Things to do and Dining Out

Dining Out – some of our favourite local places

There are numerous dining options in the area, ranging from simple pub meals to restaurants offering fine cuisine but here are some of our favourites:

PORTHGAIN - the delightful fishing village situated on the Pembrokeshire National Coast Path within 1.5 miles of Yr Hafan:

  • The Sloop Inn - An atmospheric old pub, which has been at the heart of the local community since 1743. Open all day, all year round and serving a wide range of food from simple bar meals to mouth-watering specials and good breakfasts. Always worth a visit.
  • The Shed Seafood Bistro - Award-winning, local family- run bistro, specialising in their own caught fish and shellfish. AA Wales Seafood Restaurant of the Year 2006/7.

ST DAVIDS – the UK’s smallest City, some six miles to the west of Yr Hafan

  • Cwtch Restaurant - This Good Food Guide recommended restaurant is also listed in the 2009 Michelin Red Guide. Cwtch lives up to its meaning; it’s snug, cosy and warm and definitely Welsh. Serves good honest food prepared from first class ingredients.
  • St Davids Kitchen - this restaurant serves great tasting homemade food  served in a friendly and relaxed environment, sourced from the best local farmers, Producers and fishermen.

SOLVA – a picturesque harbour village enjoying a stunning scenic tidal foreshore within 15 minutes by car from Yr Hafan:

  • The Old Pharmacy - Located in a former chemist shop, offering great food in a relaxed environment with friendly service.
  • The Cambrian - Has a relaxed lounge bar and stylish main dining room serving dishes such as Pembrokeshire Wagyu beef burger and a selection of fresh fish caught daily by Solva fishermen.
  • Mamgu - Trendy Cafe specialising in homemade welsh cakes with a twist

There are four pubs and several cafes such as the Mill Café & Gallery at Trefin (including great Sunday lunches and breakfast menu) within a mile and a half of Yr Hafan, all of which can be easily reached either by road or by clearly marked footpaths.

Exploring
As Britain’s only Coastal National Park, Pembrokeshire is beautiful even in the winter. You can join the coast path by walking up the lane, turn left onto the road and then take the 1st bridle path on your left – just follow the path down the valley to the coastal road (turn right up the hill to the village of Trefin with a pub and coffee shop) or left to the small rocky beach. It is a picturesque inlet and is sheltered from the prevailing winds which make it ideal for a picnic and watching the kayakers. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path To make the best of your holiday and the Pembrokeshire coastline take time to enjoy the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.  Just a short way from the cottage join the Coastal Path at Trefin and walk west towards Porthgain, Traethllyfyn beach and Abereiddi or north towards Abermawr and Abercastle. The dramatic coastal scenery, flower and wildlife are what make Pembrokeshire one of the world’s best holiday destinations - National Geographic voted Pembrokeshire the 2nd best coastal destination in the world!. It is lovely at all times of year - the explosion of colour with the spring flowers is beautiful! Porthgain Village and harbour The nearest village to the cottage is Porthgain - once a prosperous nineteenth century industrial harbour which exported slate from local quarries at Porthgain and Abereiddi. Now the village is popular for water sport enthusiasts - boaters, rowers, fishermen and canoeists - their activities overlooked by relics of the industrial past. It is on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, served by the Strumble Shuttle (the local bus service) and offers the visitor galleries and a gift shop. The Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy near Croesgoch is a short walk from the coast path.  At 25 m deep, it is the remains of a small slate quarry, now flooded with sea water with a glorious blue/green hue in colour, derived from the mineral content of the quarry. It is the venue for the Red Bull diving competition and popular for Coasteering! Beaches at Abereiddi, Traethllyfyn, Abermawr & Aberbach
  • north of the cottage are Abermawr and Aberbach beaches – enjoy the walk down through the valley to Abermawr and see the amazing carpet of bluebells in the spring.
  • to the south of Porthgain on the coast path you will reach the metal steps down onto Traethllyfyn beach – a wide sandy expanse (avoid high tide) great for swimming, walking the dog, picnics and games of frisbee!
Whitesands Beach - a short drive will take you to the Blue Flag beach at Whitesands – popular with families and surfers alike. The café serves breakfast and evening meals in the summer season or a takeaway to sit on the beach to watch the spectacular sunsets. For more information visit http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com
Out and About - local towns and villages

St Davids

15 minutes from Yr Hafan, spend a few hours exploring the thriving ancient village city. Its charming array of local shops, galleries, bars and restaurants are arranged around the magnificent St Davids Cathedral and the atmospheric Bishop's Palace ruins. You can book a thrilling boat trip out to the internationally important bird islands. RSPB Ramsey Island just 1 km offshore has impressive sea cliffs teeming with seabirds and the coastal waters around are frequented by seals, dolphins and passing whales.

