This converted dower house on the old Abergavenny to Raglan road stands on the edge of parkland dotted with small woods. From the large garden, captivating views embrace the lush and shapely Vale of Gwent. The main bar is full of character, with old pews, tables and rustic furnishings, as well as posters and a wood-burning stove. The pub is renowned for its ever-changing range of real ales which number more than 300 in any given year, along with some great artisan ciders and perrys. Grazers can sift through a list of 20 tasty tapas dishes, or choose a simple ploughman’s with Welsh cheeses. The restaurant menu delights with its flavour combinations; some dishes, such as cockles with bacon and laverbread, can be served as either a starter or a main course.
Excellent beers and stunning views
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Closed: 2
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About The area
In their bid to control the borderlands of Monmouthshire – also known as the Marches – the Normans built a triangle of castles: Grosmont, Skenfrith and White. At first, they were simple wooden structures strengthened by earthworks, but when the lively Welsh refused to stop attacking them, it was decided more permanent fortresses were needed. All three are worth a visit and the views from the battlements at White Castle over the surrounding countryside to the Black Mountains are stunning, as is all the scenery in this area – consisting of a patchwork of low hills, hidden valleys, fields criss-crossed with hedgerows and small belts of woodland.
Monmouth itself makes a great base to explore the beautiful Wye Valley, as well as being known as the home of Rockfield Studios, where Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975. The largest town in the county, Abergavenny is creating a name for itself as the foodie capital of the Usk Valley, and has held a weekly cattle market on the same site since 1863. Its location just six miles from the English border means it’s often described as the ‘gateway to Wales’.
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