How better to complement a blustery day on the Pembrokeshire coast than by hunkering beside the fire in a warm and welcoming inn, where the elements rattle the windows, and the wild ocean beats the shoreline on the doorstep? Kick off your walking boots, shake the salt water from your hair and settle down for delicious local food and drink in these cosy pubs beside the sea in Pembrokeshire.
The Griffin, Dale
For 300 years, the fire has warmed the cosy interior of the Griffin pub and seafood restaurant, tucked behind the sea wall at the mouth of the Milford Haven waterway. Having weathered many storms and burned bright at the heart of this small community, there is no better place to tuck into Pembrokeshire’s finest seafood, sip real ales and feel the glow of local hospitality. This is a beautiful spot for a pub lunch and warm up by the fire, while exploring the area from your Pembrokeshire holiday cottage.
The Jolly Sailor, Burton
Tucked on the banks of the Cleddau river, boasting watery views out to the Irish Sea, The Jolly Sailor is a homely and historic pub, where people once came by a rowing ferry from Pembroke Dock and left their donkeys tied outside. You won’t need a donkey for the stunning four-mile circular walk to Poppit Sands (included in our list of best beaches for coastal walks in Pembrokeshire), after which you can kick back and soak up the stunning scenery of the beach and the Cleddau Bridge, tuck into home-cooked local ingredients and quench your thirst with a fine selection of real ales and world wines.
Wisemans Bridge Inn, Saundersfoot
Base yourself in Saundersfoot and warm your cockles in this charming pub nudging Wiseman’s Bridge, a crescent bay and seaside hamlet on Pembrokeshire’s south coast. Once the stage for the rehearsals of the D-Day landings, these days nature provides all the drama you need. Capture its wild beauty on a windswept walk along the coast path, or take a circular three-mile loop through the Stackpole Estate to witness Stackpole Quay and Barafundle Bay. On a clear-sky day, you can soak up the scenery and the winter rays in the beachside beer garden, or bag a table with a view for classic pub grub, High Tea or a Sunday roast.
Swan Inn, Little Haven
After a winter’s stroll on Little Haven, flop into a fireside seat in the cosy Swan Inn, where you can shelter from the storms and gaze out to the blustery beach. While this traditional 18th-century inn is only open on weekends over winter, there’s no better spot to warm up after a coastal adventure, with a hearty meal, local tipples and sublime sunsets over the sea.
The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels
As close to the water as you can get without getting your feet wet, this traditional village pub is a wonderful spot to kick off your muddy boots, warm up beside the log fire and watch the winter weather roll up the River Teifi from the Irish Sea. Situated bang on the beach, it’s little wonder that seafood is a speciality. So why not walk up an appetite on a relatively sheltered route from The Ferry Inn through St Dogmaels Woods, capturing views to St Dogmaels Abbey and Cardigan Bay en route?
The Duke of Edinburgh, Newgale
Location, location, location. The Duke of Edinburgh sits right beside Newgale Beach, with its two miles of crushed-shell sands that lure surfers, walkers and winter storm watchers. So mighty are the storms here that they washed the original pub away in 1859, and it was rebuilt later behind the pebble wall. Once you’ve captured the wild landscapes lashed by the Celtic Sea, braved a dip, or sought out the secret low-tide coves just beyond the boundaries of the beach, head inside to warm up and quench your thirst with a local ale and fill up on hearty Welsh grub.
The Galleon, Broad Haven
The pebble-backed sands of Broad Haven are one of our favourite locations for a wild winter walk, unhindered by summer’s bucket-and-spade brigades. Once you’ve been buffeted by the sea breeze, shelter in The Galleon, which is famous for its hearty breakfasts, Sunday lunches and live music events, in a beautiful beachside location.
Harbour Inn, Solva
After a blustery walk to the Gribbin headland or a low-tide ramble along the estuary beach, squirrel away the cosy Harbour Inn nestled in Lower Solva. Bang on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, it’s the perfect pit-stop for walkers to shelter beside the fire with harbour views, play darts over a pint of local ale, or fill up on delicious seasonal fare in the restaurant area.
The Old Sailors, Pwllgwaelod
Dating back to 1593, this cosy little cove-side pub once used a light on its roof to alert sailors and keep them safe on this rugged Pembrokeshire coastline. One of our favourite winter retreats on the south coast, there’s room for just 50 people to take cover from the elements, soak up the traditional ambience and peer out to sea over coffee and cake, bangers and mash and seafood classics.
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