Winner in The Sunday Times

We are delighted to be named as Regional Winner for Wales in The Sunday Times Travel Top 100 British Hotels.

Full Article from The Sunday Times Travel Top 100 British Hotels.

“A 10-year transformation has turned a whitewashed 18th-century house from derelict to decadent. The last piece in the jigsaw was added this Easter with the renovation of the public sitting rooms and bar, overseen by Martin Hulbert, whose CV includes Chewton Glen, Cliveden and Coworth Park. The Grove is every bit as glamorous as those famous names, but a night here is considerably more affordable, and the new look celebrates the hotel’s Welsh heritage in style.

The sitting rooms now have tactile traditional blankets. Soulful contemporary local landscapes, handcrafted love spoons and hand-stitched antique lace are on the walls. There are flamboyant displays of wild flowers, earthenware pots that look 10 months pregnant, chunky wicker baskets stuffed with logs, and comfy sofas and armchairs that are the same mossy colours as the Preseli Hills, which you can see through the window.

The bar is moodier, thanks to black church benches and spindle-backed chairs bulging with over-plump cushions. Again, there is a great sense of place, with monochrome photographs of local scenes and even big chunks of coal encased in a glass display table.

And the bedrooms? Choose between the period drama of those in the main house or the glossy modernity of the suites in the cottages, a couple of minutes’ walk away. All have charm, though dinky terraces and balconies make the cottages more tempting.

The latest renovation also introduced a more informal dining option, allowing Allister Barsby, previously head chef at Gidleigh Park under Michael Caines, to demonstrate that he can turn his hand to casual eating as well as fine dining. So, while the main restaurant, Fernery, decorated with hand-pressed ferns from the garden, showcases his skill with dishes such as duck with roasted fennel and chorizo jam, a rib-eye steak in the laid-back Artisan Rooms hits the spot nicely, too.

The turndown gift of a packet of seeds from the kitchen garden to plant back home is a thoughtful touch.”

Source : Susan d’Arcy, The Sunday Times



We are excited to announce that we have now installed Tesla charging points at the Grove, adding an accessible location on the map for destination charging in Pembrokeshire.

We have had three chargers installed with two being Tesla and one universal charger, allowing our guests to conveniently charge their car when they come and stay with us.

The charging points need to be booked prior to a visit. For more information on destination charging at the Grove, please call 01834 860 915.

Our Magical Refurbishment

This refurbishment continues the valued partnership between Grove of Narberth and the team at Martin Hulbert Design, following the successful transformation of the garden cottages into six new suites in 2016. The project has refurbished the reception rooms, lounges, restaurant and bar areas drawing inspiration from the Narberth Hills and Welsh crafts and textiles. Like the cottages, Martin and Jay have thoughtfully designed every detail to deliver magical interiors with a handmade feel, sympathetic to the early arts and crafts heritage of this old house.

In the secluded setting, all spaces are warm, cosy, sophisticated and full of charm. The interiors champion local materials and craftsmanship at every turn – coal, slate, steel, wool, wood, lace and stone. You will find original Pembrokeshire artwork and photography, handmade original furniture, vintage lace and quilts, simple local pottery and crafted love spoons alongside richly coloured Persian rugs and antique furniture to give an eclectic feel that is unique to Grove. The colour schemes are in harmony with the soft rolling landscape outside with chalky hues, plenty of light and shade and interesting textures featured throughout.

  • Warm amber colours with unique central table & informal flower arrangement welcomes you in our foyer

Two New Restaurants: The Fernery & Artisan Rooms

The Grove of Narberth have announced the launch of 2 new restaurants following the recent refurbishment, providing both fine dining and relaxed dining options for their guests for the very first time.

The Fernery Restaurant will serve the more refined dining experience in an intimate and elegant new dining room. The spaces are gently lit and divided into small rooms with curtains linked by handmade waney edge tables. The walls are filled with pressed ferns, handpicked from the hedgerows that surround the Grove. Allister Barsby their Executive Head Chef is an exceptional talent who focuses on extracting bold and interesting flavours from the very best local produce and the hotels extensive kitchen gardens. This restaurant is open 7 days a week for dinner.

The Artisan Rooms Restaurant will serve a more casual experience for both lunch and dinner. The restaurant has been created in 3 intimate dining rooms at the rear of the hotel overlooking the garden terrace and water feature. In one of the rooms the hotel have hand woven a willow wall in-situ and the results are quite beautiful. The other rooms are filled with beautiful Pembrokeshire Artwork by Gillian McDonald sitting alongside local crafts. Whether you are enjoying breakfast in these rooms, long lunches, afternoon tea or evening dining, guests will be extremely comfortable.

