The Dyffryn Arms in Cwm Gwaun: a Pembrokeshire boozer not much changed in a century… or more

‘I told them I wasn’t opening ’til one today’ an old lady’s voice complains as I enter the bar at the Dyffryn Arms in tucked-away Cwm Gwaun, a thickly-foliaged valley near Fishguard. It is not the reception you expect when you walk through the open front door of an ostensibly open pub to order a pint, but then this is no ordinary tavern. Quite possibly, … Continue reading The Dyffryn Arms in Cwm Gwaun: a Pembrokeshire boozer not much changed in a century… or more

Roch Castle Hotel: 21st-century flair in a 12th-century fortress

The surprise, with Roch Castle, is not that it exists. No retiring violet, it stands prominently out of the rolling patchwork of Southwest Pembrokeshire farmland whether you are approaching from the northeast (St Davids) or southwest (Haverfordwest). What is eye-opening is that an ancient, embattled stronghold like this could be so slick and contemporary within. And that you can stay there.  Why we love it… … Continue reading Roch Castle Hotel: 21st-century flair in a 12th-century fortress

Pembrokeshire through the eyes of artist Adrian John

Adrian John is an artist based in Milford Haven. His rich portfolio of work ranges from minutely detailed landscapes to photograph-inspired portraits. With a passion for natural light, contours and shadow, he captures Wales from its most evocative angles – from the industry of the Valleys to the open coastscapes of Pembrokeshire. How do you reflect the spirit of Wales in your painting? I was … Continue reading Pembrokeshire through the eyes of artist Adrian John