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A Gower pub is offering free Sunday lunches to dogs
(as long as their owners pay to eat as well)
Poundffald Inn in Three Crosses (20mins drive from our B&B)
A Gower pub is making a real dog's dinner of Sunday lunches and pooches could not be happier.
Most dogs have to be content with a watching brief while families tuck into their Sunday lunches and rely on the odd titbit fed under the table to quell their pooling drool but things are different down the Poundffald Inn in Three Crosses.
As a self-confessed dog lover landlady, Alyson Jones, has come up with a way to keep both human and canine happy through offering free Sunday lunches for dogs when accompanied by a paying owner.
She said: "They are offered a choice of beef or turkey with vegetables, potatoes and gravy all served in a bowl. The dog's dinner is free if their owner's order a Sunday lunch with us."
Explaing how the idea originated Miss Jones, who has been running the pub with her partner Gareth since the summer, said: "We allow dogs into the bar and I used to give them treats anyway and thought, 'Why not give them Sunday dinner?'
"I have four dogs and they have been having Sunday lunch with us for years. They look forward to it. It's meat day! They have dog food all week and a treat on Sunday."
Miss Jones, who also runs a dog grooming service and works as a trainer and behaviourist, said that the occasional human dinner would not harm your pooch.
She said: "They have got to have a certain amount of vegetables and dogs are supposed to eat meat. As long as it's not every day it's better than a lot of treat people give their dogs."
She said: "We have been doing it for three weeks now and it's gone well. We get people phoning up to book Sunday lunch for five people and two dogs!
"I don't think it's been done anywhere else or if it is they charge for the food.
"We have had great feedback from the owners, most think it's amazing, and the dogs themselves love it. Some dogs can be picky with what they eat but not one has refused so far; as soon as you put the bowl down, they lap it up!"
Beaches & dogs
There are some restrictions for access to local beaches around our B&B
The following Swansea and Gower beaches are out of bounds (except for guide dogs for the blind) between May 1 and September 30 every year, and offenders may be fined up to £500:
Port Eynon beach (eastern edge of the steps to the beach to the eastern edge of Horton beach)
Swansea Bay (River Tawe to the slip opposite Victoria Park / Sketty Lane to the edge of the slip at West Cross Inn)
The good news for dog walkers is that the following Swansea and Gower beaches are all within 20mins drive (some closer) of our guesthouse and are accessible all year round:
North western tip of Gower
Access is via Crawley Woods or Penmaen footpath
Port Eynon Bay on Gower's south coast (lifeguard station to Oxwich)
Eastern edge of Gower
Gower's west coast
Western edge of Swansea Bay
Gower's south coast
Next to Three Cliffs Bay on Gower's south coast
Port Eynon Bay beach
South west Gower (from the main steps west to the Salt House)
Gower's south coast
Gower's southwestern tip
Swansea Bay - just a 2min walk from our hotel
From the slip opposite Victoria Park to the beach access at Sketty Lane
Three Cliffs Bay
Gower's south coast
Eastern end of Oxwich bay
Northern side of Gower
Dog Friendly pubs
Debbie searched the internet and phones around to find places where our guests could go and ear with their dogs within easy reach of our B&B.
King’s Head, Llangennith
Llangennith is one of Gower’s surfing hotspots, attracting watersport fans from across South Wales to enjoy its famous waves. After a day in the water, a drink and a dish of delicious home-cooked food is usually order of the day, and the King’s Head Inn provides everything you’ll need, even if your four-legged friend is accompanying you. The King’s Head has a number of specialities, from traditional British dishes to exotic Thai and Indian. We highly recommended taking a look at the specials board for quality, locally sourced dishes including Welsh venison, pork or lamb. The cosy and traditional decor of this 17th century inn is bound to leave you feeling warm inside after coming out of even the wildest sea!
Beaufort Arms, Kittle
Lying just inland from the bays of Caswell and Pwll Du, and close to the South Gower Road, lies the Beaufort Arms in Kittle. The Beaufort is perfectly located for a pit stop on the way back from the beach, exploring woodland or even a round of golf. This traditional pub, which has won numerous awards for its hospitality, offers a fantastic range of popular Welsh dishes, and makes the perfect watering hole on a summer’s evening, where you can sip a pint in the beer garden and take in the atmosphere. If you’re staying nearby and looking for an evening’s entertainment, the pub is home to a regular quiz night and even hosts a number of live bands throughout the week.
Rock and Fountain,Newton
The big green building on Newton Road is something of a local landmark, and is a lively and well-loved pub in Newton, not far from the village of Mumbles. The Rock and Fountain has a laid back and friendly atmosphere, and offers a great selection of beers and ales. The spacious bar leads out onto a beer garden which is always popular on summer afternoons. Fans of live music will want to pay The Rock an evening visit or two- live acts play here regularly and the venue is known for its fantastic atmosphere when a band fills the dancefloor!
Joiners Arms, Bishopston
If you’re a real beer lover, a visit to the Joiners Arms in Bishopston is a must, especially after a day exploring South Gower with a four-legged companion. The Joiners is unique within Gower, with its own microbrewery from which it brews a number of local favourites, including Three Cliffs Gold, Deep Slade Dark and Original Wood. As well as sampling some of the best local ale Gower has to offer, visitors can enjoy good quality and reasonably priced pub grub, the perfect remedy after a long walk. The Joiners is just as lovely in winter as it is in summer, with a cosy interior complete with open fire for cold days, and a beer garden to enjoy those sun-soaked summer evenings.
Swansea Jack was a black retriever with a longish coat. He was similar in appearance to a modern Flat-Coated Retriever, but was instead identified at the time as a Newfoundland dog, despite being considerably smaller and lighter in build than the typical modern Newfoundland dog, possibly because he was reported to have been born in Newfoundland. He lived in the North Dock / River Tawe area of Swansea with his master, William Thomas. Jack would always respond to cries for help from the water, diving into the water and pulling whoever was in difficulty to safety at the dockside.
His first rescue, in June 1931, when he saved a 12-year-old boy, went unreported. A few weeks later, this time in front of a crowd, Jack rescued a swimmer from the docks. His photograph appeared in the local paper and the local council awarded him a silver collar. In 1936 he had the prestigious 'Bravest Dog of the Year' award bestowed upon him by the Star newspaper in London.
He received a silver cup from the Lord Mayor of London and he is still the only dog to have been awarded two bronze medals by the National Canine Defence League (now known as Dogs Trust). Legend has it that in his lifetime he saved 27 people from the Docks / River Tawe. Swansea Jack died in October 1937 after eating rat poison. His death was reported by the press across the UK and the press claimed he had saved 29 lives (for example, Nottingham Journal 5 October 1937).
His burial monument, paid for by public subscription, is located on the Promenade in Swansea near St Helen's Rugby Ground. In 2000, Swansea Jack was named 'Dog of the Century' by NewFound Friends of Bristol who train domestic dogs in aquatic rescue techniques.
Updated 31st May 2020