Good Pub Guide Recommended
A commendably relaxed place to dine, stay and drink, this pub continues to strike the right balance. Efficient staff serve a fine array of drinks, many from smaller, independent suppliers, including a thoughtful choice of wines that varies through the seasons (with 20 by the glass and carafe), 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, a fine range of sherries, and four real ales from Brecon, Montys, Otley and Wye Valley on handpump. The back bar is quite pubby in an up-to-date way: four leather sofas sit around a low table on pitted quarry tiles, by a high slate hearth with a log fire, and behind them 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. The two smallish front dining rooms that link through 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. This is a lovely place to stay, with nothing missed. Bedrooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated, and the hearty breakfasts nicely informal: you make your own toast and help yourself to home-made marmalade and jam. Children can play with the landlady's dog and visit the chickens in the henhouse and dogs may sit with owners at certain tables while dining. Good wheelchair access, and outside tables.
Good Pub Guide Food
Using carefully sourced seasonal ingredients and organic produce from the pub's own organically certified kitchen garden (from which the surplus is often for sale), as well as game from local shoots and produce from nearby farms, the consistently good food from a sensibly short, thoughtful menu might include ploughman's with caerphilly, pickles and soda bread, jerusalem artichoke velouté with poached egg, portland crab with pickled cucumber, grapes and creme fraîche, egg pappardelle with cauliflower and pecorino, salmon fishcake with lemon mayonnaise, pheasant with pearl barley bourguignon, braised ox cheek with horseradish risotto, cod fillet with garlic pomme purée and puy lentils, and puddings.