A couple of winners to end Wales Part I, on that hallowed stretch of A40 road that takes you from Brecon to Bass in the Bear at Crickhowell.
Apart from the posh Bear (return visit overdue), there’s some renowned pubs like the Star in Talybont, and the New Inn in Bwlch (always pronounced wrongly). So many pubs, it’s a wonder the Guardian readers on mini-breaks from West London actually get any walking done.
The Three Horseshoes in Groessford, an hour’s walk from Brecon Spoons, has the best floral display of the lot,
and a view almost as good as the one from our garden,
but is slightly let down by reserved signs and uncontrolled dogs hoping to lick the Beer Guide that Simon touched last month. A shame, the Pale was a solid NBSS 3+.
And so to Bwlch. As it were.
A real oddity, this one.
A bit of kitsch, a blackboard menu and those essential board games for the mini-break Londoner.
But with bunkhouse accommodation (I resisted) it also had a walker’s trade, some fast-moving staff, and the sense of a proper boozer.
The Felinfoel was noticeably better kept than most I’d had recently (NBSS 3+), but not a patch on the Double Dragon I remember fondly from West Wales 20 years ago. A Welsh Donnington BB ? I do hope not.