Pub-goers throughout the South Wales Guardian circulation area have been voting for their favourite establishment.

After dozens of nominations were received for the South Wales Guardian Best Pub accolade, voting began in earnest for the top five on the shortlist.

Literally hundreds of votes were cast by our readers and now that the count has taken place, we can reveal the winner of the South Wales Guardiah’s Best Pub competition.

The Great Western, Ammanford is the pub you chose as your favourite in the area.

The pub on Station Road is run by mother and daughter duo and Kathryn Kinsey and Cerys Waldie who took it over in November 2019.

It was formerly a Brains Pub and is now part of the Marstons group.

“The pub has gone through so many changes since I took it over,” said Kathryn.


The Great Western has always had a special place in her heart, after her late father Tony Kinsey used to drink there and enjoy time with his friends.

“It has been a tough journey in the last three years,” said Kathryn. “We have been here through Covid and all the lockdowns, but we made it through the other side.

“This is a great achievement to receive this award, all the hard work has paid off.

“I would not have been able to achieve this alone as I still work on the frontline ambulances, but am here with the help of my daughter, Cerys Waldie, and my brother, Anthony Kinsey, who have always been there for me since we took over.”

Kathryn also paid thanks to her partner Steve Price who is also the pub’s Sunday chef, cooking up a great traditional Sunday lunch and helping around the pub day in day out.

“The rest of the Great Western Team also deserves a big thank you, including bar man David Rees who has been there from day one.

“Also a big thank you to Carys Northam, Kelly Hinton and Jane Morris. We would never have done this without the team.

“The Great Western Ammanford has a great group of locals,” added Kathryn. “We would like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.”