The Harp at Old Radnor
‘You just can’t find them nowadays, they’re like gold dust,’ is the perennial complaint of lovers of proper country pubs. Well, you can if you know where to look. The Harp Inn is a classic case in point.
The bar doesn’t have TV screens or music. The welcome is as warm and big as the huge open log fire. Cosy up on antique settles and enjoy your tipple of choice (cask conditioned real ales, scrumptious local ciders and good-value wines) – and perhaps a chat with some of the Harp’s loyal locals (it’s that kind of pub) or simply sit and take in the glorious views over the historic Radnor Valley. Happy customers post rave reviews: ‘A real pub lover’s dream – stone flags, beautiful settles, roaring fire, dog and people friendly, excellent food, great beers, a fine view and a spotless, comfortable room.’ It receives lots of media praise too, including the ultimate accolade – the Good Pub Guide ‘Oscar’ for Country Pub of the Year. This former Welsh longhouse, located in green, rolling – and deeply rural – border country in sleepy Old Radnor, looks the part outside and in. Ancient stone floors and oak beams hung with Herefordshire hops reinforce the Harp’s period character. It’s a true Welsh country retreat with all the delicious, homely benefits of also being a pub with accommodation in Wales. It’s run in true hands-on style by Chris and Angela, together with general manager Katie Marsden and an excellent local team. When they took over, the Irelands set out to create ‘the sort of place we would want to visit’. Their coupling of hospitality with quality extends to the bedrooms, which have a simplicity and comfort in harmony with the Harp’s character (as do the well-chosen, fashionable Welsh fabrics). Simplicity and comfort also define the cooking, presided over by head chef Josh Smith. Expect to find simple pub classics and imaginative modern dishes, all home cooked and mainly based on locally sourced produce. Locally, you’ll also find a full-on range of activities, from fishing to stargazing in Dark Skies, festival-going to walking, birdwatching to cycling.
About Mid Wales & Brecon BeaconsTucked away in the southern part of Mid Wales you will find the Brecon Beacons National Park, home to dramatic peaks and mountains including the popular 886m high Pen y Fan. A vast national park covering over 500 square miles and is less than an hour’s drive from Cardiff making is very accessible for day trips from the capital.
Your hosts are Chris and Angela Ireland along with manager Katie Marsden. They all love to share their knowledge of the local area and its many delights and look forward to welcoming you to the Harp very soon.0800 103 2596 firstname.lastname@example.org Old Radnor, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2RH