Idyllic location for 16th-c inn with reliably good food and picturesque gardens; comfortable bedrooms
The good pub guide review
The friendly couple at the helm of this nicely updated former drovers' inn continue to make guests feel very welcome, just as it's been here since 1570. There are three quickly changing ales from Big Hand plus Timothy Taylors Landlord on handpump, at least a dozen wines by the glass, 20 malt whiskies and 40-odd gins. The comfortable back bar has antique settles, armchairs and a friendly, informal atmosphere, while the front lounge boasts an inglenook fireplace and original flagstones (five log fires keep everything nice and snug in winter). The restaurant is slightly more formal, but still has a relaxed, traditional feel; background music. In warm weather you can sit in the garden against a lovely backdrop of the Ceiriog Valley and Berwyn Mountains, and the pub makes a good base for exploring the area by foot, bike, car or horse. The 16 bedrooms are comfortable and well appointed and the breakfasts are highly regarded. It's very dog-friendly too.
The good pub guide food review
Food is good, seasonal and uses some home-grown produce and local game, meat and fish. As well as sandwiches, dishes include venison, pork and pistachio nut terrine, leek and caerphilly tart, a charcuterie board to share, five-spiced Gressingham duck breast with cabbage, bacon and rösti potato, a pie of the day, beer-battered cod and chips, burger (Welsh beef or vegan) with toppings and chips, sweet potato, pepper and red onion spiced roulade with roasted vegetables and herb butter sauce, plus puddings and afternoon tea.