The Felin Fach Griffin, Felin Fach, near Brecon

With its pub atmosphere and locally-sourced quality food, the Felin Fach Griffin quickly made its mark among the gastropub crowd when it opened in 2000.

Since then, many other pubs have jumped on the gastropub bandwagon, but the Griffin has retained its edge, gathering a slew of awards along the way.

The manager of the Griffin, Julie Bell, puts the Griffin’s success down to keeping the food as locally-sourced (and therefore as fresh) as possible. 

There’s a kitchen garden which is organically certified and a full-time gardener, Joe (pictured below), whose produce goes straight to the kitchen. Any excess goes to local suppliers to make products that are used back in the pub – blackcurrants become cassis, other soft fruit reappears as jam for breakfast.

Meat is sourced from nearby producers including the Welsh Venison Centre which is around 10 miles away. Many beers are local too and there’s wine from the Wye Valley’s Ancre Hill Estate, alongside others from further afield.

But despite its success, the Griffin hasn’t moved too far from its roots – so while it attracts foodies from far and wide, locals still pop in for a pint after walking the dog.

Awards and accolades

The Felin Fach Griffin is in the Good Pub Guide 2013 (for the third year running) and has scooped Welsh Inn of the Year 2013 in the prestigious Cesar Awards run by the Good Hotel Guide. Drinks magazine Imbibe has voted the Griffin’s the pub wine list of the year 2013 and it's also in the top 50 UK Gastropubs 2013.

In 2012, the Griffin was awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland 2012 (for the second year running) joining an exclusive club of 129 places in the UK and Ireland offering “good food at moderate prices”.

Opening hours

Daily, 11am-11pm.

The Felin Fach Griffin, Felin Fach, off the A470 near Brecon, LD3 0UB, Wales, tel 01874 620111