We’ve recently returned from our first visit to Tenby, a small seaside town on the south Pembrokeshire coast. We had a long weekend, Friday to Monday and had a thoroughly enjoyable time once we got there.
The day started well enough, we loaded up the car, sorted out some housekeeping stuff with our neighbours and set off. Or tried to. The car wasn’t having any of it. We’d literally done about 1/4 mile and the engine became very ‘lumpy’ and wouldn’t pull. We limped to our local garage to be told that they definitely wouldn’t take it any distance(not good when we had a 210 mile trip ahead of us) so home we went. We sorted a hire car and eventually hit the road around mid-day.
We didn’t have any problems getting there despite the almost complete lockdowns along the South Wales coast and eventually arrived around 4:30. The hotel we stayed at, The Premier Inn didn’t have parking and so we used their recommended parking which is the multi-story about a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Second challenge of the day. The parking is coin only. Only £5 for 24 hours which is very reasonable, but of course I had assumed I could pay by card. Sorted out that and then headed to the hotel.
One of the lessons we have learnt post-lockdown is that to be sure you can eat at the restaurant you want, in the main you need to book ahead, so we had booked evening meals at the Bay of Bengal, The Blue Ball and The Baytree. The Bay of Bengal was a real disappointment as they claimed no knowledge of our booking and they were full. Happily we found an alternate with good pub grub, the Normandie. (I have written reviews of all our eating out activity on Trip advisor, under the name of TheDirger).
Tenby has a nice selection of quirky shops and restaurants, is very Coeliac aware (essential as both my wife and I are Coeliacs, we can thoroughly recommend the fish and chips at Fecci’s). It wasn’t too busy as we visited late September, although the very nice weather did bring out visitors on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday we did some essential family shopping, then went out in the car to visit Manorbier Castle which is quite impressive. Their is a castle in Tenby which we visited on Sunday morning, but its much smaller. Their is a nice little bay at Manorbier castle too.
We then headed along the coast, once i persuaded the satnav to take us to the right place, to Freshwater West, famous as the last resting place of Dobby, the house elf in Harry Potter. Busy with Surfers.
Sunday saw us finish off the shopping, visit Tenby Castle and as it was such a nice day we decided to have a picnic on the beach. Plenty of space and everyone social distancing. A very pleasant couple of hours it was too. The car-related challenges persisted over the Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, we damaged the front of the hire car courtesy of a huge unseen pothole and just for good measure Sunday I got a parking ticket in the multi-story. Will the car curse never end?
We had a pretty uneventful trip home on the Monday. We liked Tenby and will return. Thanks for reading.