We all want to be beside the seaside, especially when you can stay somewhere as stylish as Llys Meddyg. And doubly so when it’s Pembrokeshire, dubbed the new Cornwall, out on a limb, hidden from the hustle, a fertile ground for creativity. Beginning life as a Georgian coaching inn, Llys Meddyg is a restaurant with rooms that manages the difficult balance of old and new, rustic and metropolitan, in a deceptively casual way (it’s not that easy). Bedrooms comfort the body and the mind, with sumptuous beds, monsoon showers, deep leather sofas with a look that leaps straight off the pages of a chic interior design magazine. The dining room embodies relaxed elegance whilst the cellar bar – all slate floors, old beams and flattering light – encapsulates the feeling that wherever you left behind is a reassuringly long way away.
Since 2003, Ed and Louise Sykes have worked hard to realise their vision. Colours and textures, walls, floors, textiles and countless paintings sing of the natural environment, mirroring the pictures presented on the plate. Chef Matthew Smith and his team anchor the menu in Pembrokeshire’s rich, wild environment. The emphasis is on seasonality and locality, spiced with a passion for foraged delicacies. In summertime, there is also the choice of eating in the less formal Kitchen Garden. Llys Meddyg is a reflection of the Newport of today, a spirited seaside town popular with a new breed of visitor. It’s on the loveliest, wildest stretch of the Pembrokeshire coast overlooking magical, mystical Carn Ingli, the ‘Mountain of the Angels’.