The Roast Ox Inn
Builth Wells
01497 851398


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The Roast Ox Inn  

The Roast Ox is a traditional country public house but with the added attraction of a restaurant seating 60 persons, 10 fully en-suite letting rooms and superb conference facilities with full audio-visual equipment.

Recently completely renovated and refurbished following a disastrous fire some years ago, the Inn is steeped in history and is known to have been in existence for at least 500 years. The restoration after the fire was undertaken using traditional building methods and materials and finally completed in December 2005. The Inn retains a number of its original features and provides an atmosphere conducive to a traditional inn whilst benefiting from 21st century facilities.

The dining room was originally the blacksmith's workshop and was attached to the inn to provide services such as shoeing to drovers who may have been in the early stages of a journey to market, with oxen or cattle.

It is believed that there has been an Inn on the present site for at least five hundred years. Painscastle boasted five Inns during the three hundred years of the Welsh Drovers with “Halfpenny Field”, (half one old penny per 20 beasts per night - 1/2d pr score) directly opposite the present car park.

The remains of “Pains Castle” (named after its builder Pain fitz John) stand a few hundred yards from the inn and during the medieval period the fortress was of immense importance in this unsettled part of the “Welsh Marches”. The decline of the Drovers and the advent of the railways allowed Painscastle and many similar villages on the Drovers' routes to slip back to how they once were.

For the summer there is outside seating and real fire for winter.

Beer is served from the cask here as is the real cider.

Food is served here and is traditional - a menu can be found on the website.

There is ample parking.



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b&b, beer, food, beer garden, real fire, no smoking, kids, car park, real cider, pets allowed 


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