The 'most beautiful' village in the UK has been named as one of the poshest

Solva Harbour
-Credit: (Image: Getty)

Nestled within the breathtaking Pembrokeshire National Park, just a few miles from the historic town of St David’s, one charming harbour village has everything you would expect to find in a quintessentially British tourist hotspot.

Hailed by the Times as one of 'the poshest Welsh villages in the UK', it received a very respectable score of three out of five, despite local residents being rather surprised by the moniker. Using criteria that measured some obscure signs of wealth including personalised number plates and the number of working-breed dogs per household, The Times described the Pembrokeshire village as being "popular with the posh fashion crowd who can do without the crush in Cornwall."

The village offers a picturesque location, a bustling quay and a quaint High Street, and is a magnet for walkers, nature lovers, foodies and families looking for a delightful escape from it all.

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Adding to its apparent poshness, celebrity food critic Giles Coren visited Solva's 16th-century Cambrian Inn, where he enjoyed "prawn cocktail, Caesar salad, Greek salad, terrific ribeye and chips, hilariously loaded 'Fat Cow' burger, excellent Mangalore chicken curry and a perfectly serviceable rosé for £21.50 a bottle."

Having very much enjoyed the culinary delights on offer, he said "I’d much rather eat this food here than, say, the food they serve at Sketch or Noma".

The Cambrian Inn
Famous foodie, Giles Coren raved about the menu at The Cambrian Inn -Credit:Christie and Co/Wales Online

Perhaps the biggest draw to the tiny village is the pastel-painted buildings that house independent art galleries, local craft stores and cosy cafes. Looking as pretty as a picture postcard, from here it's not hard to see why the village is so popular with visitors keen to experience the artsy atmosphere.

The harbour looks delightful with small boats bobbing up and down on the water, and the licensed cafe on the quay is a great place to hang out and watch the world go by. Visitors flock to the harbour in the summer to enjoy crabbing, boating, kayaking and even bathing at high tide. The harbour is also home to one of the largest open-water swimming competitions in the UK which takes place at the end of August.

The pretty pastel shops and cafe
The pretty pastel shops and cafes that visitors flock to see -Credit:Getty

When the water ebbs away at low tide, it's perfect for a walk along the waterfront, beachcombing from the harbour bed or enjoying a little paddle in the shallow water.

Like so many British villages, Solva has two distinct parts - the aesthetically pleasing main street and harbour and then the homes and estates that sit behind the Insta-friendly tourist trap.

TikTok wanderer Phil Carr, who likes to share tongue-in-cheek reviews of towns and businesses with his 896,000 followers, also paid a visit to the village. Delighted that he had found a Welsh location with a name he could pronounce, the viral sensation shared his thoughts on the Pemrbookshire idyll.

Talking about whether or not he thought it was the prettiest of villages, he said "Like lots of places in the UK, it depends on the weather and the angle you are looking at it from. In the summer with carefully chosen photos for 'the 'Gram,' it looks amazing."

Having taken a wander down to the water, he said: "Wales do coastlines really well. This is absolutely stunning, I could sit up here all day with just a camping chair, a box of Peroni, a tube of Pringles and some 5G and I'd be happy"

He was also impressed enough with the four local pubs, having undertaken a Solva pub crawl, and was wowed by the fact that there are puffins nearby and that you used to be able to get a boat to America for just £4 back in the "olden days".

Solva Coastline
TikTok traveller Phil Carr described the coastline as "absolutely stunning" -Credit:Getty

Visitors on Tripadvisor also seem to have fallen for its charm describing it as a "delightful coastal village" and a "charming place" and "everlasting appeal".

Ideally located on the coast, visitors to the area also have easy access to Pembrokeshire’s renowned Blue Flag Beaches, celebrated for their pristine conditions and natural beauty. There are also miles of spectacular Pembrokeshire Coast Path close by, perfect for exploring the tranquil inland valleys.

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