“Modern British cooking in a converted Victorian pub” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Built as a pub in 1861, this place much, much later became Simon and Kate King's attractive, slightly isolated restaurant. A starter of ethically produced foie gras or dill-cured mackerel might be followed by a fricassée, either rose veal or woodland mushrooms; or fillet of hake or sea trout. Kate's dad grows most of the vegetables.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 40
- On-site parking available
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Monday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 39
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 10
- Cuisine style: Modern British, European
- Vegetarian menu
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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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