Voted Best Place to Live in Wales by the Sunday Times, quirky little Narberth is a real jewel in Pembrokeshire’s crown. Along the high street, independent shops sell everything from the most delicious deli food to fine art, and the eateries dotted around the town will fulfil your every whim – tapas, street food, steak, pub grub, pizza, fine dining – it’s all here. The town’s museum also has an extensive bookshop – perfect for a bit of holiday reading in the castle ruins!
Food & Drink
It’s hard to pick a selection, but some of our top tips are:
Describing themselves as a ‘Tap and Food Hall’, Hwb is a new addition to Narberth, with 4 street food-style vendors operating at any one time (tacos, Thai, dirty fries and burgers were on the menu last time we visited) plus an almost-overwhelming selection of beer and cider from independent breweries to choose from. Hwb have regular Tap Takeovers from local breweries, and live music to make the evening go with a swing. If you can’t decide on a drink then we’d recommend the Taster Board to help you find your favourite!
Tucked away on the High Street but also featured in the Times ‘Best Delis’ in 2022, Ultracomida is a foodies’ paradise! Go through the deli area at the front (you may get struggle to get past the gorgeous selection of food here but battle on) to the restaurant at the rear, where you’ll find a menu bursting with freshly prepared tapas and chef’s specials. The Spanish breakfast options are a must if you’re staying nearby!
Oh Crumbs! is our go-to when we need a pick-me up after a long dog walk. They’re dog-friendly, vegetarian, ethical, organic and locally-sourced wherever possible, which ticks all the boxes for a guilt-free treat! Oh Crumbs! serve meals and snacks all day and into the early evening and have a regular board game night to help you drag the kids away from the TV!
If we’re heading out for ice cream then we’re always going Fire & Ice‘s way.. award winning gelato and sorbets made in-house, along with a bottle shop stocked full of craft gins, whisky, ales, and ciders.
For something really special, head out to the 3 AA Rosette Fernery Restaurant, just outside of Narberth. Executive Head Chef Douglas Balish serves up beautiful dishes worthy of an art gallery at times, using the highest quality seasonal produce and vegetables grown in the restaurant’s own garden. Enjoy a 5 or 8 course tasting menu, or treat yourself to Afternoon Tea.
Why not time your visit to Narberth with the Annual Food Festival? A great atmosphere with local food producers, Chefs’ demonstrations and workshops, Narberth Food Festival has been running for over 20 years and attracts thousands of visitors every time.
Things To Do
A trip to Narberth isn’t complete without a browse around all the independent shops; from gorgeous delis like Wisebuys, full of tempting goodies, to galleries like the Golden Sheaf, Oriel Q, Narberth Pottery, and the antiques and vintage shops often featured on programmes like Antiques Road Trip – Bazaar Vintage & Antique Warehouse, Narberth Antiques and Interiors, Useful & Beautiful Things, and Malthouse Antiques, which is hidden up a tiny lane off the High Street. Narberth also has two zero-waste shops, so you can do your part for the planet even when you’re on holiday!
Aside from shopping, Narberth offers plenty of other attractions:
Learn to wakeboard and boulder, challenge yourself at the aquapark or experience the thrill on the ringo rides. This is a great day out for anyone who loves the water! Tuck into mouth-watering food at the tipi to end your day the right way.
This vineyard between Narberth and Whitland consists of 4,000 vines planted across 3 acres and you can enjoy vineyard tours, or tuck into a delicious afternoon tea or Welsh grazing boards while overlooking the vineyard.
This event venue in the heart of Narberth features performances from live bands, comedy gigs, plays, dance and film nights. Pop in for coffee or a meal or look at the exhibitions in the gallery.
Whether you want to ride thrilling rides at Oakwood Theme Park, get active at Heatherton, meet the tigers, rhinos and other beautiful creatures at Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo and Manor Wildlife Park, or travel back in time and have fun and games with the dinosaurs at Dinosaur Park, there are plenty of exciting adventures to be had on your next trip!
Every Saturday at 9.30am, you can meet, feed and walk the wonderful alpacas at Ash Farm in Stepaside. A hot drink is also included, but we think you should definitely head for a bite to eat there – look how amazing that cake looks! There’s also a shop and creative workshops and activities, so plenty to keep you busy.
Where to stay
A charming barn conversion just outside of Narberth. Finished to a high standard, this is a welcoming family home from home, packed full of character with thick stone walls and high pitched ceilings. There’s an open garden to unwind in, and access to a 2-acre paddock for kids and dogs to wear themselves out!
Sleeps 4 | allows 1 dog
A cosy conversion with thick stone walls, low ceilings, and original beams throughout. Honeysuckle is next door to Wren Cottage (above) and they can be booked together or separately – the ideal combination for a holiday with the grandkids, perhaps!
Sleeps 2 | allows 1 dog
Stoneyford Cottage near Narberth in South Pembrokeshire is a lovely single-storey cottage, ideal for couples or small families. It is conveniently located for exploring the county with many beaches, coves and other family attractions within a short drive.
Sleeps 4 | allows 1 dog
A wonderful little pied-à-terre right in the centre of Narberth, 30 seconds from the cafes, restaurants, and shops! Perfect to soak up the atmosphere of this busy little market town, and just a short drive down to the stunning beaches of South Pembrokeshire or up to the Preselis.
An immaculately presented shepherd’s hut with panoramic views. Perfect for a romantic break or a base for friends to enjoy this beautiful part of Pembrokeshire.
As well as the shepherd’s hut, there are also 4 cottages at Brynbanc Farm which can be booked individually or as a group. Just look at the views from the hot tub! The cottages at Brynbanc farm sleep 2-4 and up to 2 dogs.