April 30: Little Haven and surrounds

Dave’s signature breakfast started the day before we headed to Carew Castle which is 2000 years old. We did not walk around the castle as at £4.75 each it seems not worth it. There was a mill on the site from 1540 and on the outer edge of the castle ground there is a Celtic cross from the 11th Century. We drove past the Priory Inn which has its own ancient piece of wall before crossing a 75p toll bridge heading towards Pembroke Dock (Doc Penfro). We stopped at Saundersfoot for an espresso and a walk around. Espresso at £4 for the two of us is more expensive than our evening drinks at £3.20 (about). We drove on to Tenby (Dinbych y pysgod) and walked through the 5 arches gate of the castle to the market where all we bought was a leek! We finally found a fresh fish shop while walking towards the harbour. Simply Seafoods is situated at the Old Harbour Masters Office and for £1.37 we got a generous handful of mussels and another generous handful of clams. Both are in the shell. We walked towards the Tenby museum which is the oldest in Wales and up to an Iron Age fort – the Little Fort of Fishes as Tenby is translated in Welsh. This Iron Fort region become a Norman Castle and on a clear day you can see Devon across the Bristol Channel. We had ice cream at Fecci’s Ice Cream Parlour which has been in existence since 1919! Dave had toffee fudge and I had liquorice and blackcurrant which was delicious. We walked around Tenby for an hour and 15 minutes and then drove past Manorbier (Maenorbyr) Castle, through Freshwater East to Stackpole (Ystangbwll).

We had lunch at The Stack Pole Inn. Half pint of cider for me and a half pint of double dragon (Felinfoel) for Dave. They use local suppliers which is great! Find them at SA71 5DF. I had asparagus, pea and mint soup (£5) and Dave had country pork terrine with homemade piccalilli (£6.50) and chips (£2.50). We drove through the Castlemartin (Castellmartin) Firing Range where we were warned about sudden gun fire and could have spectatored had we wanted to! The range is open 30 days a year for walks. We them drove through Pembroke (Penfro), past the castle twice (which has glass in some of the windows) on our way to Cresselly and Crosshands. We stopped in at Gwinllan Vineyard (Cwm Deri) in Martlewy. We did 6 tastings (tiny shot glasses) for £2 and bought Scrumpy as well as some gifts. We drove through Slebach towards Haverfordwest where we stopped at Vincent Davies. Im’m looking for a baneton which I didn’t find. But I did buy some muslin. We put in £20 more diesel and came back to Little Haven.

After dropping off the shopping we went to Saint Bride’s Inn for a drink. Back at the apartment we started with the cider. We finished the Hardy’s with dinner which was the rest of the spinach and ricotta tortellini with a mussel, clam and vegetable sauce. I had the last of my chocolate for dessert and Dave and I shared an entire punnet of strawberries which were topped with cream. In continuing the theme of finishing off everything, we had the rest of the cheese and crackers!

"April 30"
April 30

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