Gliffaes Country House Hotel, Brecon Beacons

Tucked away in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, near Crickhowell, Gliffaes Country House Hotel is widely regarded as one of the finest luxury hotels in Wales. It gains its name from its setting between the River Usk and the Myarth Hill, known as Gwlydd Faes or ‘the dewy field’, and when you gaze upon this grand Victorian country house hotel, surrounded by breath-taking gardens and overlooking the River Usk, you can see why.

Gliffaes Country House Hote

Run by the same family for over 60 years, the hotel has a warm, country house feel, from the stag’s head hanging above the door and the diagrams of fish adorning the walls, to the old fireplace in the lounge and the framed painting of a bison above the bar. 

Bar

Stag's head at Gliffaes Country House Hote

Earlier this year, The Times picked 50 hotels from across the United Kingdom to book for the summer holidays and Gliffaes Country House Hotel was one of only two hotels in Wales chosen.

The à la carte dinner menu focuses on local, seasonal produce, with starters priced from £7.50 to £11 and mains ranging from £17-22. With seven options per course, there are a good variety of dishes available, including a couple of vegetarian dishes (food allergies and intolerances can also be catered for).

Visiting the hotel restaurant on a Sunday evening a few weeks back, we perused the menu while nibbling on pillow-soft garlic and rosemary focaccia, dunked in extra virgin olive oil and tangy balsamic.

Garlic and rosemary focaccia with balsamic and extra virgin olive oil

My starter of smoked pork rillette (£9.50) consisted of rhubarb and sage-stuffed handmade ravioli on a bed of smoky, fall-apart pork, topped with a bay leaf. 

Rhubarb and sage ravioli

Meanwhile, my partner ventured out of his comfort zone slightly with the lobster and trotter (£11.50); succulent lobster paired with a crispy pig’s trotter, accompanied by water cress, cauliflower and velvety bisque, and finished with fresh caviar. He let me try a morsel of trotter and I was surprised at how tasty it was; with a crunchy coating and slightly chewy centre, it was similar to a pork scratching. I didn’t get to try the lobster, so it must’ve been delicious!

Lobster and trotter at Glffaes Country House Hotel

My main course made my mouth water just to look at. A luscious pink medium-rare rump of local beef (£21) served with gnocchi in an onion, mushroom and thyme sauce with fresh greens, carrots and potato. A hearty, comforting dish, this was a classy take on a roast dinner and the beef was cooked to perfection. 

Welsh rump of beef

When my guest saw the size of his main in comparison to mine,  he thought he’d pulled the short straw – until he took a mouthful of the beautifully tender lamb, that was! Best end of new season lamb cutlets (£22) were teamed with a rectangular wedge of rosemary and lemon polenta, pickled mushrooms, chiogga (candy cane beetroot) and fresh veg. The fat on the lamb was golden brown and crispy, and as we bit into it (I actually got to taste some!) we could taste the rich, silky juices ooze out. 

Welsh lamb at Gliffaes Country House Hotel

With just enough room left for dessert, I indulged in the Welsh cheese board (£9); a tantalising trio of soft, blue Perl Las, brie-like Perl Wen and strong yet creamy Snowdonia Black Bomber paired with homemade chutney, bread and crackers; I especially liked the pink ones, which tasted like prawns.

Welsh cheese board at Gliffaes Country House Hotel

My guest opted for the more decadent choice of the chocolate and Baileys tart (£7.25), served with slightly sweet vanilla ice cram and juicy sliced strawberries. This had a rich, thick texture and a pleasant hint of Baileys, although it would’ve been too sickly for me to polish off by myself.

Chocolate and Baileys tart at Gliffaes Country House Hotel

We drew our meal to a close with a cappuccino made with Reads Freshly Ground Single Estate and a petit fours selection consisting of two handmade gourmet chocolates each (£3 per person). We loved the vintage country house-style crockery!

Petit fours at Gliffaes Country House Hotel

Gliffaes Country House Hotel is a magnificent place to visit, whether you’re stopping for dinner or a longer stay. Admire the idyllic gardens, soak up the cosy, homely vibes and treat yourself to a bit of luxury! 

Gliffaes Country House Hotel
Gliffaes Rd
Crickhowell
Powys
NP8 1RH
www.gliffaeshotel.com
01874 730 463

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Gliffaes Country House Hotel, Brecon Beacons
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I was invited to Gliffaes Country House Hotel as a guest and our food and drink was provided complimentary; however, I was not obliged to write a positive review.

16 Comments

  1. September 26, 2017 / 6:15 am

    Oh, goodness, this country house hotel is just breathtaking. I’ve never been to Wales but would love to visit someday. The food looks absolutely amazing, especially the lobster and trotter. Every dish you featured is so elegant and beautifully presented.

    • September 30, 2017 / 5:44 pm

      Glad you enjoyed my review! It is a gorgeous country house hotel, perfect for a quiet weekend getaway!

  2. September 26, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    The country house hotel looks utterly divine, I love the look of the Welsh cheese board. Plus the chocolate and Baileys tart looks right up my street! x

    • September 30, 2017 / 5:43 pm

      I love a good cheese board and I liked that this one included only Welsh cheeses.

  3. September 26, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    Oh what a beautiful location. The food looks absolutely divine!

    • September 30, 2017 / 5:43 pm

      It is set in beautiful surroundings. It was a shame we visited in the evening really, as it would’ve been lovely to spend some time exploring the gardens.

  4. September 26, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    The lamb cutlets look divine, such an amazing meal.

    • September 30, 2017 / 5:42 pm

      They were so tasty and we loved the chiogga too!

  5. September 27, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Oh my gosh that garlic and rosemary focaccia bread looks insanely good, I am a huge fan of bread at the start of meals. It’s great your partner stepped out their comfort zone and tried something new, I need to do to this more 🙂

    • September 30, 2017 / 5:41 pm

      That was delicious! A great way to start our meal.

  6. September 28, 2017 / 7:52 am

    This place looks great and perfect to stay when visiting Brecon Beacons. The food looks delicious and well presented.

    • September 30, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      It’s such a lovely hotel, no wonder they have been going for so long!

  7. September 28, 2017 / 10:04 am

    the food looks insane, I am speechless and jealous for not having it myself right now haha!

    • September 30, 2017 / 5:38 pm

      It was really good, I can see why this place has such a good reputation for it’s food!

  8. October 1, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    Oh wow, this looks amazing! The food looks incredible x

    • October 1, 2017 / 10:59 pm

      It’s a really impressive hotel and the food was really well-presented and tasted good too 🙂

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