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Sloop Inn, Porthgain

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A must visit purely for the location.

Although I totally agree with the previous comment:

"Quirky, but interesting decor, although a proliferation of laminated signs and posters rather upset the effect."


Pat_Bateman - 24 Apr 2017 16:04
Visited last week. Good location for the coastal path and Felinfoel Double Dragon and Evan Evans Warrior sampled which were ok but perhaps not exceptional. Turn over maybe a problem this time of year. Having said that the place was reasonably busy at lunch time and the food was ok. Quirky, but interesting decor, although a proliferation of laminated signs and posters rather upset the effect. Worth a visit though.
beer_monster_smudge - 8 Mar 2012 08:22
We were in Pembrokeshire recently for a long weekend and headed the 10 or so miles from Goodwick to Porthgain to visit The Sloop Inn for a Sunday Evening meal. Very quirky little place in a picturesque village just a stones throw from the harbour, to be honest on first impressions it didn't really look like a pub from the outside but once inside it was a bit of a tardis as there were lots of different areas to relax in. The only ale I can remember was Felinfoel(which I had) tho there was at least one more available. Fairly extensive range of reasonably priced meals which were fresh and tasty and the bill for 2 mains, 2 puds and 2 pints was just under 30 quid. In the height of summer I can imagine it may be a bit overrun by tourists as it is on the Coast path but we thoroughly enjoyed our October Sunday evening excursion to the Sloop. (And yes I did buy a souvenir 'Sloop' Mug!)
thegaffer - 21 Oct 2011 17:02
well kept beer no obvious signs of poles or sharks could be a very nice winter excursion
johnsullivan - 5 Oct 2010 19:02
I liked this pub.
It's in the tourist trap village of Porthgain in the Pembrokeshire National Park, so you shouldn't be surprised that it focusses on taking the tourist dollar with an extensive food menu and fairly high priced ales.
However I would certainly recommend it for a visit if you are in the area because it is a pub of some character. Internally it is in four sections with two dining areas , an area more for just having a beer in front of the bar and thena separate games room with darts and pool table off to the side. But it is one of those pubs where you could spend a fair bit of time looking at what’s on the walls and ceiling. The walls are packed with pictures and information of nearby shipwrecks and details of the Sloops that used to work the harbour including a collection of the name plates from the said Sloops. And the ceiling is festooned with all sorts of nautical memorabilia.
The harbour is less than 100 metres from the door and there is a village green to the front and a large south-facing patio for a outside beer when the sun is out.
The beers were Brains Reverend James , Felinfowl Double Dragon and GK IPA and despite the pint of Reverend James being one of the most expensive I had during my trip to Pembrokeshire, it was also one o the best.

Gann - 19 Aug 2010 20:41
Charming pub in a quirky, tiny, coastal village. Warm and welcoming, friendly Welsh staff. Beer was reasonably local (Felinfoel) and well kept, but expensive - yet this is such an out-of-the-way pub I imagine a lot of the trade comes by car, or from walkers on the coast path who are not there for a big beer session. We arrived spontaneously for a late lunch and enjoyed our home-made 'Angry Dog' cheese burgers!
It felt like a locals' pub, even though there can't be that many locals (the nearest town of any size is probably Fishguard about 10 miles away), but we were made to feel welcome. I especially liked the fact that the bar man/landlord? spoke to us in English and Welsh! We liked it so much we bought a souvenir mug...
Grabber - 14 Nov 2009 11:08
Horrible Horrible Horrible Horrible Horrible Horrible Horrible Horrible Horrible Horrible Horrible Horrible........... Get the hint dont go.... I once saw the beer cellar there was a dead shark in there and blood everywhere...
pubvisitor1979 - 14 Feb 2009 01:02
An unusual pub in the small port of Porthgain. The interior is designed to look like the inside of a boat. There was plenty of seating and an outside patio area. It served Brain's beer and a very nice Rev James. A bit touristy but still worth a visit.
boozers_knows - 17 Oct 2007 20:49
An entry in the CAMRA beer guide states “..has a good variety of beers and reasonably priced food.” Well no more.

For the tacky rich and New Labour metropolitan Guardian reading elite, this is now an ‘exciting restaurant staffed by cheap eastern European labour’. No local jobs for local people in this part of Wales. As for the beer variety – the ubiquitous Rev James & standard Brains Bitter.

I cannot envisage Vinny Jones ever being able to walk into this dreadful place and order “a pint of the dark stuff, landlord!” There is no dark stuff (MILD or PORTER) and the landlord is now a behind the scenes businessman counting the profits.

On asking the young lad behind the bar if he had any MILD (the dark stuff) I was greeted by a blank expression and a strange accent. Turns out that all the staff are from Poland. An old boy in the corner pointed to a beer tap in the corner. Half a pint of keg Bass mild was ordered (purely for research purposes), no alternative for a MILD drinker.

The young Pole proceeded to offer me a continental drink i.e. half a glass of froth. “Top it up – I want a British measure”. Took the young pole an age. “That will teach you not to have a proper MILD on”, sayeth I. Not his fault he and his mates are being exploited on slave wages. At least they were all very polite even if they hadn’t a clue about what they were selling.

So CAMRA get this one de-listed and as for MILD drinkers avoid at all cost.

Remember do as we do: – NO MILD WALK OUT.

nomild_walkout_mac - 14 May 2006 19:49

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