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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Tireless attention to detail in a beautifully restored country house

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

Resurrected from a sorry state by its current owners, this boutique bolthole has secured its place over the last decade in the Premier League of Pembrokeshire’s destination dining getaways. And what’s not to like? Its idyllic grounds are watched over by venerable old oaks and beeches, there are uplifting views of the Preseli Hills, and the beaches and walking paths of the Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park are a short drive away. What’s more, the place itself is an architectural historian's paradise, consisting of the original Plantagenet longhouse, where family and livestock once rubbed along together side by side, the main 17th-century manor, and the inevitable extensions by a Victorian owner. Smartly attired with botanical wallpapers, elegant furniture and a mellow decorative tone in the dining room, it aims to soothe at every turn. Staff contribute to the restful demeanour of the place, and Allister Barsby’s arrival as executive chef in early 2016 (after a three year stint at Gidleigh Park with Michael Caines) guarantees that culinary imagination remains the principal driver. Whether you go for the à la carte, or five- and eight-course tasting extravaganzas, what emerges is intelligently constructed food of impeccable modernity, all built from impressive local materials, including fine seasonal pickings from the hotel’s own kitchen garden. Starters open with an impressive intensity – perhaps quail partnered with wild garlic, gnocchi, confit egg yolk and parmesan, or a full-on combination of sweetbread-packed ravioli boosted by caramelized celeriac, pickled pear and coffee-scented jus. Main courses step up a gear and keep the good ideas and pin-sharp technique flowing in dishes such as the Aylesbury duck that arrives in a captivating medley with caramelized chicory, turnips, roast garlic, and five spice jus adding a touch of eastern exoticism, while local Preseli lamb receives its due celebration in an impressive, highly detailed dish involving kohlrabi, charred leeks, mint, capers and raisins. Flavours and textures are judged to perfection in fish dishes too – perhaps stone bass with caramelized cauliflower, cumin, lemon thyme and langoustine. Desserts continue to hit the high notes, whether it’s something as unabashedly classical as an apple strudel soufflé with vanilla ice cream, or more obviously contemporary trends in the shape of roasted pineapple with caramelized brioche, pineapple sage, pistachio, and black pepper ice cream. Welsh cheeses served with quince jelly are from the top drawer, and so is the magnificent 300-bin wine list, which offers a world of exploration, opening with a dozen or so fine selections by the glass.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef: Allister Barsby, Peter Whaley

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30: 300
  • Wines by the glass: 18

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 54
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 25
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 54
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 25

Getting here

From A40, take A478 to Narberth. Continue past castle and Herons Brook, turn right bottom of hill

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