Restaurant: Maria @ Picton

The Courtyard and Restaurant  Outside Seating Area

Maria’s Courtyard Restaurant at Picton Castle is the ideal place for a tasty lunchtime or afternoon indulgence. The Restaurant, Shop and Deli is open all year round but with reduced hours in the winter months.

From 1 October until Christmas 2018, the Restaurant is open from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm every day.



Marias@Picton will be holding THEMED EVENINGS between now until Christmas:

Fri 5th October – Italian Evening

Fri 19th October – Indian Evening

Fri 9th November – Vegan/Vegetarian GF Evening

Fri 23rd November – Moroccan Evening

Friday 7th December – Mexican Evening

Fri 21st December – Spanish Christmas Fiesta

The themed evenings will consist of a three course meal, Table d’hote menu.

The cost is £26.00 per head and booking is essential.
Call or email the restaurant for more details.

Maria will also be serving spooky treats throughout HALLOWEEN in the Restaurant.

At the VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS FAIR on 17 and 18 November, Maria will be out in the courtyard demonstrating how to make a wonderful paella – you will also be able to buy the ingredients whilst you are there.

Bookings for CHRISTMAS PARTIES are now being taken – you can choose between a Spanish or an English menu.

Please email us for more information

Reservations for evening events is essential: 

Tel: 01437 751346

Our menu changes seasonally, using local produce where possible, to create a superb selection of dishes. All food is prepared fresh to order. If you have any special dietary requirements please speak to our staff and any dish will be altered to your needs.

The fully licensed ‘bistro’ style restaurant has table service, with plenty of seating inside and out. Reservations are not normally taken during the busy summer or Bank Holiday periods, but can be made at other times – please call for more details.

The Restaurant was extended just over two years ago to include seating in an atmospheric ‘wine cellar’ kept cosy by a wood-burning fire, and also includes a fully stocked deli counter and shop. In addition to its regular daytime indulgences of coffee, cakes, winter warmers and light lunches,  Maria’s Sunday Lunches ‘with a Mediterranean twist’ and her Friday night ‘Tapas Time’ are a speciality. Tapas, originated in the south of Spain, with the word ‘tapa’ meaning ‘cover’ – when a cover of bread or cheese would be placed over your glass of wine to stop the fruit flies getting in!

Take a brisk morning walk, or gentle afternoon stroll around the ever changing beautiful grounds of Picton Castle and then head into the restaurant to warm up with a hot cappuccino – or really treat yourself with a traditional thick Spanish hot chocolate and churros. Lunches will be served from 12.00 – 3.00pm, with hearty soups, pies, Panini’s, Tapas and daily specials.

The Deli and Shop The new Deli and shop, which is already busy preparing orders for Christmas Hampers, has a wide range of products to help recreate the Spanish feel at home, stocking deli meats such as Serrano Ham, French Saucisson, Chorizo (and cooking chorizo) and Morcilla (black pudding) along with Welsh and Spanish cheeses, olives and olive oils, Spanish wines, coffees and Maria’s homemade chutneys/preserved lemons/chilli jam – plus an essential piece of equipment for that most famous of Spanish dishes…the Paella Pan!

The Picnic Box Situated right next door to the Restaurant you can now purchase take away tea, coffee, hot chocolate, wines and beers, salad boxes, bagels, baras, sandwiches, ice cream and cold drinks! The Picnic Box was opened last year to help reduce your wait with the ever growing crowds that come to visit the Castle, Gardens and events that we hold. Picnic boxes can also be pre-ordered to take with you on your adventures around the gardens and Maria and her friendly staff will also be more than happy to cater for allergies and intolerances.

Whether you come for Tapas or a private function, the newly refurbished restaurant uses the finest ingredients and provides a great atmosphere!

Sunday Lunches with a Mediterranean twist will be served from 12.00pm – 2.00pm throughout the winter.

Private Parties For bookings of 12 or more people, we would be happy to accommodate your private party any evening of the week.  We can tailor a menu to suit you or you can choose one of our set tapas menus. Please contact us for more information.

Christmas Parties  Looking for somewhere and something different to the usual Christmas party? Head on over to Maria’s where her team will cater for your party from 12 to 50 people. Whatever your needs, we’re sure you will find the perfect menu for you, but if not, our team will create one to suit your requirements!

The new 'Wine Cellar' with a valuted ceiling and wood burning fire provides the perfect atmosphere for Christmas parties or cosy lunches

The new ‘Wine Cellar’ with a valuted ceiling and wood burning fire provides the perfect atmosphere for Christmas parties or cosy lunches

Outside Catering Yes we do that too! So if you’re planning a party or event and need catering then do speak to us and we can tailor a menu to suit your requirements.

Tapas Parties In Your Own Home Do you want to hold a tapas evening at your home? Why not let us do all the hard work for you? Give us 48 hours notice and we will prepare a delicious selection of tapas of your choice and have it ready for you to collect to heat up in your own home.

Freshly prepared tortillas, quiches and frittatas Just give us 24 hours notice and we can freshly  prepare for your collection!

Keeping Up to Date with Restaurant Events and Offers
Drop us an email, or when next in the restaurant, leave your email address and we will add you to our mailing list so that you will be the first to hear about what’s on and any special events.

Reservations for evening events is essential – call 01437 751346 

L to R: Amy Gill, Ben Whitfield, Maria Grimwood, Pippa Thomas and Ben Lewis

L to R: Amy Gill, Ben Whitfield, Maria Grimwood, Pippa Thomas and Ben


Casa Maria the popular Cafe, Restaurant and Delicatessen in Haverfordwest relocated to Picton Castle & Gardens in September 2014 to embark on a new culinary adventure

Maria Grimwood, who designed and cooked a 3 course lunch menu for the Royal visit to Picton Castle in the early summer 0f 2014, has run the Courtyard Restaurant at Picton for 15 years alongside Casa Maria, and will now devote all her time to the Restaurant at Picton – which has been totally refurbished to include a Shop and Deli Counter and has be re-named Marias@Picton.

Maria, who is from a small town in Spain, is a passionate lover of food . “I have lived in this country for so many years but I am happy to say I have never lost my appetite for good Spanish food… I make authentic, rustic dishes, not fancy or decorative; only glorious food, cooked with love and drunk with great Spanish wine.”

Catering for events and weddings at Picton is nothing new for Maria – and she is somewhat of a TV celebrity too, having cooked a traditional Spanish dish for Celebrity Chef Nigel Slater on BBC1 in the summer of 2015!

Reservations for evening events is essential – call 01437 751346 

From 1 October until Christmas 2018, the Restaurant is open from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm every day