The location is uninteresting, beside a busy-ish road, and you might think this is any old Welsh pub. But there’s a clue it may be something different: the exterior is painted a mellow ochre, the colour seen all over Tuscany. Inside, you’ll be struck by the layout: right by the bar is a pair of squashy leather sofas where you flop with the papers. A log fire is raised above floor level, radiating heat in two directions, into the bar and the adjacent dining room. Tongue-and-groove panelling is painted a brilliant blue. Nooks and crannies are filled with books: we spied Debrett and Who’s Who. Upstairs are seven fresh, but perhaps boxey bedrooms with homey decoration, again using bright colours. Some have four-poster beds and all have extra beds for children.
The food is distinctly above average for the price. Home-made soda bread arrives on a simple wooden board. There’s a large choice of interesting wines by the glass, including prosecco. The Griffin can claim to be Wales’s original gastropub and was named the Good Pub Guide’s dining pub of the year for 2014. Off the main dining room there’s another smaller one with two tables seating eight (great for a party) in front of the AGA, where the day’s fresh stocks simmer.
** 2019 Rates **
We offer year round, 3-course supper + B&B rates (DB&B). The only thing we ask is that guests are on the same type of rate during their stay. Dinner B&B includes up to three courses from anywhere on our usual evening menu, from only £197.50 for two. B&B from only £140 for two.
** Winter Escape **
While the clocks are locked on GMT, brighten up your winter with a one night escape (Sunday to Thursday, outside of holidays). From only £170 per couple, including dinner (28th October – 22nd March).
** The Sunday Sleepover **
Kick back with us for Sunday lunch, the papers and maybe an afternoon walk in the hills or on the beach. Then supper, a good night’s sleep and the best of breakfasts on Monday. From £205 per couple while the Winter Escape is in place and a little more at other times.
** Spring/September Sleepover **
Already thinking of your Easter and Summer hols? Stay with us for two nights from £360, including dinner (Spring Sleepover 15th April – 17th May, September Sleepover 2nd September – 4th October).
Call the reservations team on 01874 620 111 or click here to find out more.