The Nags Head Inn
“Bustling hostelry in the Vale of Gwent” - AA Inspector
Fronting Usk’s old market place mid-way between the castle and fine priory church, parts of this inn date from the 15th century. Three generations of the Key family have been running it for over 50 years, lovingly caring for the flower-filled baskets above the pavement parasols in summer, and the beams, polished tables, rural artefacts and horse-brasses that create the traditional interior. Take your pick of the Brains and Buckley’s ales at the bar while perusing the menu. ‘Local and seasonal’ are watchwords for most of the classic dishes, but snails in garlic butter or frogs’ legs in hot provençale sauce can be ordered by the more adventurous.
- 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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