MEN Behaving Badly actor Neil Morrissey - the new owner of Brown's Hotel in Laugharne - is now rumoured to be looking at another historic purchase in the Welsh town.
Morrissey snapped up Dylan Thomas's old watering hole on Wednesday night for £670,000 at auction, and yesterday said, "I am very excited to be expanding the business in what I consider to be my second home."
The 40-year-old is now said to be looking at buying the 13th century Laugharne castle and Georgian house, which go up for auction in June.
Laugharne castle has been in the same family since 1740 but is now being sold to settle a family trust.
Estate agent Nick Rees said, "He has bought three tourism properties in the area so he must be one of the favourites for the castle."
Locals are already beginning to call him the "Lord of Laugharne" but many are glad that he clinched the Brown's Hotel deal.
With his two partners - businessman Matt Roberts, and designer Juliet Wills, wife of singer Billy Bragg - Morrissey now owns two hotels and a pub in the town.
"People trust them now because they have been here three years and have done a good job so far," said George Tremlett, an antique-books dealer who works opposite Brown's Hotel.
"The Mariners pub has become a more modern place since they bought it but the beer is well kept, it is always clean and there is still a local welcome there."
In Brown's front bar yesterday locals said they will be distraught to see retiring landlord Tommy Watts, 73, leave.
"This is my home from home, the only pub I go to," said Terry Appleby. "I just hope they do not modernise it too much, and mess up the interior."
Michael Rowlands added, "Morrissey is buying the whole town, he has got more money than me.
"But he has done a good job so far, if he just gives this bar a coat of paint and leaves it at that it will keep its character."
A spokeswoman for Morrissey's business partnership said they were keen to keep the historic atmosphere of the 250-year-old hotel, but she was unable to confirm or deny speculation about the castle.
"They are thrilled to have bought Brown's and that has only just sunk in, so it is too early to say what they are going to do to the hotel, or what the next step is," she said.