We are delighted to be open again for food, drinks and accommodation and are enjoying welcoming customers back.

Unfortunately we are not yet able to operate as normal – Welsh covid- related restrictions still apply and we have to abide by them.  These include social distancing (which means fewer tables), and table service for food and drinks which requires more staff, especially when customers are sitting outside. Unfortunately this can result in slower service at busy times.

The rules also require advance booking, to avoid overcrowding and enable social distancing to be maintained, but advance booking is also necessary to enable us to have enough staff – we are having to turn away lots of customers who arrive without a booking because we don’t have enough staff to serve them at the table – after so many months unable to trade we can only staff up for the tables we know we have booked.  And we cannot always get staff at short notice so it is best to book as far ahead as possible.

Before making a booking please read the relevant page of this website and if you email us or leave a message on our phone or social media please leave your telephone number as we cannot take any bookings without a phone number.

Thank you for reading this and we hope to see you soon!

Welcome to the Harp at Old Radnor

We were amazed and delighted to be named the Good Pub Guide Country Pub of the Year 2020 ~ our grateful  thanks to every member of our hardworking team, our loyal customers who have supported us over the years and whose feedback was fundamental to the Good Pub Guide’s decision to give us this accolade, our brilliant suppliers, supporters, families and friends who have all contributed in great measure to this unexpected but very welcome success!

The Harp is a lovely old Welsh longhouse inn perched on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful Radnor Valley, close to the Powys/Herefordshire border. 

Independently owned and run by Chris and Angela Ireland with, since 2018, the invaluable support of head chef Josh Smith and general manager Katie Marsden, the Harp is a real pub, with ancient slate floors, oak beams, antique settles and a huge open log fire. When we took it over in 2010 our ambition was simply to turn it into the sort of place we would want to visit for good food, good beer, comfortable rooms and friendly service.  Our cosy bar now offers cask-conditioned real ales, local cider and perry, and a wide range of good wines and soft drinks. The menu comprises home-cooked and mainly locally-sourced food and offers simple pub classics like home-cooked ham with free-range eggs and proper chips alongside imaginative modern dishes created by Josh.   Our five comfortable guest bedrooms all have lovely views and modern heating and plumbing.


We had no idea when we decided to move here just how much the area has to offer.  It is a great base for a huge range of outdoor activities from fishing to rally driving, but there are plenty of less strenuous things to do as well, such as visiting our historic local churches, including St Stephens which is a few steps from our front door, museums or wonderful gardens. Our Explore page provides more information about the local area and all it has to offer.

Whatever your interest in our area we look forward to welcoming you to the Harp and to helping you enjoy your time in this border country we have grown to love.  Well behaved dogs are welcome in the bar (but we do keep some of the eating areas dog-free) and rooms.  We are delighted to be included in current editions of the Good Pub Guide, CAMRA Good Beer Guide, Michelin Red Guide and Sawday’s Special Places (Great British Pubs and Hotels & Inns) and to have a current TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on the online reviews we have received.

Please see our News page for details of special offers, events and information.