My all time favourite place to relax. Tenby is a place the whole family will love.
05.00am alarm. Again, up at the crack of a Sparrow’s arse. Lie-ins are over rated anyway. After a long drive we arrive at Tenby, greeted by rain of course, it’s Wales. It’s now early afternoon and a day around Tenby is on the cards.
When it’s just me and my partner, we usually stay in the Premier Inn. It couldn’t be in a better location and the rooms are perfect for what we need. Last time we stayed here we had a parking mishap, we parked in the car park behind the hotel but ended up coming home to a fine after soft lad entered the wrong registration plate details when using the parking pay app on his phone. I did try to appeal it, as we did actually pay, just for the wrong car. Classic. The company didn’t want to help at all and after using the car park multiple times we decided that we wouldn’t be using it again. So now we use the Rectory Car Park, Tenby SA70. It’s absolutely perfect and cost us £19.00 for 72 hours, which for parking in Tenby, is very reasonable.
Old habits die hard, so we start the trip off with a walk down the Esplanade away from the car park, towards the town centre. The views from the Esplanade are absolutely superb; the North Beach, stretching out as far as the eye can see, as well as St. Catherine’s Island and it’s old Fort, and not forgetting Caldey Island in the distance. (More on Caldey later!) There’s loads and loads of lovely shops, restaurants and pubs in Tenby town.
There are plenty of shops to have a look in, including The Nook and The cranny , which are two separate stores but are part of the same company. They sell lots of alcohol related products. Rose Gold Prosecco Shimmer!! Other than the alcohol related products both The Nook and The Cranny sell only handmade items that are lovingly made by over eighty artisans. The Cranny also has exclusive goods that you will not find anywhere else in or around Tenby; who doesn’t love an exclusive? I’m all for buying small, it makes me feel like I am helping a normal person live their dreams.
Then of course there is Equinox. My partner has been going to Tenby since he was a little boy and this shop is his world. It sells pretty much everything, from cards to gifts to children’s toys to home interiors. It is one impressive store. One thing you will notice as soon as you walk into Equinox is the calming aroma of burning incense. They have a whole corner of the store just for incense. We make sure to stock up every time we go.
My favourite places to eat in the town:
- The Stowaway – A tiny, hidden independent coffee shop nestled into an old grade 2 listed arch that was once used as a boat stowaway. We were welcomed in from the rain by a friendly face, serving up a pleasantly warm White Hot Chocolate and a refreshing beer for the other half. The Stowaway is the ultimate cosy, rainy day hide out.
- The SandBar Tap & Kitchen – Nestled down the small Upper Frog Street, Tenby Brewing Company’s craft beer and street food eatery and bar is a right hidden treasure. If you love craft beer, amazingly mouth watering street food and old school games like connect four, then you will love this place. These guys don’t mess around, proper portions of insanely good food and a choice of a gazillion ales, beers, ciders and spirits. I should mention, the guys at The Sandbar are big supporters of small, local breweries and stock nothing but the best ales. The laid back vibe makes you feel so welcome. One of mine and my partners faves! Make sure to have a quick game of Connect4 whilst you have a few drinks and a bite to eat!
- The Mooring – This is a super cute, very nautical, family friendly restaurant/cafe. Serving food from breakfast to dinner (some call it tea). We had breakfast here one morning and even the drinks were amazing. I had an extra chocolatey Mocha and he had an Apple and Cinnamon tea. Extra brownie points too for the absolutely adorable Cockapoo puppy that just so happened to be there when we were! I love places that allow dogs.
- The Lighthouse Kitchen – The Lighthouse Kitchen in Tenby is home to honest local food and makes you feel cosy and at home when you visit. They source local fish, meat and vegetables and offer an ever-changing menu, have a look at their current menu. The hand cut chips are amazing, especially the crispy bacon bits and triple cheese ones! The first time we ate here I had a Chorizo starter, and honestly, was one of the most flavoursome bites I’d ever eaten, loooovely!
- The Hope and anchor – A recent refurbishment has left me loving The Hope and Anchor even more than I did before. Lovely food, great drinks and fantastic prints from local photographer Gary LLewellyns (visit his gallery on Upper Frog Street, near the Sand Bar and Tap) along the back wall, it’s a lovely place to spend your evening.
- Top Joe’s – A traditional Italian style restaurant. Pizza, Olives, Pasta and all things Italian. My partner loves this place. We didn’t manage to eat in here on our recent trip because there’s just too many options! We do normally have a meal in Top Joe’s though, the pizzas are insanely good. Handmade from scratch and cooked in a oven at over 400 degrees, you really do get an authentic Italian experience. He loves the Carbonara and gets it every time, the bore!
Hop in the car and get yourself out exploring for the day. You never know what you might find. Perhaps a hidden beach.
Approximately a 30 minute drive from Tenby town you will find Barafundle Bay. An absolutely stunning hidden beach that can only be seen after a 20 minute stroll from the car park. This beach has been named as one of the UK’s best beaches numerous times and I am really not surprised with it’s golden sand and crystal clear waters. When you look around and over to the far side of the beach, you would think you are on a tropical island.
Another day, another beach.
Manorbier Beach, a surfers haven. This small beach can get very busy when the waves are up. And even if you aren’t a surfer yourself, it is pretty fun to watch. It is also a good photography location with lots of opportunity here for a good landscape photo.
After exploring Manobier Beach we usually head down to St. Govan’s Chapel. A small chapel built into the side of a cliff, it is like nothing you would of ever seen before and is steeped in mystery. I remember the first time I saw it I was fascinated. The whole place just feels so spiritual.
Other places to visit (if you can squeeze it all in).
- Caldey Island – Catch a boat from the Harbour and head over to the very beautiful island. It is one of the UK’s “Holy Islands” and is home to a Monastery with 1500 years of history and currently home to a Cistercian Order of Monks. They produce chocolate, perfume and other goods to sell to tourists who can visit the Island between Easter and October, except on Sundays. We were planning to pay a visit on our last trip but, quite typically, the weather wasn’t great so the boat unfortunately wasn’t running.
- Pembroke Castle.
- Walk The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.
I really couldn’t recommend this place enough. Tenby is an amazing place and I urge you to go and explore it, it won’t disappoint. It is a place everyone will enjoy.
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