Wright’s Food Emporium, Llanarthney, Carmarthenshire: review

This pub/cafe/deli on the edge of the Brecon Beacons made a name for itself with its excellent food and laid-back charm. Now it’s added stylish accommodation ‘over the shop’ so diners can crash out after dinner

You always want a good pub within walking distance of a holiday let. So a cottage that shares a building with a great pub/cafe/deli on the edge of the Brecon Beacons was an appealing prospect. Food writer and broadcaster Simon Wright and family took over the former Golden Grove Arms in the village of Llanarthney in 2012, and made a name for themselves mainly by being all things to all men.

Want coffee and cake mid-morning? You got it. Hungry after tramping the Beacons or visiting the Botanic Garden of Wales? Wright’s serves hot sandwiches (the pork cubano is feted), salads and dishes such as chorizo and white bean stew or farro with caerphilly, mushrooms and spinach, till early evening. Fancy taking home some speciality cheese, charcuterie, homemade bread or pie of the day? You can. Just want a drink? Right off the deli is a convivial room where people chat over wines, real ales and ciders. Dinner Friday or Saturday? You’re on.

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