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Our Favourite Autumnal Pubs...

Updated: Mar 31

Autumn is my favourite season here at Hergest Lee, I love to watch the trees turn from green to orange, take crisp walks along Hergest Ridge and explore the local forests looking for edible mushrooms. There's a chill in the air and nothing better than a long walk to finish up in a great pub for a roast or a hot toddy by the fire.

We're really spoilt here because we have The Harp (Country pub of the year 2020) just a short stroll up the hill, a great pub serving good food and a nice selection of drinks, think local Penhros gin and ales, but the reason the Harp is so popular is because of the incredible view overlooking the Radnor Valley.

This is a real locals pub and hub of the Radnor community so expect to see all the local farmers in here, you may end up chatting away to them all night over far to many beers...

Wed - Thurs 6pm-10pm

Saturday 12pm-10.30pm

Sunday 12pm-9pm

The Harp

The Royal Oak Gladestry.

The Royal Oak is our next walkable pub, situated in the pretty little village of Gladestry just over the Ridge. This is a really sweet pub with a huge open roaring fire, good traditional food, a large selection of spirits and local ales. It has an inviting beer garden to the back which has a view to the hill and Hergest Ridge. It's a wonderful walk over the ridge from us to Gladestry and The Royal Oak is the perfect place to stop off for a refreshing pint.( it takes about 1hr to walk from us to Gladestry) The owners are very friendly and make you feel really at home. Just like one of the Locals.

Tuesday 17:30 - 22:00 Kitchen Closed.

Wednesday 17:30 - 22:00 Kitchen Closed.

Thursday 17:30 - 22:00 Food served 18:00 - 20:00.

Friday 17:30 - 23:00 Food served 18:00 - 20:00.

Saturday 11:30 - 23:00 Food served 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 20:00.

Sunday 12:00 - 17:00 Food served 12:00 - 14:00.

The Bulls Head, Cresswell. The Bulls Head is located about 15 minutes outside of Hay on Wye, so it's not super close to us but we always recommend it because it is truly fantastic. The pub has just received a Michelin Star. Nestled in a lush valley bordered by the Black Mountains, this drovers' inn retains a homely charm, boasting flagstone floors, slate walls and open fires. Unfussy, ingredient-led cooking is natural, wholesome and full of flavour, with meats from the owners’ farm, homemade charcuterie and a traditional roast on Sundays. Low intervention wines feature alongside a fine selection of beers. The star of the show for this pub is for us the food, if you're planning a trip to Hay on Wye which most of our guests do, it's got a lovely walk that you can do beforehand.

Monday to Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 3pm - 11pm

Friday: 12pm - 11pm

Saturday: 12pm - 11pm

Sunday: 12pm - 6pm

Bulls Head

Food at The Bulls Head

The Python's Arms, Kington.

This is a relatively new find for us, and we were so pleasantly surprised when we stumbled across it a few weeks ago. The pub is joined onto the cattle shed café at Penhros Court just outside Kington.

Penrhos Court has a fascinating history and has previously welcomed members of Queen and Led Zeppelin, plus Mike Oldfield . The pub is named after Monty Python’s late Terry Jones, who once ran a brewery in the outbuildings. It is said that some of The Life of Bryan was written here.

inside you will find cosy nooks, a huge log burner and a pool room and darts upstairs.

Thursday 5–11 pm

Friday 5–11 pm

Saturday 12–11 pm

Sunday 12–10 pm

The Python's Arms

We love this pub so much and often visit for lunch. The Rhydspence Inn has been welcoming guests for over 600 years. The inn you see now was built in the 1580s, with a new wing added about 50 years ago.

The Inn is situated in Herefordshire – but the stream running along the edge of the garden marks the border with Wales. The famous book town of Hay-on-Wye is just 4 miles away so it's a great place to stop for lunch before or after exploring Hay. There are a number of great walks from the pub and there is a canoe centre close by.The food and wine here is exceptional and the menu often changes, they use fresh and seasonal produce and lots of natural wines. The owners are so friendly and welcoming and the steak haché is worth the visit alone.

Monday: Closed 

Tuesday - Thursday: 4pm - 11pm

Friday & Saturday: 12pm - 11pm

Sunday: 12pm - 6pm

The Swan, Huntington.

Unchanged since a refit in the 1950s, this 17th-century cottage pub is blissfully free of such new-fangled gimmicks as food, TV, pool or fruit machines. In the quarry-tiled public bar, the counter front incorporates 17th-century panelling from an old chest and the bar-back shelves are topped with more such panelling. A big old stone fireplace, settle and quoits complete the scene. The lounge on the right has a 'front room' ambience. There are ply panels in an old counter, a Welsh dresser for a bar back, another venerable fireplace, settle and a grandfather clock. This pub is a very rare thing now, one of the only 'real pubs' around.

Tues - Sunday 7pm-11pm

The Blue Boar, Hay on Wye.

Comfortable and friendly pub in the centre of Hay on Wye. The pub has been owned and run by the same family for many years. A large central bar dominates, around which are two separate seating areas, each with it's own log fire. The regular beer is usually supplemented by two or three guests and food is available all day in the bar or the separate dining area.

A great place to stop for a pint after exploring Hay on Wye.

Open Mon-Sunday 11am - 11pm

The New Inn Pembridge.

The New Inn is a Grade II listed building dating back to the 15th & 16th century, with some parts of the building dating as far back as the 14th Century. Steeped in history, the New Inn has been the centre of the community for centuries a sentiment that continues today, a truly local pub, with a warm welcome.

The New Inn is Steeped in history, it has a public bar - resplendent with flagstone floor, settle and inglenook fireplace along with a separate lounge bar, plus a downstairs restaurant. The fascinating untouched interior is decorated with hopbines, and a variety of interesting furniture ensures a homely atmosphere. They even have a selection of traditional games such as; shove ha'penny.

A wide selection of malt whiskies is available, plus bottled Dunkerton's cider and perry. The beers always include one from a local brewery. Occasional live folk music.

Mon - Sat 11am-3pm / 6pm-11pm

Sunday Noon - 3.00 pm /6pm-11pm

Meal Times

Mon & Tue 6.30pm - 9pm Wed - Sat noon - 2pm, 6.30pm - 9pm Sun noon - 3pm, 7pm - 8.30pm

The New Inn


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