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Stylish but never stuffy, worth seeking out

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Wheelchair access
Free Wi-Fi

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 Anna potato, caponata and salsa verde, maybe, or crispy pork belly, braised chicory, roast cauliflower purée and pickled red cabbage. The baked stem ginger cheesecake with honey-roast plums is a winner, or there’s chocolate Byzantine honey and almond ice cream, and griotte cherries in Kirsch. All this has gained the inn two AA Rosettes for its accomplished cooking. The excellent beers come from local Breweries.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday and Sunday evening
  • Opening times: all week 12-4 7-11

Food and drink

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

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets

Getting here

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

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