best pubs in pembrokeshire

With the weather beginning to settle into steady, sunshine-filled days and with lockdown restrictions beginning to ease here in Wales, we thought it was time we let you into the secret best pubs in Pembrokeshire.  Whether you’re after a quick pint in the beer garden on the way home from the beach or looking to have a meal (indoors from the 17th May) then these are our favourite establishments around our five-star accommodation for you to enjoy – cheers!

The St Brides Inn, Little Haven

best pubs in pembrokeshire

By far our favourite pub for a well-priced, well-pulled pint and a really great pub meal, the St Brides Inn may be tucked around the corner from the sea in the beautiful village of Little Haven, but it has everything going for it – freshly sourced ingredients, home-cooked food, local ales on tap, and the most friendly service in the West.  AND it’s only a mile from your accommodation, although it’s quite a steep stagger home if you’ve overindulged!  There’s ample outdoor seating nearby or cwtch up in the traditionally decorated interior – a cosy vibe and warm atmosphere make this a really lovely place to spend the evening.

Phone: 01437 781266

The Sloop, Porthgain

best pubs in pembrokeshire

A short drive north takes you to the infamous industrial village of Porthgain, known for the ruins of the slate and brickworks that dominated this tiny inlet for centuries.  Now, it’s mostly known for being a stunning fishing port, and for the fresh and delicious food available here.  The Sloop is one of the oldest mariner’s inns in Wales, dating back to 1745, and is one of the most characterful places we’ve ever had a pint, which is why it rightly deserves its place on our list of best pubs in Pembrokeshire.  It also offers an exceedingly good pub menu, often with fresh fish options, great local beverages, and a really beautiful sea view from the outside seating area.

Phone: 01348 831449

The Galleon, Broad Haven

You only have to meander down the hill from your luxurious accommodation to find one of the best pubs in Pembrokeshire – The Galleon is Atlantic View’s ‘ local’ and sits at the southern end of the blue-flag beach affording a different perspective out to the Irish sea.  They’re known for great beer and outstanding seafood, and it’s too conveniently close to your cottage not to pop in – it’d be rude not to!

Phone: 01437 781157

The Stackpole Inn, Bosherston

best pubs in pembrokeshire

Bosherston lily ponds are a must-visit attraction for anyone visiting Pembrokeshire, and the surprise at the end of the walk is the fantastic Broad Haven South beach.  It’s about a half-hour drive from Atlantic View, but well worth the trip.  The bucolic scenery incredible, but this is also home to one of the best pubs in Pembrokeshire – The Stackpole Inn. It’s an absolutely delightful 18th-century inn with a solid reputation for incredible food and fantastic customer service. It’s hard to get in here during the summer months due to its striking architecture and popularity with foodies, so give them a call – we guarantee you won’t be disappointed with this chocolate-box-style inspiring inn!

Phone: 01646 672324

The Swan, Little Haven

You can’t get closer to the sea for a tankard of beer than The Swan.  This stunning whitewashed seaside pub has recently undergone renovations meaning it no longer serves the delicious range of food it was once known for.  It is, however, going to reopen shortly as a pub only, and we’re hoping it hasn’t lost any of its vernacular charm.  With its position, perched on the cliff above the small cove, we’re reckoning it’s still one of the best pubs in Pembrokeshire.

Phone: 01437 781880

The Old Sailors, Pwllgwaelod

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What makes our pubs worth that unique half-hour drive?  Well, we’re known along this iconic coast for seafaring adventures, and you can almost hear the mariners and pirates’ laughter in the air when you approach The Old Sailors.  The narrow cove of Pwllgwaelod gives way to the tallest cliffs in Pembrokeshire along Dinas Head, and this pub is the perfect pit stop on the way home – the freshly cooked food is excellent, the views from the beer garden back towards the ancient port of Fishguard are spectacular and the bar area looks like it hasn’t changed much in several hundred years…it’s wonderful.

