Cafe and Restaurant
This guide is designed to provide an insight in to the eating out experience that you can expect when visiting Mumbles and Gower. The reviews are based on our own recent experiences. We are constantly looking for new opportunities to take Buddy to new restaurants.
Cafe Valance, Mumbles
Newton Road, Mumbles
Café Valance on Newton Road is one of our favourite dog friendly places to visit. It is not just dog friendly but dog welcoming and there is a difference. Water bowls and treats are provided by the super friendly staff, who take time to give your dog the fuss they crave. The experience is wonderful for owners too, with great food and drinks, served in a very relaxed, cosy and comfortable environment. We regularly enjoy the excellent selection of tapas, with generous portions of all the old favourites, as well as more adventurous selections on the specials board. Tables can be reserved for busy times and there is a small outside area to enjoy when the weather is good
Langland’s Brasserie is fantastically situated, right alongside the beach at Langland. Although dogs are not allowed inside, there is an extensive terrace outside with spectacular views of the beach. Half of this outdoor area is clearly designated for dogs and their owners. Open from morning to late evening, it is a marvelous place to take in the beautiful scenery whilst enjoying a drink, snack or full meal. Warm blankets are readily available when the weather is chilly. The staff welcome dogs and provide treats. Water bowls are placed on the terrace and staff are happy to refill them with fresh water if you have a fussy dog like ours, who will only drink water that has not been touched by another dog. The food, drinks, service and atmosphere at Langland’s Brasserie are consistently great.
Please note that although dogs are welcomed all year round on the terrace at Langland’s Brasserie, the beach itself is out of bounds for dogs during the summer months. We spend a great deal of time at Langland’s Brasserie during late autumn and spring months, but it is difficult for us during the summer as Buddy does not understand why he suddenly cannot run on his favourite beach, when it is just yards away. This may not be a problem for visitors whose dogs are not familiar with this beach and would relax, rather than impatiently waiting to go onto the sand. As an alternative to the beach there is a lovely cliff walk from Langland to Caswell, this takes about 25 minutes, so allow for an hour for a return journey. Dogs should be kept on leads as the path is popular with joggers!.
Oyster Wharf, Mumbles
Croeso is situated right on the promenade in the centre of Mumbles and is wonderful place to visit with your dog. Whether you just want a drink or a full meal, you will be sure of a warm welcome from the friendly and helpful staff. This cafe / restaurant is best described as casual with good WIFI. Croeso Lounge is adjacent to the main promenade with views over Swansea Bay and as a result is very popular with dog owners. It can be very busy at times and you are not always guaranteed a seat inside, especially as only the ground floor is available to dog owners. There are tables and chairs outside.
Your dog will be well catered for with bows of water and doggie treats, while you can choose from the extensive menu that includes favourites such as Tapas, Burgers and a selection of breakfasts. Open from early till late this popular lounge bar has a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
Oxwich Bay Hotel
Oxwich Bay, Gower
The Kitchen Table
This is a small and intimate restaurant that is staged on two levels. Dogs are only allowed on the lower level. The host was very welcoming. We booked in advance to secure a table, my daughter is a vegetarian, my wife usually likes fish, my son loves his meat dishes and I usually pick whatever sounds unusual from the menu.
For me The Kitchen Table has built a reputation on providing a really tasty and well presented breakfasts that offer options for vegetarians, this was the first time that we had tried the evening menu. This cafe / restaurant offers a wide variety of gluten free options and the overall impression is that the healthy eater is well catered for. On this occasion, I am pleased to say that we all thoroughly enjoyed our selections. My daughter had the soup followed by a jacket potato, My son went for the half pound burger with fries and my wife had a small bass with vegetables. I went for the wild card, a rice dish with tofu and nuts. The host that evening doubled up as barman and waiter and the customer service was excellent. However, as the restaurant got busier the service inevitably slowed a little, but this was understandable.
To sum up, the food was tasty and healthy, the service was welcoming and good value. The space is a little limited and dogs are welcome. Buddy was not the only dog present that evening. We will certainly be returning in the future.
The Mermaid Bar and Restaurant,
Situated opposite the seafront, in Mumbles, this is a great choice for a really dog friendly restaurant, where you can enjoy a hearty meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dogs are welcomed and there is a spacious and comfortable dog friendly area. There is a good choice of meals, including vegetation options and children’s menu. On a recent visit, we enjoyed the Fresh Fish Menu and the complimentary salad bar. Buddy really appreciated the friendly staff and the carpet to stretch out on
The Surfside Cafe’s,
Rotherslade Bay, Langland Bay and Caswell Bay
The Surfside Cafes are a firm favourite with dog owners all year round. They have always welcomed dogs and proactively celebrate October 1st when dog restrictions are lifted. The menu is cafe based and with breakfast baps, toasted Sandwiches and burgers. The side salad and couscous are always good!. There isice cream, coffee and and cakes available. if you fancy a change try the London Fog and Chai Latte.