Good food, good company, Good times
We all know that a good holiday needs several good components, and we know that Pembrokeshire really does have all the ingredients for the perfect break.
* Good views? Check.
* Good activities? Check.
* Good weather? Well, we do get a few showers…
* Good food? CHECK!
With its surrounding rolling fields, fish-filled seas and a maritime climate to boost both, St Davids is well-known for its fresh produce and coastal cuisine. You can easily feast like kings in this small city, so here’s a foodie guide to St Davids, meal by meal. Bon appetit!
We start our foodie guide to St Davids with the most important meal of the day: breakfast. By all means, have your first cup of coffee of the day looking at the wondrous views from your beautiful St Davids Escapes cottage. But when it comes to food, step away from the toaster, stick your coat on and head to the first of our foodie guide destinations for the ultimate day starter!
This simple cafe and restaurant offer simple, comforting food to start your day. A friendly welcome and an awesome cooked breakfast (among other options, but why would you?) will set you up for a day of adventures on the coast! They’re also open for lunches, and do an incredible Sunday roast.
Open: Monday – Sunday 9am-4pm
Attached to the visitor’s centre and art centre, Pilgrim’s Cafe serves a hearty English breakfast among other inventive dishes with an Asian influence. Head Chef Sarah has spent time in Thailand and her delicious menu is full of Welsh ingredients given a Thai twist. Stop in the tourist information centre on-site first to check out all your activity options (or check our blog here for more ideas) and pour over ideas with your family as someone else pours the coffee! A great first breakfast stop in St Davids, with plenty to do on-site while you digest!
Open: Breakfasts from 9.30am-11.30am, Lunch & Brunch 12 to 3pm. Cakes and coffee served until 3.30pm.
We continue our mouth-watering foodie guide right into lunchtime, and the offerings available in St Davids do not disappoint. You’ve had your morning walk to St Non’s chapel, you’ve taken a tour of the infamous cathedral, and, quite frankly, you’re feeling peckish. Our foodie guide features two of our favourite lunchtime takeaway spots for the best local flavours!
St Davids Food and Wine
This unassuming deli is packed with all kinds of treats! Whole foods, fresh fruit and veg and some stunning organic wines await you inside St Davids Food and Wine, but the piece de resistance is the fantastic deli counter. This is our favourite place in St Davids for a roll stuffed full of fresh crab, pulled right from the seas around the city. In fact, why not stock up on a picnic here and take it down to Caerfai beach for an al fresco feast?
Open: 8:30 am to 5:30 am Monday to Saturday, 10 to 5 on Sundays
The Bishops is a traditional maritime pub in the centre of St Davids. In summer months, the diners spill out onto the terrace with a stunning view of St Davids Cathedral. Inside, as well as a great beer selection, their menu is jam packed full of pub favourites to please everyone at the table.
Open: 7 days a week
We think you’ll love our foodie guide choices for dinner, and we know that you’ll have built up quite an appetite. With galleries to explore, artisan shops to browse, and perhaps even a cheeky swim at Whitesands beach, the sights, sounds and sea air mean it’s time for a glass of wine and some great food. Here’s what we’ve got in store for you in St Davids.
Set right in the heart of St Davids on the Cross Square, this restaurant boasts a beautiful garden from which to sit and watch the world go by while sipping on a pre-dinner cocktail. Dinner itself looks set to be exciting for 2021 as the original Head Chef from Cwtch* Restaurant (Matt Cox) is now the Head Chef at St Davids Cross Hotel. Expect Cwtch* style favourites along with elevated pub grub, traditional burgers, pasta dishes alongside local seasonal specials.
Open: 7 days a week
St Davids Kitchen
St Davids Kitchen is firmly on our St Davids foodie guide as it serves one of the city’s finest dishes: Welsh Black beef steaks. Yes, this is the place for both surf and turf – the cows are reared locally, and the lobster (which is another firm favourite) is pulled fresh from the sea! There’s even mutton on the menu which is reared only miles from the kitchen…you can’t get fresher than that
St Davids Kitchen does its best to source all ingredients from the local vicinity, meaning you’re truly getting a taste of St Davids at this beautiful restaurant.
Open: Noon until 3 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm, 7 days a week
Well, you are on holiday after all! The sweet treats are just as delicious as the savoury ones on our foodie guide. The choices we present to you are also locally-sourced and produced in St Davids. I bet you hadn’t realised just how tasty this tiny city was! Don’t forget to keep an eye out in local stores for tastes of your holiday that you can take home with you…we even wrote a blog about where to find them!
The ultimate dessert for any foodie worth their salt(ed caramel) is The Bench‘s locally made ice cream. The milk comes from a farm a mere mile away and is churned into fabulous flavours such as Ferrero Rocher, Pembrokeshire Promise, Strawberries and Cream and Pink Grapefruit sorbet. This delicious spot is right in the middle of St Davids…almost too convenient to pass by? We think so! It’s open all day in the summer, so you don’t have to wait until after dinner…
Open: 09:30 am to 6 pm seven days a week
St Davids Gin
It’s not a place, and it’s so much more than a gin. St Davids Gin is an experience that you must try on your trip to Pembrokeshire. Stocked by most reputable watering holes across our tiny city, this is a G&T like no other you’ll find anywhere else. Choose from Ramsey Island Welsh Dr Gin, made from botanicals hand foraged from Ramsey, or St Davids Seaweed Welsh Dry Gin, made with Sea Oak gathered from St Justinians. Sound a bit unusual? We can guarantee that you’ll be sacrificing your sticky toffee pud for a sip of this refreshingly different gin, and you’ll be helping the birds while you’re doing it! A donation from the sale of each bottle of gin goes towards imperative works to protect Ramsey Island birds, in conjunction with the RSPB. Like you needed another excuse to give it a try!
Open: visit the website to order a bottle or two for your drinks cabinet at home.
Cheers! We’re pretty sure that any food lover will be suitably satisfied (and a bit stuffed) with our foodie guide to St Davids. Don’t forget to share your favourite St Davids memory on our social media pages – we’ll bet one of these yummy stops will appear!