Brecon Beacons Eating, drinking and dancing
We point you in the direction of the best local cafés, the most accomplished restaurants and the cosiest gastropubs in the Brecon Beacons.
(+44 (0)1558 823394)
Owned and run by Rod Paterson, a former Welsh Chef of the Year, this accomplished restaurant to the west of the National Park is cosy and inviting, and the Modern British menu is prepared with considerable panache. Worth a bit of an extra drive; make reservations to avoid disappointment, though.
Salem, near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 7LY
(+44 (0)1591 610248)
Overlooking the River Irfon, this restaurant is exceptionally good. There’s no choice on the daily menu but then you’re in expert hands, and any dietary requirements are noted when you book.
Dolecoed Road, Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys LD5 4ST
The Bell at Skenfrith
If you’re heading towards Hay and Brecon via Ross on Wye, or exploring Monmouthshire countryside, make a stop at this wonderful inn overlooking the Monnow river. It has award-winning menus of locally sourced produce, real ales and a decent wine list; the garden terrace is idyllic in summer. Under-8s are not allowed in the restaurant in the evening, but the Bell is very family friendly, with a fantastic children’s menu.
Skenfrith, Monmouthshire NP7 8UH
(+44 (0)1558 823500)
The Cawdor Restaurant
Fresh local ingredients and a Modern European menu of traditional and innovative international dishes are served in crisply modern surroundings – this restaurant on the western outskirts of the National Park has many original Georgian features and a lovely fireplace. Sunday lunch is always popular.
Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6EN
(+44 (0)1874 620111)
The Felin Fach Griffin Inn
The slightly bland exterior hides a very welcoming pub-style restaurant with great food that makes an excellent spot for lunch when heading through Brecon.
Felin Fach, Brecon, Powys LD3 0UB
(+44 (0)1267 290000)
What appears on the outside to be a simple local pub is in fact an elegant little gastro haven. Dishes are as tasty and satisfying as they are unfussy.
Capel Dewi, near Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire SA32 7LH
(+44 (0)1874 625892)
Llanfaes Dairy Ice Cream Parlour
There are about 50 fantastic flavours to choose from here. Local milk and cream is used and many of the fruit flavours come from local farms. Some say it’s the best ice-cream in Wales, and they’re probably right.
19 Bridge Street, Llanfaes, Brecon, Powys LD3 8AH
(+44 (0)1558 668131)
The Gardeners’ Café
Most people visit Aberglasney House and Gardens for the beautiful surroundings alone, but there’s also a wonderful café in the grounds where you can enjoy an excellent, locally sourced and seasonal menu.
Aberglasney, Llangathen, Carmarthenshire SA32 8QH
(+44 (0)1874 610610)
The Pilgrim’s Tearooms
This lovely tearoom has makes excellent cream teas and is located next to the herb garden in the Brecon cathedral close.
Brecon Cathedral Close, Brecon, Powys LD3 9DP