The Hand at Llanarmon PDF Print E-mail

The Ceiriog Valley is known as "The Valley of the Poets", such is the influence of this evocative landscape on generations of poets and artists: John Ceiriog Hughes, the "Welsh Shakespeare" was born within sight of The Hand, and many contemporary poets and artists live and work in the village and surrounding farms.

Llanarmon D.C. is the 'jewel in the crown' of the Upper Ceiriog Valley and The Hand at Llanarmon is a centuries old inn which is very much a centre of village life embracing local people and travellers alike, with roaring log fires in winter and a terrace garden for warmer days.

We believe that The Hand is everything a classic British inn should be; genuinely warm, with a place for everyone, filled with humour and buzz, providing excellent home-cooked food with a minimum of fuss and formality - and of course, drinks for every taste.


Restaurant & Bar

Our Head Chef, Grant Mulholland has built a strong reputation for superb cuisine, freshly prepared with informal flair and generosity.

As you would expect from a heavyweight kitchen team such as ours, all our food is prepared from fresh ingredients on the premises: we don't use frozen stuff from a catering wholesaler. We do, however, buy in the steak and kidney pies, specially hand-made (pardon the pun) for us by a local butcher and so good we can't beat them.

The menu changes constantly, although certain "old favourites" - such as steak and kidney pie, or slow braised shank of lamb, both with a rich gravy - just won't go away. There's always at least one vegetarian option, as well as fish as fresh as you fancy and with a bit of notice Grant, together with Second Chef Eifion Edwards and pudding chef Jan Orritt, is happy to cater for special diets.

You don't have to come for a meal: you're welcome to drop in for coffee or tea with Jan's home-made bisuits, or a slice of home-made cake.



The Hand stands on the crossroads of two of the old drovers roads. As a farm, it was an ideal place to stop overnight, pen the animals and take a well-earned rest from the journey. Over the centuries the provision of accommodation has gradually taken over from farming with the final switch from farm to hotel taking place in the 1960s.

All our rooms are comfortable, well-equipped and warm. As you'd expect (but don't always get), they're maintained to the highest standards.

Our 3 "Character Rooms" and our suite are all situated in the old farmhouse part of the building, enjoying views over the original crossroads at the centre of the village. They offer superior comfort, with superking-size beds, and complimentary sherry.

A further "Country Rooms" are in what used to be stables and barns at the back overlooking our field and the hillside beyond. Being south-facing, they catch the sun all day.

Four of the Country Rooms are on the ground floor and two of these are wheelchair-accessible.