Find this excellent foodie pub with rooms in the picturesque Upper Ceiriog Valley up the B4500 from Chirk. The name derives from the hand in the crest of the Myddleton family who owned the local castle - the hand symbolising friendship.
In summer months you can relax on their terrace, while in winter warm yourself in front of a blazing log fire while you contemplate your meal - or just enjoy your pint.
Although still the village local, food is taken seriously, with a full kitchen team offering the likes of 'Chicken Liver Parfait with home-made Piccalilli and Toasted Walnut Bread'; 'Traditional Welsh Rabbit on Fish Cakes with Mixed Leaves' and 'Tiger Prawns with a Sweet Chili Dip' among the starters.
To be followed by the likes of 'Grilled Ceiriog Trout with Lemon Butter'; 'Saddle of Lamb with Mash and Asparagus'; 'Steak and Kidney Pie' and 'Rib Eye Steak with Field Mushrooms and Tomatoes'.
Homemade desserts might include 'Sticky Toffee Pudding' and 'Baked Lemon Cheesecake'.
They have comfortable bedrooms making this an ideal stopover/base for a walking/cycling holiday.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.15; mains about £12 to £20; Sun 12.30-14.45; set L Sun £12 (main course), £15.50 (2 courses), £19 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week 18.30-20.45; mains about £12 to £20
- Wine: an concise list with modest mark ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Chirk Rail (about 9 miles)
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available