Location: 1 1/2 miles south of the Castle just beyond the village of PenycaeAddress: Brecon Rd, Penycae, Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA9 1YYTelephone: 01639 730273
Our Review: - For bar snacks, inexpensive meals, and good ale. Very reasonable "pub" for food. Enjoy a good steak, gammon and a nice roast dinner on a Sunday. The Ancient Briton is most noted for its real ale selection. Generally it has 5 real ales on at any one time. It has won a CAMRA award - The landlord, Gerald, tells us he has been recognised as the best CAMRA pub in the Neath and Swansea Valley. This is a major achievement given that in 2001 this pub didn't even serve real ale.
Location: 1/2 mile north of the Castle, opposite the nationally famous (and worth visiting) Welsh Show Caves (Dan yr Ogof)Address: Penycae, Swansea SA9 1GPTelephone: 01639 730310
Our Review: - Expect to spend between £10.00 and £15.00 for a REASONABLE meal in nice cosy pub surroundings. The food under the previous owner was varied in standards. It has been taken over by new owners so we have no feedback on the food served this year.
The Felin Fach Griffin Inn
Location: 30 minutes drive north of Brecon. On the Brecon bypass.Address: Felin Fach, Brecon, Powys LD3 OUBTelephone: (01874) 620111
Our Review: - At around £40.00 to £50.00 per head the excellent cuisine at this pub is strictly for those with very fine taste in food and a willingness to indulge (expensively). Take 3 hours over your meal and have some meaningful conversation in "smart" yet informal (unstuffy) surroundings. A wedding anniversary, a surprise birthday gift, an important business client, quiet conversation - this is where to go.
The Griffin is a little way out of Brecon. You wonder if you have possibly missed it but then you see it, easily visible, on your left.On their website we found the following write-up from the owner, "As a trained chef I am passionate about using seasonal and where possible, local ingredients. The Griffin's head chef, Ricardo van Ede, shares my belief and produces simple but unfussy food. Our principles were recognised last year when we won AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales 2003".