The location is uninteresting, beside a busy-ish road, and you might think this is any old Welsh pub. But there’s a clue it may be something different: the exterior is painted a mellow ochre, the colour seen all over Tuscany. Inside, you’ll be struck by the layout: right by the bar is a pair of squashy leather sofas where you flop with the papers. A log fire is raised above floor level, radiating heat in two directions, into the bar and the adjacent dining room. Tongue-and-groove panelling is painted a brilliant blue. Nooks and crannies are filled with books: we spied Debrett and Who’s Who. Upstairs are seven fresh, but perhaps boxey bedrooms with homey decoration, again using bright colours. Some have four-poster beds and all have extra beds for children.
The food is distinctly above average for the price. Home-made soda bread arrives on a simple wooden board. There’s a large choice of interesting wines by the glass, including prosecco. The Griffin can claim to be Wales’s original gastropub and was named the Good Pub Guide's dining pub of the year for 2014. Off the main dining room there’s another smaller one with two tables seating eight (great for a party) in front of the AGA, where the day’s fresh stocks simmer.
** Winter Escape Offer **
A special offer designed to encourage guests to visit us from late Autumn to early Spring. From only £160 per night including dinner, bed and breakfast for a couple. Stay as many nights as you like with this special rate.
Available from October 30, 2016 to March 23, 2017 excluding Fridays and Saturdays and school holidays. From £160 per room per night.
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