The Artisan Rooms menu has been inspired by the best of Welsh ingredients, simply prepared and served in a relaxed dining atmosphere. Expect grazing boards of the best of Welsh charcuterie and artisan cheese, grilled Welsh  beef, and Pembrokeshire landed fish, all expertly prepared by Allister and his team. In the summer months, guests are able to eat with us outside on our beautiful garden terrace. This restaurant is open 7 days a week for both lunch and dinner.


We are delighted to see Grove of Narberth is at #53 in this year’s Caterer UK Top 100 Hotels.

This list is compiled by the UK’s leading hoteliers and verified by some of the nation’s pre-eminent hotel experts, including reviewer Fiona Duncan, consultant Giovanna Grossi and senior editors at The Caterer.

This year the team have made so much progress that we have moved up 40 places from last year so it is really big achievement for us and something that we are very proud of.

Well done to all the team!

THE TOP 100…

1. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire
2. Chewton Glen, New Milton, Hampshire
3. Lime Wood, Lyndhurst, Hampshire
4. Claridge’s, London
5. The Connaught, London
6. The Goring, London
7. The Dorchester, London
8. Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Perthshire
9. The Pig on the Beach, Studland, Dorset
10. The Ritz, London
11. Gravetye Manor, West Hoathly, Sussex
12. Rosewood London
13. Cliveden House, Taplow, Berkshire
14. Babington House, Somerset
15. Ham Yard, London
16. The London EDITION
17. Lucknam Park, Colerne, Wiltshire
18. Brown’s, London
19. The Langham, London
20. Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, Surrey
21. The Berkeley, London
22. Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon
23. Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane
24. Soho Farmhouse, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
25. Northcote, Lagnho, Lancashire
26. The Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
27. Dukes London
28. Dormy House, Broadway, Worcestershire
29. The Milestone Hotel, London
30. Calcot Manor, Tetbury, Gloucestershire
31. Foxhill Manor, Broadway, Worcestershire
32. Rockliffe Hall, Hurworth om Tees, County Durham
33. The Vineyard, Stockcross, Berkshire
34. Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire
35. Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
36. Hotel Endsleigh, Milton Abbot, Devon
37. The Savoy, London
38. The Beaumont, London
39. Mandarin Oriental, London
40. The Pig at Combe, Gittisham, Devon
41. The Hoxton, Shoreditch, London
42. Hartwell House, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
43. 45 Park Lane, London
44. Haymarket, London
45. The Capital, London
46. Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes, Cornwall
47. Barnsley House, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
48. Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere, Cumbria
49. Hambleton Hall, Oakham, Rutland
50. Summer Lodge, Evershot, Dorset
51. Hotel 41, London
52. Rudding Park, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire
53. The Grove of Narbeth, Pembrokeshire
54. Shangri-La at the Shard, London
55. Buckland Manor, near Broadway, Worcestershire
56. Manor House Castle Combe
57. Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Salcombe, Devon
58. The Chester Grosvenor, Chester, Cheshire
59. The Egerton House Hotel, London
60. South Lodge, near Horsham, West Sussex
61. The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire
62. Watergate Bay, Newquay, Cornwall
63. Covent Garden Hotel, London
64. The Torridon, by Achnasheen, Wester Ross
65. The Stafford, London
66. Lainston House, Winchester, Hampshire
67. The Mayfair Hotel, London
68. The Painswick, Gloucestershire
69. Corinthia London
70. The Pig – near Bath
71. Charlotte Street, London
72. The Pig, Brockenhurst, Hampshire
73. Principal Manchester
74. Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, Northumberland
75. The Soho Hotel, London
76. The Arch London
77. Bovey Castle, Dartmoor, Devon
78. Driftwood, Portscatho, Cornwall
79. St. Pancras Renaissance, London
80. Longueville Manor, Jersey
81. Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh
82. Llangoed Hall, near Brecon, Wales
83. St Martin’s Lane, London
84. Cameron House, Loch Lomond, West Dunbartonshire
85. The Grove, Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire
86. The Lanesborough, London
87. The Chesterfield Mayfair, London
88. Town Hall, London
89. Hotel Café Royal, London
90. Mondrian London
91. Ace Hotel London
92. The Ampersand, London
93. Seaham Hall, Seaham, County Durham
94. Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
95. The Lowry, Manchester
96. The Oakley Court, Windsor, Berkshire
97. The Idle Rocks, St Mawes, Cornwall
98. Bodysgallen Hall, Llandudno, North Wales
99. Ynyshir, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales
100. The Harbourmaster Hotel, Aberaeron, Wales


The Good Food Guide has awarded the Grove of Narberth a score of 6 in their 2017 edition. The accolade comes to Executive Chef Allister Barsby after just 8 months into his new role. This is a huge achievement for the 29 year old chef and takes the Grove from a score of 5 which they have been awarded since 2011.

