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Thriving Welsh inn wins Good Pub Guide award

The Felin Fach Griffin, a seven-bedroom inn at the foot of the Brecon Beacons, has been named Dining Pub of the Year for Wales in the 36th edition of the Good Pub Guide, which was published recently. The Griffin retains its crown from last year’s edition of the guide.


Hosted by Julie Bell, The Felin Fach Griffin is a dining pub with rooms in mid-Wales and has been owned since 2000 by brothers Charles and Edmund Inkin through their company EATDRINKSLEEP.

It has a thriving restaurant and bar that is a base for the community, supporting local producers, brewers and growers, as well as having its own kitchen garden. It follows the brothers’ belief in “the simple things done well”, a philosophy which was developed during their dairy farming childhood in neighbouring Monmouthshire.

The Inkin brothers also own The Gurnard’s Head, near St Ives in Cornwall, and The Old Coastguard, an iconic seaside hotel in nearby Mousehole. Both have recently been awarded gold awards in the annual Taste of the West hospitality awards and both achieve bedroom occupancy levels of nearly 95% year-round. The group now employs over 120 people in Wales and in Cornwall.

The 2017 Good Pub Guide said of The Felin Fach Griffin: “Highly thought-of dining pub with excellent food, a fine range of drinks and upbeat rustic décor; inviting bedrooms.”


Edmund Inkin said: “I’m so happy for Julie and her team that they have retained this award as Wales’s leading dining pub. To make guests happy consistently year after year is not easy and it doesn’t happen without an enormous amount of thought and hard work from everyone.”

Janet Redler, Chief Executive of Janet Redler Travel & Tourism, added: “This is one of our favourite dining pubs and we always try to include a visit when we have tours in the area. The award is great news for Julie Bell and her team and recognition for all their efforts; it is also good news for the Inkin brothers who own a fantastic group of businesses with an admirable philosophy.”

The 2018 Good Pub Guide is published by Ebury Press and is an independent guide featuring over 5,000 pubs. Entry is by selection only and is based on reviews by 2,000 of the guide’s readership. The website and the related Iphone app contain the details of all the pubs in the guide.

If you would like to include a visit to The Felin Fach Griffin on a tailor-made tour of Wales, please do contact our friendly team. 

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