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I've visited this pub on a Friday for lunch a few times recently and have had very tasty meals. The service was great and we didn't have to wait long for our meals (although it wasn't very busy so I wouldn't expect to wait). There is parking at the back. There is plenty of choice on the menu and all reasonably priced.
Favorite Dish: I can recommend the burger with welsh rarebit. Yum yum.
Written Nov 23, 2007
The pub looks pretty good. It's clean, with a reasonably good atmosphere. We visited for lunch, and it was quite quiet. The man who served us was courteous, but not very enthusiastic.
I ordered the Quorn Thai Green Curry because I'm a veggie, and it has a big 'V' next to it on the menu. I should have paid more attention though, because the meal includes a side order of prawn crackers! How is that vegetarian? The curry itself was good, as was the rice. Later on I asked the manger about the prawn crackers he didn't seem all that bothered.
My omnivorous companions weren't entirely satisfied either. Apparently the beef burger was good (it looked good), but the chips were poor. One person had fish and they reported it was very dry, and the dressing was missing.
Favorite Dish: The Quorn Thai Green Curry tasted good.
Written Jun 5, 2007
Address: Welsh burger with rarebit (cheese) - Lampeter
This is Lampeter's local diner. If you want something that's cheap and relatively quick but you don't want takeaway then this is the place to go. It's a little gritty around the edges, but the food is usually pretty good, as is the service. It can get really crowded at lunchtime though so keep that in mind if your heart is set on going. The dishes they do are quick and easy-things like chips, sanwiches, toasties, chicken kievs, etc. They also do a bunch of ice creams and homemade cakes and stuff. The people who dine here are regulars and sometimes have their own tables so if you get glared at when someone walks in there is a good chance that you are sitting in their seat. But oh well. Just smile.
Written Nov 29, 2006
Lloyd's is the local chip shop. They have a takeaway section where the menu is basically the same but cheaper and a sit-down section which is nicer but...more expensive. Actually, I could swear the food is better in the sit-down section but I seem to be the only one who thinks this. The menu basically revolves around fish and chips, sausages, and pies. They have a few desserts such as pecan pie and chocoalte cake, but being a southerner I must say that their pecan pie isn't quite up to par. But at least they make the effort. The chips are really really good (except sometimes in takeaway when they are soggy) and the fish not too greasy-very light. The best time to go is at lunch when they do a fish and chips special which includes a side of mushy peas and tea for £5.89.
Written Nov 29, 2006
Sosban Fach is the red building across from Lloyd's (the chip shop). It's a very quaint little tearoom/cafe run by a bunch of grandmotherly women that make everything homemade and fresh. It's mostly open for lunch and breakfast and they have an everchanging board of specials but I tend to stick to the same things-apple pancakes. What are apple pancakes? Well, they are basically pancakes stuffed with applesauce or steamed apples, depending on who is cooking them. They are definitely fresh because one day I could see into the kitchen as they were making them and I actually saw the women peeling and slicing the apples. They also make terrific soups (huge) that can make meals and sandwiches. It's also a nice place just to have a cup of tea. They do not take cards so make sure you go prepared with cash. Or you can use the ATM across the street.
Written Nov 29, 2006
When I am in the mood for chips this is where I go to get my fix. I like it for a couple of reasons. One, they have a non-smoking room in the pub. The bar separates the smoking from non and while this might be likened to having a “no peeing” zone in a pool it really does cut down on the smoke inhalation. The chips are always really good, too. The people who work there know me now so they’re used to me bringing in people to share a bowl of chips with. I can never finish the whole thing. When I’m feeling really hungry I order fish AND chips. It’s good as well, but I recommend Lloyd’s for the best. The prices at the Royal Oak are reasonable. They have a dining room as well with a full menu but I prefer eating in the pub part. It's small, but really cosy and on cold days they light a fire.
Favorite Dish: In the dining room bit the menu is more extensive, and pricier. They have a typical menu that boasts mussels, steak, sandwiches, and other upscale pub-type food. The food's good, but not spectacular. It's about average as compared with the other places in the area. Their desserts are limited and so far the best thing I have had is the sherry trifle, although it is made with canned fruit. (But the load of sherry helps.) The best bet is their snack menu that they put out for lunch.
