Carmarthenshire Cawl Crawl

Cawl is a dish synonymous with Welsh cuisine and hospitality, discover the fantastic Cawl on offer across the county.

Carmarthenshire Cawl Crawl


Carmarthenshire’s lush fertile valleys and flowing rivers have awarded the county with a huge variety of fantastic local produce, grown and nurtured from the land; with a delicious array of traditional dishes served up as specialities across the county for centuries. One of the most famous is the traditional dish of Cawl, a warming winter stew, still gracing menus as a favourite in establishments across the county.

Traditionally made with mutton or lamb from the Black Mountains and crammed full of vegetable goodness including root vegetables, Welsh leeks and wild garlic, Cawl is a staple on the county’s foodie map; with each recipe boasting its own secret ingredient or 'twist' on the old favourite. From artisan delis in the market town of Llandeilo to thatched inns dating back to the 14th century, establishments across the county are serving up their own take on the hearty dish synonymous with Carmarthenshire cuisine. To help visitors discover the fantastic Cawl on offer across the county, a 'Cawl Crawl' has been launched; highlighting all of the best places to feast on the delicious stew. 

The Ginhaus

1 Market Street, Llandeilo, SA19 6AH.

Ginhaus is a seriously cool delicatessen, gin and wine bar, set in the heart of the boutique market town of Llandeilo. Here you will find a quirky decor (including floors made from pennies!) alongside well-stocked counters of local cheese, breads, olives, antipasti, charcuterie and over 180 different types of gin; plus an assortment of traditional Welsh cuisine served up daily. The Ginhaus’ modern twist on the dish is Welsh Ham Cawl served with Y Fenni & Welshman’s Caviar cobbler, as a delicious accompaniment.   01558 823030


Pethau Da

2 Mansel Street, Carmarthen. SA31 1QX

Pethau da's warm, homely environment welcomes you to relax and enjoy our home cooked food based on quality ingredients sourced locally wherever possible. On a cold winter day in front of real fire , enjoy a traditional cawl served with a Thick Piece of Welsh rarebit - using the best Welsh Cheese and Bluestone Ale. This posh version of Cheese and Toast offers something different to the dish - and also offers our customers another chance to  taste some traditional Welsh foods, and compliments our Cawl very well. A match made in food heaven!   01267 236300


Carreg Cennen Castle

Trapp, Llandeilo SA19 6UA

Cawl at Carreg Cennen Castle is the perfect accompaniment to the brisk wind that battles these majestic fortifications.  Controversially their Cawl boasts no meat- our best seller for over 30 years is a hearty broth which owes its success to the red split lentils that are slowly simmered to perfection and add the perfect sweetness to lots of chunky vegetables.  Served with a thick slice of bread and a good chunk of Welsh Cheddar.   01558822291




The Pump House, North Dock, Llanelli SA15 2LF

Situated in a Grade II listed building in Llanelli’s North Dock, Sosban has become known as one of the UK’s most innovative restaurants. Offering exquisite quality cuisine with bold modern flavours, Executive Chef Andrew Sheridan, brings to the table a menu full of seasonal ingredients, authentic flavours and beautifully plated dishes to diners visiting Sosban. His passion for quality food and seasonal flavours is reflected in his menus, which provide guests with the best ingredients available, cooked with flair and creativity. Andrew’s cawl is a modern twist on a traditional lamb cawl served with potato terrine , goats curd and wild garlic.   01554 270 020          


The Ferryman Delicatessen

Exeter House, King Street, Laugharne, SA33 4RY

The Ferryman Delicatessen is a foodie heaven in the centre of Laugharne. From fair trade coffee from their in house barista to platter of cheeses from Wales; home baked cake and a pot of tea to local pies and tarts. Their cawl is a hearty homemade lamb cawl with crusty artisan bread and a chunk of Welsh cheese. Situated on the historical Laugharne high street close to the castle and Dylan Thomas' boathouse, the Ferryman delicatessen is the perfect place to experience the Welsh charm of Laugharne.  01994 427398



1 Heol y Bryn, Upper Tumble, Llanelli. SA14 6DP

Open just over a year ago Maddocks General store has become the heart of the village.They pride themselves in offering something different, the store has a unique look and feel and their cawl is very popular and customers keep coming back for more! Their home cooked beef cawl with root vegetables and a handful of chopped parsley, also has peas and their our own secret seasoning!!! Served with a crusty baguette and a hearty chunk of mature cheddar on the side of grated over the top. Delicious! 

Maddocks    01269 498009


The Warren

11 Mansel St, Carmarthen SA31 1PX

Deri Reed and business partner Steffan Lemke Elms took over the formerly Caban Y Dderwen business and ran a crowdfunding campaign to raise money from the local community to relaunch as The Warren. Their ethos is to serve simple, honest & wholesome food with drinks to match. Their Cawl is made using Organic Lamb from Hazelwell farm in Whitland and their secret ingredient being homegrown sage from their very own polytunnel. Served with Mature Cheddar Cheese & Homemade Caraway and Malted Loaf.   01267 236079


The Printing Office

1 Broad St, Llandovery SA20 0AR

The small, but light and airy, cafe at the Old Printing Office is nestled at the back of a thriving gift shop in the historic market town of Llandovery. Their short and seasonal menu of home cooked food, places an equal emphasis on vegetarian dishes but have kept their cawl traditional in using Welsh lamb neck, alongside a chunk of crusty organic sourdough and strong Welsh cheddar. To add to the celebration of the flavours of Wales the national vegetable, leek, is combined with herbs and rosemary in a rustic pesto & swirled through the broth.    01550 720690


The Plough Rhosmaen

Rhosmaen. SA19 6NP

The Plough is proud to be one of the oldest hostelries in Llandeilo, as far back as 1858 when it was one of the 23 public houses in a town of only 290 houses.  Since then it has grown not only in size but also stature to become the 4 star boutique hotel that it is today.  However, not forgetting our roots we serve a traditional cawl made with welsh lamb and fresh locally sourced vegetables served with welsh cheese and crusty bread.  01558 823431


The Forest Arms

Brechfa.  SA32 7RA.

