Restaurant with giant horse mural on side re-opens in Mumbles

The Dark Horse in Mumbles
-Credit: (Image: Dark Horse Mumbles)

A popular restaurant in one of Wales's favourite seaside destinations has officially re-opened, but not as you remember it. Dark Horse in Mumbles closed suddenly and was placed up for sale back in September, 2023.

Many were left disappointed by the closure of the eye-catching restaurant, which features a massive horse mural on the side of its building. Its then owners told WalesOnline at the time that, whilst the business was "profitable", they had decided to focus on another of their venues.

But on Monday, June 3, the Mumbles Road restaurant officially re-opened its doors. It is under the new leadership of owner Sam Sethi, who has kept its name the same. The venture has created ten new full and part-time jobs. For the latest restaurant reviews, sign up to our food and drink newsletter here.

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Indian dish
Just one of the dishes which will be available at Dark Horse -Credit:Dark Horse Mumbles
Indian dish
A fusion of Indian and western dishes are on the menu -Credit:Dark Horse Mumbles
Man in suit
Sam Sethi has taken over the restaurant -Credit:Dark Horse Mumbles

But its menu will be completely different, now specialising in Indian cuisine, including a grill and small plates menu, seafood, and a fusion of Indian and western dishes. Mr Sethi had previously worked in property development, but had long harboured dreams of venturing into the culinary world.

The 28-year-old, from Swansea, said: "I had been looking to get into hospitality for two or three years, it was about finding the right location. And what better location than being in the heart of Mumbles. Mumbles has been voted one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the whole of UK, so location wise, it really doesn’t get any better than this. We also have the advantage of being adjacent to the sea front which benefits from a lot of tourism."

A cocktail on a bar
Cocktails are also served -Credit:Dark Horse Mumbles
The new menu -Credit:Dark Horse
The new menu -Credit:Dark Horse
The burrata chat dish, a Dark Horse original -Credit:Dark Horse
The burrata chat dish, a Dark Horse original -Credit:Dark Horse

Mr Sethi added: "I took multiple trips to India to get to know the theory behind different spices and things you can't really understand without being there and seeing it for yourself. The feedback from our first customers has been great so far. They have said that they can really taste the difference. Our menu is all fresh ingredients and authentic Indian cuisine. It is something we've been working on for quite a while, really focusing on flavour and taste.

"The Dark Horse name was something that was well-established, and one everyone was aware of, with a good reputation, so we decided to keep it. It is absolutely brilliant to be open and seeing things come to fruition."

Dark Horse will be open from Sunday to Thursday from noon until 11pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays from noon until midnight.