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Created By: Beer Baron
Date Created: 13/06/2008
City: Swansea
Pub Count: 9
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The Famous Bear was part of the mumbles mile, but is now closed

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17/03/2013 19:13:22

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I never did the "mile", as in my youth spending summer holidays in West Cross at my aunt's house I was too young to go in pubs! But, am I correct in thinking that "The Mermaid" was also a pub in the "mile" I don't see it listed but I'm sure I remember a pub called that and I think it was a favourite of "the Bard of Cwmdonkin" Dylan Thomas (mind there were so many favourites!!)

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16/04/2012 20:09:07

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I've been back in Mumbles for the last 16 years -but now with all the closures the 'mile' is s shadow of it's former self.But great memories of my stag night starting at the 'Rose' down to the Pier and back ending up at Nuts which became Bentleys. In the 70's I can remember a summer party on top of the Canopic(this became the Seaview Tandoori and now flats).Overshadowed now by Wind St - but won't beat the upsatirs bar in the Antelope - and I spent 2 summers working in the Prince Of Wales(now Patricks) - playing tennis in the day at Langland, working in the pub at night, and free to get in Thursdays in 'the Surf(now Castellmare) -what a life !!!!!!!!!!

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27/11/2011 16:08:24

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You missed out The Collectors Bar.

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24/08/2011 01:44:21

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The good old days had close to 20 pubs on the "mile" with many bars/clubs hidden in plain sight. Sadly, the local council, residents and boring locals pushed up costs and complaints that lead to this institution being all but closed.

Having been lucky to par-take in many, many nights on the mile - growing up locally helped - this place holds many fond memories and friendships.

On top of this, a close friend ran one of the main bars - The Nags Head - for several years, however with foot traffic decreasing and more and more punters heading into Swansea, this left the landlord little choice to close his doors.

Here are a few we frequented:

White Rose

The Nags Head



William Hancock

Social Club

Rugby Club


Prince of Wales


Conservative Club

Nab Rock



Yaught Club


Salty bar


Admiral Benbow


NB: I have not included the Park or Victoria Inn as these were not officially on the Mumbles road.

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12/08/2011 19:44:12

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The Nags Head is now a Costa Cofee, the Antelope is closed (lease for sale again!) and in bad repair, the Village Inn lease is up for sale again!! Seems to be up for sale every two years. The Bear is being torn down and will soon be flats. The trouble is most of the Mumbles pubs aren't freehold or landlord owned, you cant make a profit these days if you have to fork out high rental charges.

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25/08/2010 12:28:01

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The Nags Head, the Victoria and the Antelope have all now closed. The Carlton Hotel has a tidy bar that could be included but, all in all, the famous Mumbles Mile is now pretty much dead and buried. Such a shame.

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22/09/2009 08:27:45

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Don't forget the La Parisienne.

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01/09/2009 15:53:47

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The Mumbles Mile always had to be finished off with noisy, rubbish chart music and the desperate hope of a drunken snog in Cinders. Those weren't the days!

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Pubs/Bars In Crawl

1. The White Rose

Newton Road, Mumbles

User Rating: 2.7

2. The Nags Head

510 Mumbles Rd, Mumbles

User Rating: 2.8

3. The Park Inn

23, Park St, Mumbles

User Rating: 5.0

4. The Victoria Inn

21 Westbourne Place, Mumbles

User Rating: 4.0

5. The Village Inn

580 Mumbles Rd, Mumbles

User Rating: 4.4

6. The Kinsale

2 Western Lane, Mumbles

User Rating: 4.0

7. The Antelope

628 Mumbles Rd, Mumbles

User Rating: 2.3

8. Salt @ The George

706 Mumbles Road, Mumbles

User Rating: 3.3

9. The Pilot

726 Mumbles Rd, Mumbles

User Rating: 4.4