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One of the top 10 pubs in Britain

Like the most warm and atmospheric pubs, our pub consists of a main bar with its original stone work, reclaimed timbers and open log fires in the winter. The Gower Room, our family room is a nautical themed room displaying local maps, original artifacts and photographs of Gower’s nautical history.

Finally a cosy traditionally decorated restaurant where we also serve Sunday lunch. We serve a selection of up to five cask conditioned ales including Felinfoel, the national ale of Wales. We also serve Welsh Whiskey, Vodka, Gin, a selection of Welsh liqueurs and Welsh mineral water.

Quality and Excellence

We are renowned for our warming home cooked food suited to all tastes. Choose from dishes on the main menu or “specials” board including seasonal game and locally caught fish. A delicious Swansea Pub Sunday Lunch is also available on a Sunday.

All meals are served in the restaurant, Gower room, main bar and fine summer days at outdoor tables on the green. We try to source as much local and welsh produce as possible for our menus. To compliment your meals we offer a varied and reasonably priced wine list with a good selection available by the glass.

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The original Public House was called the Rising Sun because the front of the building catches the early morning sun. The remains of this building can be seen between the car park and the pub. The Rising Sun, known in the 18th century as Dollings Lodge was a single storey cottage style building, possibly thatched. In 1828 William Hugh lived in Dollings Lodge, however by 1838 the house was known as ‘Dollins House or Rising Sun’ with Mr Hugh as the licensed victualler. The King Arthur Hotel is thought to have been built in 1870 by the Tucker family. This family took a 99 year lease of the site from the Stouthall estate, and the license was likely to have been transferred from the old Rising Sun to the King Arthur. Richard Williams became licensee, followed in the late 1880s by John Bevan. The old Rising Sun continued to be occupied as a cottage until the early 1900s. By the 1920s the pub was enlarged to its present appearance. The King Arthur Hotel became associated with several public events, for example, the annual fair in September would be held on the Higher Green, and the Gower Agricultural Society’s fat-stock shows were held in the back field.

Mr Len O’Driscoll took over the King Arthur Hotel with his wife Kim O’Driscoll in 1991. By this time the building was in a dilapidated state and in need of complete refurbishment. The premises had still not been operated as a hotel. With much hard work and determination Len & Kim transformed the King Arthur Hotel into one of the most attractive pubs in Gower, indeed it was named one of the top 10 pubs in Britain by the Country Walking Magazine- the only inn or pub in Wales to be selected. In 1998 the refurbishment was completed with the nautical themed Gower Room and seven en-suite bedrooms. Visitors to the pub included tourists, local residents, dog lovers, walkers & pony trekkers. The King Arthur also hosted wedding receptions from the year 2000 in a marquee in the rear garden. In the Summer of 2003, the function room Avalon was completed together with twelve new en-suite bedrooms, Guinevere’s Cottage and landscaped gardens. Avalon has proven to be a very popular venue for wedding receptions, civil ceremonies, parties, conferences and dinner dances. The O’Driscoll family continue to run the business.

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Exactly what country pubs should be… comfortable, well run and difficult to leave

Sunday Telegraph