Kilverts is not just a restaurant, but a restaurant with rooms, a common Welsh institution. How does this differ from, say, an inn? Well, the focus is on the restaurant’s (usually touted) gourmet fare and the rooms are generally reasonably priced. The cost is DB&B, which includes dinner, breakfast and bed.

We stumbled upon Kilverts because it’s one of the few restaurants/pubs in a town that at one point had over 30 public houses. Thankfully, it looked inviting and had an appealing menu.

The pub is very cozy and has a traditional, authentic feel. It’s more charming than alarming that everything tilts more than a little and some of the beams are charred. There’s a sizable dining room with a small addition tacked on the back. The prime seats are on the front patio, but the weather was too cold for us to take advantage of those.

The bar offers ales from Welsh breweries such as Wye Valley (their Butty Bach is always on tap), Otley and Breconshire, and for cider lovers there is Weston’s Old Rosie and Gwent Y Ddraig’s Happy Daze.

We all had fish and chips, a solidly good if unremarkable main course. The menu also offered risotto, meat and seafood options, soups and local specialties like steak and kidney pudding.

The Bull Ring, Hay on Wye HR3 5AG

Hay, Kilverts, public house, restaurant, Wales

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