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A new pub is opening on the old Mumbles Mile

Wales Online logo Wales Online 01/12/2021 Liz Perkins

A pub owner is bucking the trend by throwing open its doors on the old Mumbles Mile.

Louise Price is turning back the clock at the Western Lane site by giving the venue its original name of Waterloo Stores.

The pub, which was first given a licence back in 1896, will be more than just a place to have a pint as people will also be able to relax with a coffee there during the day.

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In years gone by Swansea's infamous Mumbles Mile was the stretch of sea front from The White Rose to the Pier and groups of drinkers would attempt a drink in every hostelry along the front, including some where Dylan Thomas drank.

A pub spokesman said: “There’s not a lot of pubs opening but we bought the pub last October and bought the lease on it.

“We have gone back to the name of Waterloo Stores and all the history is around the pub.

“We are opening on Monday (December 6) at 10am with coffee and deli food and we have got all craft ales in from everybody.

Work has been carried out to revamp the pub that's name hails back to its roots © Louise Price Work has been carried out to revamp the pub that's name hails back to its roots

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“We have Gower Coffee and you can buy off the different blends of coffee off us.

“We’ve been closed for a Heineken refurbishment and we have taken it back to its stores look.”

He added: “A lot of people are saying Waterloo Stores and when they record the history it’s absolutely incredible.

“The pub was previously the Kins Ale and the William Hancock pub before that.”

Inside the pub © Louise Price Inside the pub

Memorabilia illuminating its history is scattered around the pub.

“The memorabilia is all around the dates because of how the pub used to be,” the spokesman said.

Louise added: “We are a predominantly wet led pub but the refurbishment has now enabled us to do a selective menu and also to offer hot drinks throughout the day to enable us to appeal to everyone.

“We hope to carry on the good work we started a year ago and to build on the relationship we have with locals and visitors alike with our passion for the business enabling us to offer that little something extra for the perfect venue to visit.”

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