by Pru Allison, 28th January 2022
Wales and the Borderlands prove their culinary worth in gastropub awards
Gastropubs breathe fresh air into the culinary world, combining great food with a more relaxed atmosphere than such dishes might usually be associated with, and Wales and her Borders are at the forefront of this fine fare.
The Estrella Damm Top Gastropubs have been announced and five of the top 100 offerings are in our region. The votes are cast by food industry experts, chefs, operators and food writers.
Number 20 on the list is The Hardwick in Abergavenny. This Monmouthshire gem offers a comprehensive menu of local produce along with an understated feel that allows guests to feel at home.
Keeping The Hardwick company is The Felin Fach Griffin in Brecon which occupies the 34th slot on the list. The pub sits between the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons and is a champion of sustainability with beef and lamb from local estates taking pride of place on the menu.
At number 47 is The Black Bear Inn – a cosy spot in Usk - while The Charlton Arms in Ludlow (pictured above) is ranked at number 63, and Knutsford’s The Roebuck Inn is at 73.