Penally Abbey Hotel and Restaurant invited me to stay last month, maybe they know I won’t turn down any opportunity involving a sea view? Lucky me anyway! The hotel is just a 5-minute drive from Tenby, a little seaside town in the surrounds of arguably the most beautiful coastline Wales has to offer. My first visit to this part of the country but certainly won’t be my last. Pembrokeshire took my breath away and I’m already planning another trip there soon!
Before checking into Penally Abbey myself and Monalogue (friend and chief driver) explored the picturesque streets and harbour of Tenby. Quiet in offseason but no less charming. Gorgeous beaches, pastel-coloured houses and dogs…yes, lots of happy dogs I’m sure Tenby has much more to offer but this was enough to keep me happy.
So, onwards to the hotel, which I fell for almost immediately on sight! The building itself dates back to the late 18th century and many of the Gothic period details are still there to admire. Style and beautiful windows aside, the warm atmosphere in the family-owned Penally Abbey really made it a pleasure to stay.
Dining at Penally Abbey is really quote the occasion in itself. The kitchen is headed up by Jerry Adam, a chef with an incredible passion for seasonal and raw ingredients, recently named in ‘Olive magazine’s Uk Chefs to watch list for 2018’. For good reason too I believe. The evening tasting menu pays homage to the vast availability of wild edible ingredients in Pembrokeshire, expect surprises of the best kind. We started with a warm wheaton bread and lashings of seaweed butter, which I have to say is the only time I’ve not been repulsed by spirulina! Each dish was another delight. Ending on a dessert with perhaps my favourite flavour combination of the evening – chocolate, toasted hop and lager.
pictured above: beetroot, oyster and dill granita
Breakfast includes a generous offering of fruits, pastries and cereals. There’s also a menu of hot dishes, brown buttered hake with poached eggs for example and the classic cooked breakfast (served with a traditional Welsh laverbread). Certainly set us up well for the day!
Penally, near Tenby, Pembrokeshire
*Penally Abbey kindly covered the costs involved in my stay but as always, all words and opinions are of course my own.