Dolaucothi Arms

The Dolaucothi Arms, Pumsaint, Carmarthenshire SA19 8UW
01558 650237      

The   Dolaucothi Arms is a local pub offering good food, local beer and B&B in the village of Pumsaint (sometimes spelled Pumpsaint) in Carmarthenshire. The pub is owned by the National Trust, part of the Dolaucothi estate and about 15 mins walk from the Dolaucothi Gold Mines. Hearty lunches and dinners are served up in the dining room, walkers and cyclists (mud and all) are always welcome in our flagstoned bar – our two woodburners keep the pub cosy in winter. Our half acre pub garden looks over the Cothi river (the pub has 4 miles of fishing rights for salmon and sea trout see our fishing page ). From the doorstep are walks and bridle paths across 2,500 acres of wooded hills and sweeping valleys owned by the National Trust and the starkly beautiful Cambrian mountains. It’s a short drive to the market town of Llandovery on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, pretty Llandeilo with its boutiques and delis and the Brechfa Forest – favourite of mountain bikers.

 Dining room and lounge

The Dolaucothi has been, at many points in its two hundred or so years, the heart of this community and it’s easy to see why as you round the corner into the village of Pumsaint. The pub stands at the centre of a cluster of stone cottages, overlooking the snaking Cothi river. A Georgian coaching inn with old bones (16th Century depending on who you ask), most people you speak to round here have a story about the place.

For the last five years the pub stood empty. Then, after a major re-vamp, along came a young English couple with more a grasp of Welsh rarebit than the Welsh language and dreams of a thriving country pub. After years spent in the West Country we were drawn to this small village in North Carmarthenshire by our passion for honest, homely food, real beer and old fashioned pub hospitality.

This is the beginning of our journey to create our ultimate pub – a patchwork of all the places we have loved to work, eat, drink and stay – all the way from a friend’s sofa to boutique B&B, by way of the local Bath bar where we first met. We hope you’ll visit to see what we do and let us know what you think.

David and Esther

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Food and Drink


Our menu is nothing posh. Simple, hearty meals made from scratch from good stuff found not too far away. Call us if you would like to book a table for lunch or dinner. The menu changes frequently, depending on what’s good at the time! We will always have a suitable vegetarian option, if you have a special diet do let us know in advance and we’ll do our best to have something suitable for you.  Here is a sample menu to give you an idea of  the sort of things we serve.  The third Wednesday of every month is Pie Night – A Pint and a Pie with chips or buttery mash and peas for £10 or £12 if you would like a pudding too.

Opening times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 5pm – 11pm
  • Wednesday 12pm – 11pm
  • Thursday 12pm – 11pm
  • Friday 12pm – 11pm
  • Saturday 12pm – 11pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 10pm

Dinner is served between 6.30 and 9.00 Tuesday to Saturday.

Lunch is served between 12.30 and 2.30 Wednesday to Saturday and between 12.00 and 3.00 on Sunday.

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When you’re lolling by the wood burner after a slap up pub dinner, it’s nice to know it’s just one flight of stairs between you and your comfy bed. Our  rooms have king sized beds, en suite bathrooms and views over the garden to the Cothi valley. Cool cotton sheets and wool bedding (great for restless sleepers, and the environment!) add up to a great nights sleep. Cooked breakfast is served in our dining room, which gets the morning sun, and we always have fruit, cereals and yoghurt if you fancy something a little lighter.

The rooms are quite different, so please read the descriptions below before booking and if you have any questions just give us call.

Room One

A larger room with King sized Double bed, big shower with monsoon shower head, views over the garden.

£75 per night for two people, £45 per night for one person

Room Two

A quieter room with King sized double bed, bath with hand held shower (so no excuse not to enjoy a relaxing soak) and views over the garden.

£75 per night for two people, £45 per night for one person

Room Three

Also a quieter room with a double bed, the compact bathroom has a shower. The smallest of the three rooms, but the cosiest too.

£75 per night for two people, £45 per night for one person

We also have a folding single bed suitable for adults which is available if you wish to have a third person stay in the room at a cost of £20, or if two people would like to share a room but not a bed, at no extra charge.

By June at the latest we will also have a fourth twin/double room available – please call for details if you would like to enquire about this room.

Dogs & Cats

Dogs are welcome and there is no extra charge for them to stay (Room 2 is our dog friendly room). We ask that you keep your dog with you all the time and don’t let them sleep on the bed. Please call to book if you would like to bring a dog.

Our cat, Lily, lives here, too. Please keep your dog on a lead if you think they might not get on! Lily is not allowed in the B&B rooms and has her own spot in our flat.

Pedal Power

Guests who arrive by bike get 10% off our standard room rate (no parking the car down the road and cycling round the corner, though). For information about arriving by bike please see the ‘find us’ section..

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Find us

The Dolaucothi Arms is in the village of Pumsaint on the A482 between Lampeter and Llandovery. We have a large car park and there is a free National Trust car park opposite us.

By Car

Most sat navs will get you here successfully (to SA19 8UW), but if you prefer things old school here are some directions– best used in conjunction with a good road atlas.

By Public Transport

The nearest train stations are Llandovery and Llanwrda (which is closer, but trains are much less frequent). The journey is about three hours from Bristol and we may be able to collect B&B guests from the station, please ask before booking.

By Bike and by Foot

We are not well served by traffic free cycle paths – but the area is very popular with road cyclists and most drivers are very considerate. There are some interesting rides along the country lanes, with some challenging hills! If you are just popping in for a drink there are bicycle racks in the NT car park across the road, if you will be staying with us we can lock bikes in our wood shed. You can hang up wet gear and shoes in the boiler room, so you don’t have to have them in yours!


Many of the photographs on our site are by Ruth Joy Photography.

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Little Dolaucothi Shop

For a while we've been planning a little shop of useful staples - things locals or visitors might need - you may already have spotted our marmalade and piccalilli on the bookshelves (both essentials, we're sure you'll agree). Lots of the things we keep in the kitchen, like our organic eggs, Gwenlais milk, fruit & veg or the Organic Hafod cheddar might be just what your supper is lacking.

We'd like to know what you would find useful, or just nice, to be able to pick up here - so far suggestions include bread rolls, baking potatoes and jam (we can certainly help there!). Please click below to email us your suggestions.

I went to the Dolaucothi shop and bought ....

food1We're on the hunt for someone handy in the kitchen - Aged between 16-24, keen on British food and eager to learn. Interested?
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Dolaucothi Gold Mine

Gold Mine

Dolaucothi Gold Mine

 The National Trust Dolaucothi Gold Mine is just a short walk from our pub. more

Beer Festival

Beer FestivalSummer seems an age away, but we're already thinking about this year's Beer Festival, planned for the August Bank holiday weekend 23rd - 25th.

We're hoping to extend to a two day event this year with more music and more cider and would love to know what you thought of last year's event and what you'd like to see this year. For anyone who enjoyed our New Year's Day breakfast, a Bank Holiday Monday breakfast is planned to help you recover!

At the moment, we're on the hunt for great local bands or musicians to play, so please get in touch with suggestions, or offers to perform!

Other ideas or offers to get involved from individuals or groups are very welcome, too.Beer Barrels

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