For a truly unique and historical Welsh day out, you need to take yourself to the foothills of the Preseli mountains and explore the area around Rosebush and Maenclochog. The Pantmaenog Forest is open for walking, cycling and horse-riding and this area is fascinating at all times of year.
This is another part of Pembrokeshire once rich in industry and the remains of the two slate quarries at Rosebush and Bellstone are clear to be seen as well as the remains of the associated railway line. The quarries and railway line were in action from 1825 until 1891 and the old platform can still be seen at the pub. During World War Two the bouncing bomb was tested in the disused tunnel here, but more famous since then is the galvanised corrugated iron pub Tafarn Sinc. Originally built as a temporary structure to serve slate workers in 1876, this building has become known for its local ales, great food and very warm Welsh welcome. The Welsh language is the first language here, but everyone is made welcome and included in the homely rustic interior – very welcome after a windy, snowy or sunny walk around the hills.
Brenda Llewellyn , the owner, died in 2005 and the pub had been run by Brian and Hafren Llewelyn since 1992 until last year and it was then feared that a buyer would not be found. The local community and those who love this special place, including actor Rhys Ifans, worked with Planed to buy the pub with community shares – Tafarn Sinc was saved and a new landlord or landlady is being sought.
The community owners are committed to maintaining the high quality local ales, sumptuous meals and links to Welsh cultural heritage in Tafarn Sinc and will feature local heroes too. This is the highest licensed premises in the Preselis and it is wonderful that is has been saved for us all to enjoy.