Chris, Angela and their friendly team run this ancient Welsh longhouse, tucked up a lane near the parish church, as an authentic country pub: unfussy, well-loved and honestly traditional. Find 14th-century slate flooring in the bar, tongue-and-groove in a room that fits a dozen diners, crannies crammed with memorabilia, an ancient curved settle, an antique reader’s chair, two fires and a happy crowd.
Accompany a pint of Wye Valley or Three Tuns bitter with locally sourced steak and chips, sea bass with salsa verde, or a vegan or vegetarian dish. Or take a simple ploughman’s to a seat in the garden and gaze on the spectacular Radnor Valley. The menus change every six weeks.
Five comfy rooms have countryside views, colourful Welsh blankets, bright bathrooms (some are just showers) and a farmhouse feel. Big breakfasts set you up for a day of exploring the wonderful Radnor Valley, or dipping into the shops of Hay-on-Wye. Life in this tiny village, like its glorious pub, remains delightfully unchanged.