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Can anyone recommend somewhere to eat close to M4 (on Swansea to Newport stretch)

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binkythebullet Sat 20-Sep-08 19:18:01

I'm doing the Swansea 10K tomorrow <panic>, and I know I will be absolutely starving (as will dh and dd) by the time I finish. I don't fancy stopping at service stations, so can anyone recommend an alternative like a good pub please?

binkythebullet Sat 20-Sep-08 19:48:16


llareggub Sat 20-Sep-08 20:00:40

Do you want a pub in Swansea or on the motorway? I can do Swansea itself....

In Swansea you could try:

The Bay View (on the seafront, St Helen's Road)
The Pump House (in the Marina, by the museum)

in Mumbles you could go to a number of places but head to the lighthouse, park in the big car park and have an Italian meal overlooking the sea


Good luck with the 10k, by the way!

binkythebullet Sat 20-Sep-08 20:04:57

Open to ideas either in Swansea or off the M4 llareggub

Ooh the italian overlooking the sea sounds great. The run will go down to the Mumbles, the only prob is that I don't know how long they will keep the road shut for...however I could definitely do pasta/ pizza post run if we can drive there (don't fancy walking 3 miles after the run ). What's the italian called please?

PeaMcLean Sat 20-Sep-08 20:09:52

Is Cardiff too far? I'm wracking my brains...

binkythebullet Sat 20-Sep-08 20:12:17

Nope Cardiff would be good too - although we'd be looking to eat around 3, so would need to be serving then.

llareggub Sat 20-Sep-08 20:14:02

here it is

I highly recommend going to Joe's Ice Cream Parlour after for the best ice cream you'll ever taste...

ChirpyGirl Sat 20-Sep-08 20:17:08

I would second all of those suggestions, it could take you a good 40 minutes to even get to the M4 depending on when you leave, by which time you may have starved to death!

PeaMcLean Sat 20-Sep-08 20:22:58

I can't compete with Castellamare. Haven't eaten there but locationwise it's pretty good. grin

Off the M4 near Cardiff:

Castell Mynach pub near Llantrisant which does nice pub food. About a mile off the motorway at Junction 34, turn left off the slip road and it's straight up the road on the right.

I was going to suggest the cafe at Castell Coch (actual castle rather than a pub) off Junction 32, but I couldn't swear it serves that late. I'd have thought so though. Mostly jacket spuds and sandwiches but they always do a special of some sort and good cawl. Nice little place and you could explore the castle too.

binkythebullet Sat 20-Sep-08 20:53:00

Oh thank you everyone! I've booked a table at Castellamare however I'm printing off this thraed in case we do decide to head off early, in which case I'll use your ideas Pea

I will definitely go to Joe's

binkythebullet Sun 21-Sep-08 20:32:56

We ended up in the Cafe Bar at Castellamare (I decided I was far too stinky post run to inflict myself on the restaurant). Great view, blue skies, v.g pizza - just what I needed post run. Thanks

eleanorsmum Sun 21-Sep-08 20:36:15

theres a pub called the dragonfly just off jct 28 at newport, serves all day great food lovely place.
come off m4 and take a48 back towards cardiff and its just on your right at the traffice lights. ajacent to a holiday inn if i recall.

eleanorsmum Sun 21-Sep-08 20:37:39

derrrrrrrrrrrrrr just actually read the rest of this post andrealised you've already eaten and done the run!
well done you, silly old me! grin blush

llareggub Sun 21-Sep-08 21:19:55

I'm glad you liked it. I did worry, I always do when I recommend places. When I was a teenager it used to be a nightclub called Neptunes, and I have some very fond (albeit hazy) memories of nights out there!

binkythebullet Sun 21-Sep-08 21:26:31

aww thanks eleanorsmum. I'll bear that in mind for future trips - we enjoyed today so much that we've resolved to go to the Mumbles more often.

I know what you mean llareggub. I once recommended a restaurant to some of dh's mates from Uni - they moaned for Britain; steak over-cooked, wine too warm - they needed a good slap IMO . Anyway, you needn't have worried, your recommendation was spot on for what we needed

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