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Top coastal & river pubs in Pembrokeshire

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 are the top coastal & river pubs as chosen by you.

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 upriver 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.

©The Cresselly Arms

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 make it perfect for families. If the tide is right you can also go crabbing off the pontoon.

©Jolly Sailor

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.

©Wiseman's Bridge Inn

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.

©The Griffin Inn

The Ferry House Inn, Hazelbeach

In the sleepy hamlet of Hazelbeach near Neyland, you’ll find the Ferry House Inn perched right above the Milford Haven Estuary. The spectacular views make it the perfect location for a long lazy lunch while watching the ebb and flow of the river. For walkers the Pembrokeshire Coast Path passes right in front of the inn so makes it a perfect pit stop to top up those energy levels with freshly prepared food, real ales and craft beers on offer.

The Ferry House Inn
Spectacular views from the restaurant and beer garden

The Sloop, Porthgain

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

The Castle, Little Haven

A great choice in Little Haven 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.

©The Castle, Little Haven

The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels

On the River Teifi just upriver 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!

©The Ferry Inn

 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 breathtaking and it’s a perfect spot at the end of the day to watch the sun go down.

Lawrenny Arms, Lawrenny

Enjoying a fabulous waterside location, perched on the bank of the Cleddau River, the Lawrenny Arms (or Doghouse as it has been affectionately known by generations of local people), enjoys one of the finest locations in Pembrokeshire. The pub has a pontoon to allow thirsty mariners direct access at most states of tide. Just tie up your vessel to sample one of our home cooked meals and taste our local ales.

©Stanley Eastwood

These are just some of the coastal & river pubs in Pembrokeshire, there are plenty more on the list of suggestions you gave us – check out the full list on the Visit Pembrokeshire Facebook page and if you’re visiting any of them don’t forget to tag us @visitpembrokeshire on Instagram.

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Kerry Walker, Undiscovered Wales