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Readers bemused as Times says Pembrokeshire hotel has lovely view of Cardiff Bay – ‘Strong binoculars?’

28 Mar 2022 2 minute read
Left, Tenby, right, a pair of binoculars.

Times readers were left bemused after a review of a Pembrokeshire hotel said that it had a lovely view of Cardiff Bay.

The Esplanade Hotel Tenby was listed as one of the 50 best UK hotels for under £100 a night in the newspaper on Friday.

“The Esplanade is so close to Cardiff Bay that guests can see dolphins from the bedrooms, which look out towards Caldey Island,” the Times said.

Cardiff Bay is 67 miles from the Esplanade as the crow flies and Gower peninsula and the Vale of Glamorgan block any view of Cardiff Bay from that location.

The article was posted by BBC journalist Megan Davies who said: “Geography isn’t my strongpoint but…”

Responding to the article, Senedd Member Hefin David said: “Sometimes during my lunch break I swim over to the Esplanade, have a quick game of beach volleyball then ride a dolphin back to the Senedd for FMQs.”

John Pockett added: “Blimey, they must be f**king strong binoculars to see from Tenby to Cardiff Bay.”

One commentator on the online version of the article questioned its accuracy of the article as “even if you could see over the horizon at sea, there is land in the way. Perhaps the authors therefore really mean Carmarthen Bay”.

The Times went on to describe the Esplanade as “a great base for a Pembrokeshire break”.

“The cheery interiors have been recently renovated; the exterior is still awaiting planning permission for its upgrade, but don’t be deterred. Hot drinks are free (and unlimited), beds are king-sized and breakfasts, starring homemade hash browns, are plentiful.

“One of Tenby’s three strands, Castle Beach, begins just below the hotel and leads to a Norman fort.”

The article also praises the Royal Hotel, Cardiff, but does not comment on its wonderful views of Skomer Island.


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Grayham Jones
6 months ago

Stop Reading English Newspapers and stop watching English news on TV they are run by England Idiots stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
6 months ago

They can’t help it, many of them know more about navigating the bars in Benidorm than their own country let alone foreign parts like Wales. Bless!

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
6 months ago

Don’t forget to buy your copy of The Times tomorrow when we’ll tell you about the great view of the transporter bridge in Newport from Bangor pier. They like to make you think we’re small but the truth is WE’RE MMMMMMMASSIVE!

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
6 months ago

If I read anything funnier today…I once, years ago, spent an exciting ten minutes stuck in a parachute a couple of feet behind the massive outboard motor of a parascending powerboat while the fellow un-jammed the winch but even from a height of three hundred feet I still could not see Cardiff Bay from my vantage point just off Tenby…

Last edited 6 months ago by Mab Meirion
Y Cymro
Y Cymro
6 months ago

Now that was a foot in mouth blunder akin to Tina Fey SNL skit as Sarah Palin saying she could see Russia from her house quote en quote. Ignorance is bliss and they as usual are blissfully ignorant of Wales

Kurt C
Kurt C
6 months ago

Well we used to get ad’s that said Oakwood was an hr from the Severn bridge in the 90s. Seems that level of stupidity going on here.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
6 months ago

Doesn’t surprise me, I live in London and many people I meet here don’t know anything about Wales other than their own prejudices. I would be surprised if they even know where Wales is never mind the difference between Cardiff and Tenby. They seem to think Wales is just one rural area in what they call the “middle of nowhere”.

Last edited 6 months ago by Stephen Owen

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