we made it to solva, yaaaay for that!  we made pretty good time, and next time i swear i WILL NOT WORRY SO MUCH about not making it!  in the description of the hotel in solva, it said that there was a good restaurant there, and we should make a reservation if we wanted to dine there.  so i called ahead, and the only opening was early in the evening – maybe at 5:00?  of course we’d be famished by then, but then i spent too much time worrying about getting there in time gfor dinner.  at some point i decided it didn’t matter if we made it in time because there had to be more than one restaurant in town.

solva was hopping with lots of vacationers.

our b&b, The Cambrian Inn, was quite lovely and old but also refurbished and modern.  the best of both worlds. the guy behind the bar at the restaurant led us up, up, up many stairs to the top floor.  our suite took up the entire floor!  it was the exact opposite of the Clock House in Marloes.  the windows were funny – there was that window in the ceiling, and it was a little stuffy in the room but luckily kevin figured out how to open the window.


the only other window was that teeny one facing the street.  you had to crouch down to look out!  it looked like the place had very recently been turned into guest room.


and here’s our whole other empty room, where we could have held a party if we’d known anybody to invite.


the bathroom was huge and pretty fancy.


i was so happy to be there!


we hurried to get cleaned up, and went down to dinner.

and of course it wasn’t all it was advertised to be.  it wasn’t bad, but because it was so very early, the place was filled with great big families with many very very loud children.  i remember that the bread was very good – i got some cockles for an appetizer because i wanted to try them.  you were supposed to spear them with toothpicks and add vinegar.  they were a little bit rubbery.


a cockle is a kind of clam, i just learned.


kevin had a delicious pie – chicken?  beef?  with a basket of delicious fries.  i decided to have a bevy of apptizers for my main course, including very rare beef and a salad.  but the beef came with lots of salad, so i had a ridiculous amount of greens.  dang greens.


we didn’t stay for dessert because of the loudness of the place, and were glad to stroll around the town.  it’s a very popular tourist destination.



so many cars!


after our saunter, we decided to go back to the hotel for dessert.


hmm, why no sticky toffee pudding?  i don’t think they had any.  instead, a delicious rhubarb thing with fabulous ice cream, plus port for me and whiskey for kevin.  at this point the restaurant was really packed and hoppin’, but luckily we found a comfy couch near the bar area and sat there enjoying our food and drinks.  many people were all milling around waiting for a table, and we were most pleased tat we could just walk up to our lovely room!

one more day of the official pembrokeshire path hike to come…

ok then,

mrs. h.