Built in 1580 as a brewhouse and inn by a former sea captain, the Lion consists of two rooms, both with open fires; one is a traditional bar, the other a restaurant. In the bar you’ll find Wye Valley Butty Bach and Felinfoel Double Dragon, and a number of local ciders including Raglan Cider Mill Snowy Owl. In the restaurant there are bar snacks, baguettes, ploughman’s, light meals and a range of main dishes, typically home-made lasagne; locally sourced faggots; and wild mushroom, brie and cranberry Wellington. There are beautiful views from the suntrap courtyard, and look out for the beer festival in June and the cider festival in August.
A traditional inn with nautical links
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Open all year
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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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