We stayed here for four nights (two couples) in mid-July, and this hotel is really a hidden gem. Nicola and Matthew, the proprietors, are doing a great job in making this inn something extra. The rooms were fairly recently refurbished, and bathrooms were clean and nice. As it is an old house, some rooms are small but adequate. My sister and brother in law had a family room which was very spacious and nicely decorated. I also liked the little touches that add so much to the general impression like complimentary bottles of water & candy (replenished when needed) and the rather high end toiletries that were provided. Nice!
There is also a very child and dog friendly beer garden, where Alfred the pub dog keeps both kids and guest dogs in good order. If I ever were to get a dog for myself, it would have to be an Alfred. Probably the most social and friendly dog I have met so far.
The food at Olway Inn was significantly better than any other food we experienced during our trip around Cotswolds and Wales, thanks to head chef Nicola. Yes, you will find the usual bar menu dishes but they are very well made – great steaks for instance. In addition, I was very glad to find a bit more unusual dishes as well like lambs liver, Jurassic ribs and slow roasted pork belly for example. The pork belly was one of my absolute favourites. In fact, our initial intention was to sample different restaurants in Usk, but the food at Olway Inn was so good that we dined here during our entire stay.
The location in Usk was perfect as a base for exploring the south of Wales and the Brecon Beacons national park as we did.
To conclude, I can warmly recommend this Inn, and we would be very happy to go back some time in the future which we probably will, since we liked Wales a lot.
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