A taste of Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire is known for its exceptional landscape, from the rugged hills to the great swathes of green fields and on to the pristine blue waters on our coast. Because of its exceptional location, the produce that grows, is reared or is 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 2 AA rosette restaurant, Blas (meaning taste in Welsh), is run under the watchful eye of head chef Simon Coe. 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 Grove Hotel. Michelin starred executive chef Douglas Balish will oversee The Grove’s fining dining when he arrives in May 2019. Arriving from The Tudor Room at Great Fosters Hotel in Surrey, Douglas is looking forward to reinventing The Grove’s two restaurants.
Working by the sea in Pembrokeshire with such a rich larder of local produce on my doorstep is the perfect role for me
Douglas Balish, Executive Chef
With 3 AA Rosettes, the restaurant at The Grove is well recognised and celebrated alongside its sister establishment to the south of the county, Coast. Coast 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!
Staying near the coast in the south we have two wonderful restaurants. Let’s start at The Salt Cellar in Tenby. An innovative and modern menu from well-known and respected chef duo, Duncan Barham and Matthew Flowers. This is a bit of a jewel- relaxed, unfussy but sensational dining from a clearly passionate, hand working and attentive team. With two AA Rosettes to show for it, The Salt Cellar is well worth keeping an eye on for special events and collaborations too with our next destination- Penally Abbey Hotel.
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.
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!
Definitely not to be missed! Have you eaten at any of these restaurants during your stay? Or have we missed out your favourite? Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter – we’d love to hear your experiences!