The Dyffryn Arms

By Jason Thomas 

New Year’s Day and this was a visit I’d been planning for a while, so I headed out to west Wales and the Gwaun Valley.

Probably the most famous pub in Pembrokeshire, the Dyffryn Arms or to the locals ‘Bessie's’. Believe it or not this landlady has run the place for over 60 years and it’s been in the family since 1840.  As soon as you enter the small room with a few chairs, tables and a traditional coal fire, normally lit by Bessie herself. You have the feel of a traditional old Welsh pub, on the outside and the  home of Bessie the wonderful land lady on the inside. She is a true character who likes to share stories and jokes with anyone who stops for a drink and a chat. The Dyffryn Arms has become one of the top places to visit in Wales and we can only put that down to the cosy, traditional aesthetic pub and its unique landlady Bessie.

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I am a Welsh Documentary & Portrait Photographer. Currently studying my BA Hons in photography after working in the industry for nearly 10 years, I’ve decided to further my education into lecturing and helping others achieve goals they deemed difficult.  Over the last decade I’ve worked on some pretty big things, like British Vogue,  Madness on Tour and a large number of music festivals. Since joining Carmarthen School of Art I’ve learnt a knowledgable amount on art and the history behind it. 

Over the next 6 months towards my final exhibition I will be looking at various cultures and the way the societies live. To keep up with my journey check out my Instagram