Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting travel bloggers Erin & Josh Bender and their two children during their time in Wales. Here’s a bit of what they had to say about Wolfscastle:

“Wales has a reputation in England as a lush land full of rolling hills, country bumpkins and peasant farmers. In return the Welsh harbour a strong disregard for the uppity uptight English. A fascinating dynamic, but pretty much the extent of my knowledge about Wales before we visited. No one mentioned anything about food.

Little did I know but we were about to visit one of the best restaurants we’ve dined at in the last 3 years. We’ve eaten at close to 1000 restaurants across 50+ countries in recent years and this one ranks in my favourite 5. So when I heap praise on this fine establishment, please understand it’s no small feat and certainly not something I do every day.” Follow this link to read more!

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Recently, Head Chef Tom Simmons held a cookery demonstration and four course dinner for guests in our Garden Room.


Tom gave professional insights as he prepared dishes in front of the audience which were then enjoyed at dinner in the restaurant.  The menu included:

Canapés ~ seared fillet, choux bun, horseradish cream, smoked haddock & salmon fishcake, dill tartare sauce

Starter ~ chicken liver, madeira, port parfait with apricot & orange chutney on toasted brioche or allt yr afon hot smoked salmon with sautéed leeks, basil hollandaise

Main ~ pan seared duck breast, glazed vegetables, potatoes dauphinoise, blackberry sauce

Dessert ~ iced white chocolate parfait, raspberries, basil shortbread

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On Friday 16th of May the people of Pembrokeshire came out in force to support the Wolfscastle Country Hotel’s newest addition to its function suite facilities, the Garden room.

The night gave people from all over the county a chance to see what a fantastic new addition the Garden room is to the Wolfscastle Country Hotel showcasing the Garden rooms suitability as a function room for both large and small parties, weddings and conferences

Music was provided by the ever popular 4 piece band Honey Fungus and a Disco by Wayne Morse, with a barbeque buffet ensuring no-one went away with an empty stomach.
The night proved extremely popular with all the tickets selling out.

The Garden room allowed the attendees to seamlessly make the most of the fine balmy evening and beautiful garden space while still having the comfort of a contemporary and bright indoor area with its own bar.

Did you miss out this time?
Don’t worry we have plenty more events coming up, check out for all the upcoming events at the Wolfscastle Country Hotel.


BBQ from behind garden room from outside

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By Luke Rowlands from Word Waiter Copywriting & Content

The quirky Jocelyn dudes were in full swing as I entered the room. Diners were tapping their toes, with one corpulent gent just about keeping the beat with his spoon.

I soon found out why this was called the banqueting suite – it really was a feast to remember. I went a bit retro to begin with but luckily this wasn’t one of those pink and gooey horror stories from days of yore. No, this was a delicate prawn cocktail with the added touch of rolled brown bread and smoked salmon.

Other starters on my table included garlic mushrooms, cream of onion and thyme soup and duck rillettes, so I spent a couple of minutes resembling Stressed Eric, wondering whether I’d made the right choice.

By now the Jocelyn Trio had really got going. Lily, James and Oliver were reeling off one tune after another, adding a lovely swing to the meal. So much so that I got a bit carried away and accidentally catapaulted a prawn off the table. Nobody noticed, I hope.

As the music veered from the melodic to the ecstatic, and back again, the main course was served. I went for roast Pembrokeshire chicken with sage and onion stuffing, which was a triumph. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find Pembrokeshire chicken when you eat out around here, so thumbs up to the chefs for sourcing locally.

This delicious bird was perfectly cooked and succulent, served with a delightfully balanced stuffing, intensely flavoured homemade gravy, and the best roasted tatties this side of my ma’s kitchen.

Then a gaggle of waiters and waitresses took to the floor, whirling about to the music as they dished out additional veggie delights, from “Molly Parkin parsnips” to boiled carrots, which were unexpected yet very welcome additions.

Other main courses included everything from herb crusted salmon to slow-braised Welsh brisket, and all of them looked lip-smackingly delicious.

At this stage the conversation was getting so good, and the food proving so faultless, that I was almost tempted to get on the stage and reel out an ode to the chefs and hosts. Thankfully the musicmeisters weren’t knocked of balance by yours truly and pudding was promptly served.

And here’s my first and only complaint! How on earth is a sober diner supposed to choose between warm chocolate brownie, cherry frangipane tart and profiteroles? I shut my eyes and struck out with my pen – a cherry frangipane tart it was, and this masterpiece of puddingry couldn’t have been better.

The pastry was perfect – as was the general texture and flavour balance, and the crème anglaise.

Well done the Wolfscastle!

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A leading Pembrokeshire hotel has gained a top grading category from Visit Wales.

Wolfscastle Country Hotel recently became only the second in Pembrokeshire to be awarded 4* Country House Hotel status.

One of a small number of family-owned hospitality businesses in Wales, the hotel is a former vicarage which was bought by current owner Andrew Stirling in 1976.

It is one of only 50 included in Welsh Rarebits, the Welsh Gold Collection of privately-owned hotels of distinction.

The 4* accolade followed a rigorous inspection by Visit Wales and, said Andrew: “The grading was the icing on the cake of our very successful 35th anniversary year.

“It’s really given us the impetus to go onwards and upwards for 2013, and we are very excited at a number of new initiatives we have planned, including a new brasserie extension at the front of the hotel which is currently under construction and should open in April.”

Andrew Stirling with the Four Star Grading Sign

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Brian Parrot of the Daily Mirror stayed with us recently while exploring the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline, click below to see what he had to say!

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Barti Ddu Memorial

Barti Ddu Memorial, Little Newcastle

Bartholomew Roberts, also known as Black Bart or Barti Ddu, came from Little Newcastle – a village just a few miles from this hotel, in the foothills of the Preseli Mountains. He went on to raid over 400 ships in the Caribbean, going down in pirate history for his audacity.

You can see a memorial to the man on Little Newcastle’s village green. And he’s not the only renowned pirate to have come from Pembrokeshire…

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Countryside writer, Julian Rollins, enjoys a walk through the wooded Anghof Valley, from the hotel to St Dogwell’s Church and back. Distance: Approx 2.8 miles. Grade: Easy.

You can see the starting point for this short walk from the Wolfscastle Country Hotel. It’s just across the road, where the village’s motte-and-bailey is hidden among a stand of trees. A motte-and-bailey was “entry level” castle building, a simple earthwork with a log wall and the Norman invaders of the early Middle Ages put up thousands of them.

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Tim Davey, from the Bristol Evening Post, recently dropped by for lunch – this is what he wrote about us in the resulting Pembrokeshire travel feature…

“…we headed out again for Sunday lunch to the Wolfscastle Hotel in the village of the same name. Here we had what all four of us agreed was one of the best Sunday lunches ever. It was busy when we arrived and you soon found out why once our food, including scallops, began arriving. It was superb quality and astonishing value.”

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This Morning

Jenni Falconer recently presented her pick of the UK’s most romantic getaways, on ITV’s This Morning – Wolfscastle Country Hotel was her Welsh choice!

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