The Walnut Tree Inn

“Shaun Hill continues to shine.” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

ABERGAVENNY, MONMOUTHSHIRE

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A long established and famous inn and restaurant since the early 1960s, The Walnut Tree sits two miles east of Abergavenny. Quite a few famous chefs have cooked here, and Shaun Hill is a worthy member of that select group. There’s a beautifully neat herb and vegetable garden, and wonderful views of the Welsh countryside. The inn itself is immaculately presented, with a tiny bar as you enter. The dining room, in two halves, is spaciously laid out with about 20 tables. It’s bright and airy, with bare tables, and large modern paintings on the walls. Nothing about the Walnut Tree suggests passing fads or trends – the menu is rooted in the classics and that’s a real strength. An international team out front are charming and efficient, the atmosphere informal but controlled – you can certainly relax and know everything has been taken care of. Menus – à la carte and three- or four-course lunch menus – change every day depending on the seasons and availability. This is modern, thoughtful cooking with real clarity of conception and delivery. The food looks good, but no one has spent hours tweezing things onto your plate, and everything is rock solid and reliable with a real understanding of ingredients, flavours, and techniques. The wine list offers a great selection and has been chosen with real care and attention. The bread is noteworthy, including a fresh, delightfully light but buttery laminated milk/butter bread – nothing too fussy, just delicious. Typical of the dishes are confit quail with pommes purée and stuffed morel; perfectly cooked hake with courgette, salt cod fritter and aïoli; fillet of beef with salt brisket hash and fried quail’s egg; and a seasonal rhubarb trifle with syllabub or chocolate torte, malt ice cream and roast pear.

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The Walnut Tree Inn
Llanddewi Skirrid, ABERGAVENNY, NP7 8AW

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: Sunday, Monday, 1 week at Christmas
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 40
  • Wines over £30: 50
  • Wines by the glass: 8
  • Cuisine style: Modern Italian, French

About the area

Discover Monmouthshire

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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