Having driven to Knighton for a day trip, my husband had a muscle strain and driving back was not an option. There was a sign outside this pub offering accommodation and it was listed on the Tourist Information Office notice board. I telephoned and booked the room. Although the outside of the pub looks a little jaded, this belies the accommodation, which is a separate building (converted stables) out the back. We were very pleasantly surprised at how well appointed it was. There were around 4 rooms (We stayed in the "Hay Loft"). It had a very comfortable bed, chairs and flat screen tv with an ensuite shower/ toilet. Towels and soap in abundance, beautifully arranged.
This was the cheapest room we could find in the town, but it was well worth the money and a nice cosy pub in which you can buy food. (We had taken a picnic so we just had a bag of chips from the nearby chippie!) The staff were very friendly and the breakfast was adequate with a selection of cereals, yoghurt and cooked English breakfast - 2 rashers of bacon, 2 chipolata sausages, a fried mushroom halved, egg and tomato served with toast. Jam and marmalade also on the table.
We had never been to Knighton and it was literally just a question of closing eyes and putting a finger down on the map to decide where we were going for a drive. It has a very small town centre, its feature being the clock tower. It seems to be the sort of place people drive through. Having said that, the attraction that lies in the town is Offa's Dyke. I have to say that the views are wonderful - rolling hills and countryside. You can walk along Offa's Dyke which stretches about 80 miles up the country (I think). The Tourist Information Centre has an exhibition about Offa and his Dyke and the staff there are also friendly.
We stayed on Saturday night so we were ok, but I can imagine that parking might be a problem during the week. There is restricted on street parking opposite the George and Dragon. From 8am to 6pm Mon to Sat you can only park for 20 mins. There are a few parking places around the clock tower where the restriction is to 30 mins. There is, however, a large Pay and Display Car park within a few yards of the pub, which is free every evening from 6pm to 8am, so don't let that put you off.
I loved the room itself; what we liked the least was the noise late into the night. After all we were staying in a pub and the smokers' area is at the back, through which you walk to get to the accommodation. It was "friendly " noise, but I don't think the windows were double glazed - at least it didn't keep the noise out. My husband fell asleep early as he was not well, but woke up late evening/night and had to turn up the volume on the TV to drown out the noise, but we were aware that we might be disturbing anyone in neighbouring rooms with the TV. It was Saturday night though and I'm sure the noise in our town is much worse!
- Also Known As:
- The George & Dragon Knighton, Wales