Located as we are in a small village in rural Wales, we have plenty of country pubs in short reach, and we’re keen to check them all out. This week was the turn of The Horseshoe Inn & Country Kitchen in Mamhilad, to which we made an impromptu visit for Saturday lunch. It’s on a windy country lane just within the Brecon Beacons National Park, down in the south east corner.
The main body of this traditional pub is in a historic building with thick white-washed walls, leaded-glass windows and two large stone fireplaces inside. Next door has been transformed into a conference facility. A small car park opposite the pub also offers several wooden tables for outdoor dining, with beautiful views across sheep-filled farmland.
We shared a starter of Garlic Mushroom Bruschetta (£5.95), in which a pile of mushrooms drenched in creamy garlic sauce are piled on a toasted ciabatta. The flavours were excellent, but the sauce was thin and runny, such that the dish arrived with the ciabatta soaked through and soggy, and the sauce pooled at the bottom of the dish. Tasted great nonetheless.
Pete’s Cheese Ploughman’s lunch (£7.95) was very generous on the cheese, almost to a fault as it was a huge amount of cheese for one sitting. Our preference would be to reduce the cheese portions a little, in favour of more salad, and perhaps some coleslaw. The chutney and red onion marmalade were both delicious. A ham ploughman’s is also available.
My Steak Sandwich (£9.95) with chips and red onion marmalade would have been a winner had it not been so stingy on the steak. What was there was tasty, and the homemade chips, were excellent as was that onion marmalade.
There are many other menu items I’d like to try, not least their homemade pies (which the chalked specials board tells us are proper pies with pastry all around, rather than just a lid), and pub classics such as homemade faggots, fish and chips, sausages and mash, and roasts.
Service is friendly, welcoming to strangers and regulars alike.
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