The West Arms
In such majestically rugged surroundings as those around Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog (or Llanarmon DC as most people thankfully abbreviate this charming but lengthily-named village) this whitewashed old inn gently comes as a very welcome surprise. It has huge personality throughout the 16th-century building, a one-time haunt of cattle drovers, along with bundles of attention from hosts Nicky and Mark that bring it bang up-to-date in its standards. In the beamed interior, the snug lounge with its wood-burning stove or the more formal slate-floored dining room with its inglenook fireplace are both inviting, whilst at the back the wide grassy beer garden is almost the only level ground around beneath the Berwyn Mountains’ undulating uplands.
Of the 15 bedrooms, only seven claim to be character rooms, but any of them make you feel special. There are the likes of the Bunny Warren Suite, quirkily spread over three levels and with a chunky brace of timber encasing the sleeping area, or the Howard Room, centred around its amazing four-poster king-size bed, but you can find beams, fireplaces, beautifully exposed stonework and gorgeous countryside views throughout all accommodations.
The inn has a reputation for sensational cuisine, and the fact that the menu mentions by name the people supplying many products is a telling indication of just how localised a celebration of Welsh food this is. Take the butchers from nearby Llanrhaeadr providing much of the meat, the succulent Berwyn lamb, the divine leek and Caerphilly tart or the pub’s own mustard, chutney and churned butter to augment your selection.
The nearby hiking in the Berwyn Mountains includes the walks around breathtaking Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall, one of Wales’ highest.
PricingDoubles from £155
The West Arms, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Wrexham LL20 7LD
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