The Felin Fach Griffin

César award in 2013

On the edge of a village on the busy road between the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains, this country coaching inn is a 'ridiculously welcoming place'. Managed by Julie Bell for brothers Charles and Edmund Inkin, it has 'friendly, capable staff' and a laid-back ambience. Downstairs is a network of linked rooms: an open fire connects the library and bar; meals are served in a tack room, which has a fire, and the Aga room, which has doors on to the terrace and garden. The chef, Ross Bruce, turns to the kitchen gardener, Joe Hand, for vegetables, herbs and soft fruit. Typical dishes: cured pork belly with Joe's beetroot; loin of Welsh lamb, garlic pomme purée, Kelvedon Wonder peas, thyme sauce. The small bedrooms are decorated in country style, with checked curtains, Welsh wool blankets. They have fresh flowers, books, a Roberts radio (a TV can be provided if you ask). Children are welcomed, as are dogs. The brothers also own The Gurnard's Head, Zennor and The Old Coastguard, Mousehole (see entries). (SH, and others)
  • The Felin Fach Griffin provided the most extraordinary haven in a storm - literally, for a family depressed by a week's exceptionally damp camping holiday. I cannot sing its praises high enough - wonderful rooms, fabulous food, comfortable and just ridiculously welcoming (and with an excellent selection of both gin and beer behind the bar, and a delicious Pedro Ximenez sherry post-dinner). They dried our wet stuff in the boiler room, fed our four-year-old beans on toast and strawberry ice cream in the bar at 5.30pm, added fish and chips to the menu for the boys and relaid our table with candles and dessert for two after we'd put all offspring to bed. Breakfast at the communal table, with a dog by our toes and toast on the Aga sent us all off to continue our camping trip in an entirely cheerful frame of mind. Our stay remains a precious memory to all of us. And of course it is in the most beautiful part of the world - even in a rain storm.

    Sophie Harrowes, 05/07/2011

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Local attractions

Brecon Beacons
A beautiful national park, with a mountain railway.
Hay-on-Wye
A book lover's paradise.
Brecon Jazz Festival
One of the largest jazz festivals in the UK.

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Contact Details

The Felin Fach Griffin

Felin Fach, nr Brecon FELIN FACH Powys Wales LD3 0UB

Telephone

01874 620111

Further Information

Bedrooms

7.

Open

all year except 24/25 Dec.

Facilities

bar area, dining room, breakfast room, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, 1-acre garden (stream, kitchen garden), only bar/dining room suitable for disabled.

Background music

Radio 4 at breakfast, 'carefully considered music at other times'.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms, at some tables in bar.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2013] per room B&B £115-£165, D,B&B £145-£215. Set menus £23-£28.50, à la carte £38.50. 1-night bookings occasionally refused.

GHG voucher offer

Buy the guide and claim 25% off B&B rates on certain dates