Famous Guests

The Dragons Back


Welcome to The Dragons Back, the highest pub in the Brecon Beacons National Park, a Country Inn with plenty of accommodation, b&b rooms, bunkhouses and a campsite.

From the beginning

The pub has had a succession of famous guests throughout history. The first one of note was Sir Elwyn of Cwrwmywiouea, who rested here on his way to write the preface and acknowledgements of The Domesday Book.

King Charles II was given refuge here in the year 1647, by the then owner Lord Dinas of Mordor, whilst Charles was in hiding from the Duke of Monmouth over an embarrassing incident with one of his horses.

In 1820 a young Isambard Kingdom Brunel, camped here, during his school holidays, a rudimentary sketch of a ship bearing a uncanny likeness to the SS Great Britain is still just visible on the back of the campsite toilet door.

In 1893 Dame Nellie Melba popped in for a drink, reportedly delighting the locals with an impromptu rendition of “Paddy McGinty’s Goat”.

In 1962 Eddy Merckx visited the pub after being victorious in the local “Pengenffordd Time Trial”.

The real Basil Brush was seen drinking in the bar in 1977, apparently he performed his party piece of swallowing a lit cigar.

In 1983 the Beastie Boys performed “Cooky Puss” here at an open mic night, they didn’t get a good reception.

In 1999 Anthony Hopkins caused a bit of a stir when he ordered the liver and onions with “a nice chianti and some fava beans”, mainly because it wasn’t on the menu.

And finally in 2018 a man bearing a remarkable resemblance to Donald J Trump popped in and tried to use the toilet without buying anything. He denied being The Donald………. but he was very orange apart from around the eyes, his hair was almost on his head, and he kept muttering about a wall……….yes we get all sorts !

  • Opening Times

Friday: 6pm – Late
Saturday: 12:30pm – Late

Call: 01874 711353
Email: info@thedragonsback.co.uk

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The Dragons back provides range of options 

A fine selection of local real ales available, and food orders are taken 6 pm till 9pm in the evening.

We prepare wholesome tasty home cooked food in generous sized portions.

We have a large variety of accommodation to suit most tastes and budgets.