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Hall of Fame“A massive treat every time we go!” exclaims a long-time supporter of this reinvigorated Welsh icon; others simply confirm that it’s a truly special restaurant. We’re also fans of chef/patron Shaun Hill, and reckon he deserves a round of applause for putting The Walnut Tree back on the Michelin-starred map in his “perfect understated manner”. This place works to a magic formula, serving keenly priced, intelligent food in refreshingly unfussy surroundings (beams, local artwork, rustic furnishings etc). There are “no great twiddles or knobs – just good straightforward food and service”, notes another fan. Cracking set lunches are a bargain, while the equally good-value carte could yield anything from foie gras terrine with crispy pear and damson cheese to veal kidneys with streaky bacon and cassis sauce or herb-crusted cod with spinach gnocchi. Cleverly realised British and European flavours also collide on the pudding list – think pear upside-down cake with Calvados coffee sauce. The location in the foothills of the Black Mountains is glorious and the whole place regularly resounds with chat and laughter – there’s even bookable cottage accommodation nearby. 


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The Walnut Tree

Llanddewi Skirrid ,Abergavenny NP7 8AW

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Feb 2013

We went along to the Walnut Tree for dinner whilst taking a break in Wales after our wedding. The menu is extensive and generously balanced between fish and meat – greedily we opted for a pre-starter of 2 oysters each before diving into veal sweetbreads (him) and scallops with lentils; followed by rack of lamb and duck confit (him) and halibut, mussels and clams in a saffron sauce so rich your arteries pucker at the sight of it. And there’s the rub. This is heavy, rich food. It’s the sort of...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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The Walnut Tree

Llanddewi Skirrid ,Abergavenny NP7 8AW

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Oct 2011

I don't know why I'm not giving this meal 10 out of 10 but to do so for my first review would seem slightly weak-willed!! I went for lunch this week and had a fabulous time. Extremely attentive, polite and friendly service in a simple, elegant and comfortable restaurant. The food was fantastic. Skate wing with shrimps and a creamy dill sauce and cod fillet with braised peas, new potatoes and lardons both showed that sometimes the most ‘simple’ food can be the most memorable. The apple and blackberry...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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Llanddewi Skirrid ,Abergavenny NP7 8AW

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Sep 2011

Editor's pick We went to the Walnut Tree for a Friday night dinner on a walking weekend in Wales. We booked at the last minute and were lucky to get a table – the Walnut Tree clearly has a great name locally and it was full and very buzzy when we were there. Unfortunately I was wearing my “stylish” walking gear – the rest of the ladies looked suitably glamorous. Next time I'll have to dress for the occasion. We had a drink in the bar on arrival, along with a tasty appetiser (home made cheese & sesame biscuits...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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    Fatty Mountain :: Walnut Tree | Fatty Mountain

    Walnut Tree has been a long time favourites for the locals here, so no doubt it was no surprise it was awarded a Michelin star. However, walnut Tree was once closed down after being on Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares television series. However, after reopening, it has been named best restaurant in Britain.


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  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: South Wales
  • Price: £48.00
  • Wine: £20
  • Champagne: £50
  • Lunch: £25/30 (2/3 courses)

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