Story of the day: Drinking in Dylan Thomas’ favourite local


We’re having a pint with Dylan Thomas today in his favourite old drinking den.

My enthusiasm for Dylan and his own little corner of West Wales is well documented.

Indeed, I’m hoping to be back in Laugharne a lot this autumn as we gear up for the Dylan Thomas centenary in 2014.

Meanwhile, a story from the Weekend FT about the re-opening of Browns Hotel.

Here’s an extract:

“Browns was one of the reasons I first moved to Laugharne in the 1970s,” says George Tremlett, whose antiquarian bookshop, Corran Books, is across the road from the Grade II-listed hotel. “It was unlike any other pub I’d ever been to. Licensing laws didn’t exist here and I loved the sense of anarchy. But I also loved the fact that so many people still drinking at the bar remembered Dylan.”

The new-look Browns is a far cry from the rough-and-ready boozer of Thomas’s day. When I check in a few days after the low-key opening, there is little sign of anarchy. Instead, local real ales and plates of Welsh charcuterie are being served in the bar, while a group of regulars are tucking into a few pints at the perennially popular window seat – which was Thomas’s favourite.

Read the full story, A Seat at the bar with Dylan Thomas.

More about the Dylan Thomas centenary.

Have you visited Browns Hotel? Do you have a favourite story about Dylan’s Laugharne days?

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