meet the locals

a walk through Narberth with Corrine Castle aka @pembscook

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The eclectic Golden Sheaf Gallery sparked the resurgence of Narberth, putting it on the map for visitors from near and far. Today Narberth revels in an abundance of independent cafes, businesses and shops, many distinguished by traditionally hand painted Jenkins Signs. The latest luxury emporium to open on the High Street is The Welsh Collection, offering tailor made clothes and committed to showcasing furniture, jewellery and clothing made in Wales using Welsh materials.

Photo by Heather Birnie

Photo by Heather Birnie

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Photo by Heather Birnie

Photo by Heather Birnie

In the vintage corner there are a host of outlets from small shops to large warehouses, all crammed full of goodies. Recently opened Drop The Needle specialises in second-hand and classic vinyl. Across town Bazaar Vintage and Antique Warehouse cater to the curious treasure hunter, offer workshops to upcycle vintage finds and recently held their first supper club, in collaboration with Paternoster Farm. Down the road, Susie’s Sheepskin Boots have been made in Pembrokeshire for nearly 40 years, warm your toes with a pair of their gloriously colourful boots off the shelf or made to order.

When ready for refreshment visit Fire & Ice for their gelato and sorbets - flavours change with the seasons and include a range of cocktail inspired sorbets. Or pick up a bottle of something from one of the small-scale Welsh and West-country cider makers, breweries and distillers they specialise in. Recently relocated Cafe Medina continue to offer their hearty homecooked world-food menu and cakes. It’s cosy inside or watch the world go by in their courtyard front garden, they’re also open for evening events - swing by to take a turn in, or just enjoy, the weekly open-mic on Friday nights. The best beer-garden in town is at The Dragon Inn, with good pub-grub too. Chef-landlord Tom Hunt serves immense burgers and Pembrokeshire seafood, and hosts live musicians every weekend.

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Raised in Yorkshire, matured in Bristol and now settled in Pembrokeshire, Corinne's main passion is food. Reading about it, thinking about it, growing it (not very successfully), buying it (especially from local producers), cooking it, eating it, and writing about it.

Corinne is a enthusiastic advocate for valuing and making the most of our food. In her role with Transition Bro Gwaun's 'Make a Meal of It' project, she talks to people across Pembrokeshire to encourage using food thoughtfully and to reduce food waste.'

We will be seeing more of Corinne and finding out about her amazing community food projects in the new year