Highly thought-of dining pub with excellent food, a fine range of drinks and upbeat rustic décor; inviting bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Our readers love all aspects of this particularly well run place, from the genuinely friendly welcome, through the thoughtful choice of drinks to the exceptional modern cooking. It makes a fine base for exploring the area too, with comfortable, tastefully decorated bedrooms and hearty breakfasts that are nicely informal - you make your own toast and help yourself to home-made marmalade and jam. 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. The acoustics are pretty lively, due to so much bare flooring and uncurtained windows; background music, board games and plenty of books. Efficient staff serve interesting drinks, many from smaller independent suppliers, including well chosen wines (18 by the glass and carafe and they have a wine shop, welsh spirits, cocktails, local bottled cider, locally sourced apple juice, non-alcoholic cocktails made with produce from their garden, unusual continental and local bottled beers and a range of sherries. There's Kite Cwrw Gorslas, Montys Pale Ale and Wye Valley Butty Bach on handpump. The two smallish front dining rooms that link to the back bar 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 big stripped-stone embrasure. On the right: similar furniture on bare boards, big modern prints on terracotta walls and smart dark curtains. Children can play with the landlady's dog and visit the chickens in the henhouse. Dogs may sit with owners at certain tables while dining. Seats and tables outside; good wheelchair access.
Good Pub Guide Food
Using home-grown organic and other local, seasonal produce, the delicious modern food from sensibly shortish menus includes pork, apple and black pudding terrine with piccalilli, baba ganoush, imam bayildi and goats curd with buttermilk cracker, seafood stew, slow-cooked chicken leg with pomme purée, artichoke, pancetta and stilton, venison haunch with red cabbage and parsnips, pork belly with hash browns, pumpkin and garlic clams and puddings such as pear and almond tart with amaretti cream and chocolate brownie with peanut crunch and chocolate ice-cream; they also offer a two- and three-course set menus.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms