Over the Easter weekend I took a trip down memory lane and across the country with a visit to the gorgeous seaside town of Tenby in Pembrokeshire. Whilst it felt smaller than when I used to go as a kid everything about it was unchanged, despite this being my first visit in at least 18 years! From the quaint brightly painted houses, to the cobbled streets, and the still familiar Goskar rock jutting from the sand on the middle of North beach. I’d forgotten how many childhood memories this place held for me. But you’re not here to listen to me rabble on reminiscing so here are some local food and drink places I’d recommend swinging by when you’re in the area.
Whilst all fish and chips in a seaside resort are pretty good, for the best in Tenby head to Fecci’s on Lower Frog Street. You will have to queue especially during peak season but don’t let this put you off because it is so worth the wait. Whilst you obviously have to order fish and chips, grab a Fecci’s fish cake as well. They’re a steal at £1 and packed full of flavour. You can eat in or what I’ve always liked to do is take a left out of the Fecci’s and follow the road round for a short 5 minute walk to sit on the benches on top of the cliff overlooking the South beach.
If grabbing a little pot of cockles, mixed seafood or sea snail is more up your street I’d recommend heading to the small hut called Simply Seafoods at the top of Quay Hill on the North Beach. My Nana used to go here years back and then stink out the entire caravan for days, if that doesn’t put you off cockles I don’t know what will! There’s also a great coffee shop called The Stowaway that’s on the same hill where you can grab something to take away or if you’re lucky find a seat in the back of this converted boat shed. The Welsh Rarebit baguettes looked divine!
For a nice sit down evening meal I’d suggest you pay Ocean Restaurant a visit. Ask for a window seat when you book and you’ll find yourself watching the sunset over the north beach. I ordered the Fillet of Seabass resting on a bed of prawn, pea and saffron risotto. The fish melted in your mouth whilst the risotto had a light, fresh and summery feel to it. Perfect for the atmosphere. The Roast Gressingham Duck Breast was ever so slightly over cooked and dry, but the 8oz Rump Steak had 5 star reports all round.
My last recommendation for this gorgeous little town is to try out the Tenby Harbwr Brewery. You’ll find this if you walk through The Buccaneer Inn pub and in the bottom left corner of their beer garden or you can access it from Sergeant’s Lane. You’ll find a small bar with all of their ale’s on tap, the microbrewery is downstairs and you can also order food from the The Buccaneer. All of the ale’s are named after significant boats from Tenby and Pembrokeshire’s history and my favourite was the M.V.Enterprise their flagship Pale Ale which was refreshing, citrusy and floral.