Free WiFi at The Star Inn8th February, 2010
We're pleased to announce that all our customers, both to the pub and the bed and breakfast, can now access the internet free of charge via our wireless network. Please ask at the bar for more details.
News from the Star Inn Talybont
We've got good news... We're CAMRA's Brecknockshire Pub of the Year 2015
We are gobsmacked to announce that we've been named Brecknockshire CAMRA's Pub of the Year 2015 - that's a lucky SEVEN YEARS in a row for us being awarded the honour.
Thanks to the CAMRA folks for rewarding our hard work and Ian's expertise in keeping a great variety of real ales in great condition. We are chuffed to bits!
Nice mention for us in the Bristol Evening Post...
It's always nice to get a mention in the press. This time the folks at the Bristol Evening Post discovered The Star while on a canal boat holiday on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Apparently they enjoyed their first visit so much they came back for more (or should we say moor?), tying up on the canal bank at the back of the pub to enjoy some real ales.
In their words, here's what they say: "We managed to find at least one good boozer at every stop and one of them, The Star Inn at Talybont-on-Usk, was so good, we had to go there twice...."
Dates for October 2014 beer festival announced
We know some of you like to plan ahead so we're announcing our October-fest beer festival dates now. You can find out about accommodation in the village (try us first!) from the village website www.talybontonusk.com. It's worth booking ahead as it can get very busy, even in the autumn.
Our pub is Brecknockshire CAMRA's gold winner - again!
We are thrilled to have been named Brecknockshire CAMRA's Pub Of The Year 2014 - winning gold for the sixth year in a row! We were runner-up in the Cider Pub Of The Year too.
See the announcement in Brecknockshire CAMRA's newsletter.
The CAMRA committee gave us the award for the consistently good quality of our beer and the variety too.
Landlord Ian Bell said: "We work hard to make sure our beer is always in the best condition it can be in and we're constantly on the hunt for new and interesting beers. We like to think our love of beer and the hardworking team we have at the pub shows through and an award like this means a lot to all of us. Thanks to the committee for awarding us gold again."
Thanks again guys!
Stunning star-scape revealed during our star-gazing night
We were so lucky to pick a relatively clear night for our star-gazing event in November. More than 60 people came along to hear talks on the stars from our experts and enjoy a night walk where we caught several shooting stars, meteors and a perfect view of Jupiter and its four moons through the telescope at the village hall. The milky way was also in full view.
Back at the pub, starry beers included Star Gazer, Astro and Brecon Brewings Dark Skies.
A big thanks to our wonderful experts who exceeded expectation yet again.
Psst! We've won Mid and South Wales CAMRA pub of the year 2013
We're chuffed, thrilled and generally over the moon to announce that we've won a clutch of awards for 2013 including CAMRA's gold award for Mid and South Wales pub of the year 2013, beating hundreds of pubs to nab this honour.
We've also won
- CAMRA Brecknockshire pub of the year for 2013 (fifth time in a row)
- second in the CAMRA cider pub of the year for Brecknockshire in 2013.
Phew! A tripple-whammy...
- To celebrate we're holding a presentation ceremony here at the pub on Sunday September 8 from 3pm. There will be acoustic music and a free buffet to thank all our loyal customers for their support!
Calling Taff Trail cyclists - the Guardian says we're a great place to stay
Our B&B, beers and food are recommended in Readers' Tips in Guardian Travel this month about places to stay for spring cycling.
If you're planning on cycling the Taff Trail you can stay with us and pick up the trail about 20 yards from the pub's front door (it's just across the canal). Great location or what?
- We've got comfy B&B rooms, a menu chock-full of locally-produced ingredients and real ale to quench your thirst after cycling.
Of course we're not just open to cyclists - non-sporty types are more than welcome too!
The Guardian recommends staying with us when you plan your spring cycling trip but if you want to come before that - some rural R&R may be just the tonic you need at this time of year. See you soon!
We're chuffed to bits with this review from Wales on Sunday's pub spy... cheers!
We scored a fab 88 out of a possible 100 in the pub spy's five categories: staff, decor, food & drink, clientele, atmopshere.
Read on to see what the paper said about our staff and atmosphere - or click the link here for the full review
STAFF: Unfailingly friendly, knowledgeable, welcoming and accommodating, the staff – led by landlord and landlady Ian and Anna Bell – complement this perfect little village pub, well, perfectly. If it seems like they’re the hardest working couple in the licensed trade it’s because they probably are. Barely a week goes by without a beer , Christmas fair, live music or themed nights pulling in the regulars and the tourists.
