Looking for a base for a much needed weekend away? With pubs fast becoming the new hot hotels, here’s our pick of the best country, coastal and city pubs with rooms.
1. The Penhelig Arms, Aberdovey
Set on the water’s edge overlooking the Dyfi estuary, the Penhelig’s location is faultless. But for all that the views are impressive, so too is the food. The pub has won a whole host of awards including Les Routiers Wales Dining Pub of the Year, UK Seafood Pub of the Year 2005, and AA Seafood Pub of the Year.
Accommodation includes a lavish suite in the Penhelig House and four deluxe suites in Bodhelig, complete with a balcony or terrace that lets you linger over a bottle of wine while enjoying great sunset views, and double rooms within the main building. The imaginative and modern British menu favours fresh local fish and seafood, while the bar offers quality Welsh cask ale and premium wines and spirits. Put simply, the Penhelig is the perfect seaside pub.
Where to book: www.penheligarms.com or 01654 767215
2. White Lion, Bala
Dating back to 1752, the White Lion Royal Hotel is a handsome 4 star coaching inn right in the heart of Bala. Visitors to the historic hotel are guaranteed a warm welcome, relaxing guest rooms, a cosy bar and large restaurant serving locally sourced pub classics. The White Lion is the perfect place to relax, but step outside and you’ll discover Bala is also an ideal place to get active. You’re surrounded by scenic walks and close by is a white water rafting centre and lake.
Where to book: www.thewhitelionbala.com or 01678 520 314
3. The Ship Inn, Tresaith, Cardigan
The Ship is the quintessential coastal pub. Just a stones throw from the beach, it makes for a perfect year-round retreat.
Exposed stone wall, low beams and stone floors are all part of the pub’s charm. But while the interior is a delight, the real appeal lies outside. From the sun terrace you’ll experience stunning views out to sea and if you’re lucky you’ll catch bottlenose dolphins jumping in the bay.
After indulging in a hearty Welsh breakfast take a short stroll and join the Cardigan Coastal path, where you’ll enjoy more breathtaking views.
Where to book: www.shiptresaith.com or 01239 811816
4. Grove Hotel, St Davids
It might be the smallest city in Wales but St Davids has a lot to offer, including the picture-postcard pretty Grove Hotel.
The regency house hotel, which was built in 1816, is equally lovely inside. The hotel has recently been sympathetically refurbished to create the perfect place to eat, sleep, meet and drink. Part of the Grove’s charm lies outside in the The walled garden has . Beautifully landscaped, it makes for the perfect place to spend a summer day.
The food menu is yet another delight. The bar menu is brimming with pub classics, or for something special the Orchard Restaurant boasts a fine dining menu which changes daily and relies on the locally sourced ingredients.
After enjoying breakfast in the conservatory, overlooking the gardens, take a stroll along the Pembrokeshire coastal path and discover some of the best beaches in the UK. You’re guaranteed not to miss your foreign holiday here.
Where to book: www.grovestdavids.co.uk or 01437 720341
5. Plas Derwen, Abergavenny
Situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains, Abergavenny is the perfect place to explore and enjoy.
The place has been stylishly refurbished to modern day expectations but has retained the informal and relaxed feel expected in a country pub. The unfussy, seasonal menu draws uses regionally sourced food, including Celtic Pride fillet steak, Black Mountain smoked pork sausage, and Dragon's Breath Welsh cheese made with Brains beer.
In 2007 the hotel opened a further four bedrooms within the charmingly converted barn at behind the pub. But if you opt for one of the seven rooms in the main building you won’t be disappointed; all rooms are named after the hills and mountains visible from the windows.
Where to book: www.plasderwenhotel.com or 01873 853144
6. The Maltsters, Cardiff
There's been a building on the Maltsters pub site since 1310, making it one of the oldest licensed pubs in Cardiff. It was reworked last year but is still bursting with features and character. Simply and stylishly decorated and furnished with quality pieces, the pub is the perfect place to eat, meet and sleep.
The short, daily-changing menus make full use of local produce. And with a reassuringly simple philosophy on food, you’re guaranteed honest pub food where quality rules over fanciness.
The back of the pub houses five, stylish and individual and bedrooms. Each room has a state of the art Apple media and entertainment and all bathrooms feature a rain shower and bath and a plasma TV. But if you’re looking for ultimate relaxation ask for the room with a freestanding feature bath.
You’ll find the Maltsters in the village of Llandaff, which is a little gem on the outskirts of Cardiff city centre. Often referred to as The City of Llandaff it has its own stunning Cathedral dating back to 1107 and a pretty high street and traditional village green.
Where to book: www.maltsterscardiff.com or 029 2033 3096
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