“A gastro restaurant with cosy rooms, close to the sea in stunning Pembrokeshire National Park: ideal for foodies, families and walkers”
Food is at the heart of the operation, and we found it exceptional - locally caught seafood, organic veg and meat reared close by. There's a cosy cellar bar for a pre-dinner drink; a beautiful Kitchen Garden room for summertime eating, and a wood-fired oven for casual pizzas. Families are well catered for, and you can even bring the dog. Cosy in winter, bright and breezy in summer - and a warm welcome all year round.
- Truly excellent food, including hearty breakfasts - smoked haddock with poached eggs, fresh fruit pancakes with local yoghurt and honey
- Homespun rooms which achieve that alchemy of being cosy yet light and airy, with great showers and huge bathtubs
- Set within Pembrokeshire National Park - beautiful beaches, woods and coastal hikes on your doorstep. With free pick-ups from local train stations and a good bus network you could leave the car at home
- Well-equipped for families travelling with small children, and babysitting can be arranged
- Newport is one of the nicest towns in Pembrokeshire and there are several other lovely cafes and pubs nearby
- The garden bedrooms may be noisy in summer or if there's a function in the Kitchen Garden room
- Service can be patchy; not ideal given the prices
- Breakfast is 8-9.30am Mon-Sat; a little early for that weekend lie-in (though it is later on Sundays)
- Dinner's not cheap but it's worth every penny, and the wine list is very reasonable
- The hotel is in Newport, Pembrokeshire; not to be confused with the Newport near Cardiff!
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant + bar
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
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 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.
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- DVD player
- Extra beds
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's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Organic produce
- Restaurants nearby
- Vegetarian menu
- Walking - it would be criminal not to make the most of the stunning coastal path that starts around the corner from the hotel. If you're feeling fit, try the 11-mile hike to Fishguard, then catch the bus back for a soak in your tub and a beer in the bar before dinner. Alternatively climb Carn Ingli, that overlooks the hotel - 'Mountain of the Angels'
- Coasteering, sea kayaking, surfing and biking are all on offer locally, for those who like adventure
- Families can take buckets and spades along the coastal path to Parrog (20-min walk), and spend a day on the beach
- Birders can visit RSPB sanctuaries at Ramsey Island and Skomer Island. Skomer is one of the biggest puffin colonies in the UK, and both islands are home to a wealth of seabirds: shearwaters, guillemots, razorbills, shags and oystercatchers
- There are oodles of painters, potters and weavers in this area, producing beautiful artisan products - certainly worth taking a look at their galleries, and meeting the artists
- Drive along the coast to nearby Cardigan or Fishguard or head inland through spectacular scenery
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Art/Craft galleries
- Historical sites
- Mountain biking
- Shopping / markets
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)
Family friendly accommodation:
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
Kids Activities nearby:
- Newport beach and sand dunes
- Pushchair-friendly walk along the estuary path to the Parrog
- Crabbing at the Parrog
- Newport Playpark 5 mins away
- Baby and toddler pool in Fishguard
- Coasteering, horse riding, kayaking, seal-watching trips for older kids...
Families Should Know:
Stairs are steep and there is no lift