The Felin Fach Griffin
'The simple things in life done well' is the motto of this rather special inn – and we reckon it's perfectly suited to this gastropub with rooms, situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It lives up to its billing in every way possible. There are seven very comfortable rooms above a restaurant that is one of the best in the region. It's also a proper pub, with all that that implies, serving well-priced, well-kept local ales – a bit of a haven for local drinkers and a welcoming place for everyone else, with a roaring fire in winter. And dogs and children are very definitely welcomed.
Rooms are all different in size and style, but all all have big beds, Roberts Radios, homemade biscuits, fresh flowers and posh toiletries. There are no TVs, and they make a thing of that, so embrace the good old days and read a book. Breakfasts are delicious (scrambled eggs and smoked salmon if you prefer, local apple juice, homemade soda bread), and a good indicator of the quality of the dinner you'll enjoy – namely seasonally influenced dishes and ingredients from the Welsh borders, whether it's beef or lamb, local cheese, or herbs and veg picked from their own kitchen garden. No shortage of things to do during the day either, to work up that appetite, from a hard day's walking to book-browsing in Hay or just pottering around nearby Brecon, Abergavenny or Crickhowell.
No better place then for a Welsh country weekend away – and if you like the style, it's good to know that the owners use the same motto for the other hotels they run in Cornwall, the Gurnard's Head near Zennor and Old Coastguard in Mousehole.
7 double/twin en-suite rooms, with dogs welcome in all the rooms.
Double rooms start from £140 B&B or £197.50 dinner B&B; double king/twin £152.50 B&B or £210 dinner B&B; large king/family room £180 B&B or £237.50 dinner B&B. No charges for cots or dogs.
Open all year.
From London and Bristol, take the M4 across the Severn Bridge, leaving at Exit 24 for Monmouth. Take the A449, exiting at Raglan for the A40 and Abergavenny; follow this through Abergavenny and Crickhowell and at the roundabout before Brecon, take the 3rd exit for the A470 for Hereford. The Griffin is on the left-hand side after 4 miles.
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