So what happens if the weather is adverse and inclement? On the first floor adjoining the dining/breakfast room you'll find a large well appointed lounge complete with a fully stocked honesty bar, comfortable furniture including leather Chesterfield sofas in a comfy, snug gentlemans club theme, the perfect place to relax after a hard day exploring. Tea, and coffee making facilities are always available in the afternoon and cake and local goodies available during peak season.
There are fantastic pubs, cafes and restaurants in Brecon and the local area but like all towns and cities you need to know where to look and go. We have extensive knowledge and experience sampling and experiencing (it's a tough job) all the local hostelries so please ask for advice and please do this before you arrive...the best places are always booked up in advance.
Our personal recommendations for brunch, lunch and dining:
Brunch or a light lunch: Casa - good veggie options, a must visit for a quirky, flavoursome café in the centre of Brecon, just hidden behind the church. Much, much better than the national coffee chains - sadly closed but hoping to return in 2021.
Out and about café: The Old Barn Tea Room - a great stop on top of the Beacons for snacks, sandwiches, teas and coffee, coffee and cake or go on indulge yourself and plump for the full afternoon Tea! Worth the drive in itself or catch the Mountain Railway; an old fashioned tea room but warm and friendly. Usually open March-Oct.
Café with history: Talgarth Mill – a restored and working mill in the small town of Talgarth, west of Brecon and a good halfway house stop off to Hay on Wye; award winning cakes and bread, Ginger and Walnut our favourite!
Pub lunch or dinner: The White Swan at Llanfrynach – a gastro style pub with restaurant south of Brecon just off the Abergavenny road with great food, creative presentation and attention to detail, varied menus and seasonal products – you will have to book to get a table here especially Sunday lunch. Closed at present.
Pub Lunch or dinner: The Three Horseshoes, Groesffordd – a gastro style pub with a busy locals atmosphere, it is well worth an evening visit for great, well presented dishes. Advisable to book.
For that Special evening out: The Felin Fach Griffin – one of my favourite places, the Griffin possesses a chummy old pub cum bistro charm, roaring log fire, knowledgeable service with a smile, inventive menus, wonderful wines – not cheap and you will have to book but worth the visit for that special occasion.
Pub Sunday Lunch: The Old Ford Llanhamlach – south of Brecon, a typical old school Welsh pub serving big old fashioned Sunday Lunch the way you remembered when your feet didn’t touch the floor from your chair. You will need to book for a seat….and don’t forget to take in the view of the Beacons, it’s one of the best pub views, full stop. Sunday booking essential.
Hotel Sunday Lunch & Dinner: The Bear at Crickhowell – 15 miles South of Brecon in the pretty town of Crickhowell lies a proper old coaching inn; big, expansive and everything you’d imagine it would be, booking recommended. Good beer, good atmosphere and quality food everytime.
Hotel Sunday Lunch: Castle of Brecon Hotel – just over the Honddu Bridge this is a big, renowned hotel with an excellent restaurant, lovely gardens, wonderful views and great Sunday Lunch but you will have to book.
Burger Bar/American Diner: Hills Brecon - new American style diner just outside Brecon on the B4602 at Bishop's Meadow north of the Leisure Centre. Great for burgers and cocktails, booking essential at weekends. Now widely regarded as best burgers in Wales, you will have to book before arriving in Brecon.
Afternoon Tea: Peterstone Court - Situated next to the River Usk with fabulous views over the Beacons, Peterstone Court at Llanhamlach just off the A40 Abergavenny Road is the perfect setting for a late afternoon tea on the terrace.