photograph by Martin Garrido
photograph by Martin Garrido

Swansea Pubs

Here’s our list of the best local pubs serving food, starting with the nearest to our self catering holiday cottages.  Our list covers all tastes and budgets from low-end chain style pubs to high end family run gastro pubs. As you can see, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to Swansea pubs.

THE BUTCHERS ARMS (1.5 miles away)
Alltwen Hill, Alltwen, Pontardawe, SA8 3BP. Tel: 01639 641119
Traditional Welsh pub, welcoming atmosphere, large open fire, excellent ales, varied menu and a dining room with superb views of the Swansea Valley. Children are welcome and it’s possible to check out their latest menu and offers on The Butchers Arms website.

THE PONTARDAWE INN (2 miles away)
123 Herbert Street, SA8 4ED. Tel: 01792 830791
Known as ”˜The Gwachel’ to locals, this pub is an institution and famed home of the Pontardawe Folk Festival. Friendly locals, good food and a regular in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. See the Pontardawe Inn website.

THE DYFFRYN ARMS (2 miles away)
Neath Road, Bryncoch, SA10 7YF. Tel: 01639 636184
Local, pleasant interior, beer garden, playground, child friendly, reasonable prices, latest menu available on The Dyffryn Arms website.  There is a carvery every Sunday.

THE LAMB AND FLAG (3 miles away)
Main Road, Bryncoch, Neath, SA10 7TW. Tel: 01639 642922
Excellent quality homemade food with a selection of classics and a few imaginative dishes for the more adventurous. Popular sunday lunch, childrens menu available and outdoor childrens play area, ample car parking, Good old fashioned village pub with a warm welcome from owners David who is also the chef and his wife Yvonne. The Lamb and Flag website.

GLYN CLYDACH COACH HOUSE (4 miles away)
Longford Road, Neath, SA10 7AJ. Tel: 01792 816307
Beautiful countryside setting. Quality food. Italian influence restaurant (Portofino) and grill. Sunday carvery. Restaurant overlooks large gardens. See the Glyn Clydach Coach House website.

THE CROWN AND SCEPTRE (4.5 miles away)
Main Road, Cadoxton, SA10 8AP. Tel: 01639 642145
Traditional coach house with a reputation for good food. A la carte menu, including traditional Welsh and Italian dishes. Wide range of hand-pulled cask ales and an extensive wine list.

THE GEORGE INN (8 miles away)
Heol Gwys, Upper Cwmtwrch, Swansea, SA9 2XH Tel: 01639 831229
Traditional dishes as well as dishes from around the world, welcoming relaxed atmosphere, garden overlooking river and patio. Latest menu on The George Inn website.

THE GRADON (9 miles away)
111 Main Road, Crynant, SA10 8PF Tel: 01639 750457
Popular reasonably priced local pub. Child friendly. Open 7 days a week.

THE ABERCRAVE INN (11 miles away)
145 Heol Tawe, Abercrave, SA9 1XS Tel: 01639 731002
16th century country pub of great character and a regular entry in the Good Pub Guide. Renowned locally for its food, the pub is situated on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park. Some great Welsh dishes and Dylan real ale on tap. A visit may be combined with seeing the caves or waterfalls. Abercrave is just off the A4067. The pub is in the village – you can’t miss it. See the Abercrave Inn website.

THE PEN Y CAE INN (12 miles away)
Brecon Road, Pen Y Cae, Powys, SA9 1FA Tel: 01639 730100
Winner of British Pub of the Year and Best Family Pub in Wales, spectacular location with dramatic scenery, all ingredients from local farmers and fishermen. Latest menu on the Pen Y Cae Inn website.