“An award-winning country pub with great food, 7 comfortable rooms and lots of character”
Owners and brothers Charles and Edmund Inkin have marked their turf throughout - from quirky farmyard pictures and an Aga in the breakfast room to antique wood carvings. Their company "Eat, Drink, Sleep" (which also runs The Gurnards Head and The Old Coastguard in Cornwall) says it all. When done so well without pretension, it's no wonder they win all the awards.
- The restaurant serves excellent food and has an accomplished wine list
- A stunning setting for the beautiful Brecon Beacons countryside; the team can recommend walks and the Black Mountains are a 15-minute drive away
- A wonderful cosy atmosphere - log fires, deep sofas, local ales and weekend papers
- During our 2016 revisit, we found the team delightfully welcoming and approachable
- The rooms and bar are very dog-friendly - dog biscuits and towels can be provided the countryside location is ideal
- Just off the A470 which can get busy
- Noise can sometimes carry through to bedrooms
- The bedrooms are compact and simple (no TVs/DVDs) but they are nicely furnished and regularly redecorated
- No longer a secret: weekends can be popular and you'll want to book your table in the restaurant
Best time to go
Our top tips
Abergavenny, Monmouth and Crickhowell are lovely local towns, perfect for an hour or two of pottering.”
- Pub with Rooms
- Restaurant and bar open daily
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
The 7 cosy rooms are decked out in a simple country style. They aren’t huge, but there’s plenty of storage and charm. You can expect Egyptian cotton bedding, Welsh wool blankets, down pillows and fresh flowers, plus wood panelling, framed monochrome photography and the occasional book to peruse.
Room 1 has a lovely antique four-poster bed, beamed ceilings and views to the lane and hills behind. Room 3 is the largest room, with a ViSpring kingsize bed and a double sofabed. It looks onto the courtyard and the floor has been soundproofed to help prevent noise drifting up from the kitchen.
Room 5, Room 6 and Room 7 can each be made up as a twin or kingsize double. These rooms face the main car park, with mountains in the distance. Room 7 is nearest the main road. If you're into ghosts, you might get lucky in Room 6 - occasional sightings of "George" intrigue!
Of the smaller options, Room 4 faces the lane and hills behind the pub. Room 2 faces the courtyard, with a tongue-and-groove panelled headboard and oak flooring in the new bathroom.
Each room comes with a Roberts radio, a hairdryer, WiFi, bottles of Welsh mineral water and a tea- and coffee-making kit. Bathrooms all have bathtubs with overhead showers, fluffy white towels and Bramley products.
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
The Felin Fach Griffin's take on food has won them many accolades and excellent reviews from the most unlikely critics. Their premise of simplicity, quality and use of tasty local ingredients serves them well.
At breakfast, there's home-baked farmhouse loaves, local apple juice, loose leaf tea, cereals in big jars, prune compote, yogurt from Rachel's or berries from the kitchen garden when in season. If you're hungry go for the full works, which includes fat pork sausages, proper bacon and black pudding. When we revisited in 2016, we loved the big gooey yolks and thick buttery bread of our comforting breakfast favourite, boiled egg and soldiers. We also enjoyed a particularly delicious Welsh Rarebit.
For lunch and dinner, there are four separate dining areas, including one less formal, more dog-friendly section by the bar. Well thought-out dishes include locally sourced ingredients and demonstrate a certain flair that stops short of being overly fussy. When we revisited in 2016, we enjoyed three excellent courses. Supper started with flavoursome baba ganoush served with goats curd and a buttermilk cracker, followed by a rich and indulgent slow-cooked venison belly. The warm cured salmon came with duck egg mayo and palate-cleansing pickled cucumber, while the local chicken breast was succulent and tender.
Their wine list is one you can really trust. Not excessively large, nor overpriced, and one which they keep fresh and tailored to the season.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Organic produce
- Vegetarian menu
- Walk out the door - there's a good 2-hour round walk up the lanes behind the pub that gives great views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. Maps and details of local walks are available to borrow
- The Brecon Beacons: loads of wonderful walks including the climb up the stunning Pen y Fan - the highest red table top summit in Britain (15 mins' drive from the hotel). If you get caught in a downpour wet clothes and boots can be dried in the boiler room on your return
- Here in August? Zip into Brecon and enjoy the world-famous Brecon Jazz Festival
- Visit Hay on Wye (20 mins' drive away), an especially pretty small town beneath the Black Mountains that's famous for its second-hand books and annual literary festival
- Go fly fishing on the river Usk or Wye - the hotel can arrange, or you can log onto Wye and Usk Foundation for the lowdown on fishing in these parts
- Go canoeing down the Wye from Glasbury (10 mins' drive away) - see Wye Valley Canoes for more info
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Horse riding
- Live music
- Mountain biking
- Well being
The Felin Fach welcomes all ages and the surrounding landscape is great for outdoorsy children.
Family friendly accommodation:
Room 3 has a sofabed, so can sleep 4. Room 7 can have a camp bed too but it's a smaller room so might be a tight fit
- Baby cots
- High chairs
- Children's cutlery
- Colouring books
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A short children's menu or the kitchen can just serve smaller portions of adult meals