It was a beautiful summer’s evening and far too nice to be watching discussions on whether to vote “In or Out” on the Referendum on the TV – so Carolyn and I decided to go out to supper – to see if “The Prince” at Cilmeri lived up to its great reputation and to our expectations. It is at least a 40 minute drive from Talybont and Brecon so not somewhere we would naturally go for an evening out.
It’s a shame we’re not on the train route, as the Heart of Wales line passes right by the pub. It’s a request stop, so you have to put your arm out as if you were flagging a bus!
The drive over up through Lower and Upper Chapel was so quiet – I think we only passed about 15 cars all the way. From Brecon Cathedral onwards we passed numerous holiday cottages – the lane down to Cerrig Cottage, Riverside Cottage, Damson and Duck and Lower Allt y Brain, Byres and The Vale all before Lower Chapel; then we passed Heron’s Retreat and The Eco House.
We turned left towards Garth and drove over the wild and winding very hilly road on the Myndd Epynt – there were Red Kite overhead and sheep dozing in the late sunshine, taking advantage of the rising warmth on the tarmac road; they just about managed to get up to allow us to pass! Heavy with winter fleeces and certainly ready to be shorn which should be anytime. That is a wonderful sight to see the dogs bringing the thousands of sheep down off the hills and moors – like waterfalls flowing down the hills. This area for many years has been used by the military for training so the wildlife and fauna has not been damaged – the military have set up a centre with an information point and The Epynt Way is a 50 mile track around the edge of the Epynt for walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers.
The views from on top are magnificent – with the dappled sun falling on the rolling hills, really deep valleys, small farmsteads and forests reaching far away into the distance – up into Mid Wales and over to England.
As we came down off the mountain we could see perched on the other side of the valley Brest Garth Cottage high above with its stunning view. We passed the lane down to The Fron, Lily Pond Lodge, Cherry Blossom Lodge, Hafod-y-Blodau and Hendre Farmhouse.
Ten minutes further on arriving in Cilmeri we noticed a sign post to The Station and immediately also came to The Prince pub, as we pulled into the already quite full large car park ( Wednesday night was quite a surprise as we had not booked) and went in through the double doors to an immediate welcome and wonderful smells wafting through.The pub has been recently completely “smartened up” painted and decorated and refurbish – it was certainly comfortable and welcoming (to pets too which is a bonus). We had a lovely Curry Prawn Cocktail on a fried tortilla to start – it was almost a main course! And delicious.
Following that we had homemade lasagne with sweet potato fries which were so moreish! – again well cooked and great. In fact we did not have room for a dessert but I saw some lovely looking ones passing our table. With a couple of glasses of wine and bottles of water the whole bill was less than £40.00 for two of us – really that was such good value and certainly worth a visit for anyone staying in a holiday cottage over that way – driving home the other way in a circle we realised we were only three miles from Builth Wells. Again with a great choice of places to stay in Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages‘ portfolio of holiday cottages.