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“Good food, but lacking in certain areas”
Review of The Cambrian Inn

The Cambrian Inn
Ranked #1 of 8 Restaurants in Solva
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$28
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: At The Cambrian Inn you will find the best of both world’s, a welcoming relaxed lounge bar and the simple yet stylish main dining room.The lounge bar with its relaxed atmosphere is the perfect place to enjoy a pre or post dinner drink, or if you are not heading for the main dining room, you can just sit back and relax in one of the comfy chesterfields, enjoy your drink, order some snacks or delve into our wonderful bar menu, available every lunch and evening. With dishes like our Pembrokeshire Wagyu beef burger using the finest meat reared in the county and a selection of fresh fish caught daily by Solva fishermen you can get a true taste of Pembrokeshire.The main dining room, with it’s exposed stonework, original pitch pine beams and contemporary furnishings provides the perfect environment for you and your party to enjoy your selection of dishes and wines that have been carefully put together by the resident Head Chef, Matthew Cox and his team. We like to feel we cater for all, with a wide selection of meat, poultry, fish, game and of course vegetarian dishes using only the best local produce wherever possible. Matthew’s menus reflect his simple yet sophisticated approach, which relies on the quality of the ingredients to speak for themselves.
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
1 review
“Good food, but lacking in certain areas”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Eaten here a few times recently; once during fish week and once this week. We visited in a large group which was accommodated for with ease. Great selection of food on the menu and I couldn't recommend the venison burger much more, it's really great.
The downsides of the meal came with the service. Despite the staff being friendly and polite I feel that there were a few areas of the service that were lacking. For example. our starters were not fully taken away before our mains arrived, we had our mussel shells and finger bowls left after the starters, some of which we had to move to and adjacent table to make room for our mains. We would also have expected to be offered the wine list but instead we did have to ask for it a couple of times. A portion of chips seemed to have been forgotten from one of the meals and cutlery needed to be requested in a couple of cases. Finally, after we had ordered our desserts we were gently reminded that the table would need to be freed up for the next guest in 15 minutes. We hadn't been forewarned about this, but the server said that we should have been informed at the start.
Overall then a good meal, have recommended and will continue to recommend to family and friends, and certainly will be back at some point in the future.

  • Visited August 2014
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English first
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5 restaurant reviews
“Great food, lovely ambience”
Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

We've eaten here twice over the last couple of years when visiting Solva and have been very happy. The menu offers excellent choice of a number of appetising dishes, the food is good quality, well prepared and cooked, and they are happy to be flexible if possible. Children are very well accommodated for and the general feel and ambience of the place is very good.

My only gripe, which is relatively minor, is that a comment about a couple of the portions of fries with our main meals, being overcooked and seemingly 'the bits from the bottom if the fryer' was acknowledged, then pretty much ignored. Not that we wanted or expected much more than an basic apology and assurance it wasn't the norm, but there was nothing other than a nod and comment of "we'll pass onto the kitchen" Just a bit frustrating!

We will return, I'm sure.....I just hope the chips are better next time!!

Visited August 2014
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cardiff
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44 reviews
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“food worthy of a big city”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

we had a weekday lunch and the choice and quality of the food was as good as you.d get in a smart city restaurant .the décor is as you would expect in a country pub but without being cramped ,and with an airy atmosphere .It was quiet with most people having more simple but nonetheless appetising meals. good choice of beers and all for a reasonable cost .I would doubt there's a better place for dinner or a smart lunch inthis part of the county

  • Visited August 2014
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“Recommended by the Castle.”
Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Roch Castle for the night and were recommended to eat here by the manager and we are so glad,from start to finish it was a fitting venue and meal to go with the castle stay.The food its self was beautifully presented and served by happy smiling staff also the wine was good value and a large choice was available all in all a really really good quality place serving excellent food.

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West Yorks
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great experience”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

We went to this restaurant twice on our recent holiday to Solva and enjoyed both visits. The food was excellent, the wine good and the service efficient and friendly. It seems to get very busy so I think it's wise to book, but I would thoroughly recommend.

  • Visited August 2014
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