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.
Closed: 25–26 December, 1 January
Days closed: Sunday evening, Monday and Tuesday
Opening times: 12–3 6–12 (Saturday all day Sunday 12–4)
Lunch: Wednesday to Friday 12–2, Saturday 12–2.30, Sunday 12–4