ATMOSPHERE:If there’s a better ‘proper’ in Wales, we’ve yet to find it (although we’re sure you’ll conradict us). The fame of the Star stretches far and wide and it probably justifies its reputation. Certainly, the beer monsters at Camra like it and it’s currently Brecknockshire Pub of the Year for the fourth year running.
Check out our Christmas opening hours - and get ready for our 1950s-theme New Year's Eve bash
We'll be opening throughout the Christmas period (except Christmas Day) - see our opening hours below.
- Hope you can join us on *Christmas Eve* for mince pies, mulled wine and carols from 7pm
- Boxing Day - open all day, food from midday-4pm
- Dec 27 - open all day, food from midday-2.30pm
- Dec 28 - open all day, food from midday-2pm & 6-8.30pm
- Dec 29 - open all day, food from midday-2pm & 6-8.30pm
- Dec 30 - open all day, food from midday-3pm
- New Year's Eve - 1950s-themed bash with free buffet and music from Livestock Davies, 6pm-late
- New Year's Day - open all day, food midday-2.30pm
- Jan 2 - open all day, food from midday-2pm & 6-8.30pm
- Jan 3 - open all day, food from midday-2pm & 6-8.30pm
- Jan 4 - back to regular opening hours & food times
- NB Jan 7 and 8: we are closed on these dates
Do your Christmas shopping at the pub - there's crafty!
Back by popular demand after our success last year is the Star Christmas Fair.
It will take place in a marquee in the garden of the pub on Sunday December 9 from midday to 4pm.
You'll find music, mince pies and Christmas gifts made by local craftspeople. Last year we had everything from locally-made pickles to soap and hand-made bags, ornaments and Christmas cards.
Here's a video of the event last year to give you a flavour of our first ever Christmas Fair last year - mulled wine optional!
Get closer to the Stars at the Star
We're holding a special star-gazing event on November 9 right here at the Star in Talybont.
We'll be opening our doors from 7pm until 10pm when you'll get the chance to hear all about far-off galaxies from members of the Usk Astronomical Society and get lost in space looking through their telescopes.
Wristband tickets for the event include food and music and cost £10 for adults or £5 for 12-16-year olds. Under 11s go free.
People living in the village are being encouraged to get behind this celebration of our 'dark skies' - we're in the Brecon Beacons National Park which is one of the best places in the UK to view our night sky - by turning off their outdoor lights to make the night sky darker. Some village street lights will turned off to help us get a better view too!
Free event for mini star-gazers
Before heading over the Star on November 9 why not take your little ones to a special star-gazing show and talk in a blow-up planetarium in Talybont Village Hall.
The show will take place from 6-7pm and it's free but you'll need to sign up for the children's event as spaces are limited. Just pop into the Star or Talybont Stores to sign up.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- To book a ticket for the star-gazing evening at the pub email email@example.com
- Call in to Talybont Stores to sign up for the free children's event - or contact Anna the Star
- Or call 01874 676635
Our October beer festival is back! It will run from October 12-14. and we'll have 25+ real ales for you to try and a few real ciders too. There will be live music as usual and a good time will, we're sure, be had by all...
- Book your taxi or B&B now!
Star is Camra's Brecknockshire Pub of the Year (for fourth year running!)
The Star Inn Talybont has been named Brecknockshire Pub Of The Year for the fourth year running. It was picked from a shortlist of 12 pubs nominated by local Campagn for Real Ale members.
Landlords Anna and Ian Bell were presented with the Campaign For Real Ale award on May 8 at a packed gathering of friends and well-wishers at the canal-side village pub.
Local brewer Buster Grant, who set up Brecon Brewing in 2011, is also a member of the Camra branch which picked the Star as its top pub in the area. He said: "It's very impressive to win the award four times in a row. They faced stiff competition as there are some fantastic pubs around here now but they have more or less set the benchmark for pubs in the area."
He added: "Their beer is always well looked after and they have knowledgable and enthusiastic staff. The food is great too, which isn't a prerequisite for this award, but it all helps to add to the great atmosphere. It ticks all the boxes."
Landlord Ian Bell said: "I'd like to thank all of my hardworking team for helping us achieve this win. We were thrilled to make it a hat-trick last year but this is an even greater achievement, we're really honoured."
Canal anniversary celebrations come to the Star
Brecon Brewing boss Buster Grant will be delivering a barrel of his special ale Beacons To The Sea from a narrowboat on March 30 to celebrate the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal's 200th anniversary.
Buster, who is one of Wales' most-famous brewers, will be delivering his anniversary beer to canal-side pubs on March 30 and March 31 along with a whole host of events including a barrel race, beer testings and live bands. He'll also be making deliveries using a traditional horse-drawn dray in Brecon town centre – you might have seen him on BBC's Countryfile on March 25 delivering barrels on the dray.
