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Overview

Persevere down winding lanes off the A465 Hereford to Abergavenny road, following signs for Kilpeck church, to locate Ross Williams's whitewashed country inn hidden away in beautiful rolling countryside close to Hay-on-Wye and the Black Mountains.

Built around 1750 and originally known as the Red Lion, the pub was the hub of village life for 250 years before it was forced to close in 2005. Following 4 years of neglect, it was bought by a local businessman and re-opened in 2010 as the Kilpeck Inn after a major refurbishment project that transformed the place into a contemporary and stylish pub with rooms.

Sup a pint of Butty Bach with the papers by the blazing fire in the original beamed bar, or head through to the airy modern dining room, replete with slate floors, green-painted panelled walls, and rustic wooden tables. The smart private dining room seats 16 - perfect for a family gathering.

Rooms from

4 doubles: £85

Good to know

  • Amex not accepted; Visa & Mastercard accepted
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (seats 16)
  • Parking
  • No dogs overnight

A touch of culture

The renowned 12th-century Kilpeck church, described by Simon Jenkins as England's most perfect Anglo-Romanesque church, may be a tad older and more famous than the village inn (150 yards away) but visit the church and you must visit the inn for Ross's delicious food and why not stay over and enjoy this peaceful part of Herefordshire as there's so much to explore.

Rooms

The smart modern look extends upstairs to the four fresh country-style rooms; all are named after local rivers - Monnow, Wye, Dore and Garron. Monnow is the largest with a super king size bed and a sofa.

All have cord carpet, crisp linen and down duvets on very comfortable beds (Garron has twin beds), painted wooden furnishings, a desk, and clean fully tiled bathrooms; three with showers over baths and Garron has big walk-in shower. All have views of the village or surrounding fields, so wake up to the sound of birdsong (few cars here) and stroll to the ruins of Kilpeck Castle (behind the church) for stunning view towards the Black Mountains, before returning to the pub for a hearty English breakfast.

Restaurant & bar

Chef-patron Ross Williams's modern British cooking draws a loyal local crowd and has firmly placed this isolated rural inn on Herefordshire's culinary map.

Ross is passionate about everything 'eco' as the chalkboard details, and this extends to sourcing the best local and seasonal produce from artisan suppliers. Herefordshire farm meat comes from butcher Neil Powells in Ewyas Harold; bread from artisan baker Alex Gooch in Hay-on-Wye; and smoked Scottish salmon and haddock from Lay & Robson's smokehouse in Wormbridge, the next door village..

This may translate to starters of Gower mussels, bacon, cider and sage, pork tenderloin, nettle and sage stuffing, crushed potatoes, savoy cabbage and apple and mustard cream sauce, and warm chocolate fondant pudding. Walkers can tuck into generously filled rolls at lunchtime. To quaff, there are two local ales on tap, a decent fizz menu, a 14-strong gin list, and seven wines by the glass.

Things to do

Hay-on-Wye is a charming market town and most famous for its literature festival (in May) and its enormous selection of second-hand bookshops. There are meant to be more than 30, some general and some more specific, such as Murder & Mayhem, which specialises in crime. There are lots of non-book based independent shops as well.

The Brecon Beacons offer fabulous walking country - big skies and wide-open spaces, hills and gorges, waterfalls, woodland, lakes and forests - with loads of trails to suit everyone, whether you're a serious walker or just fancy a stroll. Brecon Beacons National Park is Wales' first Geopark and one of only seven Dark Sky Reserves in the world.

Hailed the 'Glastonbury of food festivals', Abergavenny Food Festival is a vast celebration of food and drink and takes place in the town in September, featuring demos and talks from the biggest names in the food world, with over 200 stalls selling local produce. A must for food lovers, it now attracts around 30,000 people over the weekend.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest railway station: Hereford

Taxi from station: 20min

Drive: Abergavenny 26min; Ross-on-Wye 26min

Address

Kilpeck, Hereford, Herefordshire HR2 9DN

Enquire to book

To make a booking, please use the form below or you can call our reservations team on 020 8161 0100. Our phone lines are open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.30pm.

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