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Meet your hosts!

The Williams Family have been nestled in the Upper Llanover Valley for nearly 100 years, and the farming duo Kyle and Haf, have now taken over as Landlord and Landlady of the Goose and Cuckoo Inn.
They’ve both sat on the opposite bank and dreamed of the day that they could call the pub their own, and now their dreams have come true! Bringing together their love for the area and the pub itself, they feel so privileged to be given the custodianship of this magnificent inn.


Great ales on tap

The best real ales from Welsh breweries and beyond.
We have a history of winning local awards for our real ales and are constantly changing what’s on tap to give our patrons quality and choice. We source the best real ales from local independent breweries and from further afield. Give us a call to check what’s on tap or pop in for a surprise.


History of the Pub

Originally called the New Inn, legend has it that the pub acquired its current name following a row between the two sisters who ran it in the 1880s. One of the sisters was called a “silly old goose” by her sibling and responded by calling her sister “a silly old cuckoo.” The story has been passed down through the years and in 1947 the pub’s name changed from the New Inn to the Goose and Cuckoo.
As a supporter of the Temperance Movement, Lady Llanover closed every pub on her estate during the late 19th century. Some of the pub buildings remain, including what was the Nags Head, which later became the Post Office (now closed). Situated alongside the main road through Llanover, it still displays a sign saying ‘Llythyrdy, Rhyd-y-Meirch ‘ which translates as ‘Post Office, Ford of the Stallions’. However, the 300-year-old Goose and Cuckoo Inn survived as it lies outside the Llanover estate boundary. From bridge 81 it’s a decent climb up to the Goose and Cuckoo but you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views and a selection of great drinks!


The Local Area

Nestled in the heart of the Monmouthshire within the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Goose and Cuckoo inn is located just south of Abergavenny in a little village called Upper Llanover.
Famed for its connections to Lady Llanover and even Big Ben, the area has a wealth of historical and cultural activities. A quiet little village with fantastic views across the Monmouthshire countryside as well as several wonderful walks, cycle tracks, horse riding trails and more, there is lots to get involved with even outside the door of the pub!
Here are some great options for walks in the local area if you would like to download one prior to your visit!

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We are dog friendly

There’s always a warm welcome for furry four legged friends, regulars and new punters!
The Goose and Cuckoo is a dog friendly pub, Brecon Beacons, with dog friendly accommodation for dog owners. As well as a great selection of real ales we also have treats at the bar and a warm place in front of our fire reserved for man’s best friend. With lots of great places and walks to explore nearby, stop off enroute, or enjoy a stopover with us.