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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Restaurant menu
Open all year

Y Polyn is a former tollhouse, now well established as a destination pub for lovers of Welsh food, and handily placed for the attractive county town of Carmarthen and the National Botanic Garden of Wales. The first-floor has been converted to create private dining rooms, ideal for family gatherings and parties. The bounty of West Wales is at the forefront of the uncomplicated, tempting dishes that come from the modest kitchen here, and ‘Fat equals Flavour. Live with it’ is the unapologetic ethos. Starters include the famous Y Polyn fish soup with gruyère, rouille and croûtons; and venison ragù, pappardelle, pangritata and parmesan; follow that with roast rump of Welsh lamb, spiced lamb and potato terrine, and yogurt harissa, maybe, or crispy pork belly, braised chicory, roast cauliflower purée and pickled red cabbage. The Black Forest gâteau knickerbocker glory is a winner, or there’s white chocolate cheesecake with roast plums. All this has gained the inn two AA Rosettes for its accomplished cooking. The excellent beers come from the local Handmade Brewery.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Mon, Sun eve
  • Opening times: all wk 12-4 7-11

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Handmade Cwrw Sir Gâr & Pale Ale

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions

Getting here

From A48 follow signs to National Botanic Garden of Wales. Then follow brown signs to Y Polyn

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