The Cambrian Inn, Solva: or, what happens when I am too lazy to cook.

It’s difficult in the summer in St Davids. During the school holiday the population here rises, people drive as if they were on holiday, there are queues in the shops and you can’t usually decide at 6.30 that you really are too lazy to cook and want to eat out, because, usually, all the tables are booked up. So, I rang the Cambrian in Solva on the off-chance. Sure enough they were fully booked, but never mind I thought, so when they said they would squeeze us in at 8.30, even though it was busy, and if we didn’t mind if the food took a little longer etc. I don’t mind at all.

So, at 8.00 went down to Solva and the tide was full in and looking like flooding and the black rooks were circling the trees settling in for the night, and the wind was tap tap tapping the ropes on the boats that swayed in the harbour. And it was busy, but we got a drink and settled down to read the menu.

The table to the side of us went into raptures when their fish and chips arrived, and they did look spectacular. But we chose the spring rolls for a starter and the steak pie with Perle Las cheese, and peas and chips.

spring rolls from the CambrianI don’t usually do ‘restaurant reviews’ on my blog. I can’t compete with the reviewers who wax lyrical about the wines etc. But the minute I tasted these spring rolls I knew I was going to have to sing their praises somewhere. They were crab and lobster and pac choy and they were just wonderful. When you consider how busy they were that day, these spring rolls were cooked to perfection, so tasty, so rich with crab and lobster, so fresh and well just so utterly perfect. Both the crab and lobster are local, fresh pulled from the sea. Served with the chili jam, I don’t think I have ever eaten anything so good in a restaurant before. They didn’t need the chili dip. They were happy enough unaccompanied, just perfect.

As for the pie, well, brilliant crisp topping, rich tasty sauce, tender meat and chips that matched.

steak pie at the Cambrian in SolvaI love the way they ‘squeezed’ us in when they were so busy. I’ve eaten there so often and always the food has been wonderful, amazing steak, really good fish and deserts that are too good. Even when they are busy they still manage to be funny and welcoming and warm. There was one thing though. The waitress: when she learned what I was having for started she came over and said, ‘you’d better leave me a bit of that.’ And again, as she claimed that ‘the pie is my favourite so don’t eat it all, I’d like some of that’. Odd.

But then she is my daughter!

( NB. the waitresses don’t usually do this to all the customers I am told. Only to their mothers and/or fathers. Maybe I should feed her more at home?)


About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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8 Responses to The Cambrian Inn, Solva: or, what happens when I am too lazy to cook.

  1. Di Toft says:

    Depite being in Pembrokeshire for the whole week instead of a rushed weekend here and there. Unhappy to say, I still didn’t get to St David’s! I wanted to see the cathedral, I wanted to ride the Gypsy Vanners, and now I want to sample to food you’ve just described! Next time.

  2. Too far away to make a reservation, but I’m having a mouth-watering morning none the less. Mmmmmmm!!!! I think I’ll make a meat pie tonight.

  3. I am definitely drooling now…that food looks & sounds amazing. Sounds like a lovely place to eat out in too x

  4. I am so coming off my eating programme if I ever visit, Jackie.

  5. Brenda says:

    Thanks for your amazing description of the evening, I almost felt I was there hearing the tapping of the boats against the dock, and hearing the rooks. Hmmm, yes the food sounds like worth waiting for.
    You startled me at first, until it was your daughter as waitress! 🙂

  6. Hope you tipped that wonderful waitress! 😉 Sweet little story Jackie.

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