The Raglan Arms
“Peaceful setting for good food in the Vale of Gwent” - AA Inspector
Whether eating in, or just enjoying a pint brewed just three miles away, visitors are sure of a warm welcome at this stone-built 19th-century pub, which was taken over by William Brown in 2015. At the heart of a small village tucked between Tintern Forest and the Usk Valley, this neat inn continues to receive praise for its varied and frequently changing menu. The head chef and his team use high quality ingredients for the imaginative menu. The pub is keen to reduce food miles and most suppliers are within a nine mile radius. So try a starter of laver bread cake with smoked bacon, garlic and cockles, then follow on with saddle of Brecon venison, Welsh black pudding, sweet and sour pickled beetroot. Finish with chocolate and almond praline tart.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Coach parties accepted
- 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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