A spotlight on… Y Talbot, Tregaron
Y Talbot is an historic 17th century inn in Tregaron. Doubling up as a pub and a restaurant the building is full of character and the staff are always extremely welcoming, but here’s ten things we bet you didn’t know about this humble inn…
1. Originally a Drover’s Inn, Y Talbot became a hotel in the 1860s with the arrival of the railway.
2. George Borrow, author of “Wild Wales”, enjoyed “a good bed, good food and good hospitality” at y Talbot in 1864.
3. Following a two-year refurbishment completed in 2013, Y Talbot has received a Four Star Inn grading from both the AA and Visit Wales. Y Talbot is featured in “Great Little Places” 2013 and will enter the 2014 edition of “Welsh Rarebits”.
4. Y Talbot’s ethos is based on employing local staff (mainly Welsh speaking) and sourcing as much of its produce, goods and services as locally as possible.
5. Chef and part owner Dafydd Watkin was trained by Marco Pierre White and worked as Premier sous chef at the Ritz before returning to his native Wales.
6. Y Talbot has invested in secure bicycle storage and a drying room. They encourage cyclists, bikers, walkers and outdoor lovers and we are located at the foot of the stunning Abergwesyn drovers road.
7. Disabled facilities are state of the art with a newly built ground floor “Accessible” bedroom.
8. Y Talbot has reached the finals of the National Tourism Awards for Wales 2013, watch this space!
9. Y Talbot has always appealed to an eclectic mix of customers, locally, nationally and internationally. President Jimmy Carter stayed here twice in the 1980s and this summer we enjoyed overseas visitors from Canada, the US., Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
10. An elephant died at the Talbot in 1848 and was buried behind y Talbot, the story will feature in an S4C film to be shown on Boxing Day this year!