Bookings only for busy bistro Boleyns

Boleyn’s Bistro is one of Carmarthenshire’s best kept foodie secrets. Tucked away on Old Castle Road under the watchful eye of Llanelli’s police force the building used to house ‘Dai’s Cafe’ a greasy spoon many will remember fondly.

Dai’s closed many years ago and the building was leased by Debra, a woman with eclectic tastes in decor and in her own words, ‘magical hands for creating gourmet food’.

There is more than a nod to the mystic at the venue and Debra has been known to give readings of the Tarot cards too.

Boleyn’s oozes theatre and that too is no coincidence as theatre groups, film makers, actors and directors have made the place their home at one time or another.

Boleyn’s is named after Anne Boleyn who was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of King Henry VIII. Their marriage, and her execution by beheading, made her a key figure in the political and religious upheaval that was the start of the English Reformation. Reform the building Debra did. The main dining area resembles a banqueting hall with tapestries, a knight in armour, long tables, hundreds of candles and even a knight in armour. The outside area is a cross between Peter Pan’s hideaway and a set for a music video or performance by some starlet from the West coast of America warbling about saving the planet.

Boleyn’s is fast becoming the place to be seen in Llanelli with its eclectic mix of decor, pretty fairy lights straddling every surface and delicious food. Debra Evans has been running Boleyn’s for the last ten years and she says it has been no party. Despite struggling to be seen and get established in Llanelli during the early days Debra says that she is working even harder to ensure that anyone visiting the bistro gets an experience they will never forget.

We popped in to sample what was on offer recently and we were not disappointed. We were following in the footsteps of a number of  Town Mayors, High Sheriffs, MP’s AM’s Chief constables and many more of Carmarthenshire’s hoi poloi.

Boleyn’s were on fine form serving a starter of smoked salmon, caviar, French cheese and French bread. The main course was a choice between Chicken Chasseur and Beef Bourguignon. Deserts included chocolate cake, strawberry cheesecake and raspberry sorbet.

Numerous organisations have the venue to meet and eat as well as utilising the beautiful courtyard to relax.

Boleyn’s is located on Old Castle Road just opposite Ty Elwyn. Debra says that booking is essential such is the demand for a seat at this funky, chic bistro.

Debra is very discreet when asked if anyone famous has eaten there. Possibly one of the greatest compliments is that a well known TV food critic has visited and says Debra, the feedback was very favourable.

Prices are not the cheapest in town and neither for that matter are the ingredients, which go into every meal Debra prepares. She says she is an ’emotional cook’ which closely translated means that she makes her food with love. A firm favourite with diners is tapas.

Boleyn’s is the type of place you can walk into day or night and find just about anybody eating just about anything. A magician entertaining an MP is not unusual. It is not set in its ways or stuffy as most places tend to be. the organised chaos works on a positive level and you soon get drawn into the way of life at Boleyn’s so much so that you will find it hard to leave or stay away.

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From Llanelli Wales. Worked in education and media for most of my career. Now working as a freelance journalist. Interested in World events, politics, education. Specialist area is social and journalistic photography.
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