The Good Food Guide is the UK’s bestselling restaurant guide which reviews the best restaurants, pubs and cafes throughout the UK. The prestigious guide scores selected restaurants through an extensive scoring system to ensure that benchmarking around the UK is accurate. The score of 6 strengthens the Grove’s position as being in the top 3 restaurants in South Wales.

The guide described Grove restaurant as ‘classical, smart with bucolic views is developing into one of Wales finest. Executive Chef Allister Barsby hails from Gidleigh Park, where he was Head Chef for three years under Michael Caines for three years – it shows. Expect dazzling flavours at every course. Mr Barsby is a dab hand at intensifying everything from earthy cauliflower in a velvety veloute to the really massive beautiful umami hit in a mushroom risotto.’

Allister Barsby, Executive Chef at Grove said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have received a score of 6 from the Good Food Guide. An acknowledgement like this is a real privilege to receive, especially in my first year and gives us a lift to push on in 2017.”

Grove’s sister business Coast under the leadership of Chef Will Holland has once again been recognised in the Good Food Guide with a score of 4 which it has now held for 3 consecutive years.

Six New Suites and more at Grove of Narberth

We are incredibly excited to be revealing our new suites which take the level of luxury we are able to offer at Grove of Narberth to a whole new level with the help of acclaimed interior designer Martin Hulbert.

Six new suites have been magically brought to life in our cottages, taking plenty of inspiration from the local landscape and Welsh crafts and materials. Meanwhile, in the main house, the Daniel and Elizabeth suite has also been reimagined.

Six new suites

In our secluded setting, the new suites are warm, cosy, simple yet sophisticated and full of charm. They are incredibly private spaces for total escapism with inspiring views over the Preseli Hills and beyond.
Though each suite is a one-off, the collection is united by touches of the local culture, environment and expertise. The interiors champion local materials at every turn – coal, slate, wool, wood, granite and stone – while original art from local artists hangs on the walls. Colour schemes take inspiration from the soft rolling landscape with chalky hues, plenty of light and shade and interesting textures throughout.
Four poster beds sit invitingly under lofty ceilings with original exposed beams. Leather-lined wardrobes, walk-in showers and deep roll-top baths add a touch of glamour and seductive comfort. Locally-sourced antiques and intriguing found items are balanced by contemporary touches. Traditional Welsh items are reimagined; vintage Welsh blankets appear upholstered on sofas and miner’s lanterns are converted into lamps.

These are places to relax; to feel at home and unwind in an uplifting environment.

Daniel and Elizabeth Suite

Elizabeth was once a maid at the Grove of Narberth; Daniel the owner of the house in the 17th Century. The two became lovers and this suite, with triple aspect views over the gardens, a ceiling open to the rafters and plenty of space, keeps their story alive.
The design has a deeply romantic feel; ivory and nude tones give a soft atmosphere, accented with a leather four-poster bed, timber flooring and antiques. Dividing screens separate the space, with an open bathroom at one end.

The interior takes inspiration from ancient Welsh folklore and the art and crafts history of the building, which dates to the 16th Century. The interior is rich with intriguing elements including an installation of carved Welsh love spoons which set the scene.
Daniel and Elizabeth is our star suite at the Grove of Narberth; perfect for romance and a secret space to enjoy together.

The next chapter

“Working with Martin Hulbert Design has been a revelation for the Grove of Narberth. Our eyes have been opened to just how much is on our doorstep here, and the hotel has been bought bang up to date at the same time. We are so excited to be stepping into the next chapter of our story with Martin’s interiors at the forefront”

The partnership between the Grove of Narberth and Martin Hulbert Design will continue; phase two will see Martin Hulbert Design refurbish three drawing rooms.

Allister Barsby joins Grove of Narberth as Executive Chef

We are delighted to announce that Allister Barsby has now joined the team as Executive Chef. 

Allister joins from two Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park in Dartmoor, where he has been working as Head Chef for 3 years under Executive Chef Michael Caines.

Having been moulded by one of the best chefs in the UK, Allister has the experience and natural talent to transform our kitchen. He will be working alongside our hugely capable Head Chef Peter Whaley, who was promoted from Senior Sous Chef in May 2015. Peter joined from the Fat Duck in Bray in February 2014.