Landlady of the Star Inn Talybont, Anna Bell, said: "It's great that Buster is using the canal to deliver beer – after all, the canal is the reason the Star is here at all!"
Village pub picked from thousands to host ex-Beautiful South singer’s UK tour
The Star Inn Talybont has been picked as one of only four Welsh pubs set to host former Beautiful South and Housemartins singer Paul Heaton’s 50:50 tour to mark his 50 birthday.
The pub will host the gig on June 9 as part of a 40-day tour that will see Heaton play 33 shows at local pubs around the UK – beginning at his own pub in Salford. The singer recently took over The Kings Arms in Salford as part of his commitment to the UK’s pub industry and plans to cycle to all his pub gigs in the tour. He will cycle 50 miles for each year he’s been alive – a total of 2,500 miles during the tour.
Landlady of the Star Inn Talybont, Anna Bell, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be one of only four pubs in Wales on the tour.
“We’re a vibrant village pub that really is important to the community, as well as tourists, so this is a real boost for us. We try to put on as much live music as we can – so this gig will be a real treat for our customers.”
She added: “Being right next to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal towpath we are already a pub that people enjoy cycling to – and we hope Paul enjoys getting here by bike as much as they do.”
After starting in Salford, Heaton’s tour will head north to Scotland via the Lake District, across to Northern Ireland, south to southern Ireland then across the Irish Sea to Wales. It will finish in London on June 23.
The Star Inn Talybont will be one of only four pubs in Wales where the singer will play dates – the others are in Tremadog, Welshpool and Barry.
Our first ever Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 26th Nov from 1pm to 5pm. Lots of tasty treats will be available from The Star kitchen for you to try plus a great selection of craft and local produce to buy from the stalls in the garden. There will be music from Welsh/Irish folk musicians Tim and Derek to accompany your browsing and a welcome glass of mulled wine or ale to warm you up. We look forward to seeing you there!
Craft fair stalls to include:
- Harry Chapman - wood turner based in Talybont-on-Usk
- Lydia Morgan - Cowboy Pickles
- Aber Valley - Apple Juice
- Sugar Loaf Soaps - handmade soaps from Abergavenny www.sugarloafsoaps.co.uk
- Niaomi - handmade jewellery encorporating buttons
- Ann Gibson - textiles, based in Llangynidr
- Usk River - handemade chutneys from the Usk Valley
- Rachel Farr - handmade Xmas decorations
- Rachel Bentley - homemade cakes from the Star Inn kitchen
- Black Mountain Gold (tbc) - handmade chocolates from Crickhowell www.blackmountainchocolate.co.uk
Our autumn beer festival kicks off on Friday, October 14 and runs through until Sunday October 16. We'll have more than 25 beers for you to sample. Plus on Friday evening there's a chance to meet a member of the Wye Valley Brewery's staff for a talk on the brewing process - and you'll have chance to see the ingredients that go into their beers and taste the end products too. During the beer festival, we'll be selling ales at £3 a pint.
If you love to have a reminder of a great night out you can buy either a special autumn 2011 beer festival pint glass or t-shirt too. Glasses are £3 and t-shirts £10 - but if you buy your glass with your first pint you'll get both for a fiver - bargain!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
We've been honoured to be named Camra's Brecknockshire Pub of the Year 2011 (for the third year in a row, in case we forgot to mention!) - now Camra has presented us with specially designed logo as a memento. We'll be using it for our beer festival t-shirts and glasses from now on...
Here the logo:
We're in the news - on June 10 the Western Mail reported that we're now a b-bug (electric vehicle) charging point!
It's good news for our B&B guests who can now have the electric car delivered to the door of the Star and start exploring the area in a fun, free, green form of transport.
Beer Festival success! On June 17-19 we held our annual summer beer festival. This year it was such a roaring success we sold out of ale on Saturday night - so there was some frantic running around to re-stock for Sunday. The bands were brill and a good time was had by all. Cheers!
Hat-trick beer win for the Star...We've gone and done it again. We're Camra's Brecknockshire pub of the year for 2011 - the third time we've won the award.
Thanks to all who voted us a top real ale venue. We look forward to celebrating with you and a pint of our finest soon...!
The Star joins Twitter - now you can follow us on Twitter for all our beer updates, beer festival news, upcoming gigs, menu updates and B&B news. Follow the link to follow us:
Six Nations Rugby deal - this first match between Wales v England is on Friday 4th February at 7.45pm. Join us at The Star Inn for Chilli, Chips & a Pint for only £6.50. All Real Ales during the game are £2.00 a pint.