This traditional village pub with rooms is found in the heart of the Cothi Valley, having first opened its doors in late 2014 after a complete renovation. Stylish interiors with plenty of traditional touches, giving a glimpse into the pub’s rich history, the pub’s delicious menu has visitors calling in from miles around for its great homemade food. For its Cawl, The Forest Arms uses slow cooked Welsh lamb, flavoured by bay leaves, root vegetables and a very Welsh secret ingredient from the bar! The Cawl is served up with rustic torn bread and mature Welsh Cheddar cheese.   01267 202288


The White Hart Thatched Inn and Brewery

Llanddarog, Carmarthen. SA32 8NT.

Found in the village of Llanddarog, The White Hart Inn is one of the oldest thatched inns in Wales, and offers a warm, homely atmosphere and traditional interiors; including traditional oak beams and a cosy log fire. The inn even brews its own beer and cider on-site, with a new on-site distillery opening later this year, set to be Wales’ largest craft distillery. The White Hart serves Cawl throughout the winter months and ensures their signature beer is added to the mix alongside the traditional ingredients of Welsh lamb, vegetables and pearl barley. The warming Cawl is served alongside hot baked bread and Welsh cheese.   01267 275395


Wright’s Food Emporium

Golden Grove Arms, Llanarthne. SA32 8JU.

Since the late 18th Century, this traditional coaching inn has served traditional, local food and refreshments. Now homing Wright’s Food Emporium, this quirky bistro-style cafe serves a host of locally sourced produce and fresh home-cooked dishes with a twist; with a huge focus on local, artisan goods and delicious deli staples. Their Cawl is a firm favourite amongst patrons, made using ham hock, shoulder of lamb, plenty of vegetables and served alongside Hafod Cheddar and homemade granary bread.   01558 668929


The Royal Oak Inn

Rhandirmwyn, Llandovery, SA20 0NY

Previously used as a hunting lodge for the Cawdor estate, The Royal Oak Inn was transformed into a pub in the late 18th century by a Cornish miner and has remained so since; serving up a variety of local real ales and home cooked food in the beautiful village of Rhandirmwyn. The Royal Oak’s Cawl is made using local Welsh lamb, leeks, root vegetables and a healthy dose of black pepper; served up with a warm roll, local butter and Welsh cheddar cheese.    01550 760201




Llanelly House

Bridge Street, Llanelli. SA15 3UF.

This picturesque restored Georgian Town House offers a delightful menu in stunning historic surroundings. In their café by day and for each event, they strive to produce great Welsh inspired food, using local suppliers and Fairtrade products. Cawl has played an important part in any Llanelli Family history and our delicious Llanelly House Cawl is a traditional lamb dish served with Artisan Bread Welsh Butter & Welsh Cheese.   01554 772857


The Boars Head

120 Lammas Street, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 3AE.

Dating back to the early 17th Century, The Boar’s Head Hotel is a former coaching inn steeped in history. Found in the centre of the thriving market town of Carmarthen, the old coaching inn offers an inviting, cosy pub atmosphere to guests - complete with 16 comfortable en suite rooms - Cawl is one of the pub’s most popular dishes, made from a traditional recipe and dished up with a fresh crusty roll and a block of Welsh cheese. You may have to book a place here, with coach loads of visitors regularly stopping by for a taste of the pub’s most famous dish!   01267 222789 


The Plash Inn

Llanfallteg Whitland, SA34 0UN.

 Steve and Christie offer a warm Welsh welcome and a real pub Experience at The Plash Inn, relax and enjoy in front of the stunning open log fire ,the hub of the pub. Christie’s Cawl is on the menu during the February and March and for all Welsh Six Nations Games it’s FREE! The recipe was given to her by one of their locals and has been a popular dish on the menu for the last 10 years! The hearty cawl , which takes two days to make is served with warm crusty Bread and a couple of chunks of mature Cheddar, melts in your mouth!              01437 563 472


Gwesty’r Emlyn Hotel

Bridge Street, Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire, SA38 9DU

Dating back over 300 years, this former coaching inn offers chic accommodation, spa and Michelin recommended restaurant boasting a fresh daily menu. To add a depth of flavour to their Cawl, the Gwesty’r Emlyn uses locally sourced Welsh lamb. Served with warm and crunchy homemade multigrain bread, plus a chunk of Dragon Welsh Cheddar, this hearty meal will be sure to satisfy.   01239 710317


N.B. Some of the establishments may not offer Cawl on a daily basis.

Some more of our Favourites ...

The Neuadd Fawr Arms

Cilycwm, Llandovery SA20 0ST

The Neuadd Fawr Arms is situated in the old Welsh village of Cilycwm, a few miles north of the market town of Llandovery. They offer locals and visitors alike a great choice of food including many vegetarian and vegan options, Welsh ales & ciders, fine wines and a good selection of Gins. Their food is home cooked, using where possible locally sourced ingredients including beef and steaks from a Royal Warrant awarded butcher( Matthews butchers of Llandovery) & their own farm reared Lamb that is used to make the delicious Cawl which is served with a rustic Welsh rarebit roll.        01550 721644