Newbridge on Usk
“Two hundred-year-old inn now a smart gastro-pub” - AA Inspector
The River Usk swings lazily beneath the eponymous bridge beside this country inn in deepest Monmouthshire. From the gardens are restful views across to the forested heights of Wentwood and riverside knolls; the Usk Valley Walk passes nearby and it's handy for the renowned Roman heritage of Caerleon. Part of the Celtic Manor Resort family, the interior is a pleasing blend of traditional beamed ceilings, snug corners and rustic ambience with modern touches and furnishings adding a certain élan. Beers from Brain's Cardiff brewery are the ales of choice, or Welsh cider may hit the spot. The fresh, zingy menu here has the award of two AA Rosettes and is influenced by the availability of premium products from local suppliers. Starters may include mackerel, pepper and crayfish terrine, leading to roasted Madgett's Farm duck breast with salt-baked swede and garlic barley; or pan-roasted brill with curried lentils, carrot and coconut; finishing with pear, caramel and lavender trifle.
- 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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