The Hats & Barrels

About The Hats & Barrels

During a stormy night in the late 1700’s a ship carrying a cargo of whiskey & wine struck a reef 16 nautical miles south west of Solva harbour. A rescue attempt was instructed the next morning after debris was washed up on Newgale beach. As the rescue team approached the site of the sinking, no survivors could be found, only the hats of the sailors and the barrels from the hold of the ship. The reef was then named The Hats & Barrels following the tradegy. Today the reef is a notoriously dangerous stretch of water, with over 14 shipwrecks on the Hats & Barrels rocks alone, including the Earl of Aberdeen (1892), The Mar Del Plata (1923) and The Luminence (1967).

Additional Information

Open all year.

Monday – Thursday: 11am – 10/11pm

Friday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm/12am

Sunday: 11am – 10pm


  • Baby Changing
  • Childrens meals
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Toilet
  • Groups welcome
  • Highchair
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets


If travelling on the A487 from St. Davids follow the road into Solva and continue down the hill and you will see The Hats & Barrels situated on the right hand side of the main high street. Parking is located in the harbour area on the right hand side as you come down the hill. If travelling on the A487 from Haverfordwest, as you enter Solva and come over the bridge The Hats & Barrels is on your left hand side, again parking is situated just a bit further down the road on the left by the harbour.