This is favourite place, partly because it marks the beginning of so many happy journeys home for me - stopping off here has become a tradition.
This is a huge coaching inn: lots of higgledy piggledy rooms, old beams, horse brass, dramatic courtyard and arch, accommodation and an attractive garden with some of the brightest displays of nastursiums this side of the bridge.
The pub seems to be run by two courteous older men who are a perfect blend of nice and grumpy, and run a tight ship: too much 'mein host' type behaviour in not a good thing in a landlord - it usually ends with the customers sobbing into their beer as the evening wears on. The young waiting staff are invariably charming.
Whilst you'll see a lot of grey heads here, all ages drink in the bar; the food is wonderful: simple pub food done really well : try the best home made fruit tarts and crumbles in the world.
On the wall is an old print showing times the the Northern Mail and the London Mail coaches rode into ,back in Victorian times.
Quote from the BCC
".. last year, when Johnny Depp bought drinks all round at The Bear Hotel in Crickhowell, Powys, it understandably made headlines across the principality. Depp was taking a break from shooting scenes for The Libertine at nearby Tretower Court, and was no doubt getting a feel for history simply by being within the walls of this delightful 15th-century coaching inn - low beams, ancient floors undulating and creaking like a ship in a swell, cosy armchairs and fine ale. Depp plays the riotous and libidinous 17th-century poet and satirist John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, leader of the Merry Gang at the court of King Charles II ...
(Incidentally, I don't have a special tip on it, but do pay a visit to late medieval Tretower Court a couple of miles up the road from Crickhowell.)
Favorite Dish: Any of the fruit pies, tarts and crumbles served with ice cream.
Address: Crickhowell, Powys ,NP8 1BW -
Directions: Beaufort St Crickhowell; on the left as you are coming into town from Brecon side. Drive through the narrow arch to park at rear of pub.
Phone: 01873 810408
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Everybody in the area around Brecon seems to have heard of the Three Horseshoes - it was recommended to us a number of times. We chose to go there on our first evening in the Brecon Beacons, and as the evening was warm and sunny we could even sit outside on their terrace. A good idea: the inside was very popular and apparently fully booked, despite the fact that it didn't exactly look appealing with its mixture between pub and wannabe restaurant. Well, we ordered a cider and some typical British pub grub which was amazing. Both my wife's fish and chips and my three sausages platter were very nicely decorated and tasted wonderful. There may be a lot of truth in the fact that pub food can cause serious trouble for your digestive system, but at the Three Horseshoes this is definitely not the case.
Moreover, as the place is pretty much a small village pub, everybody seemed to know everybody else. We were immediately included in the conversations and found out about the proprietors' dog Butler which howls every time you say "sausage!" or the super-intelligent daughter of another guest, who, at the age of four, likes to start her sentences with "in fact" or asks a crowd of cheering Welsh rugby fans earnestly "What's all the commotion?". The Three Horseshoes is a great place for food and a drink - and some chatting with the locals.
Favorite Dish: the three sausages platter
Directions: Groesffordd is such a small place that it doesn't have any street names. On entering the village from the A40 (which passes it half a mile away), the pub is on your right side on top of the hill.
Phone: 0044 (0)1874665672
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When I arrived at the Mountain Centre, I was very thirsty from my walk up the hill, and so at first I bought a cold drink at the Tea Rooms. It was quite crowded here because there were several groups of school children and walkers, so the queue was a bit long, but finally I managed to get a drink.
There are a few tables inside of the Tea Rooms, and a large terrace outside, from where you have a wonderful view on Pen y fan, the highest mountain of the Brecon Beacons. It really is a superb location to have a meal or drink!
I did not eat anything, but can say that they serve local, more traditional food, and also several cakes. Prices were very reasonable, and staff were very friendly. You can download their menu if you go the website below.
Directions: At the mountain centre
Brecon's top Italian place is Roberto's, allegedly owned by someone from Birmingham who drives here every day. While I don't know about that, I'm sure that someone knows how to cook! We had some excellent pizza / pasta as well as a crisp salad as a starter. The atmosphere inside is nice as well, but they could do something to spice up the outdoor terrace, which was where we chose to sit.
Favorite Dish: I can't remember the name of my pizza, but it was great. Every single one that was brought to one of the tables around us looked similarly delicious. The salad as a starter was excellent as well.
Address: St Mary's Street, Brecon
Directions: very central as it is just behind St. Mary's church
Phone: 0044 (0)1874 611880
Website: http://robertos-italian.comAdd to your Trip Planner
After climbing a couple of the nearby peaks this pub was a welcome rest.
The owners were very welcoming and we were greeted by a roaring fire. The food was very tasty; all eight of us enjoyed our meals.
The food is priced very reasonably.
The area around the pub is very picturesque, and it is situated very close to some of the highest peaks in the park.
Favorite Dish: I had the gammon with pineapple.
The gammon was cooked well and was succulent. The vegetables were also cooked well.
Address: Butchers Arms, Ponsticill Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2UE
Directions: North Merthyr Tydfil
Phone: 01685 723544Related to:
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