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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Modern European cooking in a converted Victorian pub

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

After beginning his career with the Roux brothers, Simon King has gone native in Wales, and 1861 celebrates what the region has to offer, including fine vegetables grown by Kate King's dad. The culinary style applies classic techniques in unmistakably appealing modern combinations. A first course of game terrine and melba toast or duo of seared scallops and pumpkin purée with chicken juices might be followed by seared skirt of beef with wild mushroom coulis, or fillet of brill, poached in red wine. It's worth the wait for the hot desserts, perhaps apple tarte Tatin with stem ginger ice cream.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 1st 2 weeks in January
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Simon King

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British, European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 39
  • Wines over £30: 39
  • Wines by the glass: 10

Price guide

  • Starter from: £8.50
  • Main course from22
  • Dessert from: £7.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £25
  • 3-course lunch from: £30
  • 3-course dinner from: £39.50
  • Tasting menu from: £70
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

On B4521, 9 miles from Abergavenny, 15 miles from Ross-on-Wye, 8 miles from Monmouth, on outskirts of Cross Ash.

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