Llechwen Hall and Hotel
Steeped in local history, this 17th-Century country house hotel is an impressive and fascinating place. Set on a hill overlooking the valleys, Llechwen Hall has been a private mansion and a school, and still has an out building that was once a jailhouse. It is now a haven of relaxation and luxury, with 20 superb rooms and fantastic places to drink and dine. The hotel bar and restaurant oozes character and charm, with large bay windows, chandeliers and original low-beamed ceilings. With an AA rosette already under their belts, head chef Gareth Silcock and his team excel in producing fine cuisine. Our meal started with an extremely tasty homemade Scotch broth and lovely smoked trout served with salad and horseradish mayonnaise, with presentation second to none. Our next course comprised supreme of chicken with roast shallots, tomato and pancetta; and best end of lamb with celeriac purée and Madeira sauce, served with a selection of vegetables. Both dishes were expertly cooked and every mouthful confirmed our suspicions that we'd stumbled across a true culinary gem. Delightful sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream, and a gorgeous light pear and almond tart completed our meal, leaving us well and truly satisfied. The menu here is very reasonably priced considering the high quality, and is changed on a regular basis. On Sundays you can enjoy a three-course Sunday lunch for just £16.95. The substantial wine list includes Champagne and wines from around the world, so you might want to treat yourself to an overnight stay, and private functions such as business conferences and weddings are held within the Nelson Suite or in the marquee at the rear of the hotel - where a large patio and decked area can also be found. Llechwen Hall is an enchanting place, filled with stories recounted by locals who regularly dine here. Duty manager Jennifer Griffiths was kind enough to show us around the hotel, and we heard a few ghostly tales along the way. With so much to offer diners and guests alike, Llechwen Hall might just become your new favourite haunt.