Top 10 coastal & river pubs

There is nowhere better to while away an hour or two meeting friends or simply people watching than at a pub right on the water.

Whether it’s watching the sun go down on a summer’s evening or wrapped up cosy and warm in the depths of winter there’s nothing better for the soul than being near water.

With so many options how could we choose, so we asked our friends on Facebook for their recommendations and we’ve been inundated!

So here’s the top 10 coastal & river pubs as chosen by you.

1. The Druidstone

Perched on the cliff high above its namesake beach The Druidstone is THE location to watch the sun go down. As Rachel Mullett said “Can't beat sitting outside the 'Dru' with a chilled glass of wine (or beer) watching the summer sun go down...” You can see why it came out on top!

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2. Jolly Sailor, Burton

A stone’s throw from the edge of the Cleddau Estuary, the large garden at the Jolly Sailor is always a draw. A playground and plenty of room to run makes it perfect for families. If the tide is right you can also go crabbing off the pontoon.

Top 10 Coastal & River pubs - Jolly Sailor

3. The Swan Inn,  Little Haven

One of two pubs in Little Haven to make your short list, The Swan Inn sits along Point Road overlooking Little Haven beach. They have a small beer garden/ terrace with sofas – perfect for watching the world go by.

Top 10 Coastal & River pubs - Swan Inn

4. Wisemans Bridge Inn

You couldn’t get any closer to the beach here at the Wisemans Bridge Inn with a huge conservatory for those rainy days and a large outside seating area right on the beach, it’s perfect whatever the weather.

Top 10 Coastal & River pubs - Wisemans Bridge Inn

5. The Griffin, Dale

The Griffin right on the shoreline at Dale is the perfect location to watch the comings and goings in the bay. The outside seating area above the restaurant gives you great views down the haven but most people gather along the sea wall.

Top 10 Coastal & River pubs - Griffin Inn

6. The Sloop, Porthgain

It’s a quirky pub full of character with a large outside seating area making the most of it’s location in the tiny harbour village of Porthgain. On those not so summery evenings, you’ll be greeted with warm, cosy & welcoming pub.  

Top 10 Coastal & River pubs - The Sloop Porthgain

7. Cresselly Arms, Cresswell Quay

Positioned on the tidal backwater of the Creswell River, there is nothing better than sitting on the quay as the tide comes in, watching a flotilla of boats heading up river in the evening sunshine with a pint of the local brew. The pub is also famous for its part in the 2017 film ‘Their Finest’ starring Sam Claflin, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy.

Top 10 Coastal & River pubs - Cresswell Arms

8. The Castle, Little Haven

Another great choice in Little Haven this time sitting right on the beach front, The Castle hosts great local live bands. It’s also perfect for families you can have a drink while the kids play in the rock pools. 

Top 10 Coastal & River pubs - Castle Little Haven

9. The Point House, Angle

There aren’t many pubs where you have to check the tide times before you visit. The access road to the pub at Angle Point disappears at very high tides, leaving you stranded. Is that a bad thing!

Top 10 Coastal & River pubs - Point House Angle

10 = The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels

On the River Teifi just up river from Cardigan, The Ferry Inn boasts its own jetty, perfect if you’re visiting by kayak. The Inn sits over the river so no matter whether you’re inside or out outside you feel like you’re in the water!

Top 10 Coastal & River pubs - The ferry Inn St Dogmaels

10. = The Old Sailors, Pwllgwaelod

After a windswept walk around Dinas Island and Cwm y Eglwys, the Old Sailors is a welcome site. Above the sheltered beach at Pwllgwaelod, the views from the beer garden across to Fishguard are breath taking and it’s a perfect sport at the end of the day to watch the sun go down.

Top 10 Coastal & River pubs - Old Sailors

These are just the top 10 coastal & river pubs, there are plenty more on the list of suggestions you gave us – check out the full list on the Visit Pembrokeshire Facebook page.

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