The Welsh Route 66

For day 19 of #blogjune we hit the road

On our last day in Wales we bid farewell to White Horses and headed south down the A470, which I had read is considered the “Route 66 of Wales” – which tells you quite a lot about main roads in Wales. It’s a fairly narrow two lane road which is at least fairly straight, and we didn’t see a petrol station until we got to England. I have no photos of the beautiful scenery because there was nowhere to stop the car on the narrow road.

Being a librarian, I had done my research into lunch spots along the way and settled on the Herb Garden, a vegetarian cafe in Llandrindod Wells about half way to our destination Avebury in Wiltshire.

The Herb Garden Cafe is an old school vegetarian cafe, and I mean that as the highest compliment! It reminded me of all the veggie cook books I used to collect in my university student days, by English cookery writers such as Rose Elliot.

There were two specials on and we ordered one each, Roasted Vegetable Lasagne for Wayne and Parsnip and Cashew Sausages with mash and gravy for me. The cafe owner said they came with a small salad but we could add a side order of the three special salads for 99p – why not! It all turned out to be delicious, quite a bargain and very filling – sadly, no room left for any of the delicious looking cakes.

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Suitably fortified, we hit the road again turning off towards Hereford and crossing the border into England. The scenery changed markedly as soon as we crossed the border, much more gentle, much less dramatic. We also stopped seeing the wonderful Welsh road signs – this is still my favourite.

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