The Whitebrook

British, Modern European·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of The Whitebrook

Silver Award

Set among pine forests and trickling brooks, this long-time gastronomic beacon on the edge of the bucolic Wye Valley now serves a real taste of its surroundings. Mixing delicate French technique with super-premium Welsh produce, Raymond Blanc protégé Chris Harrod currently employs a full-time forager to provide pickings for his kitchen. These wild things now form a vital component for his distinctive cooking: Wye Valley asparagus might be paired with ‘hedgerow pickings’, maritime pine and Tintern mead, while Orkney scallops are garlanded with pickled alexanders, roast chicken skin and nasturtium. Elsewhere, ground elder pops up in a dish of day-boat turbot, while wild chervil and bittercress are the chosen feral companions for a plate of squab pigeon and forced rhubarb. Desserts also get the treatment, as in a combo of blackcurrant, camomile and sage. Readers “love” the tasting menu, the set lunch is bargain and warm courteous service is a given – whatever the occasion. There’s also an impressive wine list to peruse (including some local Welsh names), or you can try Chris’s own pine-infused gin – perfect if you’re staying over.

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Average Price
££££ - Over £80
British, Modern European
Cosy, Fine dining, Quirky, Traditional, Unique
One Michelin star
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


The Whitebrook is a Michelin Star restaurant with rooms found just outside of Monmouth, and also holds a Michelin Green Star, four AA Rosettes, and is the frequent winner of many other national awards. This little gem is tucked away on the side of a woodland in the Wye Valley, and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Making sure to stay connected to its rich surroundings, the flavours of The Whitebrook are inspired by an ingredient that is at its peak either in the restaurant's kitchen garden or from what the kitchen team have been out to forage for that week, or of course, from one of the restaurant's local growers or producers. Whilst the restaurant is happy to accommodate most dietary requirements with advance notice, they are unable to do so on the day due to their preparations.

The dinner menu begins with fermented swede with a local ewe's milk cheese, three cornered garlic, hazelnuts and the lightly fermented swede paired with apple juice. From the Wyve Valley, try the asparagus cooked over embers pine, or the Orkney scallop with heritage carrots, alexander, roast chicken skin and rock samphire. The Huntsham Farm ryeland hogget comes with young leeks, garlic puree, local turnips and ramsons for your main dish, and on the side you can order a pairing of dandelion with roots and honey and a rye crisp. At dessert time, enjoy the forced Wye Valley rhubarb with toasted birchwood ice cream, hazelnut and medlar.

There's a set menu of three courses, too. It begins with chalkstream trout paired with fermented cucumber, ramsons, garden leaves and flowers. For your main meal there is the day boat hake with St Austell Bay mussels, and the local Packham pear for dessert, which is served alongside buttermilk, maritime pine, yoghurt crumb and lactose flakes.


Does the menu have vegetarian options?

Yes, there is a separate vegetarian menu.

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Can you book a room?

Yes, there eight rooms available to book on-site.

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Does the restaurant allow dogs?

No - no dogs are allowed inside the restaurant

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What is the dress code at The Whitebrook?

There is no dress code at the restaurant.

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Can you book at The Whitebrook?

You can book over the phone or online.

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Whitebrook, Monmouth, Monmouthshire, NP25 4TX

01600 860 254 01600 860 254


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-13:30
Sat 12:00-13:30
Sun 12:00-13:30
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 19:00-20:00
Fri 19:00-20:00
Sat 19:00-20:00
Sun 19:00-20:00


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2 Reviews 


23 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Easy enough to simply check the five stars in any review, but this is the real deal! It's not just Chris's superlative cooking but it's the front of house team too; James (sommelier) is a worthy and attentive successor to Manuel and Kirsty (bookings) is so easy to deal with. We've stayed overnight as well as eating at the restaurant and have only the highest praise for all aspects of the operation. We'll be there again shortly to celebrate our ruby wedding anniversary!

Philip W

24 April 2018  
Interesting guests, good food and invisible service.
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