So, you’ve booked a holiday to Pembrokeshire and you’ve heard all there is to hear about the food this county produces. A pub in almost every village, tucked away in all the nooks and crannies, pop-up beach restaurants, street vans and BBQs, Tenby town, Narberth market town and spread along the rugged coastline from the furthest West to the far-reaching North of Pembrokeshire, we are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to amazing places to eat, and indeed we provide an ongoing, but by-no-means exhaustive list here:
So, you’re on the way and looking forward to sampling the delights we have to offer, but all this thought of food is making you feel hungry and you’ve only just crossed the River Severn. This is a dilemma. A dilemma of Welsh-making.
We could be mean, and keep all of the best kept secrets to ourselves, but we’re not that way inclined round here, so we have provided a small but tasty list of some of the best places to eat on your way or just outside of Pembrokeshire…just to hold you over.
In no particular order, apart from furthest to closest:
1. Bar 44, Penarth (Cardiff)
Recently topping lots of lists including WalesOnline’s Best 50 Places to Eat in Wales, Bar 44 is a Spanish-inspired Tapas restaurant, famed for what they themselves describe as ‘gutsy Spanish produce’ with a taste of authentic Spain right in the heart of our nation’s capital.
Good if you’re traveling from: M4 corridor, or have traveled from the very north or south of the UK and crossed the Severn Bridge
2. The Felin Fach Griffin, Felin Fach (Brecon)
A ‘gastro-pub’ of exceptional proportions, a quaint, cosy and unassuming entrance leads into a comfortable and unexpected dining room, with a roaring fire separating dining room and bar. Exceptional food, cheeses, and spirits are on offer, right in the heart of rural Brecon and the beautiful beacons
Good if you’re traveling from: From or through North or Mid-Wales and you’re taking the scenic country routes through Wales via Brecon, Hay or the Welsh Valleys.
3. Fairyhill, Gower (Swansea)
A recent acquisition for popular wedding venue Oldwalls, Fairyhill built its phenomenal reputation on amazing food, locally sourced and even homegrown produce to create amazing flavours and couple it with a unique and secluded ambiance. Set in 24-acres of amazing Gower countryside, there is magic most days at Fairyhill.
Good if you’re traveling from: South or West England, and you think you can go a little further than Cardiff once getting over the bridge. Gower isn’t exactly just off the beaten track of the M4, but it’s sure worth the wait!
4. Y Polyn, Capel Dewi (Carmarthenshire)
Absolutely priding themselves on providing good food that isn’t as they call it ‘cutting edge or post-modern’, Y Polyn in Capel Dewi, in-between Carmarthen and Llandeilo provides amazing cooking with fresh, and local produce.
Good if you’re traveling from: Again, from or through North Wales or if you’re taking the scenic routes through mid-Wales
5. The Warren, Carmarthen
The Warren is special, set up by self-proclaimed ‘Ethical Chef’ Deri Reed, alongside vegetable grower Steffan Lemke Elms & designer Jessica Rennie, you will struggle to find combinations, flavour or indeed freshness like this anywhere in West Wales. With a rooftop garden for sustainable produce and a fantastic outlook on life and food, The Warren’s customers are their family and are treated as such. The effort of a crowd-funding project, The Warren produces a heart feast of tempting savoury and sweet delights with the aim to fill you up, but not to weigh you down.
Good if you’re traveling from: You know if you get this far, you could keep going, but don’t. Stop here.
There you have it. Now you know our secrets. We’ll even let you share them, but make sure you check out all that Pembrokeshire has to offer as well.