The River Usk swings lazily beneath the eponymous bridge beside this country inn in deepest Monmouthshire. From the gardens are restful views across to the forested heights of Wentwood and riverside knolls; the Usk Valley Walk passes nearby and it's handy for the renowned Roman heritage of Caerleon. Part of the Celtic Manor Resort family, the interior is a pleasing blend of traditional beamed ceilings, snug corners and rustic ambience with modern touches and furnishings adding a certain élan. Beers from Brain's Cardiff brewery are the ales of choice, or Welsh cider may hit the spot. The fresh, zingy menu here has the award of two AA Rosettes and is influenced by the availability of premium products from local suppliers. Starters may include mackerel, pepper and crayfish terrine, leading to roasted Madgett's Farm duck breast with salt-baked swede and garlic barley; or pan-roasted brill with curried lentils, carrot and coconut; finishing with pear, caramel and lavender trifle.
M4 junction 24 follow Newport signs onto B4237. Right at Toby Carvery onto B4236 to Caerleon. Right over bridge, through Caerleon to mini-roundabout. Straight ahead into Usk Road towards Llangybi. In approximately 4 miles right signed Tredunnock. Through Tredunnock, down hill, inn car park on left.