Sadly Mid-Wales is not awash with good restaurants but this is one. Whilst I had the 9 course tasting menu my wife made good with the 6 courses. The food was all in the classical French tradition pioneered and exemplified by The Roux's which is not entirely surprising given Stephane's background. We had the Autumn tasting menu and there wasn't a course that was a disappointment. In a way the menu is a little retro with its homage to classical tradition and the work that goes into its preparation is immense - nothing is easy. I have to admit that my own preference is more for the precision and minimalism of contemporary menus as opposed to the complex sauces that we have here but of its genre this is of a very high standard indeed. With ingredients including Butternut, fois gras, crab, langoustine, sea bass, mussels, Jerusalem artichokes, pork belly, beef filet, oxtail and a crème brulee and excellent damson crumble soufflé it was ambitious and almost faultless - a bravissimo performance. It was good to see that the restaurant was full on a Friday night in late September - deservedly so.
We stayed overnight in The Agen Room which is spacious with a bathroom ( no shower) down a short flight of stairs and a mirror which is probably too high over the sink. My wife found the absence of a chair for the dressing table and the fridge in the footwell a bit of a problem but it is a nice room and a very comfortable bed.
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