The quaint village of Lawrenny is rich in history. In the past Lawrenny was famous for its oysters. It later become an important area for maritime trade, transporting coal down the river and exporting limestone, along with having a successful boat building industry.
Originally a marine air base during the Second World War, Lawrenny became the permanent home for 764 Squadron and its fleet of ‘Walrus' seaplanes, with up to 15 planes sometimes being moored on the river between Lawrenny and Coedcanlas.
The Lawrenny Arms, known locally as ‘The Doghouse’, at the picturesque Lawrenny Quay is open all year and serves great food.
The banks of the river host some of the best deciduous woodland around, ancient ash, sycamore and enormous oaks all support a vast variety of woodland birds and mammals from woodpeckers to bats and badgers to squirrels.
All of this beauty can be experienced by taking the 2.8 mile circular walk from the tearooms, along the shoreline, through woodland and back down through the unspoilt village of Lawrenny, full of character cottages and an ancient church.
Cresselly Arms is situated on the Cresswell River. This 250 year old, ivy-covered pub seems like a throwback to the Victorian age.
The homely farm kitchen interior, open fire, is a haven for locals and visitors.
Accessible by boat from the Milford Haven estuary at high tide, the pub also lies on a series of interesting walking routes.
Local traditional ales served.
Riverside barbecues are often popular in the Summer months.
The Lawrenny Arms looks southwards over the estuary which runs east upriver in two spectacular branches towards Cresswell Quay and Carew Castle.
Not only is the pub a popular spot for yachtsmen, who can tie up on its pontoon but it's also a great place for hungry or thirsty walkers to stop off for freshly prepared food and fine ales which are served all day. Lawrenny arms also show all the popular matches on Sky Sports in the main bar.
Traditional Sunday Lunches are also served, but booking is advisable in the main season.
Quayside is a multi award-winning tearoom which has undergone complete refurbishment; character chapel chairs and pine floorboards blended with a mix of fresh sympathetic colours make the tearoom a calm and tranquil place to sit and relax. They serve sandwiches, freshly baked baguettes, lobster, wild mushroom tart, smoked mackerel pate and locally caught crab. A range of freshly baked cakes and desserts all made at Quayside each day. Pitchers of Pimms & Sangria, freshly ground Welsh/Italian coffees, speciality teas, Welsh Cider and local Beers. All this is served in an un-fussy manner with style, attention to detail and with good manners.