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This is our special-occasion and go-for-a-spin restaurant” admits one fan of The Hardwick – in fact Stephen Terry’s much-lauded inn-with-rooms is built for just about any socialising opportunity. There’s plenty for those who enjoy wallowing in oak-beamed pubby rusticity, while others feel right at home amid the varnished wood furnishings and affluent leather sofas. The kitchen thinks big when it comes to local sourcing and bullish contemporary flavours, but also satisfies diehards who get their kicks from “brilliant” plates of oyster mushrooms in garlic and parsley butter or mustard-glazed bacon chops with ‘eggy bread’. Overall, the emphasis is on gutsy, complex cooking and flashy presentation without prissiness – as in crispy breadcrumbed pork belly and black pudding with pickled fennel, pan-fried sea bass with watercress and green bean salad, globe artichokes and sauce vierge or dry-aged rib-eye with wild garlic butter and triple-cooked chips. To finish, check out the ripe Welsh cheeses or take your cue from the calendar with, say, gooseberry fool or summer pudding ’trifle’. Look to the bar for real ales or peruse the substantial list of reasonably priced wines. 

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The Hardwick

Old Raglan Road ,Abergavenny NP7 9AA

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Well beyond pub fare........

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Mar 2013

It is well worth the trip to Abergavenny to sample the food The Hardwick has to offer. The service is excellent , timely and polite without being pretentious . The food is superb. The crab linguine was a delight. House wine is reasonably priced unlike some restaurants of this quality. Strangely the restaurant was busy with tables of just men. If only their wives knew what a treat they were missing the chaps would be in trouble.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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The Hardwick

Old Raglan Road ,Abergavenny NP7 9AA

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Jul 2012

I have just spent a Sunday evening and over night stay at the Hardwick. The food and service was brilliant with nothing to much trouble . We arrived in the middle of one of the worst storms for years but the staff were still willing to get our bags from the car to take to our room at the risk of being drowned. As we have been to the Hardwick before my expectation food wise was very high, once again I was not disapointed. From the pate to start to the ice cream , with the Ba Ba blacksheep in between...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Stephen Terry

After training at Harvey’s and Le Gavroche, Stephen Terry enjoyed a succession of high-profile gigs including the head chef’s job at Marco Pierre White and Michael Caine’s celeb magnet The Canteen by Chelsea Harbour and at Oliver Peyton’s style-conscious Coast in Mayfair. In 2001, he returned to his native Wales where he took over the famous Walnut Tree from Franco Taruschio. In 2005, he moved on to The Hardwick in Abergavenny.

Essential Details for The Hardwick

  • Cuisine: Gastropub
  • Area: Monmouthshire
  • Price: £40
  • Wine: £23
  • Champagne: £65
  • Lunch: £20/25 (2/3 courses)
  • Dinner: £20/25 (2/3 courses)

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