“Surrounded by the Brecon Beacons National Park”
The Star has a great deal going for it, not least with the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal running past its back door. Beer festivals in mid-June and mid-October are huge draws, as are the ever-changing real ales, with over 500 guest brews a year. In addition to pub classics, the menu may tempt with braised Welsh lamb shank in red wine; a 10oz rib-eye steak; pan-fried trout in garlic and chilli butter; Paddy Sweeney (of Brecon) faggots; or vegetarian lasagne.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Sports TV
- Open all year
- Wide selection of Ales
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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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