“Big character, great food and 7 comfortable rooms rolled into an award-winning country pub”
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.
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.
This is a beautiful rural part of the UK: joyously underpopulated and sporting mountains, rivers, pretty market towns and lots of fresh air.
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.
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
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