Peterstone Court, Llanhamlach, near Brecon
At this country house hotel, diners can eat where they feel comfortable – maybe in the library, or in the conservatory with its mouth-watering view of the Brecon Beacons.
Peterstone Court may be a grand Georgian mansion, but the staff insist they don’t stand on ceremony (unless of course you’re a wedding guest). According to chef and co-owner Sean Gerrard, you’d be as welcome in muddy cycling shorts as you would in a jacket and tie. They have the Walkers Are Welcome and Cyclists Welcome accreditation to prove it.
Sean and his two co-owners have been running hotels and restaurants in the area since the early 1990s and are on first-name terms with their food suppliers. One is a relative who farms at Glaisfer Uchaf, source of most of the hotel’s lamb, chicken, duck and pork. Organic vegetables come from Primrose Earth Centre in Talgarth and Penpont near Brecon. Game comes from local shoots, salmon from the Black Mountains Smokery in Crickhowell, bread from Talgarth’s own grain mill and cheese from local artisan makers.
What’s in season informs the menu. That even means incorporating produce offered by green-fingered neighbours.
So they may decide to serve purple sprouting broccoli from a gardener down the road who pops in with his glut, or salmon from a local fisherman.
Awards and accolades
Peterstone Court is one of Alistair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay, a selection which emphasises sustainable and local food. With two AA Rosettes for food, it's firmly in the premier league of eateries in the National Park.
All year round, daily, lunch 12-2.30pm and dinner 6-9pm.Peterstone Court, Llanhamlach, Brecon LD3 7YB, Wales, tel 01874 665387