April 27: Little Haven and surrounds

After breakfast of fried eggs, bacon and mushrooms we went for a walk to the point. We stopped at The Saint Bride’s Inn for coffee and barra brith. The owner asked where we were from and Dave told her Cape Town as its the biggest city closest to where we live and therefore the most likely of places people will know. She then said ‘oh, our daughter in law’s family is from Gordons Bay’. What a coincidence. And we know them! The world is a small place.

We came back to the apartment and Robin, the manager gave us a talk on Pembrokeshire. We tried Welsh cakes while he told us about the places to see. The economy here relies on farming, oil refinery and tourism, with a total of 3 million people visiting the area a year. In contrast, Cape Town gets 6 million holiday makers in December alone.

After the talk we took a drive on mostly single lane roads to Solva (Solfach), St. David’s (Dinas Tyddewi) and on to Rosebush. We stopped just outside of Rosebush at Lodor Fach which is a working farm and bought some pork chops. We then went to Tafarn Sinc for lunch. This is the highest pub in Pembrokeshire at 266.6m above sea level. The place was built in 1876 and is worth a visit, even if only for a drink. Dave had Cwrw, a local beer and I had cider. We chose to stay for Sunday lunch £13.95 a head). I had the (well done) roast sirloin of mature Welsh beef and Dave had the roast loin of pork, with stuffing and crackling. Both were served with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, boiled cabbage, carrots and mushy peas. The vegetables and gravy were served on the side. I had the best ever horseradish sauce I’ve tasted. Dessert for Dave was fruit pie and for me was lemon crunch (cheese cake) – both served with cream. After coffee (for Dave) and tea, we headed to Haverfordwest.

We parked the car and walked around the Riverside shops which are closing down so that they can build a cineplex. After that we drove to the Castle and took a brief look before getting to Tesco’s just before they closed for some cream. We came back to Little Haven and went for a walk along the cliffs. The signs tell you to beware of the steep drop and that if you fall you will die! This is so funny as you cannot open the windows fully in our apartment because of Health and Safety but you can walk along the cliff paths with no railing. We came back along the road and stopped at The Swan Inn for an ale and a cider. Dave made lamb chops for dinner with a mushroom sauce and asparagus. The wine we had over two nights was Dino Romagna DOC San Giovese 2012. Dessert was strawberries and cream and a piece of mint chocolate. Cheese and crackers to snack on before heading for bed.

"April 27"
April 27

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