Phone: 01348 811491

The Dyffryn Arms, Gwaun Valley

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This may seem a bit obscure as it’s tucked deep into the valley of rural Pembrokeshire, but this surely deserves the title of not only one of the best pubs in Pembrokeshire, but THE best pub?  Here’s why: Known locally as ‘Bessies’, this pub has been owned by the same family since the 1840s, and is still run by elderly Bessie Davies and her children from a hatch into a barroom in their home in the Gwaun Valley.  Bessie serves bass beer out of jugs to her customers, who range from intrigued tourists to loyal local families who have been drinking beside the fire here for generations.  This is an absolute treasure of a place, like nothing that will ever exist again, and to experience Bessie’s hospitality – and sharp tongue for a shrewd lady in her 80s – is a totally unique experience that you must try.

Phone: they don’t have one.  Follow the sat nav so far and look out for a blue building alongside an old road.  Think you’re lost?  You’re probably not far, then…

Pontfaen, Cwm Gwaun, Fishguard SA65 9SE

 

 

Please note that due to the popularity of Pembrokeshire as a destination and the pandemic still affecting tourism, we advise that if you like what you read, then to avoid disappointment, please phone and book a table at one of the best pubs in Pembrokeshire!

broad haven ufo

It may seem to some that Pembrokeshire is a quiet, serene county with most of the drama happening between the jagged, gorse-dripping cliffs and boisterous blasting of the Irish sea.  But as the recent ‘Pembrokeshire Murders’ drama demonstrated, documenting real-life events of a serial killer stalking these very shores (and, thankfully, due to the diligent work of our fine Dyfed Powys Police, being caught and our coastline made safe again), it’s not always quiet cottage life around here.

In fact, there’s more to our stunning sunsets than meet the eye, and over the years, there have been some mysterious sightings out to sea and even right here in our beautiful blue flag beachside village of Broad Haven.

44 years ago, in the summer of 1977, a group of school children were playing in the yard of Broad Haven Primary School when they saw something strange hovering above a field near the school; a narrow, cigar-shaped vessel with a globe capsule in the middle, seemingly piloted by a humanoid figure in a silver suit.  The vessel hung in the air for several long seconds as the children stared with fascination at this unfamiliar sight before it vanished in a flash.  Eager to recount this peculiar tale, the children rushed inside to tell their teachers, who, unsurprisingly, thought that the children had concocted this fantastical tale.

Each child was called in separately to the headmaster’s office to tell their version of events.  The headmaster was determined to find flaws in this fairytale, but, one by one, each child’s account, as well as their strikingly similar drawings of the vessel, were exactly the same.

On hearing of this mass sighting, in a year when the Ministry of Defense had received several reports of strange flying objects around West Wales, the media declared it Wales’ most prominent extraterrestrial sighting: the Broad Haven UFO.  The same description of a flying vessel had been given by members of the public and schoolchildren around the area on the same day, supporting the children’s story of the Broad Haven UFO and prompting the media to name this area of Wales the Dyfed Triangle.

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Broad Haven UFO mania ensued – the owner of the now-defunct Haven Fort Hotel, situated directly behind Atlantic View looking toward Little Haven, claimed that the flying object had come so close to her that her face had begun to burn at the swirling energy it was giving off.  A prominent local businessman, believing the whole story to be a farce, began appearing around Broad Haven dressed in a silver suit as a prank.  The village began piquing the interest of UFO hunters nationwide, with one fascinated author writing a novel based on the school children’s accounts.

The Government, of course, denied extraterrestrial activity.  It was likely, they said, that it was a training maneuver from nearby RAF Brawdy that had been witnessed by the children, although, behind the scenes,  they ordered military police to fully investigate the incident.
In recent years, a retired US Navy sailor came forward to explain that the silver suits were standard fireproof uniforms for the US military and that, around the time of the sightings, the US military were flight testing the brand new, UK-made Harrier jets of which the sea harrier versions released that year would be used to fight in the Falklands war 5 years later.

