Bar in Brecon (Aberhonddu)

Brecon Tap

Originally crowd-funded into being by the lads at Brecon Brewing, the Tap is a treasure trove of craft beer, traditional cider, estate wines and locally baked meat pies. Occasionally, live music intrudes on the happ…
Bar in Newport (Casnewydd)

Drago Lounge

Every spare wall of this large hip-looking cafe/bar is covered in vintage mirrors, murals and kooky framed pictures (we particularly like the young Tom Jones on the rear wall). It's an equally good spot for a cuppa,…
Pub in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Baskerville Arms

If you need to escape the festival crush for a quiet glass in an unfussy rural pub, the Baskerville in Clyro, just a mile from Hay, fits the bill. Known since at least Georgian times (when it was The Swan), it's eas…
Pub in Monmouth (Trefynwy)

Robin Hood

Almost a tourist attraction in its own right, the Robin Hood has been providing sustenance for weary travellers since medieval times. The door itself dates from the 16th century, and, in the 18th-century, clandestin…
Pub in Brecon (Aberhonddu)

Boar's Head

The Boar's Head is a lively local pub, with sofas in the back room, sports on the TV in the front bar, a sunny beer garden overlooking the river, and a good selection of craft beer and real ales on tap. There's ofte…
Pub in Crickhowell (Crughywel)

Bridge End Inn

This cosy, traditional pub serves a range of real ales to a cast of local characters amid old timber beams and angling paraphernalia. Try counting the confounding arches of Crickhowell's stone bridge from the rivers…
Pub in Abergavenny (Y Fenni)


A Victorian stationmaster's house with flagstone floors and wood-burning stoves, the Foxhunter is now an appealing country pub serving hearty meals. It's located 7 miles south of Abergavenny, just east of the A4042.
Pub in Chepstow (Cas-gwent)

Coach & Horses Inn

This 16th-century coaching inn gets packed to the rafters during rugby games but it's a great place for a quiet beer or pub meal otherwise. Upstairs there's a handful of en suite rooms.
Pub in Abergavenny (Y Fenni)

Hen & Chickens

A traditional pub tucked down a pedestrian lane, the Hen & Chickens hosts live jazz sessions on Sunday afternoons (outside when it's sunny) and occasional folk music sessions.
Pub in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Blue Boar

This ivy-clad, family-run, traditional pub is ideal for whiling away a wet afternoon with a pint of Timothy Taylor's ale, a hearty meal and a good book.