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The Guardian

50 Best Sunday Lunches

Inn at the Sticks, Llansteffan

Modern Welsh cuisine just a short walk from Llansteffan castle, on the banks of the beautiful Towy estuary. The warming, homespun interiors of Inn at the Sticks – there are five en-suite rooms, all wooden floors and stone-hewn fireplaces – are a good match for the menu. Roasts include topside of beef with Yorkshire puds, roasties and pan jus; loin of pork with sage and onion stuffing; and crown of turkey breast with sage and onion stuffing and pigs in blankets. Vegetarians might have roast pepper linguine with sundried tomato and herb oil. For the sweet-toothed, there’s vanilla panna cotta with shortbread biscuit and raspberry coulis; or banana parfait with almond praline. Lunch is served from 12‑2:30pm, and the afternoons are often prolongued with live acoustic music – so it’s best to book. Dogs are welcome in the bar area - Phil Daoust


Wales Online

You don't have to travel far from Carmarthen if you want a cracking Sunday lunch 

Inn at the Sticks, Llansteffan

With the weather turning colder, people are becoming more and more tempted to tuck into a nice warm dinner on a Sunday afternoon.

Well, if you happen to live in West Wales your luck is well and truly in as two Carmarthenshire eateries have been named in a list compiling the best Sunday lunches in the whole of the UK.

National newspaper the Guardian picked their top 50 Sunday lunches across Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Only three Welsh establishments were listed in the top 50, and two of them are within nine miles of Carmarthen.

One of those is Inn at the Sticks in Llansteffan.

Taken over and fully restored in the last two years by owner Ruth Stephens, the ‘Sticks’, as it is affectionately known, has become known throughout Carmarthenshire as a place that offers quality food whilst retaining its allure as a village pub.

Head chef Dai Jones says being named in the top 50 is recognition of the standard of the food served at the country pub.

“It was bit of a surprise because there’s lot of competition around Carmarthenshire in terms of Sunday lunch, and to be named one of the best in the whole of the UK is amazing,” said Dai, who boils his gravy for four days before serving it on a Sunday to achieve maximum flavour.

“We weren’t expecting it but it’s great news.”

As well as excelling with their traditional Sunday roasts, the ‘Sticks’ also offers a wide range of menu options between Wednesday and Saturday, and Dai hopes his cooking will gain even greater recognition in time.

“The aim is to get an AA Rosette. It can be quite difficult for us being out in the country but that’s our ambition.”