Nothing conclusive was ever reported back to the public about these sightings, and, 44 years on, the Broad Haven UFO is still a mystery.  So, if you’re here in Broad Haven on your holidays staring into the sea-horizon sunsets or taking advantage of being in a Designated Dark Sky area, with binoculars at the ready to view some of the stunningly clear constellations from your patio, then you might just be lucky enough to spot one of Pembrokeshire’s most talked about unsolved mysteries – the Broad Haven UFO.

lifeboat station

Here in Pembrokeshire, the only coastal National Park in the UK, we welcome millions of water-loving tourists to our infamous shores every year.  With glorious clifftop cottages, stunning sandy beaches, islands full of rare wildlife on each horizon, and the Irish sea pushing substantial waves towards crowds of eager surfers, you can see why this is such a popular spot for those who love watersports.  Whether you’re bringing your dog to explore some of the 186 miles of coastal path that stretches the length of the county or the kids just want to take the bucket, spade, and some sandwiches and explore the rock pools at your favourite sandy cove, the sea is the biggest draw for our guests at Atlantic View.

But if you’ve been following BBC2’s popular program ‘Saving Lives at Sea’, you’ll know that time spent on the coast means being at the mercy of Mother Nature.  Thankfully, The Royal National Lifeboat Institute has many thousands of lifeboat stations dotted across the UK’s cliffsides, including at Little Haven.

Covering the twin beaches of Little Haven and Broad Haven, this vital lifeboat station started life in a small, sheltered building near the waterway in 1882, just 52 years after Sir William Hillary founded the RNLI in 1824.   Despite a bigger lifeboat station being built in 1903, and a slipway installed on the beach nearby, it was hard to find crew members in such small communities, and the station closed in 1921.

But as watersports grew more popular and tourism began becoming an economic institution in Pembrokeshire, the lifeboat station at Little Haven was reopened in 1967 and named the Little and Broad Haven Lifeboat Station.  It was in this year that the inshore D Class Lifeboat, still a model used by the existing RNLI station, was introduced to Little Haven.  Don’t worry, it’s not a 50+-year-old boat – the Jack & Edith May, a new D Class d-766 lifeboat was installed at Little and Broad Haven lifeboat station in 2014.

lifeboat station

Here in Pembrokeshire, we feel extremely lucky to have the RNLI close by so that we can keep our guests safe and allow us all to enjoy the majesty of the sea.  But our vulnerability to the power of the water and nature itself should not be taken lightly. Our local lifeboat station crew have been presented with four awards for gallantry in recent years, and we should repay those who volunteer to brave dangerous situations to save our lives by showing respect to them and the sea.  As the largest maritime charity in the UK, it is still incredulous that this invaluable service still runs solely on charitable donations.  As well as rescuing on average 23 people per year, the RNLI also provides flood rescue services as well as training and providing equipment to our shoreline’s lifeguards.

We urge visitors to Atlantic View to participate in the plethora of watersports available right on the doorstep, including our very own invention, coasteering.  But we ask that you do so carefully, responsibly, and respectfully.

Here are a few links that can help you to stay safe on the water:

easter fun

Easter Fun in Broad Haven on the Pembrokeshire Coast

It may seem a little like the gloom of winter will never end, but we’re fast approaching spring, and here in Pembrokeshire, the daffodils have already begun sprouting!

It’s that time of year where we’re all longing for the sunshine and colourful vibes of Easter…and there’s not long to wait!  With plenty of Easter fun to be had in Broad Haven, we know you’ll want to come back again and again to experience an Easter break by the sea.  Here’s why:

  1. Easter fun on the water

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    Pembrokeshire’s well known for its water sports, which is not unusual considering it’s the only coastal national park in the UK.  In Broad Haven, Haven Sports offer a wide range of water sports equipment for sale or hire to use on the safe sandy beach right outside the doorstep of Atlantic View.  But if you’re looking for Easter fun that’s arranged for you, why not head up to Porthclais Farm Campsite near St Davids for their Easter Holiday Kayaking and Coasteering event, which takes place on the 9th April?

