M4, Junction 41; 6 mins
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
Roaring fires, flagstone floors, a piano, friendly Welsh welcome and home-cooked food on the doorstep of Afan Forest Park, the Brit is a prince among pubs. Originally built in 1845, it has been eclectically made over with bare stone walls next to illustrated wallpapers, artful knick-knacks, a lamp made from a golden mannequin and Louis XV chairs upholstered in hot pink. Outside, there’s a courtyard garden decorated just as quirkily with the River Afan running past.
Sitting a notch above pub grub, the award-winning food includes vegan pies, moules marinère and fresh mushrooms on brioche toast among the thoughtful lunch options, with heartier steaks and line-caught sea bass on the evening menu. Nearly all the food is homemade.
Walkers and cyclists are warmly welcomed and can stay in one of the four bunk rooms upstairs. The stunning Afan Forest, just up the hill, is a lovely spot to unfurl the legs and enjoy some beautiful scenery.
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