Belle @ Llanllwni
“Well-cooked food at this cosy roadside inn” - AA Inspector
This cosy and welcoming roadside inn sits on the A485 between Carmarthen and Lampeter, surrounded by countryside and with stunning views. It’s a great place to dine alfresco on a sunny day. There are two rotating ales here to enjoy along with Westons Stowford Press and local Welsh ciders. In the dining room, smoked salmon with sweet and sour pomegranate; seared pork fillet, Parma ham, Savoy cabbage, gratin potatoes; or Welsh beef lasagne with triple-cooked chips could precede rich chocolate truffle mousse; or mango pannacotta and pistachio biscuit. Expect excellent ingredients including locally reared meats. There is a seasonal specials board and themed evenings.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Main course from: £1
- Closed: 2
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About the area
Carmarthenshire is the largest of the historic counties of Wales, and known to have been inhabited since prehistoric times. Carmarthen, its county town, with its Roman fort, claims to be the oldest town in Wales.
Carmarthenshire was a heavily disputed territory between the Welsh and the Normans in the 12th and 13th centuries, and many of the castles and forts dotting its landscapes date from this period. They include ruins at Carreg Cennen, Dinefwr, Dryslwyn, Laugharne, Llansteffan and Newcastle Emlyn, as well as the slightly better-preserved Kidwelly Castle. Carmarthen Castle, meanwhile, saw further fighting during both the Wars of the Roses and the Civil War, when it was captured twice by the Parliamentary forces, and ordered to be dismantled by Oliver Cromwell.
In these more peaceful times, the economy of the county is mainly agricultural (the 19th-century Rebecca Riots, in which local farmers and agricultural workers protested against higher tolls and taxes, started in Carmarthenshire), and its fertile farmland is known as ‘The Garden of Wales’. A more literal garden, the National Botanic Garden of Wales, opened in 2000.
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