The Whitebrook

British, Modern European·
££££
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Silver Award
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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.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
British, Modern European
Ambience
Cosy, Fine dining, Quirky, Traditional, Unique
Other Awards
One Michelin star, SquareMeal UK Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About The Whitebrook

The Whitebrook is a Michelin-starred farm to fork restaurant with rooms in the Wye Valley, headed up by chef patron Chris Harrod. The focus here is to deliver flavour using only the freshest ingredients available. There are eight lush rooms to stay in for those seeking the full experience. Everything is prepared on-site, using many herbs and vegetables from the garden and surrounding area. These include lesser-known plants such as pennywort, three-cornered garlic, bitter cress, wild onion, hogweed and lesser celandine. These are the flavours of the valley and The Whitebrook delivers them from the ground to your plate in the form of elegant dishes. 

The full dinner tasting menu is the best way to sample what The Whitebrook has to offer, featuring around eight courses. This menu may start with interesting combinations like fermented swede with ewe's cheese, three-cornered garlic and hazelnut, Jerusalem artichokes with goat's curd, forest findings and rosemary or an Orkney scallop with fermented carrot, rock samphire and roasted chicken skin. 

Subsequent heartier entries may include truffle-baked parsnip with salted plum, oyster mushroom and winter black truffle or grilled day boat monkfish with grilled leek, wild garlic and scurvy grass. But, just as you may think this too light and gentle a menu, this concern will be promptly dispelled by something like a whole suckling pig with celeriac, pear and lamb's sorrel. After that, things will lighten again, with a dessert such as forced rhubarb with birch and hazelnut and medlar. Finally (for an extra fee) you may enjoy a selection of local, Welsh and British cheeses, perhaps with gooseberry chutney, pickled black walnut and crackers. 

For a lighter meal, there is a slightly shorter lunch menu, as well as a three-course set menu and a fully vegetarian menu. The wine list is extensive, with symbols to indicate organic bottles.


FAQs

Does The Whitebrook have vegetarian options?

Yes, The Whitebrook has a separate vegetarian menu.

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Location for The Whitebrook

Whitebrook, Monmouth, Monmouthshire, NP25 4TX

01600 860254

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-13:30
Sat 12:00-13:30
Sun 12:00-13:30
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 19:00-21:00
Fri 19:00-21:00
Sat 19:00-21:00
Sun 19:00-21:00

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1 Review 

Philip W

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