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Published August 31st 2014
Enjoy delicious home-made food with picture-postcard views
Pembrokeshire in South Wales has lots of hidden gems, among them Quayside Tearoom at Lawrenny Quay, in the very heart of the National Park, where the Daugleddau Estuary meets the Carew River. It may be tricky to find, but once you know where it is, you will keep coming back for the delicious, local fare and stunning views of 'The Secret Waterway'.
As well as sandwiches, baguettes and jacket potatoes, there are a handful of 'specials' every day, such as locally-caught fresh lobster, Pembrokeshire Smokey mackerel, goats cheese and roasted red pepper tart, and melted brie and crispy serrano bacon barra for between £6.50 and £8.50. Accompaniments include home-made coleslaw, lemon mayonnaise and chutneys. The range of liquid refreshments extends from Welsh cider and local ales or a glass of wine, to elderflower presse to share, from £3.60 to £4.50.
Waterway views from the terrace at Quayside Tearoom, Lawrenny
If you fancy something lighter, you can choose from a range of speciality teas, freshly ground coffee, Italian ice-cream and a selection of home-baked cakes, such as jumbleberry cheesecake and sticky ginger cake.
Simple, soothing, pastel-shaded décor inside and out compliment the picture-postcard view from the windows overlooking the estuary, with its bobbing sailboats, blue water and tree-lined banks, stretching off into the distance. When the weather is fine, the grassy terrace outside, with its picnic tables and sunshades, provides the perfect spot from which to watch the bird life of the waterway in its natural habitat.
Working off your lunch, if you are so inclined, couldn't be easier, as there is a three-mile, circular walk from the tearoom, which will take you along the shore, through some woodland, and back through the delightful village of Lawrenny.
Unless you're cycling in the locality, you will need a car to reach Quayside Tearoom. Follow the brown sign for 'Lawrenny Quay' after you've gone through Lawrenny village, which is located off the A477, about 12 miles north west of the seaside town of Tenby.