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by Karen Grikitis (subscribe)
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Published July 30th 2012
Wales' most eccentric pub?
Reputedly the highest pub in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, Tafarn Sinc is
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Tafarn Sinc, Rosebush, South Wales
one of those places where you feel compelled to stop and have a pint out of curiosity, primarily because of its unusual name, which means the zinc pub, and its equally peculiar appearance, as it is made of dark red, corrugated iron.

As you approach the entrance to Tafarn Sinc, you are welcomed by the sound of a steam train, which is a nod to its heritage, as it was built in 1877 as a hotel for travellers, when the railway opened between Clunderwen and Rosebush, serving
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Looking out over the Preselis from the beer garden, with the railway 'scene' in the foreground
the quarries in the Preseli hills. The source of the sound can be found in the beer garden where a remnant of the railway line remains, complete with a typical train station 'scenario' with 19th century figures waiting for the train to arrive, and a signal box, from which the steam engine sound emanates. If you don't care for such 'kitsch', there is a fantastic view of the Preselis beyond and the surrounding gardens are also very pretty.

Inside Tafarn Sinc, you will hear Welsh spoken by the locals who frequent the pub, but don't be put off. The Welsh
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The beer garden, Tafarn Sinc
are very proud of their heritage and for many it is their first language, so they're not necessarily being unfriendly by speaking amongst themselves in their own tongue. The inside of the pub is as eccentric as the exterior with legs of ham and other paraphernalia decorating the rustic interior.

Tafarn Sinc is featured in The Good Pub Guide and serves a range of cask ales. The proprietors also serve an excellent Sunday lunch and good value for money food during the week
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Inside Tafarn Sinc
(12noon to 2pm and 6m to 9pm), such as local favourites like home cooked faggots with onion gravy and Preseli lamb burgers with mint jelly, both of which will set you back 10.50.

Closed on Monday in the winter, Tafarn Sinc is near Rosebush Reservoir and can be found by following the brown 'places of interest' signs off the B4313 road, which meets the A40 in the south near Narberth and the A487 near Fishguard in the north west.
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Why? Cask ales, good food, quirky pub
Phone: 01437 532214
Where: Rosebush, Clunderwen, South Wales
Cost: 10.50 for Preseli lamb burger
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