We are really lucky to have family who live on the South Wales coast, I say lucky, in terms of opportunities for Welsh seaside breaks however, as we live in the Midlands and its my parents who live in South Wales it has also been hard bringing up the kiddos with them being so far away. You would think after over 10 years I would be used to it by now and I am in many ways, but I do miss them and especially the reason for our weekend away, my much younger sisters 18th birthday.
So, my Dad had arranged a whole weekend of celebrations and there were over 20 of us who spent the weekend together. There were a range of calamities from the youngest plastering herself and her beautiful Joules dress in bright pink long lasting lipstick as we were about to leave the house to Dad not ordering enough Rugby tickets – we are very resourceful though so all was well in the end but we will say no more on that topic!
Saturday morning we started off the day with Bucks Fizz and breakfast baps and Dad took the kids off to Llanelli Park near the beach so we could get ready in peace, it’s a lovely area for the kids – more on that later. Lunch time we were all booked into the Sosban restaurant which is a beautiful Grade II listed building and they have really done the interior out superbly. The outdoor seating area is also very well equipped and we enjoyed drinks before lunch sat outside on the patio. Take a peek at their website www.sosbanrestaurant.com. And if you are wondering Sosban is Welsh for little saucepan.
The food was amaaaaaaaaazing. We ordered from the lunchtime set menu and I was a little dubious from the pre-order we made but I have to say the food was outstanding, I had the Chicken Soup with glazed wild mushrooms and confit egg yolk to start and the Chicken with black garlic, mushrooms and asparagus for main. The chicken soup was served as the ingredients (Chicken wing – bones removed of course, the mushrooms and the confit egg yolk) and the broth separately but when you poured the broth over the smell was divine and the soup was delicious. Some pics below for you to peruse and to say we were a group of 20+, the service was great and the staff were very attentive. They also had a range of cocktails including their signature Ocean Waves which I had to try – it was Havana Rum, Sauvignon blanc, Elderflower syrup and lime and totally delicious. You will be pleased to know that the kids menu was also very good, the eldest enjoyed his steak and the youngest enjoyed her chicken goujons. Thank you @sosbanllanelli for a gorgeous meal and looking after us all very well. Obviously we had to finish the meal off with the obligatory ‘Happy Birthday’ and birthday cake!
After our meal, we moved on to the rugby for the afternoon. It was a local derby game Llanelli Scarlets vs. Swansea Ospreys. Before the game we started in ‘The Barn’ for drinks and enjoyment of live music – always a winner. Once we had got over our ticket issue we entered the stadium. Now I am not a big rugby fan and I don’t really understand it however the kids really enjoyed it and it was a nice atmosphere and the Scarlets won so everyone was happy. Back to ‘The Barn’ for more drinks and more live music and some killer dance moves from Jessie, pictures to prove it (minus the beautiful dress which was left to soak the lipstick out of it!) Hilariously Sunday morning my Nan thought said dress was a dish cloth in the sink – really, that beautiful dress?
The over 18's and under 75's went on to the delights of Llanelli after dark, now I'm not going to lie the nightlife leaves something to be desired but we went on to enjoy dancing and drinks into the early hours of Sunday morning celebrating said birthday again at 00:00 hours.
Sunday morning we enjoyed birthday breakfast with the birthday girl, gathered all of the family together – easier said than done let me tell you, considering we were all in the same house for present opening. She really was spoilt, but who wouldn’t want to be spoilt on their 18th birthday?
We all enjoyed a brisk walk down to the beach in the Spring sunshine before late Sunday lunch. The beachfront has a beautiful promenade and forms part of the Millennium Coastal Park, it also has a discovery centre and overlooks the beach, estuary and the Gower peninsula and has a café on the first floor with an outdoor seating area – just beautiful. The coastal park continues down to the right (as you look at the beach) to a unique man-made Lake – which was an old tin mine which has now been filled and on the far bank there is a Brewers Fayre, The Sandpiper. The pub has an outdoor park and indoor soft play too so is an ideal stop off point for lunch and to let the kids run off some steam come rain or shine. Behind the Discovery centre is the park which the kids love to visit and will happily play for a few hours and the ground floor of the centre there is an amazing Ice-cream kiosk – Millennium Kiosk.
If you would like to look into the area in more detail to plan a visit in the future visit www.discovercarmarthenshire.com. And if you are happy to go further south Pembrokeshire has some beautiful delights and great family days out all of which are roughly less than an hour away from Llanelli.
So all in all we had a really lovely weekend with family, hope you enjoy the photos and hope the blog has given you a new area to consider exploring, has anyone been to Llanelli before or Carmarthenshire? I would love to hear the places you enjoy visiting around that area.