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Address: Main Street, Solva SA62 6UU, Wales
Phone Number: +44 1437 721907
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Fri - Wed 11:00 - 16:00
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Thanks for your support during 2015 and for making our gallery into a...

Thanks for your support during 2015 and for making our gallery into a community rather than just a work space. We are now re-opening for the year (March 18 2016) and look forward to seeing you. Art and photography gallery with attached cafe open most of the year. Working studio of Cuban artist Raul Speek and photographer Heather Bennett exhibiting local and international art and providing workshop for all ages and sizes of group. Live music often being played by Raul on piano. Cafe offers delicious cakes and drinks suitable for all the family. Some gluten free usually available. Maybe ring ahead if you have special requirements and we will try to help you. Some evening events including jazz and music evenings, talks on art and book launches please see website for these. Thank you.

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A Spot of Salsa in Solva

This has to be one of the most curious and most fulfilling to visit of all the galleries and cafes in Pembrokeshire. Owned and curated by a real independent thinker - Raul is an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
David M H
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York, United Kingdom
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York, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This has to be one of the most curious and most fulfilling to visit of all the galleries and cafes in Pembrokeshire. Owned and curated by a real independent thinker - Raul is an attraction in himself. Talk to him about his art and about his music and find out why this Cuban emigre is in South Wales instead of... More 

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Thank David M H
hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit here. We have been here 21 years now and still love Pembrokeshire so its great when someone visiting does too. Raul says hello and that he really enjoyed talking with you. Take care and come again! Best wishes Heather More 

Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Warm welcome from Heather, showing us around some of the art works which caught our eye. A treat for creative spirits with an interesting variety of local work.

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Thank Helen H
hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this review

Thanks Helen. Pleasure to spend time with you. Hope to see you again. We close on and off at this time of year but open most weekends. Regards Heather More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Enjoyable chat with the owners while we tucked into delicious cakes and tea. And a water bowl for our dog, offered very kindly without our asking. The owners were really friendly and chatty (especially Raul, whose piano playing was a fantastic extra).

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Thank Susan G
hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post this lovely review. We enjoyed meeting you and are glad that your dog was happy too. I have noticed this year that there seem to be a lot more dogs around and wonder if it is because more people are choosing to holiday in the UK? Anyway it is helping us decided which... More 

Gibraltar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Enjoyed having a look around here. The building is a chapel which has been very eclectically decorated. The artist was there working on a piece. I loved the vibrancy of the colours he used. We went to the cafe for some tea and the artist came in and was talking to us about his cats. He then went back to... More 

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hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Children do seem to enjoy it here - I think it is the mix of the colours and the music and the fact that they get close to the paintings to really see them. Hope to see you all again one day. Raul says hello and says the cats enjoyed... More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

To clarify the rating, it is for Speek cafe and gallery only as there does not seem to be anywhere I can just review the cafe on its own. As I was looking around the gallery slightly separated from my husband I heard a loud agitated voice in Spanish. It was the male proprietor. I ignored it for a while... More 

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hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this review

Dear Heidi M I left this a few days to respond to as I am not sure what to put as this is the second similar review from you on the gallery site and although I did apologise to you in the previous one you seem so upset that you do not seem to hear what I say. A bit... More 

St Helens, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

The man himself was rude and unpleasant. His art was well executed but lacking in originality. Out dated imagery harking back to the 70's set at unrealistic prices.

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hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this review

I am sorry you did not enjoy meeting Raul. Most of the time he is really engaged with visitors but I guess that particular day like all of us sometimes he was withdrawn and short tempered. This is a working studio although we open to the public which is occasionally a bit of a problem as if an artist is... More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

Popped in to the gallery, a lovely gallery in the beautiful village. Really impressed by the pictures and prints but most important ( to us anyway ) wad the friendly reception. Raul is a true eccentric and enthusiastic gentlemen. We took in our dog, Alfie as well and he was made most welcome Would recommend a visit to open minded... More 

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hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you (and your dog!!) for taking the time to write a review. Glad you enjoyed being here and that Raul's sometimes too excited English didn't put you off. Pembrokeshire is lovely isn't it? Take care. Heather x More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

Everytime when my husband and I go to Solva we will always visit this magical place. Raul showed us his paintings on the ceilings, amazing! I especially love the natural light in this gallery, everything is so naturally placed and make us feel joyful. You can take bus to Solva Pottery and walk over within 1 mins. So you don't... More 

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hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review - gladd you enjoyed being here and look forward to seeing you again. More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015 via mobile

We have been visiting Solva for over 20 years and this gallery / teaching space / cafe is one of our favourite places. Raul is a vibrant and friendly artist, always willing to chat and explain his approach to art. The gallery displays his work as well as that of his partner, photographer Heather Bennett. In addition to the art... More 

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hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this review

Raul asked me to tell you how much he enjoyed the lesson too! He connects well with Jim and found it satisfying work. So glad you liked the cafe too and look forward to seeing you again next year. We may be on the move but new spaces will be on the website if so and on trip advisor. Take... More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2015

A lovely gallery with Raul in situ to speak to the customers, he's a great character to chat to. Love his artwork and Heather's photography.

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Thank LouL18
hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed being here. Weather has been strange this year but at least being inside the gallery is dry!! Thank you for coming and hope to see you again. Regards Raul More 

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