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After nearly 23 years at Lloyds -- Tom turned 65 this August and Roy 67 in March – we have ‘hung up our boots’ and on Sunday 18th October closed as a hotel and restaurant. As many of our guests will recognise, this was not our plan. Health issues have intervened, however. We will remain at Lloyds, using it as our main home. Our cottage, Cringoed Bach, which requires a lot of internal work to be comfortable, will be our ‘bolt hole’. Our dream to offer special breaks with dinner at Cringoed Bach will be kept under review. We hope to keep our hands in, from time to time entertaining friends (many whom we first met as guests) in Llanidloes.

Staff Party
By arrangement with Angharad James, who helped us in the restaurant when she was a student in 2004 and who has recently taken over the running of the Great Oak Café in Llanidloes, we held a thank you party for the ladies who have, at one time or another, worked at Lloyds
Our former staff arranged for this cake to appear at the end of the thank you party we hosted for them one evening in January 2016

The Lloyds experience

Lloyds has been a hotel for over 130 years, and served its time well. While we were able to reduce the number of bedrooms so that each had en suite bathroom and lavish money on fittings and fittings, the narrow, steep staircase remained a quaint, but seldom appreciated feature. This and other shortcomings would mitigate against us realising a decent sales value (and the commercial property market has been depressed in mid-Wales for a long time).

 Llanidloes countryside
View of Llanidloes
View to the Great Oak Street
Great Oak Street on market day

About your hosts

Tom and Roy at their property near Llanerfyl
Tom and Roy at their property near Llanerfyl, with recently planted trees and in the background a small pond.

Our first visit to Llanidloes to view Lloyds, in 1992, was on a sunny Saturday, the town was bustling, the street market busy, and we bumped into one of our neighbours from Llanerfyl (where our cottage is), who told us she regularly made the 30 miles journey to the town to shop for clothes and have her hair done. The town had style, this suggested – and still does. Small, specialist shops continue to thrive.

Tom has born and brought up in Beckenham, Kent. He graduated in Bristol with a BEd in 1972 and for several years taught mathematics there and in various London schools. His spare time hobby, singing with the Philharmonia chorus in Britain and Europe, encouraged him to train as a professional singer at the Royal Academy of Music for four years from 1979. The career openings for a talented, but not world-class baritone proving few, Tom joined the Lord Chancellor’s IT department, and from there moved to a private training company in Holborn, where he taught programing and systems analysis for four years before moving to Llanidloes and transferring to the hospitality industry, where his people skills have come into their own.

Tom and Roy in the breakfast room
And back at the hotel (in the breakfast room).

Roy was born in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe - the African connection soon becomes apparent to guests from the display of art throughout the hotel. After graduating with a BA in hotel and catering management from the Scottish Hotel School (now defunct, sadly), part of University of Strathclyde, in 1972, he remained in the UK initially to gain experience, and then permanently as the situation in Zimbabwe deteriorated. A varied career, mostly in London, and including three years as chef manager for a merchant bank in Moorgate, led to some 20 years with the industry's statutory training board producing training material for the hospitality industry, editing and writing text books (12 as the accredited author), published by Pergamon, Heinemann, Macmillan Education, Thomson Learning and the Hotel and Catering Industry Training Board. Roy has also written on health and safety for Croners, and for thirteen years contributed a regular column from media reports on the industry, for the quarterly 'Hospitality Review', published until 2011 by Threshold Press of Newbury.

On the walk
Thank you both so much for another great weekend at Lloyds made all the more special by the extra day walking/picnicking/and visit to your cottage. We felt very privileged to have been invited not to say impressed by the sheer amount of hard work you're putting into the renovations and tree planting!! We don't know anyone else who has planted a forest!
All of this and then to be the recipients of three days of fabulous food and merry banter. What a great start to the summer.

Katie & Dermot, Newbury, May 2013
Guests at Cringoed Bach
There is still much work to be done before we can accommodate guests at Cringoed Bach!