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!!)
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 !!!!!!!!!!
You missed out The Collectors Bar.
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:
The Nags Head
Prince of Wales
NB: I have not included the Park or Victoria Inn as these were not officially on the Mumbles road.
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.
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.
Don't forget the La Parisienne.
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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