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Old Raglan Road
Stephen Terry’s much-lauded inn-with-rooms is custom-built for just about any socialising opportunity (special-occasion or otherwise): 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 plates of pork and venison terrine, duck hash or beer-battered haddock with skinny chips. Overall, the emphasis is on gutsy high-end cooking and flashy presentation without prissiness – as in roast hake and braised octopus with white bean and chorizo fabada, braised rabbit with deep-fried polenta or a veggie riff involving roast butternut squash and char-grilled tenderstem broccoli with locally made feta, savoury granola, yoghurt and deep-fried sage leaves. To finish, check out the ripe Welsh cheeses or take your cue from the calendar with, say, poached Evesham rhubarb, soft-baked cheesecake and shortbread crumble. Head to the bar for real ales or peruse the substantial list of reasonably priced wines.
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Old Raglan Road
Abergavenny Station 2km
Furnace Sidings Station 7km
Abergavenny & District Museum 2km
Monmouthshire Golf Club 2km
Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 6-10pm
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Food + drink: 5
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.
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 (hence the light starter and light dessert) I was in food heven.The staff were brilliant always there when needed and melting into the background at other times.The room was fisrt class with everything you could need from free bottled water to a bottle of champane if that was your thing. All in all i found the Hardwick just as I had left it in January , perfect
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