“A gastro restaurant with cosy rooms, close to the sea in stunning Pembrokeshire National Park: ideal for foodies, families and walkers”
There are 8 coastal-casual rooms at Llys Meddyg - a range of sizes, and some in the main house, others in a mews building just behind it.
On our first visit we stayed in the smallest room at Llys Meddyg, the a Standard Double in the garden annexe, but had no complaints. The bed was huge and super comfy with a thick Welsh blanket and plenty of pillows. We loved our spacious bathroom, which featured a heavenly double-ended bathtub, with an overhead shower that I wanted to take home with us. And though the Aromatherapy Associates products and bathrobes were nicely indulgent, the main talking point in our room was the funky wooden sink.
The rooms in the main house are spacious and stylish, using the beauty of natural materials to bring the outside in - slate, stone, wood. All have splashes of colour from handwoven Welsh blankets and cushions, strewn over the beds and sofas, and are further brightened by local art that peppers the walls, all of it for sale.
On our return visit in 2013, we stayed in one of the beautiful Luxury Double loft rooms, which was snug and romantic - just mind your head on those sloping ceilings. A long soak in the huge bath was a wonderful luxury after climbing Carn Ingli, which you can see standing high above the village from the bathroom window.
Cookies and fresh milk are a considered touch, as are the honesty minibars, tea and coffee trays and irons and ironing boards. Plus you get a flatscreen TV and DVD player, ideal for days when the weather isn't great or when you're too tired to prop up the bar after dinner.
The food is the main draw of Llys Meddyg, and we found all our meals exceptional. From 6.30pm, the cosy, slate-floored Cellar Bar is open for pre-dinner drinks and canapes. There's a handful of tables, a wood-burning stove and a piano, should you fancy a play. You can eat down here if you prefer a more casual vibe, or if you want to being your dog along.
The Dining Room feels special and it is also open to locals, many of whom come by to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. Most of the food is locally sourced, and as a result it's deliciously fresh. When we first visited, our starters - beef carpaccio with celeriac and watercress, and wood pigeon with beetroot mousse were fantastic - and the slow-roasted pork belly with saffron fondant and 5 spice jus that followed was outstanding. When we revisited in 2013, the crispy ham hock with watercress and onsen egg was fantastic, as was the smoked goat’s cheese with beetroot, pickled apple and halva. For dessert, I adored my gorse flower pannacotta with rhubarb, honeycomb and almond tuille, and we both wished we had room left for the local cheeses and chutneys. The wine list is sensibly priced but with a great variety; suggestions are provided with your menu.
Breakfast is served 8-9.30am Mon-Sat and 8.30-10am on Sundays. Cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit salad, jams and honey are set out for you to help yourself, and then you have the option of a Welsh fry up with combos of delicious local bacon, eggs and sausages, smoked haddock and poached eggs, or the rather lighter fresh fruit pancake with yoghurt and honey.
The lovely, light Kitchen Garden room is open all day in high season, serving more casual food - shared roasts, tapas and charcuterie plates, burgers, local fish bouillabaise and delicious desserts. Out of season it's often used for functions so do check when booking. It's an idyllic spot for a wedding, with huge doors opening out on to the enclosed terrace and picturesque kitchen garden, the rolling green hills providing a stunning back drop. Nearby, we'd recommend Lou Lou’s Café and Fronlas Tea Rooms for lunch or a cuppa and hearty slice of cake.
Children are warmly welcomed at Llys Meddyg. Baby cots are free of charge (the hotel can provide a bottom sheet, too); there's a small surcharge for extra beds. There are 3 family rooms, babysitting can be arranged, and each room has a fridge, which is very useful for storing baby food.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
The Large Garden Room, Blue Room and Pink Room all have sofabeds that can sleep up to 2. If you want more space then the Large Garden Room and the Cosy Garden Room are opposite each other in the mews building.
Baby monitors work from all bedrooms to the Dining Room restaurant and Cellar Bar, but you might feel more comfortable only using these if you are staying in the main house.
A special kids' menu is available all year (think spaghetti bolognaise, sausages, fish goujons with mash or chips), and requests should anything different be required are easily accommodated. Children are welcome both in the a la carte restaurant, The Dining Room, and the more informal Cellar Bar. The Kitchen Garden is open for lunch and evening meals during the summer, and this opens out onto a beautiful enclosed garden with outdoor seating, ideal for families
Stairs are steep and there is no lift