Family-friendly country pubs around Abergavenny
Who doesn't love a country pub - great beer, a friendly atmosphere and loads of charm! Better still, who doesn't love a country pub that welcomes little people with open arms? To be fair, most pubs are quite accommodating when it comes to kids, but there's always that fear that you show up to a pub that isn't particularly kid-friendly or doesn't have a highchair when you need it so today I'm sharing some of my favourite country pubs that we visit regularly with our two rambunctious little people.
Kid-friendly might mean different things to different people so for this post my kid-friendly criteria is: 1). has a kids menu or is happy to make child-size portions from the main menu 2). highchairs are available 3). has some sort of activity on-site or nearby to entertain the kids.
It's worth noting that some of these pubs may be cash only and may not always be open in winter so call ahead to check their arrangements - all have beer gardens which are especially nice in the warmer months.
Dragon Head Inn
This family-friendly pub is located in the tiny village of Llangenny nestled between Abergavenny and Crickhowell. The service is always friendly and the traditional pub grub is great. When you've finished your meal cross the road from the car park and follow the little dirt path along the stream until you get to the open field which is a lovely space for kids to run and play. The water is either a shallow stream if it hasn't been raining or quite a fast moving river if it has so be mindful of the kids in wet conditions.
Location: Llangenny, Crickhowell NP8 1HD | Phone: 01873 810350
Half Moon Hotel
The Half Moon Hotel is located in the village of Llanthony in the heart of the Black Mountains. The food is traditional pub grub and opening hours are a bit hit and miss depending on the season so call ahead if you plan to visit. It's definitely worth going especially given that you can walk across the road and explore beautiful Llanthony Priory on the same trip. If you prefer a nice drive and scenic views instead of visiting the Priory you can continue up the mountain to the Gospel Pass where kids can get out an explore if they want.
Location: Llanthony, Abergavenny NP7 7NN | Phone: 01873 890611
The Skirrid Inn
The Skirrid Inn is said to be the oldest pub in Wales and you definitely get that feeling once inside. This pub oozes history and is even said to be haunted although there is always a warm, friendly atmosphere whenever we visit. The food is traditional pub grub and is located just off the main road - it's also an additional option if you want to visit Llanthony Priory or the Gospel Pass since you drive by it on your way from Abergavenny.
Location: Llanvihangel Crucorney, Abergavenny NP7 8DH | Phone: 01873 890258
The Coach & Horses
The Coach & Horses is a lovely country pub located in the village of Llangynidr just outside of Crickhowell. They have a kid's play area in the beer garden and they welcome children, but it's a little fancier than most of the other pubs on the list so we did feel a bit out of place when we walked in on a rainy day in muddy walking gear and everyone else was dressed in nice Sunday clothes. Never the less, they welcomed us and the food was great so it's worth a visit especially in summer when the kids can play on the climbing frame while you enjoy a pint. The pub is located on the canal next to a lock so a nice canal walk is an option as well.
Location: Cwm Crawnon Rd, Crickhowell NP8 1LS | Phone:01874 730245
The Clytha Arms
The Clytha Arms is one of our favourite family-friendly pubs. Set in the beautiful countryside between Abergavenny and Raglan the pub serves delicious gourmet pub grub and also has a Tapas menu which is fab if you want to try a little of everything. When you're finished eating there are lots of things you can do including a circular walk through Clytha Estate or you can walk (or drive) to kid-favourite Raglan Castle.
Location: Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 9BW | Phone: 01873 840206
The Star Inn
The Star Inn is located in the village of Mamhilad with plenty of toys for the kids to play with while they wait for their food to arrive. Outside is a big grassy area that the kids can run around complete with chickens and a Wendy house. The hedges along the back of the field are perfect for blackberry picking when they are in season. This is also a great pub to go to if you are coming from or going to Goytre Wharf to explore the forest as they are on (opposite ends) of the same country lane.
Location: Old Abergavenny Rd, Pontypool NP4 0JF | Phone: 01495 785319