Community Meets to Save Pub


The Cross Inn at Hayscastle Cross has been an important part of the village since it began its life in 1861. Believed to have been opened by Ebenezer Phillips, it has remained in the same family until the present day.

The pub was once also the local shop, bakery and post office, but perhaps the biggest change of all faces the village in 2022. The pub is up for sale and the family tradition is about to end. Locals fear that they might be about to lose the pub in its present form, or that it might change completely or, worst case scenario, call ‘Time’ for the last time.

Clive Hampton who moved to the area from the Rhonda over 12 years ago has been a regular at the pub and has made many friends there. He says: “It has been a great centre for the community and we have enjoyed many happy times here. We really want the Cross to stay open and have been considering how we might make that happen.”

To that end Geraint Rhoslan, another interested local, contacted Chris Tomos who advises and supports community and environmental projects, and they have arranged a meeting to discuss options for the future.

The meeting will take place at the Hayscastle Cross Community centre on Monday 15 August at 7pm – and  Chris Tomos will explain the options open to the village and discuss possibilities.

“Everyone is welcome to come along,” says Clive. “It would be a great shame not to take this opportunity to join together as a community and make something happen that we all have a part in.”

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says " has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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2 Responses

  1. Mike Hillier says:

    The Cross Inn is for sale. It is a very successful and popular commercial entity and is being offered to the open market as such. Any suggestion that the pub may close in the absence of a sale is speculation and should be ignored.

    The commercial interest apparently expressed by the local community is to be applauded however it should be made clear that to date the community has yet to be consulted and as such any interest by the community does not exist.

    It s important to fully understand that unqualified speculation about the future of a commercial enterprise currently on the market is damaging to both the enterprise and the community concerned.

    • Kitty Parsons says:

      Hi Mr Hillier. Thank you for your comment. We placed the article because of local interest in the pub and consideration from local people about options to acquire it. Your comments have been noted and passed to the people organising the meeting for tonight ( 15th August) where I am sure you would be welcome to attend and where you might express your concerns. We are a small free community magazine and try to reflect the concerns of communities across Pembrokeshire, so we are always happy to hear from people with an interest in what is happening. Thank you for your interest.