The Felin Fach Griffin

Powys, Wales, United Kingdom Book from

Big character, great food and 7 comfortable rooms rolled into an award-winning country pub
Let's face it, most pubs can't cut it when it comes to matching character, seriously decent tuck, good drink and a cosy room. Not so The Felin Fach Griffin. Just down the road from the breathtaking Brecon Beacons, this 7 bedroom chintz-free inn gives a warm homely welcome. Upstairs you'll find 4-poster beds; downstairs bright cushions, squashy leather sofas, timber beams and thick stone walls. There's refreshing Welsh ale, and instead of a TV you can stare through the crackling fire into the adjoining restaurant and there are plenty of nooks in which to hide away and dine.

And what of personality? This is the love child of brothers Charles and Edmund Inkin. They've 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.

Highs

  • Wonderful cosy atmosphere - log fires, deep sofas and the weekend papers
  • Good location in beautiful countryside: close to the Brecon Beacons, and the Black Mountains are a 15-minute drive
  • Excellent food and decent wine list. Suppliers are local and there's an organic kitchen garden so expect what's in season
  • Friendly, efficient service when we revisited in 2013
  • Rooms are revamped every couple of years and the half-board packages offer especially good value.

Lows

  • Just off the A470 which can get busy
  • Noise can sometimes carry through to bedrooms
  • Don't expect TV/DVDs but there's a Roberts Radio and selection of books in your room
  • No longer a secret: weekends can get chocker so book well in advance
  • No WiFi, although with beautiful countryside on your doorstep and a cosy bar downstairs, who needs it?

Best time to go

Any time of year, although the hotel is closed for a few days each January for annual refurbishment.

Our top tips

Abergavenny, Monmouth and Crickhowell are lovely local towns, perfect for an hour or two of pottering.

Great for...

Family
Foodie
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Pub with Rooms
  • 7
  • Restaurant and bar open daily
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Walking maps
Room: Room 1

Rooms

The 7 rooms are decked out in simple country style - tongue and groove panelling, checked curtains, cream and aqua paintwork, black and white contemporary photos and occasional books to peruse. You can also expect Egyptian cotton bedding, Welsh wool blankets, down pillows and fresh flowers. Rooms are on the small side but cosy and there's decent storage space. There's no TV (unless you ask) but you do get a Roberts radio, bottles of Welsh mineral water and tea and coffee making kit. Bathrooms all have baths with overhead showers, fluffy white towels, White Company bath products and a hairdryer.

Numbers 1 and 5 are lovely, with antique 4-poster beds, beamed ceilings and views to the lane and hills behind. No 3 looks onto the courtyard and is the largest room, with a ViSpring kingsize bed and a double sofabed - good for families. The floor has been soundproofed, to prevent sound drifting up from the kitchen.

No 6 and No 7 (both Doubles) can be made up as twins or kingsize doubles, and these rooms face the main car park and lawn. No 7 is nearest the main road. If you're into ghosts, you might get lucky in No 6 - occasional sightings of "George" intrigue!

The smallest rooms are No 2 (another Double) and No 4 (the Small Double), both of which have queensize beds. No 2 faces the courtyard whilst No 4 faces the lane and hills behind the pub. No 2 has tongue-and-groove panelling on its bed headboard, a brand-new carpet and oak flooring in the new bathroom.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Toiletries

Eating

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 2013, we loved the big gooey yolks and thick buttery bread of our comforting breakfast favourite, boiled egg and soldiers.

Lunch and dinner can be taken in 4 separate dining areas (3 slightly more formal and 1 by the bar, where your dog is welcome to join you). Ingredients in the well thought-out dishes are locally sourced and the menus have a certain flair without being overly fussy. When we first visited, our dinner of roasted scallops, cauliflower puree, sherry soaked raisins and curry oil was perfectly cooked and utterly delicious.

When we revisited in 2013, our beautifully pink Welsh lamb served with lettuce, sauté potato, pancetta, asparagus and creamed morels was delicious, and the milk chocolate pavé with banana custard and cocoa meringue was the perfect way to round off our meal. We couldn’t stay for lunch but, if we had, the oak roast salmon fishcake with garlic alioli and ruby chard and the Ploughman’s of Duckett’s Caerphilly with homemade pickles and soda bread would have been our top choices. You can eat a la carte for lunch and dinner or there are good-value set menus.

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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children meals
  • Coffee tea making
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity: Brecon Beacons

Activities

This is a beautiful rural part of the UK: joyously underpopulated and sporting mountains, rivers, pretty market towns and lots of fresh air.

  • 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:

  • Birdwatching
  • Festivals
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Live music
  • Mountain biking
  • Well being

Kids

The Felin Fach is very family friendly and baby cots and extra beds are available. Children up to the age of 5 stay for free; there is a small charge for older kids.

Family friendly accommodation:

Room 3 has a sofabed, so can sleep 4. Rooms 7 can have a camp bed too but it's a smaller room so might be a tight fit

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs
  • Children's cutlery
  • Colouring books

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

A short children's menu or the kitchen can just serve smaller portions of adult meals

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
9/
Food
10/
Service
10/
Value
9/
Overall

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