Cuisines from around the globe

Take your taste buds on a foodie journey

One of the best things about Pembrokeshire’s food scene is the quality produce. With excellent seafood, fabulous dairy and tasty vegetables on offer, it’s not hard to create delicious dishes, but our innovative chefs go much further than that…

Inspired by all parts of the globe, new restaurants and food stalls are popping up to give people a flavour of Pembrokeshire and the wider world. No passport is needed on this journey as we take you on a tour of the many tasty offerings available.

Starting with Italy, there’s no shortage of authentic Pizza offerings, including gluten free and vegan options. The Canteen in Newport specialise in stone baked pizzas, with wonderfully named creations such as Y Ddraig Goch (the Red Dragon) to eat in or take away.

If you’re visiting St Davids, The Canteen has teamed up with Bluestone Brewing Company to create Grain, a delicious pizza stop with awesome craft beers. Another woodfired option perched above Porthsele beach near St Davids is Pencarnan Pizzas at The Courtyard, where you can munch away while enjoying an equally delicious view. What’s not to love?

Grain, St Davids
Scrummy wood fired pizza from Grain

Being a coastal county, we can’t ignore a good old British fish and chips – it’s an absolute must, and there’s nowhere tastier than The Shed in the tiny harbour village of Porthgain. A stone’s throw from the water, this friendly bistro offers a variety of fish and shellfish, all of which are caught by owner Rob, or local fishermen in Abercastle, Solva or St Davids.

Sweet treat anyone? When in Wales, there’s only one cake you should eat – a Welsh Cake – and in our opinion, no cuppa should be drunk without one! So, add MamGu Welshcakes* in Solva to your foodie ‘must eat’ list. Owners Thea and Becky have taken the traditional recipe to a whole new level, introducing 14 varieties including a savoury selection!

*Mamgu (pronounced mam-gee) is Welsh for grandma, granny, nanna or nan

MamGu Welsh cakes
14 stunning varieties to choose from.

For delicious Spanish cooking (with a touch of Welsh seasoning!) look no further than Maria’s at Picton Castle. Maria, a passionate food lover from a small town near Valencia, tells us, “I have never lost my appetite for good Spanish food… I make authentic, rustic dishes, nothing fancy or decorative; only glorious food, cooked with love and drunk with great Spanish wine”. Look out for her tapas evenings and Spanish hot chocolate and churros, or stock up with goodies while you’re there. Alternatively, Ultracomida in Narberth is a fantastic stop for all things Spanish and Welsh from the deli. We challenge you not to leave with a whole bag of goodies for the ultimate picnic or evening in!

Ginger prawn udon noodles from Umi

If your tastebuds are craving something a little Asian spicy, head to Lokky’s near Saundersfoot. You’ll find the irresistible blend of flavours and aromatic ingredients from Thai, Filipino, Japanese and Korean cuisines perfectly partnered with fiery cocktails, chilled beers and friendly service.  If it’s purely Chinese you’re after, visit their sister restaurant, Dragon Palace, nearby, or for Japanese flavours, make a beeline for Umi on Tenby’s high street.

Wandering along the same high street, you might also detect delicious aromas wafting out of Tenby market… Let your nose lead you to the fragrant delights of Nora’s Kitchen. Malaysian-born Nora’s tiny food stall serves up high-quality, authentic Malaysian food such as Beef Rendang, Nasi Goreng Kampung and Chicken Satay to eat-in or takeaway.

For a chilled Australian surfer vibe, head to Kookaba in Saundersfoot, offering a range of burgers, seafood and steaks, including Kangaroo, and of course, a perfectly chilled “Tinny”.

El Salsa
Fresh, vibrant Mexican dishes at El Salsa

Technically not in Pembrokeshire, but definitely worth a mention, is El Salsa. Just across the river Teifi in Cardigan (perfect if you’re exploring northeast Pembrokeshire), you’ll find this street food eatery cooking up fresh, vibrant and healthy Mexican food, all washed down with a mean Margarita or Corona beer.

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Lokky's Restaurant

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