The Old Hand and Diamond Inn
“One for all the family” - AA Inspector
On the Powys-Shropshire border, this 17th-century inn retains much of its original character, with exposed beams and an inglenook fireplace. Its reputation for good quality food owes much to local farmers who supply excellent meats, including lamb and mutton from rare-breed Jacob sheep. Enjoy local Shropshire Lad and guest real ales in the atmospheric bar, while choosing from an extensive menu that might include starters like chicken liver pâté or pan-fried garlic mushrooms, to be followed by mains along the lines of grilled lamb chop and shepherd's pie; Stilton, pepper, mushroom and onion pudding; and steak, mushroom and ale pie. Among the desserts are fresh fruit Pavlova and banoffee pie. The beer garden has plenty of seating and a children’s play area, and for petrolheads there's classic Morgan car available to hire.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Sports TV
- Main course from: £7
- Open all year
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About the area
The largest unitary authority in Wales, Powys covers an area of approximately 2,000 square miles. Much of that is mountainous because it actually has the lowest population density of all the Welsh counties.
This much wild, empty space is perhaps best typified by the International Dark Sky Reserve in the Brecon Beacons National Park, one of only eleven in the world. The absence of light pollution creates an exceptional spot for star gazing. You won’t find any cities in Powys, just villages and smaller-sized towns, but that’s the way its inhabitants like it.
Newtown, the largest settlement, is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of Robert Owen, the founder of the Co-operative movement. Brecon is a market town set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, while the pretty Victorian spa town of Llandrindod Wells boasts the National Cycle Collection. Elsewhere, Hay-on-Wye hosts a major literary festival every year.
Powys is liberally scattered with castles, burial mounds, hill forts, and other historic markers; Powis Castle, near Welshpool is probably one of the most impressive. And for walking enthusiasts, it’s not just the Brecon Beacons on offer – the Elan Valley describes itself as the ‘Welsh Lake District’.
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