“ Address: The Harbour / Saundersfoot SA69 9HE / Pembrokeshire „
The Captains Table, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire.
The Captains Table is a pub in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire. On my recent visit home I decided to go on a camping trip to Wales and having been in The Captains Table on previous camping trips it seemed only right that I re-visited this pub for a few games of pool and a relaxing drink.
The Captains Table is located in the centre of the small seaside town of Saundersfoot in South West Wales. The pub is easy to locate as it is one of just a few situated on the edge of the harbour and the harbour car park. There is a charge for this car park and compared to other car parks in the area it is quite pricey so I'd try to park else where or walk if you are staying nearby.
Our Evening at The Captains Table
There are two entrances to The Captains Table, one leads directly into the restaurant area and the other into the bar area. We entered the one which leads to the bar area although it doesnt actually matter too much as you can walk through from one part to another inside the pub. As we walked in the bar was directly in front of us with a few bar stools in front of it. To the right of the bar I could see a few tables and the steps leading up to the pool table and to the left of the bar was the restaurant area and the direction for the toilets.
Having visited this pub quite a few times in the past I knew my way around and as we were here to play a few games of pool I didnt feel the need to panic at the sight of only 4 or 5 tables in the pub area. I have been in The Captains Table during the summer when it has been busy and it was quite often standing room only and rather hard to get to the bar at times.
At the time of our visit the pub was almost empty and while it didnt have the same warm atmosphere I have experienced in the past with the hustle and bussle of people, it still felt nice and relaxed and we felt comfortable enough to stay. I ordered our drinks at the bar, two largers, one with blackcurrant and they came to a total of around £6, I can't remember exactly as it was a couple of weeks ago now and I've done many things since.
The man who served me was nice, not overly friendly but certainly not rude. In all honesty he was possibly a bit bored with how quiet it was in there. I remember this feeling from my days working in a pub so I wont hold it against him! He was polite and served our drinks quickly and was quite happy to provide me with enough 50p's to play pool for a week when I asked him for change!
The decor in the pub is modern, yet still has a traditional seaside feel to it. The walls are made with large stones and they are decorated with various articles related to the sea and boats. The furniture in the pub is what gives it the modern look and usually I would say this wouldn't work, however they seem to have pulled it off rather well here!
The area where the pool table is located is nice and spacious with a few shelves around the edge for your drinks. The pool table is in good condition and clearly looked after as are the cues. Chalk for the cues is provided and a game of pool will cost you 50p. There is also a dart board in the pool area, I'm not sure if they have the darts behind the bar or if you should bring your own as we didnt play.
We didn't sit down while we were here as we were mainly around the pool table, but I did notice the seating in the pub is mainly wooden chairs which don't actually look that comfortable but I can tell you from past visits to this pub they are actually not that bad and very handy for attaching dog leads to should you bring your fuzzy friends!
There is a very large outdoor seating area consisting of picnic style tables and benches of varying sizes. This area is laid out nicely and had a few trees and umbrellas to offer shade on the occasions you might get some sun. There is plenty of space between the tables and you do get either a slightly restricted view of the harbour or a view of the road and the shops. There is also a smoking shelter outside should you need it.
The pub does have a nice sized restaurant area which I have eaten in many years ago and I seem to remember it being quite nice, but more pricey than other places to eat in the local area. I had a quick glance at the prices on the menu as we walked past and saw they are still quite expensive and the menu consists mainly of fish related dishes as well as the usual burgers, pasta dishes and chips. The average price of the meals is around the £8 - £10 mark.
Dog Friendly Pub
Dogs are allowed in The Captains Table. In the past I have taken my dog in here quite a few times, she has never been bothered by any noise in there as she is usually too worn out from playing and walking all day to notice and she will either curl up under the table snoring or by the pool table in some awkward positions so you have to remember to step over her!
The toilets here are located at the rear of the restaurant. At the time we visited they were reasonably clean, stocked up with all the necessary items such as toilet roll and soap and the bins were emptied. There was a few bits of tissue on the floor but nothing major. The toilet doors locked securely and the toilet cubilces were clean. There are three toilets in the ladies including one larger one for wheelchair users.
The pub is wheelchair friendly and there are ramps located by both entrances. The pub is mostly all on one level once you are inside, the only place that isn't is the pool area where you will need to navigate 2 steps.
Overall, I would recommend an evening in The Captains Table for drinks, however due to knowing that food can be bought cheaper elsewhere nearby I would say to go and buy something nice and sit on the harbour enjoying the view instead. I have always enjoyed my evenings in this pub and I love that they are dog friendly as the area is very popular with families who take their dogs with them on holidays and it is handy for me as my pooch just flops on the floor snoring her head off while I enjoy the evening.
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