The Fernery

“Stunningly restored manor with creative culinary edge” - AA Inspector



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Arriving at the 17th-century manor it is hard to imagine that when Neil and Zoe Kedward got their hands on the place back in 2007 it was derelict, unloved, and long forgotten. Following a stunning restoration of the main house and outbuildings, today’s boutique hotel is an idyllic getaway. The setting is also part of its appeal, with the 26-acre estate including four acres of pretty gardens to explore, with soaring trees, colourful rhododendrons and a kitchen garden, the fruits of which you will meet later (70 or so varieties of vegetables, fruits and herbs as it happens) in The Fernery restaurant. The interior of the house feels like no less of a haven, with its elegant blend of traditional comforts and contemporary touches, with bedrooms in the main house and various cottages. The cocktail bar is the spot to head for before you eat, and maybe after, with four lounges on hand if sinking into a comfy settee fits the bill. The restaurant is an intimate and understated setting for executive head chef Douglas Balish’s dynamic, contemporary food delivered through the choice of a five or seven course tasting menu. Expect dazzling flavours and high-level technical skills, with starters Jerusalem artichoke puree with dashi and cep mousse, and Scallop, truffle and chive. Mains might star Langoustine with the delightful combination of pork belly and sprouts, while Lamb ricotta, girolles, turnip demonstrates the full repertoire of the kitchen’s cooking techniques. There’s no less creativity in desserts; delightfully balanced Honey, milk, lavender and earl grey, or chocolate, yoghurt and hazelnut.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
The Fernery
Grove, Molleston, NARBERTH, SA67 8BX
Phone : 01834 860915


  • Seats: 34
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 30
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About The area

Discover Pembrokeshire

Wales meets the Atlantic Ocean in spectacular fashion at Pembrokeshire. Unlike the West Country, Pembrokeshire can offer the coast without the crowds, and quaint fishing villages without those huge coach parks. Volcanic eruptions and earth movements have left a tortured rocky coastline of some 160 miles, whose beauty and drama have been recognised by National Park status. 

Sometimes known as ‘Little England Beyond Wales’, the county has held a fascination for English visitors ever since the first Norman warlords forced their way in 800 years ago, leaving a string of 50 fine castles in their wake. The anonymous author of The Mabinogion, an 11th-century collection of Welsh folk legends, started it all. His description of the old Celtic kingdom of Dyfed (which encompasses Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire) as ‘the land of magic and enchantment’ was perhaps the earliest written attempt to sum up the outstanding natural beauty of this wonderful westernmost outpost of Wales. This is a county where you can take it easy on the sandy beaches, make sport out of those Atlantic waves, or discover the mysteries of St David’s or the ancient Preseli Hills.

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