This traditional timbered pub, at the foot of the Brecon Beacons, houses a good restaurant - and chef Lee Havard has developed a good network of local suppliers.
His menu closely follows the seasons, but early summer brought 'Slow Roast Belly of Old Spot with a Salad of Grilled Pear with Perlas Rabbit and a Red Wine Dressing'; 'Grilled Vegetable Polenta with a Baked Field Mushroom, topped with Garlic Butter, Asparagus Spears and Parmesan Shavings' and 'Local Salmon and Welsh Goats' Cheese Terrine, wrapped in Black Mountain Smoked Salmon with a Confit of Lemons and a Balsamic Syrup' among the starters.
'Breast of Free-Range Chicken Stuffed with Perlas, Leeks and Walnuts, Wrapped in Carmarthen Ham, with a Salad of New Potatoes, Peas and Pancetta'; 'Char-grilled Rib-Eye of Local Beef with Braised Oxtail, Caramelised Onion Mash, Red Wine Jus and Pickled Onion Tartare' and 'Medley of Welsh Lamb - slow braised shoulder, home-made lamb boudin, rack of cutlets - with traditional Welsh Punchnep, Spears of Asparagus and an Elderflower and Rosemary Jus' listed among the mains.
Desserts throughout the year include the likes of 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream' and 'Steamed Orange Marmalade Pudding with Citrus Custard and Coconut Ice Cream' - or you might be tempted by their selection of Welsh farmhouse cheeses.
Lunches are a lighter affair, with offerings ranging from various Ploughman's to 'Pot Roast Brisket of Welsh Beef'.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Weds-Sun 12.00-14.00; mains £8.95 to £11.50
- Dinner: Weds-Sun 19.00-23.30; mains £11.00 to £16.95
- Seats: 60, plus outside eating
- Wine: a short, but well-short-out, list kicks off at £12.50
- Wheelchair access: Yes, with difficulty, but not including the lavatory
- Directions: 3 miles east of Brecon off the A40
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: All Mon & Tues; 25th & 26th Dec; 1st Jan
- Outside eating