Roch is a small village located at the centre of St Brides Bay, the large bay, facing the Atlantic, that divides the North and South Pennisula of Pembrokeshire. Its very central location makes it ideal for exploring Pembrokeshire as a whole, or taking advantage of the close proximity of the local beaches and coastline.
The village of Roch now consists largely of modern development, but there has been a settlement here since the 13th Century and the skyline is still dominated by the historic Norman castle (Roch Castle). There is also a pretty 19th Century church in the village.
Facilities in the village include: –
- Village stores and Post Office
- Local Pub – The Victoria Inn
- Church and Chapel
- Childrens Playpark and all weather tennis courts (free)
- At Newgale (1.5 miles away) – Surf Shop, Family friendly Pub, Cafes, General Stores.
Rochgate originally marked the entrance to the land surrounding the castle and the buildings are shown on local maps going back at least 300 years. The property, which lies just off the main A478 between Haverfordwest and St Davids was once a Farm and the cottages have been converted from the original stone buildings.
Haverfordwest is the best place for everyday shopping, with two main supermarkets, Morrisons and a Tesco’s Extra, as well as a number of competing low cost chains, Aldi, Lidl and Iceland. A new shopping centre to the north of the town has seen the arrival of Debenhams, Marks & Spencer’s and TK Maxx. The town centre has a number of smaller, specialist shops, but unfortunately as is the case in many town centres is beginning to look a little sad with a lot of empty premises.
Locally, Hilton Court has a picture gallery, a pottery and small garden centre as well as very nice tea rooms. Solva is worth a brief stop for ‘Window on Wales’, as well as some small art galleries and a pottery. St Davids is well blessed with outdoor clothing shops, a high quality delicatessen and a number of small art galleries and craft shops