It was the bar where Dylan Thomas and his local acquaintances gathered to chew the cud. Imagine the smoky fug as glasses of Welsh ale chinked together and were placed deliciously to the lips of the drinkers. Landlady Ivy Williams would hold court as discussions bounced between grassroots chit-chat, the news of the day and the day’s horseracing prospects. Darts and bar skittles would be played. There’d be no jukebox and no food – just the drinkers, their drink, the games and the gossip.
Now the smoke has gone, the drinks have been updated; although there is a close focus on real ale, a range of quality wines and Penderyn whisky. Live music is played in the bar every Sunday afternoon and monthly Poems & Pints night are regularly held.
Bare floorboards remain as does the bay window where Dylan loved to watch life being lived in King Street – the welcome is as warm as it was back in those tough post-war years. You’re assured of quality refreshment and equally memorable conversation. It is a glorious starting point and final, thrilling destination as you tour Laugharne, southwest Wales and Dylan country.