The Woodlands Tavern Country Pub & Dining
“Modern British food and Welsh beers” - AA Inspector
LLANVAIR DISCOED, MONMOUTHSHIRE
In the heart of the beautiful village of Llanvair Discoed, near the Roman fortress town of Caerwent, this charming country pub was originally known as the Kings Arms. At the foot of Gray Hill and Wentwood forest, the Woodlands Tavern occupies an enviable spot in an area of outstanding natural beauty that’s popular with walkers, cyclists and fishermen. A good selection of Welsh ales, such as Wye Valley or Felinfoel, is matched by the varied menu that includes baguettes, jacket potatoes, pub classics and daily fish specials. Deep-fried brie with dressed leaves and home-made chutney might lead on to rack of lamb with grain mustard mash and red wine sauce.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Sports TV
- 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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