Dining out around Abergavenny & Monmouth
The region surrounding Abergavenny and Monmouth is blessed with some excellent restaurants and pubs, and, helped by the Abergavenny Food Festival, is famous for local produce and great places to eat and drink. Do ask us or the cottage owner you have booked with for directions to any of these, or for more information. It is a good idea to book a place to eat at the same time as you book your cottage. There are good cafes for a coffee, snack or light lunch too numerous to mention, but here is a selection of places for a 'destination' meal.
The Hunter’s Moon at Llangattock Lingoed (01873 821499) is very friendly and serves good and ale and simple pub fare. The Angel at Grosmont (01981 240646) is also a good local pub for atmosphere and friendliness.
The popular Crown Inn at Pantygelli (01873 853314) is excellent for both lunchtime and evening meals, and is reasonably priced. Sunday lunch is particularly good, and there is a nice outside terrace for warm-weather-eating. Closed for food Monday. Advise booking.
The Walnut Tree Inn, opened by the renowned Franco Taruschio in the 1960s, is now run jointly by local hotelier William Griffiths and by the famous chef Shaun Hill (formerly of the Michelin-starred Merchant House in Ludlow), and has blossomed into a one Michelin starred restaurant. At Llandewi Skirrid, on the Ross - Abergavenny road. Tel: 01873 852797. Open Tues – Sat. Lunch: 12 to 2.30; dinner: 7pm to 10pm.
The Hardwick is very popular. Owned and run by Stephen Terry, it specialises in local produce and has a varied menu. 01873 854220. Stephen appeared in The Great British Menu, so we advise booking well in advance. Closed Sunday evening and all day Monday. Advise booking.
The Angel Hotel, Cross Street, Abergavenny (01873 857121) is one of the rare places open on a Monday evening. Afternoon tea - forget the Savoy - is superb. The Angel is one of only six hotels outside London to have received the Tea Guild's Award of Excellence in the 2008 Top Tea Awards.
The Foxhunter Inn at Nantyderry (01873 881101), near Usk, is an excellent place to eat – pitched at the more ‘restaurant’ end of gastropub cooking. The chef is Matthew Tebbutt, who trained under Marco Pierre-White and who has since worked in the kitchens of The Oak Room, The Criterion, Chez Bruce, Clarke’s and in both of Alistair Little’s Lancaster Road and Soho restaurants.
On the A470 between Brecon and Builth Wells in Powys, you will find the Felin Fach Griffin (01874 620111). Opened in 2000 by Huw Evans Bevan and Charles Inkin, the restaurant is now run by Charles' brother. A convivial ‘gastropub’ with delicious food, the atmosphere is relaxed and fun, and it is dog-friendly in the bar. Open every evening. Closed Monday lunch-time. Advise booking.
For vegetarians (and others), a daytime eatery really worth visiting during a trip to Hereford, is the excellent café in All Saints Church right in the middle of the city (a short walk from the cathedral).
Pizza Express in Hereford is very child-friendly (offering child-sized pizzas and crayons and paper), and, as a compensation for the adults, overlooks the cathedral.
For an award winning curry visit the Misbah Tandoori in Monmouth 20 minutes away. This family run restaurant is a regular in the Good Curry Guide Top 100 Indian Restaurants and offers the finest Bangladeshi cuisine cooked in the traditional way. Only the finest ingredients are sourced and everything is cooked fresh to order.
Monmouth boasts a number of cafes and eateries, ideal for lunch, such as the Italian-style bistro Prego in Church Street, a Thai pop-up in Swan Court (bring your own wine/beer), and Pizza Express in the high street.
There is an excellent fish and chip shop at Ewyas Harold, The Old Stables (01981 240237 or 07970 361457). Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
We would recommend booking to avoid disappointment and telephoning to check on opening times, as they tend to change them alarmingly often.