Updated Nov 29, 2006
Address: High Street
Phone: 01570 422453
It took me a long time to try out the Black Lion because I am really more of a Royal Oak person. And when it comes to fish n chips Lloyds is the best. However, now that I have tried the Black Lion it might be difficult for me to return to anywhere else. The pub area is quite small, making it more of a restaurant than anything else. It's got a decent size dining room with a few big tables. They serve food around lunchtime but then stop at 2:30 and don't start again until 6:00 pm. Most of the pubs in town are this way. The menu is fairly large for a pub type restaurant. They have everything from the requisite fish n chips and burgers to pasta and mussels. I have had the Welsh burger with rarebit and it's really really good. The bread it comes on is probably not homemade but it tastes like it. The other people I have dined with have had chicken, a steak burger, mussels, and pasta. Everyone had good food. The only drawback was that the fries seem to vary in consistency. One night they were really thick and juicy and another night they were kind of thin and dry. They have a pretty good selection of desserts as well, ranging from creme brulee to cheesecake and apple pie. The apple pie was warm and did not come with raisins, which is a good thing in my book. Prices are reasonable for the area.
Updated Feb 22, 2006
Address: High Street, Lampeter, Wales
Phone: 01570 422172
You either like it or you don't. It's a small pub with a jukebox and a pool table and mostly locals hang out in it. It's a little rough around the edges but it's quiet and you can actually have a conversation in it. Although it's tatty and it lacks the glamour of the Union or other young hang-outs I kind of like being the only uni people in it. If you want to get to know the locals, this is one of the best places to be. The drinks are very reasonable as well and after going in there once you get to know people. Just remember, they seem to do karaoke on Friday nights and it can get pretty ugly...
Dress Code: No dress code. It's just a pub.
Updated Apr 1, 2006
Address: High Street
Phone: 01570 423058
I've been trying to find some information on this on the 'net and so far have found two references to it...
The Modern Antiquarian
"The Goblin Stone of Cynwyl Gaio occupied a spot which few people cared to pass at night. In the 17thC a young man who had gone far in search of work came in the twilight to a large stone surrounded with grass. After making a good but simple supper, the traveller placed his bundle containing clothes on the grass in shelter of the stone. For a time he slept soundly, but about midnight he was awakened by somebody pinching his arms and ears and pricking his nose. He got up, and, looking around in the starlight, saw a goblin sitting on the stone, with many others around him. The man tried to run away, but the master goblin would not permit him, and at his command his minions interlaced their grotesque arms around him and prevented him moving. They tweaked his ears and nose, pinched him, gave him pokes in his ribs, and tormented him all through the night in every conceivable manner. He sat down to rest and wait for the dawn, and in the meantime the goblins screamed and laughed and shrieked in his ears until he was nearly mad. When the first streak of morning light appeared, the goblins vanished. The stranger got up in the dawn, and when he went onward he met some workmen, to whom he related his adventure. They said he had slept under the Goblin Stone."
"This is on an alignment which skirts the two sanctuaries and is coincident with a two-mile stretch of the Sam Helen to the north. The line skirts an ancient site to the north of that, as well as going through a few minor points. It is a mound, visible from some distance, and on top is a very large slab of conglomerate atone. There is a hollow in one side which seems to be intended for some kind of offerings.”
Written Nov 26, 2006
Favorite thing: I know, I know. Listing a grocery store as a tip might sound strange, but it is an essential part of my life here in Lampeter. Somerfield is the closest grocery to the university, unless you count the Spar. (But it’s really tiny so you can’t so any major shopping there.) For the folks at home, it’s not as big as say a Super Kroger or Super Winn Dixie, but it’s fairly large. They have a good alcohol selection, vegetables, meat, and bread section. If you get there at the right time all of the bread and stuff is fresh so that’s nice. The handbaskets are free to use but if you want a cart you have to insert a pound into the slot. You get it back when you return the cart. Just remember, there are things that we have in the US that can be really difficult to find. Like macaroni and cheese together in one box. Or tomato soup that is not creamed. Prices are reasonable, especially if you go there often and know when to look for the specials.
Updated Nov 26, 2006