After working in some of London’s best kitchens, Welsh-born celebrity chef Matt Tebbutt returned home a few years ago. He and his wife, Lisa, took over an old stationmaster’s house in the adorable southern Wales village of Nantyderry, on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park. Here, in a cozy-chic gastropub setting—flagstone floors; wood-burning stoves; leather sofas—carefully sourced local ingredients turn up in delicious, unfussy dishes such as wild-garlic soup with poached egg or John Dory with hop shoots and pickled tomatoes. Curious about local bounty? Tebbutt will happily arrange a foraging expedition for sorrel or elderberries, then create a menu based on your trophies. There are a couple of cottages for staying overnight, too.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.