Thursday, 8 October 2009

Good Old-Fashioned Teatime in St Davids, Pembrokeshire

  • St Davids
  • tearoom
  • museum
  • local knowledge
As a child I always loved teatime, evening dinner just isn't the same!

Now I have 'discovered' The Sampler Tearooms and my childhood memories are rekindled with their delicious fares. Fine cucumber sandwiches followed by home-made cakes, or one can dive into a goats cheese quiche. Soups and platters of local cheeses are for me only over-shadowed by traditional cream teas of scones, cream and home-made jams, bara-brith or good old welshcakes. Lots of lovely 'specialist' teas, coffees and home-made lemonade too round off this eating experience.

The premises are fascinating too - embroidered samplers are displayed around the walls, some as old as 1728. These were created for various occasions; births, deaths, schoolroom practice pieces. We have all seen them from time to time but here you can read the verses and appreciate the time and effort in the making of these fine works whilst enjoying a coffee break, lunch-time or traditional tea.
There's also something in the cellar....... the owners have an unusual collection of wartime memorabilia. Referred to as 'The Homefront Experience' it displays World War II artefacts and pictures. Included here in the 'museum' is needlework paraphernalia, various fossils and medieval coins associated with the British History on the River Thames and so much more about Pembrokeshire. Sounds a bit 'stuffy' but it's facinating and certainly somewhere to go on a damp day!
The owners are delightful - pleased to assist and advise, and a mine of local information if one is on holiday and bewildered (I know that feeling).
Sue A

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