Fine dining experience
A taste of Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire is known for its exceptional landscapes, from rugged hills to great swathes of green fields and pristine blue coastal waters. Because of its exceptional location, the produce that grows, is reared or foraged and caught here is some of the best in the UK.
So, come with us on a tour of Pembrokeshire like no other – all you need is a hearty appetite!
Let’s begin at the most westerly point, out on the St Davids Peninsula within the walls of the old Twr Y Felin Hotel. Now refurbished to a distinctly high standard, the 3 AA rosette restaurant, Blas (meaning taste in Welsh), is run under the watchful eye of head chef Sammy Owen. With an emphasis on the seasonal, the menu here blends classic and modern in a stylish setting. With service that excels from start to finish, we like to start our visits off with a trip to their excellent cocktail bar!
Heading inland to Narberth, make time during your stay for dinner at The Fernery at The Grove Narberth. Michelin starred executive chef Douglas Balish will oversee the fining dining experience.
With 3 AA Rosettes, The Fernery at The Grove Narberth is well recognised and celebrated alongside its sister establishment to the south of the county, Coast. Coast, with head chef Fred Clapperton at the helm, takes pride of place on Coppet Hall beach and although perhaps a more relaxed environment, looking right out across the bay, the attention to detail and passion for seasonality and locality is clearly evident. Both must be tried by the travelling gourmet!
Penally Abbey hosts another 2 AA Rosette restaurant, Rhosyn, and is home to head chef Richard Browning who is shining amongst the newly renovated hotel. With a classic menu full of modern British twists, the team here are clearly passionate about living and working in Pembrokeshire and the abundance of local produce that comes with it. If at this point you’re feeling spoilt for choice, perhaps we can recommend the high tea for an afternoon break, before dinner of course, with beautiful views over the grounds.
In the sleepy village of Lawrenny you will find Annwn, a Welsh food movement created by renowned Pembrokeshire forager Matt Powell who aims to shun food miles and support local ecosystems. Located in the upstairs of an old potting shed. the 12-seat restaurant serves a seasonal 10-course tasting menu featuring a variety of locally-foraged delicacies so expect combinations such as lobster and laver seaweed, estuary plants, lobster sauce, crab apple ice, and desserts such as gorse flower custard and birch meringue.
Last but by no means least jump in the car and head north to a wilder countryside and work up an appetite going for a walk on Carn Ingli (the mountain of angels) before dropping down into Newport for supper at Llys Meddyg Hotel (Doctors Court Hotel). Well established and lovingly revisited, Ed, Lou and head chef Jake Smith design their 2 AA Rosette restaurant and a dining experience, that is at once relaxed, fun and innovative. Slip down the slate steps to the cellar bar for an aperitif and then settle in the dining room for local and foraged produce served with skill and finesse. Their home smoked salmon is worth the visit alone. Bon appetit!
Pembrokeshire is passionate about food. Our innovative chefs are creating delicious food using quality Pembrokeshire produce including the freshest seafood, foraged seashore and hedgerow ingredients. There are restaurants and cafes suitable for vegetarians and vegans, street food vendors galore and you can even eat your way around the world with fusion restaurants taking cuisine from the far east, Europe and South America as well as closer to home. What’s great food without good wine or a beer? With a growing number of passionate artisan breweries and distilleries brewing up a storm, together with vineyards in Pembrokeshire producing a great vintage, you’ll always find the perfect tipple.
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