Tenby is a key destination on many a tourist map; a lauded seaside resort for generations, and as such, it’s begun to thrive as a formidable tour-de-force in food and drink offerings. The town most famous for replicating the seaside resorts of Blackpool and Brighton for its tourists has always had it’s heart in the sea, and has adapted to bring some of the best restaurants and finest cuisine, cafes and just some of the best comfort food establishments in Pembrokeshire within a small nucleus of the town walls.
You can find an excellent selection of bakeries, restaurants, takeaways, bars, cafes, ice cream parlours and everything you could possibly want to fit in between. Take a look and explore our picks for some of the best places to eat when staying in this wonderful and must-visit town.
Whatever you’re looking for, there will be something that takes your fancy…
Found below the old St. Teresa’s convent, just across from the famous Five Arches, is The Arch Kitchen. Self-touted as a brunch restaurant, The Arch is a modern space with minimalist decor, a friendly welcome and hearty portions of comfort food. Specialties include the Chef’s-own Welsh Rarebit, Classic Welsh breakfasts, Vegan brunch and the Gammon & Pineapple-inspired ‘Breakfast Pig sandwich. Sounds interesting, right? Well, it is just that, and plain tasty too.
Capped off with great coffee and tea options, or tapped ales for afternoon ‘brunchers’, the Arch is the perfect hideaway for a pitstop.
The price most definitely does not reflect the quality, decor, and service… But their ethos is Welsh hospitality and a good plate of Brunch.
Address: South Parade
Tel: 01834 845557
With possibly the best views of any cafe in Wales, The Dennis is an institution for anyone who has been to Tenby before, and a gem about to be unhidden, by those who are visiting for the first time. Found at the bottom of Castle Hill, on the slipway approach to Tenby’s Castle Beach – voted as Sunday Times Beach of the Year in 2019 – The Dennis is an accessible and traditional cafe, serving great breakfasts, pancakes, and hot drinks.
Ice creams and cool drinks are available for takeaway on summer days, and they also offer beach wheelchair and sunbed services to help you make the most of your day by the seaside.
Address: Castle Hill
Tel: 01834 842298
Found on the main high street in Tenby’s Tudor Square, The Bay Tree is a warm and rustic family restaurant.
The Baytree is very much a family affair, and as such, has a welcoming atmosphere, which will make you feel like part of the family, whether your a regular diner or visiting for the first time. The owner and the head chef are both passionate about supporting local businesses and having as much as possible sourced locally.
The menu also regularly offers both vegetarian and vegan food, and The Bay Tree often keeps gluten-free options, so cooking fresh is not a problem. Whilst always best to check with them beforehand, but they are incredibly diligent and thoughtful when it comes to catering for all.
Address: Tudor Square
Tel: 01834 843516
Described as a low-key, charming outpost serving an array of pub grub standards alongside beer, cider & gin drinks.
A gastropub with a lovely atmosphere, it is the perfect location if you’re looking for a stylish place to eat with the family, a classy bar for an evening drink out, or for a quick bite to eat in the afternoon.
The Cove also has an extensive artisan gin and cocktail menu, priding themselves on their relationships with local gin suppliers, as well as famous favourites, to give a diverse gin offering for the ‘gin-noisseur‘. Enjoyed responsibly, they go hand-in-hand with lunch or evening food options.
Address: 14 High Street
Tel: 01834 842438
Centrally located in the heart of Tenby, with a roaring fire and space for any size table, is The Qube, open all year and is there for everyone, whatever your needs or food-based desires.
With a hearty menu, Welsh-classics, and culinary attention to detail, in a lovely setting awaits you. The menu is diverse and caters delicious food for all. Fantastic vegetarian and vegan options are found throughout, and local meat, vegetables and town-caught fish options are a staple.
Address: Tudor Square
Tel: 01834 845557
Voted consistently as one of the top restaurants in Wales, The Plantagenet is a unique dining experience in the centre of Tenby.
Housed in what is thought to be the oldest house in Tenby, dating back possibly as far as the 10th Century, you can dine in the awe and splendor of exposed beams and the majesty of the impressive 40ft tall, medieval Flemish chimney.
In regards to dining, The Plantagenet serves some of the very best seafood and locally sourced meat and vegetables in a brooding and absorbing atmosphere, and they also offer one of the most extensive wine lists in Wales.
Address: Quay Hill
Tudor Square, Tenby
Tel: 01834 843250