Set between the Rivers Usk and Wye, this 17th-century Welsh longhouse has been an inn since 1845. The cosy main bar serves three lounges, while the Stable Bar is popular with the locals, not least for the chance to play darts, crib or dominoes. The tiled floor also means muddy boots, children, or dogs are not a problem. A typical menu offers duck spring rolls with hoisin sauce or grilled goats cheese to start, followed by grill options, and old favourites like steak and kidney pie, fresh battered plaice, or chilli. Vegetarians have plenty of choice, and desserts are listed on the daily-changing blackboard.
Charming country inn surrounded by farmland
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Closed: 2
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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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