It was the bar where Dylan Thomas and his local acquaintances gathered to chew the cud. Imagine the smoky fug as glasses of Welsh ale chinked together and were placed deliciously to the lips of the drinkers. Landlady Ivy Williams would hold court as discussions bounced between grassroots chit-chat, the news of the day and the day's horseracing prospects. Darts and bar skittles would be played. There'd be no jukebox and no food – just the drinkers, their drink, the games and the gossip.
Now the smoke has gone, the drinks have been updated – although there remains a close focus on traditional Welsh ale – and there's some mellow music that reflects the more elegant sounds of today and the jazzy sounds of the 1940s and 50s.
The bar has subtle hands off design approach; simply updated and restored where necessary to facilitate a modern working day pub, whilst maintaining a pared down comfort in the spirit of a gentler, less complicated era. It's an exceptional place to join us for a relaxing drink, relax at the original bar restored to its past.
Bare floorboards remain as does the bay window where Dylan loved to watch life being lived in King Street. The welcome is as warm as it was back in those tough post-war years when communities were bound together by essential gathering places such as this.
Today's Browns bar offers light bites and nibbles, some beautiful fixtures and fittings such as oak shelving behind the bar, a tempting range from the distillers of Penderyn, Wales' world-famous whisky, and a calm, relaxed atmosphere.
This is no design pastiche or theme bar – this is a thoroughly modern venue which oozes the spirit of a gentler, less complicated era. It's an exceptional place to join us for a relaxing drink.
You're assured of quality refreshment and equally memorable conversation. It's a glorious starting point and final, thrilling destination as you tour Laugharne, southwest Wales and Dylan country.