Welcome to town, Llanrhidian

Re-opens Saturday 4th July

Welcome to town

Llanrhidian

Re-opens Saturday 4th July

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          Imagine a pub that is over 300 years old, steeped in history and integral to the community for centuries, and you have the Welcome to town, Llanrhidian. It is small in size it but big in heart and, in its time, the Welcome has provided many services to Llanrhidian and Gower: A cranny that was used as the Gaol; the Long Room, a food hall that doubled up as a courtroom for local miscreants; a meeting place for the landowners of Gower and a masonic temple.

          Most recently the Welcome has been a rather chintzily decorated high-end bistro, but for the last 2 and a half years it has stood empty with the roof leaking and no one caring for it. It was looking very sorry for itself  – not anymore!

          New owners Paul and Natasha Crowther love the old building and its idiosyncrasies, its sloping floors, its ridiculously thick walls, the stupidly low arches to duck under, the incredible light in the Long Room. They have taken those features and lovingly and sympathetically brought the Welcome up to date.

          In May and June 2015 they completely refurbished the building: new kitchen, new toilets, new floors, new heating, new windows, a new bar, decorating, furniture, lighting, a new car park, gardening – nothing went untouched. What a success: they have created a new contemporary space for Gower in a beautiful old building.

          Having undergone a fabulous facelift, the Welcome has gone back to its traditional roots and opens its doors as Gower’s premier pub and dining rooms for local gentry and commoners alike!

Paul said “We are going to be a proper pub: we want an atmosphere that is friendly and unpretentious; the food to be simple and delicious; we have chosen the beer for taste and it will be maintained to perfection. All in all we have a simple dedication to quality which we hope is going to blow our customers’ socks off! We have a great team with local legends Kat and Charlie Owen becoming the general managers, and Michelin-rated chef Anton Miguel running the kitchen. We can’t wait to open our doors for the first time on the 4th July!”

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