The Bib Gourmand, distinct from the rosettes (more often know as stars), is an award for “good value, good quality cooking”. This edition of the guide marks the 20th anniversary of the Bib Gourmand.
The Griffin, hosted by Julie Bell, is a seven bedroomed inn at the foot of the Brecon Beacons, owned since 2000 by brothers Charles and Edmund Inkin through their company EATDRINKSLEEP.
It was recently also named the Dining Pub of the Year for Wales in the new edition of the Good Food Guide. The restaurant follows the brothers’ belief in “the simple things done well”, a philosophy which was developed during their dairy farming childhood in neighbouring Monmouthshire.
The Inkin brothers also own The Gurnard’s Head, near St Ives and The Old Coastguard, an iconic seaside hotel in nearby Mousehole. Both have recently been awarded gold awards in the annual Taste of the West hospitality awards and both achieve bedroom occupancy levels of over 90% year round. The group now employs more than 120 people in Wales and in Cornwall.
Edmund Inkin said: “It’s brilliant to see two new restaurants in Wales gaining a star, with seven now in total, demonstrating that there is plenty of opportunity here for special occasion dining out.
“What is more worrying for everyday eating out in Wales is that The Griffin is the only restaurant in the whole country to have been given a Bib Gourmand, which recognises proper cooking at fair prices. I really hope that we will be able to see more restaurants at Bib Gourmand level over the next 12 months.”
Find more about dining at the Felin Fach Griffin here.