Penally Abbey Hotel is based in the beautiful and tranquil village of Penally, just 2 miles from the pretty seaside town of Tenby. Whilst the hotel is perfectly nestled away from the hustle and bustle you can either walk 20 minutes across Tenby South beach or make the 5 minute drive into the action. The perfect combination!
In all of our rooms we provide hand written guides that are a compilation of our staffs favourite places to eat, explore, sunbathe and visit on both sunny days and rainy days. If you’re like me, and like to research a place before you visit, then here is the inside scoop on where we think is great for lunch, dinner, beer and everything in between. We are extremely lucky in Penally to have such a wonderful town which has three beaches, a gorgeous harbour and all the holiday atmosphere you could possibly need on our doorstep.
So, here it is, Tenby at its finest…
Coffee, Cafes and Delis…
Photo: Stowaway Coffee Shop
This little coffee shop is the worst kept secret in Tenby. Hidden in the harbour wall it serves delicious coffee with the expertise and coffee skills of the big cities! We recommend that you get a take away coffee, one of their cracking fresh crab sandwiches and wonder along the harbour to take in the views.
2 Penniless Cove, Tenby Harbour
Loafley Bakery and Deli
Photo: Loafley Bakery
Loafley bakery is a breath of fresh air for Tenby. Think fresh, homemade products every day with different breads piled high, this is a bakery in it’s true sense. Pick up a fresh focaccia sandwich, a platter of cured meats and make the exceptionally hard decision from the daily cake selection for the ULTIMATE picnic lunch. Their retail section also means you can take a variety of local produce home with you. From Coed Canlas marmalade to Pembrokeshire chocolate. Thank you for coming to Tenby Loafley, you are a delicious smelling joy to locals and visitors alike!
Opening Hours: 9.30 - 5ish (Closed on Sundays)
Loafley Bakery & Deli co.,
Upper Frog Street, Tenby,
Pembrokeshire, SA70 7JD
Photo: sharonl86 (Instagram)
If you manage to bag either the table in the window or one on the little terrace overlooking the harbour you can enjoy a wonderfully made coffee or a cold glass of wine with the most incredible view of Tenby. Whether it’s a relaxed breakfast or whiling away the afternoon, you can’t go wrong here. This lovely café also has live music throughout the summer months – huge bonus!
Opening Hours: 9-5 (See their Facebook for evening events etc)
Photo: Fuchsia Cafe
Located down a pretty mews in the heart of Tenby this really is a little oasis away from the fish and chip shops and busy pubs. Café come florist, (why didn’t I think of such a dreamy combination!?) serving delicious vegetarian dishes and lovely juices. On a sunny day you can sit outside in this perfect sun trap.
Monday to Thursday 9:00 - 17:00 | Friday to Saturday 9:00 - 21:30 | Sunday 9:00 - 17:00
Upper Frog Street,
Fish and Chips…
Park Road Chip Shop
In Tenby you are inundated with chip shops. So here it is, for the best fish and chips head to Park Road chip shop. End of story.
Top tip, give them a call and put your order in en route as they cook everything fresh so it takes about 10 minutes – especially when it is busy (which is most of the time!).
Photo: Park Road Fish and Chip Shop
Opening Hours: 12noon - 21.00
Upper Park Rd, Tenby
Bars, Restaurants and Beer…
Salt Cellar Tenby
This place is all about quality food cooked perfectly. If you’re looking for somewhere a little bit special or simply want somewhere where you can guarantee a delicious meal, great menu and friendly service look no further. The chefs are two passionate guys who are keen to put Tenby back on the map for food. The menu is fresh and uses locally sourced ingredients. On sunny days you can sit on their terrace which looks right the way from Castle beach across to South beach, and out to sea with Caldey Island thrown in for good measure.
This is easily a contender to be our favourite restaurant in Pembrokeshire! Go Go Go!
Opening Hours: Every day 12.30-14.30 / 18.00-22.00
The Salt Cellar
Top Joes, Tenby
Photo: My own because I can't help but take endless photos here!
This pizza restaurant is my go to. If you like pizza, and I mean GREAT pizza, this is the place for you. Top Joes keeps it simple and does it unbelievably well. All ingredients are fresh, authentically Italian and cooked in the pizza oven. You can also take away a pizza, which is the perfect compromise if it is too busy and you can’t get a table – definitely book in the summer months/peak times.
A little side note – they also do a few simple pasta dishes (all homemade and delicious) and a small number of salads if you’re not an avid pizza lover!
Opening Hours: Mon- Fri 5pm-Late | Saturday & Sunday 12noon-3pm/ 5pm- Latehttp://www.topjoes.co.uk
Upper Frog Street,
Photo: Sandbar Tenby
If you like beer, local produce and young people with heaps of enthusiasm and passion for beer, this is it. The Sand Bar is run by Tenby Brewery which is a micro brewery. We serve a small selection of their beers at the hotel but if you want to have the full experience head down the pretty mews (the same one as Café Fushsia) and enjoy the huge number of beers on offer. They also have a little retail space where you can buy independent beers. Whatever night you decide to pop in you’ll find it bustling and full of people drinking the ever changing beer selection, independent and locally sourced spirits and enjoying the fantastic menu of ribs, nachos and burgers – the perfect food for sampling beer.
Opening Hours: 12noon - 11pm
Upper Frog Street
The sister company to the wonderful Loafley means you can only expect good things from this lovely little corner restaurant. A bustling cafe during the day serving fish finger sandwiches and Loafley goodies, to a cosy, intimate restaurant by night. They also do delicious breakfasts and a consistently good Sunday roast every weekend! A all round winner for whatever your taste buds fancy. Lovely service and bang in the middle of Tenby, just off from the square.
Opening Hours: Monday-Wednesday 08:30-17:00 | Thursday-Saturday 08:30 - 21:00 | Sunday 08:30-17:00 |
The Mooring Restaurant and Cafe,
15 High Street
Penally Abbey Hotel for Food Lovers
So whatever you fancy when you visit Tenby, you now have the inside knowledge of our local favourites!
Our restaurant has gone through a lot of changes this Summer and we are very excited to tell you so much more about it in our next blog so keep your eyes peel for all things food at Penally Abbey Hotel!
Coastal Dining Experience in Tenby
From October 1st running all the way through until Christmas we are doing a fantastic offer on our bedrooms when guests come and try Jerry Adam's new incredible 9 course Tasting Menu at the hotel! This offer is availble as an introduction to his cooking and to welcome foodies to Pembrokeshire!
Call us for more information or read more about Jerry here.
Happy exploring everyone!