What I Ate Wednesday | Lunch by the sea in Tenby – Pembrokeshire

There are no hot and longer days for the next weeks in the UK. I know it. But the glorious weather of this year’s summer in Britain had left wonderful memories to share. One of the highlights was definitely taking my parents to Tenby, in Pembrokeshire.

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This little harbour seaside town located in Wales has glorious beaches, National Trust sites and of course, a respectful and varied gastronomic scene.

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We were staying at Saundersfoot for the week, so we just spent an afternoon Tenby. What a beautiful choice for a day out with the family.

There are so much to explore there. From its old market to the old lifeboat station and Tenby’s Harbwr Brewery. There is something about those fishing towns in Britain that want us to explore them more and more. Tenby is a good example.

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The idea was exploring the best of Tenby’s shops, its heritage buildings, pubs ( to watch the World Cup) and then, ending our sightseeing grabbing something to drink and eat in a restaurant by the sea. So, we did it.

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The best way to discover the diverse culinary of Tenby is with an appetite. As my mother has diabetes, it’s always a bit tricky to find the right place to eat sometimes.

I had browsed several menus of restaurants in Tenby way before our visit. And we ended up choosing The South Beach Bar & Grill.

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This restaurant sits right on the edge of Tenby’s South beach with superb views of Caldey Island.

It’s also impressively huge. There are at least three different areas in this place, including the outside tables. Of course, it was not difficult to find a table even on a buzzing summer day in July.

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The décor and the sandy beach vibe make this restaurant a real gem. Colourful tables, seaside memorabilia and an open kitchen to open your appetite. It’s a quite spacious restaurant. Perfect for families and friends gathering.

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We were welcomed in the entrance for a quite friendly waitress that rapidly accommodate us on a nice large table.

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She recommended us the Breads & oil- a selection of Artisan bread, with Grissini breadsticks, olives and a balsamic & olive oil dressing.

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That was a lovely starter indeed. For mains my father wanted the traditional S.A. Gold beer battered cod with thick cut chips, mushy peas and our own tartare sauce.

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He was waiting for this moment for so long. Poor thing. So, I thought it was the right time to go for it. Yay! Fish and Chips on the beach.

My mother was more traditional choosing an 8oz sirloin steak served with Welsh red mustard & tarragon butter, confit tomato, flat cap mushroom and thick cut chips.

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Hubby wanted to go for a duck option that they apparently didn’t have it anymore. In fact, pizza and other menu options were not available that day.

We didn’t see it as a problem at all, considering the town was packed and the restaurant was probably buzzing on the weekend.

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His second option was Welsh beef burger topped with back bacon, Emmental cheese, tomato, red onion, rocket and dill pickle in a brioche bun with thick cut chips.

It’s nice to say that we didn’t need to pay for any bread served because of the lack of duck in the menu. They were quite apologetic, and it definitely made a difference in the service.

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I had a burger too. But mine was a vegetarian version – Buttermilk halloumi burger topped with a flat cap mushroom, tomato, red onion and beetroot & horseradish relish in a brioche bun with thick cut chips.

As you probably noticed, everything was served with chips. Delicious chips, by the way. We were greedy enough to ask for some salad, sweet potato chips (I know, more chips!) and onion rings.

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Of course, we ended up going back home with some doggy bags. There was so much food served that there was no space for dessert, of course.

Overall, I quite enjoyed the food at South Beach Bar & Grill. They have a quite large Carta of wines and the beautiful view from the Welsh seaside is the bonus.

I will definitely go back to Tenby to explore a bit more of its natural beauty and fabulous gastronomic scene.

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I'm a Brazilian journalist based in West Midlands. In Brazil, I have worked with International Trade and Logistics publications. Now in the UK, I keep writing and I dedicate myself to a new project : Midlands Trade - a blog focused on business in Europe and Brazil. It's also supporting small businesses throughout the #MeetTheBusiness.

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