Highly regarded dining pub with exceptional food, a fine range of drinks and upbeat rustic décor; inviting bedrooms.
The good pub guide review
This distinctly upmarket and yet unpretentious place manages both its drinking and dining aspects very well, and for this reason wins heaps of praise from our readers. The back bar is quite pubby in an up-to-date way, with four leather sofas around a low table on pitted quarry tiles by a high slate hearth with a log fire ' behind them are mixed stripped seats around scrubbed kitchen tables on bare boards, and a bright blue and ochre colour scheme with some modern prints; background music, board games and plenty of books. There's a good choice of ales from local breweries such as Brecon Brewing, Celt Experience, Montys, Rhymney, Waen and Wye Valley, plus a highly individual wine list with around 20 usually available by the glass and carafe (they also have their own wine shop) and a fine array of sherries, brandies and cider brandies. The two smallish front dining rooms are attractive. On the left: mixed dining chairs around mainly stripped tables on flagstones and white-painted rough stone walls, with a cream-coloured Aga in a stripped-stone embrasure. On the right: similar furniture on bare boards, large modern prints on terracotta walls and smart dark curtains. Dogs may sit with their owners at certain tables while dining. There are seats and tables outside. The seven bedrooms are comfortable even though small, and tastefully decorated: the hearty breakfasts are nicely informal. Good wheelchair access. Sister pubs are the Old Coastguard and Gurnard Head Hotel, both in Cornwall.
The good pub guide food review
The pub is known far and wide for its food, which is some of the region's best with much of the produce coming from their own kitchen garden. Typical dishes are crab beignets with mango salsa and curry ketchup, smoked duck with feta and pickled garden berries, barbecue sea bass with gooseberries and labneh, gnocchi with peas, girolles and spring onion, Middle White pork sausages with mash and greens, lamb belly with peas, courgette and fondant potato, and puddings such as strawberry eton mess and Welsh cheeses. The two- and three-course Sunday lunch is very popular.