Old King’s Arms Hotel, Pembroke
Old King’s Arms Hotel
This former coaching inn is said to be the oldest hostelry in Pembroke. Its deeds date back to the 1520s. The frontage was built in the Georgian era, a period of prosperity for the town. Pembroke was then still the most important port on the Milford Haven waterway, before its maritime importance was eclipsed by Milford Haven and Pembroke Dock.
Another feature from this age of plenty is the Chinese Chippendale staircase inside the hotel. It’s in the style of 18th-century furniture maker Thomas Chippendale but with embellishments reflecting the fashion for Chinese visual arts.
The hotel has been owned by the Wheeler family for more than 50 years. At the rear of the building is a mural created by local schoolchildren to depict Henry Tudor’s landing at Mill Bay in 1485.
Postcode: SA71 4JS