The Cresselly Arms

The Cresselly Arms, Cresswell Quay, Pembrokeshire SA68 0TE

In a beautiful situation at the head of a tidal creek, this is a greystone, ivy-clad pub dating back around 250 years. The heart of the pub is the unspoilt Victorian public bar, with a quarry-tiled floor, an old cast-iron fireplace and original wooden bar counter and bar back fittings. In recent years it has been slightly opened up and extended towards the rear.

The admittedly rather bland Worthington Best Bitter is still drawn directly from the cask and served by jug, while Doom Bar and maybe a couple of local guest ales are dispensed from handpumps. No food is served. The pub was Pembrokeshire CAMRA Pub of the Year for 2015.

There’s plenty of outdoor seating, making it an excellent spot to sit outside on a summer evening and watch the sunset. Note that a lot of the ivy has been removed between the 2011 StreetView image and my picture taken on 23 June 2015.


  1. Only 5 hours drive, could be there by 9. Sounds terrific. I quite liked Worthington with a proper head, can't imagine it served from the jug !

  2. Have you never been there? Considered one of the classics that trips off everyone's tongue. Beautiful setting, but I think it's right that it's only regional, not national, inventory status.

    I'm just catching up on a few additions from last year.

  3. Don't think so ! You've been to that area a lot more than me. At Swansea in mid May so might detour.

    Look forward to a post on Pontfaen?