  1. Easter Fun on the Farm
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This is not just any old farm; Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo is a great family day out.  It’s about a half an hour’s drive from Atlantic View, but their Family Easter party is not to be missed! As well as free theatre shows and a resident magician, there’s plenty of Easter fun to be had by meeting our resident baby lambs and Easter chick – penguin chicks, too!  And don’t forget to visit another special baby animal that’s just been born at the Farm…a critically endangered black rhino calf!

  1. Easter Fun with Cadbury
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Only a short drive up the beautiful coast from Atlantic View is Southwood Farm, the hosts of one of the many annual Cadbury Easter Egg hunts across the UK.  The Easter Bunny leaves clues all across the blossoming grounds, allowing kids to stomp across this lovely working farm with views across St Bride’s Bay.  Bring wellies as things can get muddy down at the farm, but who minds a bit of mud when there’s the guarantee of some lovely Cadbury chocolate at the end of it?

  1. Easter Fun your own way
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No need to join in with others’ activities if you’re having too much of a good time yourselves.  After all, it’s the peace, wide-open spaces and sea air that attract people to Pembrokeshire, and Broad Haven has sandy stretches and salty air in abundance! It’s the perfect place to have some quality time to yourselves.

With plenty of space in your luxury cottages at Atlantic View, why not put the Easter feast in the large oven provided, decorate your family dining table with daffodils and then hide the choccies for you very own Easter egg hunt?

  1. Easter Fun without the washing up
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With some lovely eateries dotted all around your accommodation then why not let someone else do the cooking and treat yourself to an Easter meal out?  If chocolate’s not your thing, why not try the newly opened Haven Brasserie, a mere 3-mile hop from Broad Haven to neighbouring Nolton Haven.  Their upmarket traditional food has excellent reviews and matching wonderful sea views.

If chocolate and lamb aren’t your things, then give Sunshine Italian a try.  Beautiful home-cooked pasta dishes, hand-picked wine and a short stagger home…plenty of Easter fun without the hassle!

easter fun

For more ideas on activities to try while at our five-star accommodation, please follow us on social media or visit our regularly updated blog page.  See you soon!

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Five family attractions in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire’s well-known as a fantastic holiday destination for families; whether it’s a seaside break, hiking holiday or a tour of the region’s family attractions, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained along this stunning and renowned coastal national park.  When booking your holiday at Atlantic View, it’s always best to have an idea of day trips and book in advance to make sure you don’t miss the fun.  We’ve put together a list of top 5 family attractions for you and the kids once you’ve exhausted the beaches…if that’s possible!

1.Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo 

family attractions giraffe

35 minutes from Atlantic View, telephone 01834812731 to book tickets.

 

This is so much more than just a farm; this adventure park is home to all kinds of exotic animals, such as penguins, lions and Wales’ only giraffes!  The farmyard animals are really friendly, too – why not try your hand at milking a goat, or feeding a rabbit? There are games, fair rides and an adventure park – will you be brave enough to get on the Big Wheel?  Keep an eye out for some friendly characters walking around the park, as well as the resident magician Jugglestruck.  This is a lovely day out for all members of your tribe, from the very little to the big kids!  This is one of Pembrokeshire’s most highly rated family attractions.

2.Oakwood Theme Park 

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29 minutes’ drive from Atlantic View, call 01834815170 to book tickets

Oakwood Theme park is not only one of Pembrokeshire’s most well-known family attractions, it happens to be the biggest theme park in Wales!  Its main rides include Megafobia, Wales’ longest wooden rollercoaster, as well as water coaster Drenched and the aptly named Bounce, boinging high in the air above the 80-acre park.  There’s plenty of other adventures to be had here, too – from a Neverland for little ones to explore to waterslides, a boating lake and even a haunted house!  There are lots of food options on-site, meaning you can really make a thrilling day of it. We advise that you bring a change of clothes for everyone, as many of the rides involve getting pretty wet!

