The Felin Fach Griffin, near Brecon and Hay-on-Wye, has been named Dining Pub of the Year for Wales in the new 2011 edition of the Good Pub Guide. The Wales-based company that runs it, Eatdrinksleep Ltd., who now employ more than 60 people, also won the same award for Cornwall with the Griffin’s sister pub, The Gurnard’s Head.
Sitting between the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains, The Griffin is
a pub with bedrooms that has been run since 2000 by Monmouthshire-bred brothers Charles and Edmund Inkin. Chef Simon Potter heads a kitchen which relishes working every day with the best Welsh and borders produce, including fruit, vegetables and herbs from the Griffin’s own organic kitchen garden.
Julie Bell, who hosts at the Felin Fach Griffin on behalf of owners Charles and Edmund Inkin, said “I’m so thrilled about this. We’ve spent masses of time in the last few years thinking about how you can have the informality of a pub and at the same time offer above average food and service. It’s a simple thought but very few are able to avoid making compromises one way or the other. This award doesn’t remotely mean we’ve got it licked, but I hope it shows we’re heading in the right direction.”
Edmund Inkin added “There is no better way of celebrating our 10th Birthday than to have an award from one of the original independent guides. We know from experience that the Good Pub Guide is ruthless about rooting out pubs who sit on their laurels, so this is a serious tribute to Julie and her team who are constantly challenging themselves into improving how we look after our guests.”
The 2011 Good Pub Guide is published by Ebury Press and is an independent guide for which no payment is made for entry. Entry is by selection only and
is based on reviews by 2,000 of the guide’s regular readership.