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Raul Speek Gallery

Main Street, Solva SA62 6UU, Wales
+44 1437 721907
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There's nothing quite like it on a sunny day.

This is somewhere really special - a little bit of the Caribbean brought to Solva in a lovely... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
stephm507
Bohemian experience!

The gallery is very bohemian with live music and a light airy feel. The artwork is beautiful. There... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
Claudia H
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Thanks for your support during 2016 and for making our gallery into a community rather than just a work space. We are now re-opening for the year (April 8 2017) and look forward to seeing you. Art and photography gallery with attached cafe open most of the year. Working studio of Cuban artist Raul Speek and photographer Heather Bennett exhibiting local and international art and providing workshop for all ages and sizes of group. Live music often being played by Raul on piano. Cafe offers delicious cakes and drinks suitable for all the family. Some gluten free usually available. Maybe ring ahead if you have special requirements and we will try to help you. Some evening events including jazz and music evenings, talks on art and book launches please see website for these. Now that Anna is back working with us we will be open 7 days a week from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm. (April to end September) Over the Winter each year we close for several months but we live on the premises so if you want to speak to either of please give us a ring. Thank you.
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  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible10%
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Main Street, Solva SA62 6UU, Wales
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+44 1437 721907
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is somewhere really special - a little bit of the Caribbean brought to Solva in a lovely garden to sit and while away an hour or so. The food isn't bad at all, the service is friendly, but it's the situation which will bring...More

Thank stephm507
hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are always a bit worried about how different the gallery and work is although most people seem to like it. Glad you like the situation and hope to see you again. Pembrokeshire is a very special place and it...More

Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

The gallery is very bohemian with live music and a light airy feel. The artwork is beautiful. There is a cafe but we didn't use the facilities.

Thank Claudia H
hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

Hope the music was not too loud! Raul gets a bit carried away some times. Thank you for your review. Heather

Reviewed 30 October 2016

This has to be one of the most curious and most fulfilling to visit of all the galleries and cafes in Pembrokeshire. Owned and curated by a real independent thinker - Raul is an attraction in himself. Talk to him about his art and about...More

Thank David M H
hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Glad you enjoyed your visit here. We have been here 21 years now and still love Pembrokeshire so its great when someone visiting does too. Raul says hello and that he really enjoyed talking with you. Take care and come again! Best wishes Heather

Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Warm welcome from Heather, showing us around some of the art works which caught our eye. A treat for creative spirits with an interesting variety of local work.

Thank Helen H
hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Thanks Helen. Pleasure to spend time with you. Hope to see you again. We close on and off at this time of year but open most weekends. Regards Heather

Reviewed 16 September 2016

Enjoyable chat with the owners while we tucked into delicious cakes and tea. And a water bowl for our dog, offered very kindly without our asking. The owners were really friendly and chatty (especially Raul, whose piano playing was a fantastic extra).More

Thank Susan G
hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2016

Thanks for taking the time to post this lovely review. We enjoyed meeting you and are glad that your dog was happy too. I have noticed this year that there seem to be a lot more dogs around and wonder if it is because more...More

Reviewed 21 August 2016

Enjoyed having a look around here. The building is a chapel which has been very eclectically decorated. The artist was there working on a piece. I loved the vibrancy of the colours he used. We went to the cafe for some tea and the artist...More

Thank Liz S
hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Children do seem to enjoy it here - I think it is the mix of the colours and the music and the fact that they get close to the paintings to really see them. Hope...More

Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

To clarify the rating, it is for Speek cafe and gallery only as there does not seem to be anywhere I can just review the cafe on its own. As I was looking around the gallery slightly separated from my husband I heard a loud...More

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hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2016

Dear Heidi M I left this a few days to respond to as I am not sure what to put as this is the second similar review from you on the gallery site and although I did apologise to you in the previous one you...More

Reviewed 6 June 2016

The man himself was rude and unpleasant. His art was well executed but lacking in originality. Out dated imagery harking back to the 70's set at unrealistic prices.More

Thank iandfinney
hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2016

I am sorry you did not enjoy meeting Raul. Most of the time he is really engaged with visitors but I guess that particular day like all of us sometimes he was withdrawn and short tempered. This is a working studio although we open to...More

Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

Popped in to the gallery, a lovely gallery in the beautiful village. Really impressed by the pictures and prints but most important ( to us anyway ) wad the friendly reception. Raul is a true eccentric and enthusiastic gentlemen. We took in our dog, Alfie...More

Thank nobbygecko
hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2016

Thank you (and your dog!!) for taking the time to write a review. Glad you enjoyed being here and that Raul's sometimes too excited English didn't put you off. Pembrokeshire is lovely isn't it? Take care. Heather x

Reviewed 16 December 2015

Everytime when my husband and I go to Solva we will always visit this magical place. Raul showed us his paintings on the ceilings, amazing! I especially love the natural light in this gallery, everything is so naturally placed and make us feel joyful. You...More

Thank Sang L
hbsolva, Owner at Raul Speek Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2016

Thank you for the lovely review - gladd you enjoyed being here and look forward to seeing you again.

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