We stopped by accident at this ancient village south of a LINE called in old Scandinavian'The Landsker' that divides welsh speaking North Pembrokeshire from Fleming and Norman occupied South Pembembrokeshire... this occupation having everything to do with the possible conquest of Ireland to grab even more feudal land and 'Doomsday Book It' in the Middle Ages. The area has comparatively good agricultural land for mountainous Wales. It is a coastal area peppered with some amazing beaches and cliffs and seaside resorts developed to fruition far later in Georgian and Victorian eras like medieval walledTenby.
It is just inland from the coast on quiet sunny summer afternoons that the whole area's essence beams out.It is so quiet and so loaded in natural beauty assisted by lighest of breezes and trees that competed with the winter winds to bear fruit in summer.This little INN is splendid as you sit outside facing the strong afternoon sun.The tea is served in exquisite china cups. There is nothing' throwaway' about the delicate crockery.The milk- jug is a little cow created in white porclain smiling at you.
The area is a time warp.It is very old medieval England. It is not welsh in any way.The basis of the surrounding economy was agricultural.. time out of hand.There are some small former industrial towns in the vicinity such as Pembroke Dock but in total decline.The rural area is as medieval now as ever and attracts retired people and boating enthusiasts as a large estuary offers serene navigation..it is a Ria or flooded river valley that Admiral Nelson considered along with Shakespeare something wonderful. Nelson liked it as the whole British Fleet could be there with not one top mast seen from another and as a signals and semaphore naval genius he could so train his dutiful men in naval manouvers.Shalespeare, referring to it in a play, simply says how lucky is Wales to enjoy such a Haven.
The Milton Brewery appears to have been there many moons. It is old and established. If it ever brewed local beer it is not made obvious.The welcome and attention is genuine.It is a good place to stop by the wayside on a busy road to Ireland and its Ferries between Carmarthen and Pembroke Dock.It is a place to sit and reflect in splendid pure surroundings of a long,long time ago.You need a few hours to take it in.
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