3.Blue Lagoon Waterpark 

family attractions blue lagoon

26 minutes’ drive from Atlantic View, call 01834862400 to book tickets to the waterpark

If your little ones aren’t too keen on seawater, then this is a fantastic option and a lovely afternoon out.  This had to go on our list of family attractions as it’s so popular – it’s a good idea to book ahead of your holiday during the summer months.  The water slides, wave machines, jets, outdoor heated bubble pool and qualified lifeguards mean that the kids can have a splashing time indoors while you relax in the warm water outside, bathing in nature.  Bliss!

4. Hangar 5 

family attractions hangar 5

18 minutes’ drive from Atlantic View, call 01437700555 to book tickets

Hangar 5 is the first trampoline park and soft play venues in the UK, making it one of Pembrokeshire’s truly unique family attractions.  It’s loads of fun, too! Set in an old aircraft hangar on the outskirts of the market town of Haverfordwest, big kids and their younger siblings can have hours of fun bouncing, learning new skills and playing in an extensive soft play area.  This all-weather attraction also has a café…but you might want to eat after bouncing to avoid green gills!

5. Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm 

family attractions bug farm

33 minutes’ drive from Atlantic View, call 07966956357 for enquiries

Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm is pretty much what you’d expect – it’s a farm for bugs!  This extraordinary place teaches you about some remarkable creatures, whether in the extensive exhibition space or up close, where you can hold some beautiful bugs!  There are many exhibits and activities to be had on this Pembrokeshire Farm, including a beautiful Pollinator trail for sunny days.  There’s even a café, called the Grub Kitchen…and they serve bugs!! Try a cricket cookie?  This is one of the most unique, quirky and unforgettable family attractions in Wales – this is worth a visit!

And there you have it, our top 5 family attractions in Pembrokeshire.  Of course, there are a wide variety of free activities that you can do along this beautiful coast; our favourites are:

  • Build sandcastles
  • Go boogyboarding
  • Go rockpooling
  • Have a picnic on the beach
  • Find the best place to watch a sea sunset
  • Go seal spotting in autumn (but don’t get too close!)

Every season is different, and we intend on letting you know what there is to do whenever you choose to stay at Atlantic View.  Whether there’s 4 of you in one of our family cottages, or you’re coming as a group booking, we’ll find plenty to keep you entertained.  All you have to do is keep an eye on our blog for upcoming activities and events.  Don’t forget to follow us on social media and post your holiday pictures on our Facebook page!

holidays in pembrokeshire

Half term fun during your

holidays in Pembrokeshire

Half term is the perfect time to enjoy holidays in Pembrokeshire.  It’s not as crowded as the summer months, and autumn and spring are lovely times to see this stunning coastal county in all its natural glory.  October sees the end of seal season, where you’ll find inquisitive young pups bobbing around their pupping beaches, getting used to their human neighbours.  And Easter is when Pembrokeshire emerges from winter with gorse and heather springing from every hedgerow and the red kites put on displays over rolling fields.

Don’t just take our word for it, though.  From Atlantic View, there are plenty of fun things for all the family to do during your holidays in Pembrokeshire.  From little ones to not-so-little ones, this picture-perfect area of the UK is packed with activities and adventures.  Here are some for you to try out during your stay with us.

Splash out!

Think the sea might be too cold in October?  Think again!  It’s had all summer to roll in and out over hot sand, making October the perfect month to have a swim.  On average, the sea temperature in October is 15 Celcius, which is the same as it would be in June and July.  So, there are no excuses!

Why not try these water activities?

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Surfing:

The wild coastline of St Bride’s Bay offers fantastic waves and draws surfers from all over the world to its tumultuous shores.  Why not pop into Haven Sports in Broad Haven to hire or buy your family some surfboards and wet suits?  They’ll make sure you’re well prepared for a splashing time!

If you’d rather have instructors for your wet adventures, then give Dragon Activity Guides a call.  They do everything from surfing lessons on Broad Haven beach to Pembrokeshire’s original watersport, coasteering along the cliffs of this stunning coastline.  Suitable for most age groups (coasteering is not for toddlers), these guys also offer a BBQ package so that you can enjoy fresh seafood pulled from the very waters you spent your day in!

