The Great Inns of Britain is delighted to announce that two more properties have become members of this leading collection of independently owned country and coastal Inns.
Now in its 20th year, The Great Inns of Britain continues to offer a winning recipe of fabulous food, gorgeous rooms and glorious locations. Membership of the Great Inns of Britain is by invitation only from the existing members and the new additions take the total membership to 22 whilst also increasing the geographical spread of the members across the UK.
Simon Heaton, owner of Shibden Mill Inn and Chairman of The Great Inns of Britain commented:
“Following the appointment of five new members in 2015, The Bear Hotel in Crickhowell, Castle Hotel in Conwy, The West Arms in Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Wolfscastle Country Hotel in Haverfordwest and The Lamb Inn in Wartling, The Great Inns of Britain is delighted to announce two more new members for 2016, our 20th anniversary year. The aim of The Great Inns of Britain has always been to bring together innkeepers with a strong and proven commitment to upholding the best traditions of inn-keeping through continuous investment and improvement and our newest members fit that bill perfectly. They are of an exceptionally high standard and come with big reputations – they’re great additions to the Great Inns collection.”
Located in the historic market town of Tregaron in Ceredigion, Y Talbot is a 17th Century Grade II listed Drovers’ Inn that owes its origins to Tregaron being the starting point for cattle droving over the Cambrian mountains on to the Midlands and Smithfield Market in London.
There is charm and character in abundance at Y Talbot, with ancient wooden beams, slate flagged floors and inglenook fireplaces as well as a rich history; a travelling circus called Batty’s Menagerie stayed in Tregaron in July 1848 and whilst there one of the elephants fell ill and died, and it is said to be buried behind Y Talbot.
Nine superior bedrooms have all been tastefully renovated to offer style and comfort. Each bedroom boasts a generous sized bathroom, original features and Welsh wool blankets. The Inn also has four standard twin and single rooms.
Guests can choose to enjoy Head Chef Dafydd’s modern British menu either relaxing in the bar, or in the more formal dining room. Having trained with Marco Pierre White and held the position of Premier Sous Chef at The Ritz before coming to Y Talbot in 2010, Dafydd is passionate about preparing excellent quality food and is committed to sourcing the best local produce.
The Castle Hotel is located in Bishops Castle, one of the most charming and unspoilt market towns in England, and boasts unrivalled views of the stunning Shropshire countryside. The 18th Century Inn serves fabulous food and one of the finest selections of real ales in Shropshire.
The twelve beautifully appointed bedrooms all have fantastic views of the town and surrounding countryside. The Inn also has three bustling bars, a fine oak panelled restaurant and one of the finest hotel gardens in Shropshire.
The town of Bishops Castle has one of the best reputations for real ale and beer in the country, boasting two renowned real ale breweries, The Three Tuns and The Six Bells.
The menu at The Castle Hotel reflects modern, British pub food that is hearty, healthy and full of flavour. Guests can choose to dine in one of the three bars or the restaurant.
A Great Tradition
The Great Inns of Britain was first established in 1996 by Sir Thomas Ingilby, owner of The Boar’s Head in Ripley, North Yorkshire and the late Paul Whittome, who was the owner of The Hoste Arms at Burnham Market in Norfolk. The aim was, and remains, to bring together like-minded Inn Keepers with a strong commitment to upholding the best traditions of inn-keeping, and to continuous investment and improvement.