Expect modern British cuisine served in an intimate and relaxed environment, with a focus on…
“Plenty of period detail and pin sharp modern dishes in a lovely market town.” - AA Inspector
Set in the heart of lovely Montgomery, The Checkers is a completely charming 17th-century coaching inn transformed into a restaurant with rooms. Andrew Birch and his team are producing really excellent modern British dishes here. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, the menus are seasonal, and it would be hard to beat the setting. Birch’s background (he’s cooked at some of the best restaurants in Britain) gives him a solid basis from which to explore great local produce. Begin with a beautifully balanced dish of harissa charred carrots with yogurt, lime and coriander. Main course line caught pollock comes with laverbread and chervil risotto – simple, elegant, and delicious.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
Gluten free menu
- Seats: 30
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 11
- Wines over £30: 36
- Wines by the glass: 8
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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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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