now a highly regarded gastropub. Serving British, Welsh, and traditional pub cuisine, as well as good choice of real ales, it’s a great spot to unwind after a walk on Llansteffan Beach with your canine companion.

Time your visit right to this friendly local, where you can enjoy an evening of live music accompanied by woodfired pizza or a barbecue.

Address: High Street, Llansteffan, Carmarthen, SA33 5JG
Phone: 01267 241177

11. Plume of Feathers Inn, Carmarthen

Our final favourite pub in Carmarthenshire comes in the pint-size form of The Plume of Feathers.

Renowned for being one of the smallest pubs in Wales, The Plume retains much of its mid-19th character throughout. Promising a welcoming atmosphere, a wide choice of drinks, and evening’s spent dancing the night away to tunes on the jukebox. What’s not to love?

Address: St. Marys Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1TN
Phone: 01267 222151

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Has our favourite pubs in Carmarthenshire guide inspired you to visit this beautiful part of Wales? We have a range of holiday cottages in Carmarthenshire to suit all!

For further things to do during your stay, check out our blogs on 11 Things To Do in Carmarthenshire or 9 Castles in Carmarthenshire to visit, for a getaway to remember. 

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