Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Pause from a Busy Day of Shopping and Sightseeing

Continuing our visit with family and friends in St. Louis Missouri... Laurie, me, her sister Bonnie and Bonnie’s husband Bill were out and about shopping and viewing the local neighborhood sights.  Such pressure deserves a reward and we’d earn a break from our strenuous efforts!

Fortunately, Bonnie and Bill are familiar with a plethora of local establishments that are designed to provide a haven from such frenetic activities!

This is Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves Missouri.  As per Llywelyn’s publicity, the name is meant to imply “Celtic for good times”.  I was surprised to learn that this is just 1 of 7 locations for this local chain…

This is a big pub…a huge space!  The fact is that this is an old machine shop that was converted into the third Llywelyn’s Pub back in 2003.  It features an old Gaslight Square bar and a giant vaulted ceiling as its main features. 

As you can see, despite the size of this establishment, the lighting, dark wood and décor blend together to create a “pub like” atmosphere. 

Hey!  This is a pub serving a wide selection of brew, ale, lager, stout, etc., so what did you expect?  It was beer all around for the 4 of us… Each of Llywelyn’s locations features at least 25 beers on draught as well as more than 25 bottled beers. 

To view the extensive beer menu for each of Llywelyn’s locations, just go to For the indecisive the list is mind-boggling!  For those who aren’t beer fans, there is a full bar and a wide array of American, Canadian, Irish and Scotch whiskeys.

We weren’t here for a meal… It was just a break with a drink and a snack.  These were the Pub Pretzels.  These jumbo pretzels were dipped in garlic butter and salt and then served with a side of pepper cheese sauce. (1 pretzel $3.95; 2 pretzels $6.35; 3 pretzels $8.35)  They were excellent!!

Other appetizers include Welsh Rarebit, Irish Potato Boxty and the Ploughman’s Platter.  It’s a large menu but theme specific pub entrees include Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, Pub Curry and Irish Mussels.  We will have to return for a full meal during another visit!  

Our other snack/appetizer was the Welsh Potato Chips. ($3.95) These pub chips can be served with a side of pepper cheese or Welsh rarebit sauce. ($1.65) We chose the welsh rarebit sauce. It was good, but we all agreed that those pretzels were our favorites!

Note: Welsh rarebit is typically made with Cheddar cheese as its base ingredient.  Various recipes include the addition of ale, mustard, ground cayenne pepper, ground paprika or and Worcestershire sauce.  When I was growing up, my Scottish born stepfather ensured that we periodically had this sauce over toast for a meal.

Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves Missouri is located at 17 West Moody Avenue.  Phone: 314-962-1515.  Open daily.  Website:

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. Looked like a fine place to stop for a cold one.

  2. Dave, love those chips, bet they were delish as it's hard to beat Welsh rarebit sauce; lucky you growing up! And I love beer and see there are some I've never heard of and would like a sample! :-)
    Looks like a fun place to imbibe, you were rewarded well!
    It's even cooler this morning, 60 degrees with rain. Beginning to wonder what summer will be like! Wish I could send some of this cool stuff down your way! Take care and have a great rest of the week!

  3. Dear Dave, Looks like the food would be real good here. I would definitely enjoy both snacks. Catherine

  4. You always find the cutest places, it's like travelling around the States with the perfect guide! I love shopping too:)