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AA Wine Award (Wales) 2016 - 2017
AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
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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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Flavourful foraging in the Wye Valley forests

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Deep in the Wye Valley, in the village of Gwenffrwd (or Whitebrook, if your Welsh isn't up to snuff), near Monmouth, Chris and Kirsty Harrod run an elegant restaurant with rooms. Its outdoor terrace fits snugly into the surrounding greenery, and there's a pleasingly natural quality to the interiors too, where stripped oak floors, cream leather seats and high-quality table linen offer a stylish backdrop for the ultra-modern cooking. Tasting menus are the format, and the woodland environment provides the productive foraging that supplies much of the detail. Don't be alarmed at the 'forest findings' that might turn up with an appetiser of roast Jerusalem artichokes; just enjoy their earthy aromatics. Charlock may be a new one on you, adding an appealing mustard tone to a serving of brown and flaked white crab with horseradish and chicken skin, while an intermediate course of partridge comes with parsnips roasted in woodruff. Fish might be firm-fleshed brill with smoked bacon, served with caraway-scented cabbage, while Ryeland lamb appears as a quartet of pinkly roasted loin, braised shoulder, crisp belly and wondrously tender liver, punctuated by salt-baked turnip, leeks and ramsons in a lightly viscous jus. On another night, it could Rhug Estate venison with smoked beets and celeriac, the wild note emphasised by mugwort and bitter leaves. The finale could be Ashmead's Kernel apple and cinnamon sorbet, with chocolate crisp and a melty-textured jelly made with Ty Gwyn cider, or perhaps poached pear in buttermilk, scented with pine and served with ingenious yogurt crumble.

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Opening hours

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

Chef

  • Chef: Chris Harrod

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British, French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 32
  • Wines over £30: 98
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 6
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 32
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 32

Getting here

From Monmouth take B4293 towards Trellech, in 2.7 miles take left towards Whitebrook, continue for 2 miles

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