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If you’d rather be on the sea than in it, then why not book one of the popular boat trips?  Suitable for all the family, trips leave from St Justinians and St Martin’s Haven and traverse the beautiful coastline as well as its popular islands; Skomer, Skokholm and Ramsey, and even out to Grassholm and beyond!  Dale Sailing offer trips from St Martins Haven, south of Atlantic View, whereas if you head north to St Justinians, you’ll find multiple operators including Falcon Boats who will take you to visit the seals, porpoise and thousands of sea birds who call these shores home.

One of the biggest advantages of staying at Atlantic View is your proximity to the sea!  You’re a mere 300 metres’ walk away, giving you plenty of opportunities to dip your toes in the water whenever you like!

Go back in time

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It’s not all about the coastline here, although it is dotted with many historical remnants of Pembrokeshire’s fascinating past.  You’ll notice the undulating ramparts of several iron age forts dotted along the coast path, but if your kids prefer their castles more intact, then there are several great examples to choose from during your holidays in Pembrokeshire!

Carew Castle is a half-hour drive from Atlantic View and is quite a sight to behold.  Sitting on a large tidal millpond, it’s open to the public to view its 2,000-year-old ramparts and learn its history hands-on with activities for children such as storytelling and being a knight for the day!

holidays in pembrokeshire pembroke

It would be a travesty to come to Pembrokeshire and not visit its most famous castle, the Tudor-dynasty’s home castle at Pembroke.  Pembroke castle was built in around 1093, chosen for its defensive position facing the bay at Milford Haven.  But it’s most well-known for being the birthplace of Henry Tudor who would later be known as Henry VII.  With guided tours, exhibits and events all year round, Pembroke castle and the surrounding town has plenty to keep the whole family occupied.

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For a more immersive day out, it’s worth the 40-minute drive north to the incredible Castell Henllys.  This reconstructed iron age fort sits on the site of an original settlement and is its only kind in Wales.  Travel back in time with interactive exhibitions and talk to Celtic inhabitants who will tell you the history of the roundhouses.  Train as a warrior (complete with warpaint), watch woodmen carve or try your hand at archery – there’s so much to do, and with a café on-site, it’s all set up for a really fascinating day out.

Get back to nature

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The main reason that people flock to Pembrokeshire is that it’s completely unspoiled, leaving you to have wild adventures in one of the most beautiful national parks in the world.

A short drive away from your holiday accommodation you’ll find Bosherston Lily Ponds, which are located on the old Stackpole Court estate and are now managed by the National Trust.  The beautiful 2-mile round walk circumnavigates the lakes, taking you out to Broadhaven South beach and back along the nature reserve.  These lakes and walks were created by the Cawdor family in 1760 and are popular with locals and tourists to this day.

If your children are more into Harry Potter than toad on lily pads, then head over to Freshwater West.  You may recognise it as the resting place of Dobby the House Elf – the famous scenes of the sweeping beach and its shell house were filmed here.  This is a fantastic place for a windswept walk, and don’t forget to try the famous lobster roll from Café Mor, the most delicious beach food venue in Wales.  It’s a must!

And while Pembrokeshire is famous for its stunning coastline, let us now forget about its sturdy spine, the Preseli Hills.  Shrouded in mystery and immortalised in Welsh folklore, these hills are said to be the resting place of King Arthur and are the origin of the bluestone used to construct the outer circle of Stonehenge.  For the best views across Pembrokeshire, why not take a picnic and climb Foel Eryr, its tallest peak, or the fantastically named Angel Mountain, or Carn Ingli, high above the beautiful village of Newport?

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For information about family attractions such as visiting the only giraffes in Wales or one of the tallest wooden rollercoasters in Britain, please take a look at our blog “Five family attractions in Pembrokeshire”.  Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook too for updates and information to help make your holidays in Pembrokeshire as memorable as possible.