Best restaurants in Brecon Beacons National Park

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

    St John's Place

    St John's Place is only open two nights a week and offers only three 'plates' alongside a wider range of 'bar snacks', but this narrow focus seems to allow the kitchen plenty of room for experimentation and aspiration. The refinement of the food is offset by the simple elegance of the decor, and adventurous diners will be amply rewarded.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

    Tomatitos Tapas Bar

    Friendly, bustling Tomatitos combines the atmosphere of everyone's favourite pub with an España-centric menu. Staples such as tortilla and chorizo in cider aside, daily specials feature guest stars such as roasted piquillo peppers stuffed with beef, and even lamb tagine. The food is great, and tastes even better washed down with Spanish, Portuguese and French wine by the glass.

  • Restaurants in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

    River Cafe

    River Cafe makes the most of glorious Wye frontage in the little town of Glasbury, 5 miles southwest of Hay. The dining room is open and airy, with a timbered deck perched above the gurgling flow. Inventive-yet-soothing dishes such as hake with fricasseed greens, bacon and crème fraiche are typical of a kitchen that's contemporary but not faddish.

  • Restaurants in Fforest Fawr & Black Mountain

    Carreg Cennen Tearoom

    Possibly the best castle tearoom anywhere. The farmer-owner's longhorn beef is on the menu in the form of cottage pie and beef salad, plus it serves warming cawl (traditional Welsh stew) and excellent homemade cakes. The location is an impressive converted barn that sits just below the castle.

  • Restaurants in Black Mountains (Y Mynyddoedd Duon)

    Skirrid Mountain Inn

    This 'may' be Wales' oldest inn; Owain Glyndŵr 'may' have rallied troops here; and Shakespeare 'may' have taken inspiration from it: whatever the conjecture, there's no doubt that the Skirrid is very old (probably pre-1110) and suitably atmospheric. Downstairs it serves hearty food in front of roaring fires.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Brecon (Aberhonddu)

    Felin Fach Griffin

    With a string of awards as long as its wine list, this country pub offers gourmet dining in a relaxed and unpretentious setting. Open fires, leather sofas and timber beams create a comfortable atmosphere in which to enjoy local fish, farm produce and game in dishes such as lamb breast with white beans, sweetbreads and salsa verde. There are also excellent rooms upstairs.

  • Restaurants in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

    Old Electric Shop

    Hay's hippest cafe inhabits an eclectic junk-shop-like space crammed with studios selling new and vintage clothing, furniture and, of course, books. The blackboard menu, served until 3pm, includes tasty vegetarian soups, salads and curries. Some nights (every night during the Hay Festival) the Electric Shop puts on a pop-up cocktail bar, often with live music.

  • Restaurants in Brecon (Aberhonddu)

    Peterstone Court

    The genteel environment of a Georgian manor-house hotel is a very good starting point for a memorable dining experience. Peterstone Court has the added advantage of having access to the freshest produce from its own farm, which it uses to produce excellent modern bistro fare. Swing by at lunchtime for a good-value set menu (two/three courses £17/20).

  • Restaurants in Crickhowell (Crughywel)

    Cafe at Book-ish

    Attached to a great indie bookshop, this bright, licensed cafe is very popular locally, and ideal for a solo lunch – perhaps a ploughman's platter with local Perl Las cheese, ham, pork pie and pickles – over your latest paperback purchase. The coffee's good, and the loft doubles as an event space – see the website for upcoming tastings, readings and the like.

  • Restaurants in Talgarth

    Bakers' Table

    Housed within Talgarth Mill, this cafe uses its own artisanal stone-ground flour to bake beautiful scones, bara brith (Welsh tea bread) and crusty bread. All of the food and drink sold is sourced locally, including a delicious array of sandwich fillings from the likes of Crickhowell's Black Mountains Smokery.

  • Restaurants in Brecon (Aberhonddu)

    Gurkha Corner

    Rustic scenes of the Himalayas brighten the windowless dining room of this friendly Nepalese restaurant. The delicious food dishes – curries, fried rice, lentils and rich veg side dishes – are influenced by, but not identical to, Indian food. The sisnu (stinging nettle) curry is a good example.

  • Restaurants in Llanfrynach

    White Swan

    Whitewashed, hung with flower baskets and with a wisteria-draped back terrace, the White Swan is as pretty a village pub as you could wish for. The food is excellent too, with hearty serves of fish and chips, burgers, meat pies, and daily fish, meat and vegetarian specials.

  • Restaurants in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

    Bookshop Cafe

    Set around a courtyard at the rear of Richard Booth's Bookshop, this light-filled eatery serves upmarket cafe fare such as smoked haddock and crayfish fishcakes and their own fancy take on a Welsh rarebit.

  • Restaurants in Brecon (Aberhonddu)

    The Hours

    This cute combined bookshop and cafe serves excellent home baking, sandwiches, soup and snacks. It's located in an endearingly wonky olive-green cottage.

  • Restaurants in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

    Old Black Lion

    Walkers, book browsers and the literary glitterati all flock to this creaky 17th-century inn, with heavy black beams, low ceilings and features incorporated from a 14th-century predecessor built at the same time as Hay Castle. The atmosphere is as cosy as you'd hope such a place would be and the food is a hearty but refined take on pub fare.

  • Restaurants in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

    The Granary

    Popular and welcoming, this bustling country-kitchen cafe is a reliable choice for breakfasts and snack lunches. Vegetarians are well catered for with their own menu, and you can check your email over a coffee using the free wi-fi.

  • Restaurants in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

    Shepherds Ice Cream Parlour

    Nobody should leave Hay without trying the home-made ice cream from Shepherds. It's mainly made from sheep's milk for a lighter, smoother taste. They also serve soup, sandwiches and cake.

  • Restaurants in Crickhowell (Crughywel)

    Courtroom Café

    Above the historic market hall, this popular cafe serves the likes of sandwiches, jacket potatoes and lasagne under the high ceilings of what was originally Crickhowell's town hall.