Fishguard Town

Fishguard comprises of the old harbour of Lower Town which is a particularly picturesque village with its cluster of quayside cottages. The main town of Fishguard is perched on the cliff top.

  • Fishguard Farmers Market is held in the Fishguard Town Hall every Saturday and a weekly market every Thursday. There are delicious local produce and crafts on offer and the market is well worth a visit.
  • Upstairs in the Town Hall the gallery contains the remarkable Last Invasion Tapestry. Made in 1997 to commemorate the bicentenary of the 1797 invasion by the French - the last time the British mainland was invaded! This amazing piece of work was created by local needle workers and tells the story in the style of that told by the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

Newport Village

A little further up the coast is the popular pretty village of Newport which has a number of great cafes, restaurants and independent shops.  Visit the wide Blue Flag sandy beach at Newport or take your boat down to launch at the Parrog Sailing Club.

Arts ,Crafts and Gardens in North Pembrokeshire
Artists are drawn to Pembrokeshire for the quality of the light made by the combination of landscape and sea. There are numerous local galleries ranging from St Davids' Oriel y Parc - both local Tourist Information Centre and 'state of the art' gallery housing both visiting and resident (Graham Sutherland) exhibitions - to small individual local artists' galleries with a great variety of art on offer. Visit the John Knapp-Fisher Gallery in Croesgoch (5 minutes from Yr Hafan)  or Workshop Wales gallery just to the west of Fishguard on the A487. There are two historic woollen mills locally which are well worth a visit:
  • Melin Tregwynt is a delightful white washed traditional wool mill located in a remote wooded valley on the Pembrokeshire coast 13 minutes by car from Yr Hafan. It sells clothing, accessories and bags, blankets, throws and cushions – all made in their own unique fabrics, together with other carefully chosen Welsh gifts, clothes and accessories.  The mill shop and trendy coffee shop are open 7 days a week, for lovely reasonably priced light lunches, locally baked sponge cakes, barabrith and welsh cakes and good coffee! Tregwynt is in the Pembrokeshire National Park and there are spectacular beaches, cliffs and coastal footpaths (great circular walks) all within five minutes easy walk from the Mill.
  • Solva Woollen mill - in the hamlet of Middle Mill, just a mile up the valley from Solva village - is the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire which has been producing beautiful traditional fabrics since 1907. The mill supplies bespoke floor rugs to the Price of Wales for his Welsh home. The Cafe serves good coffe and cake.
Great Gardens of West Wales - visit:  www.greatgardensofwestwales.com There are several fabulous gardens and plant collections  in West Wales, all within easy reach of Yr Hafan. These are some of our favorite local gardens which continue to inspire us whilst our garden is still a work in progress...!:
  • Dyffryn Fermant Garden - the lovely Christina Shand, from a wilderness in 1966 has created 6 acres of Atlantic Coastal garden to explore and can be found some 20 minutes from Yr Hafan. It has been highly recommended by Monty Don, Gardeners World  and Noel Kingsley.
  • Perennial Gardens and Cafe  - just up the road from Yr Hafan, the cream teas, homemade cake and tranquil setting  is lovely. One of the owners, Gill, runs various events and workshops from these small gardens including willow basket and garden structures and free advice is always available from the friendly gardeners.
  • Picton Castle & Gardens - see walled gardens, amazing vintage trees and plant collections from around the world. We especially love the willow structures and board walk through the Gunneras...
   
Local Transport
  • St Bride's Bay Water Taxi for Walkers - Solva Sailboats operates a water taxi which will take you to your chosen destination from where you can walk back along the stunning Pembrokeshire Coastal Path to Solva. Possible destinations include Porth Clais, Porthmynawydd, St Justinians, Nolton Haven and Little Haven (weather dependent). Phone 01437 720972
  • Coastal 'Shuttle' Buses – you can join and leave the buses at will during the summer months (reduced service out of season)
Outdoor Activities
  • Boat Trips and Offshore Islands - the Pembrokeshire coast is Britain's only coastal National Park and is a treasure-trove of birds and flowers, fish and marine mammals.  Boats from St Justinians will take you round Ramsey Island and out to sea or you can land and spend the day wandering this amazing, rugged Island - highly recommended.
  • Pembrokeshire is a centre for water based activities of all sorts and home of the sport of 'Coasteering'. It is also a magnet for surfers and windsurfers, sailors, canoeists, paddle-boarders, and rowers.
  • Golf Courses - there are golf courses to suit all levels of skill – Haverfordwest,  Priskilly and St. Davids City Golf Club (the latter being one of the most dramatic small courses overlooking the lovely Whitesands beach)  are all within easy reach  from Yr Hafan.
  • Horse Riding- At the back of St Bride’s Bay, Nolton Riding Stable at Nolton Haven, is a riding school offering rides through the surf on the lovely beach at Druidston Haven.