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Eating in or dining out in the Wye Valley & Forest of Dean

The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean offers many restaurants, cafés and pubs for eating out, and tempting local produce to take home

Brockweir & Tintern  |  Whitebrook, Newland & St Briavels  |  Chepstow  |  Monmouth  |  Abergavenny, Ross-on-Wye & Hay-on-Wye

Places to eat in Brockweir and Tintern

For a small village there are several options for eating within a very short walking distance. Just around the corner, William and Nikki at the Brockweir Country Inn (Tel: 01291 689548) will give you a warm welcome and friendly chat. Just a stone's throw away from the front door, you can enjoy the local real ales and hearty fair in the old pub or in the beer garden in warmer weather.

Essential to your stay is the superb Brockweir & Hewelsfield Village Shop & Café, selling fresh local produce and goods with a tea room and internet access (Wi-Fi for free, and use of PCs for a small charge) half a mile up the hill from the main village. They say it best themselves:

    "An ecologically friendly community shop made of local green oak and staffed by volunteers. With more than twenty local suppliers providing everything from ice cream to apple juice, cider to honey, it's a great place to come and pick up a gourmet picnic or enjoy a fair-trade coffee with loacl cake with stunning rural views situated only 200 metres from the Offas Dyke Path."

A short walk (10 minutes) on the other side of the river brings you to the restored Tintern Old Station (Tel: 01291 689566) with a tea room and pleasant sitting out area - lovely in warmer weather.

Abbey Mill Coffee Shop and Tea Room in the middle of Tintern (a 30 minute walk from the cottage) offers generously portioned light meals and lunches with outdoor seating for nice weather.

For something to take home, visit Meadow Farm and Kingstone Brewery on the way into Tintern (easily walkable).

Brown’s Stores is a couple of miles from the cottage on the main road to Monmouth, in Llandogo, and has been family run since 1921 offering a small range of popular groceries. It's convenient if you need some essentials.

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Nearby dining in Redbrook, Whitebrook, Newland & St Briavels

There are several great dining options, within 15 minutes' drive of the cottage.

The village of Redbrook lies on the riverside road between Chepstow and Monmouth. A stop there is worthwhile to walk over the old railway bridge for refreshment and superb pub grub at The Boat - great ales, live music and a cosy pub atmosphere await.

The Crown at Whitebrook has a formidable reputation in fine dining; chef owner Chris Harrod trained under Raymond Blanc and brings an impressive gastronomic CV to his own restaurant.

The Ostrich is towards Monmouth, just in the Forest of Dean, set in the centre of the picturesque village of Newland opposite the church. The pub is renowned for its delicious home made dishes, catering to a wide variety of tastes which also includes a vegetarian menu. Ingredients are sourced locally and every thing is prepared freshly on the premises. It also prides itself on its range of Real ales with up to eight on tap at any one time. A warm welcome from the Landlady is always extended whether eating on the patios or in the beautiful walled gardens or snuggling up in the bar and restaurant next to the real fire with fine food or a pint of ale. It has won an array of accolades and is a lively and convivial place for both locals and visitors alike.

The George Inn (Tel: 01594 530228) at St Briavels also offers a wide of delicious country fair in traditional surrounding. Head up the hill from Brockweir and turn left towards Coleford - the pub is signposted as you drive through St Briavels village.

The Butchers Arms (Tel: 01594 834313) at Clearwell, just outside Coleford, is a 13th Century pub with original features and an eclectic and reputable menu.

In Coleford itself try the Bluebell Restaurant at The Forest House Hotel. It has an extensive a la carte menu and can cater for all tastes and budgets. It is very popular locally and you are advised to book in advance.

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Eating out in Chepstow

For a change of pace, a short drive (15 minutes) to Chepstow is where you will find the stylish Mythos Greek Bar and Restaurant. Upstairs is the restaurant serving delicious greek foods, encouraging a shared dining experience, and downstairs is a lively bar serving wines, cocktails and champagne until the early hours. There are other late night bars along the same street.

Mamma Mia is a reasonably priced, busy italian offering delicious meals with attentive service catering to your needs. Shangri-La offers oriental cuisine.

Additionally, there are more bars and restaurants close to the river, ideal for lunch.

Chepstow has a large 24hr (certain days) Tesco on Station Road.

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Eating out in Monmouth

For an award-winning curry visit the Misbah Tandoori in Monmouth 20 minutes away. This family run restaurant is a regular in the Good Curry Guide Top 100 Indian Restaurants and offers the finest Bangladeshi cuisine cooked in the traditional way. Only the finest ingredients are sourced and everything is cooked fresh to order. Further down the High Street their is another good Indian restaurant/takeaway, Indian Summer at The Oldway Centre, Monnow Street (Tel: 01600 719519).

Pizza Express on the main street in Monmouth is a great place for a wide variety of delicious pizzas and a glass of wine.

Prego Italian Restaurant and Bistro in Church Street has 'mouth-watering foods' with a menu that changes with the seasons and availability of local produce. Head Chef Steve Robbins has worked for Franco Taruschio, founder of the Walnut Tree near Abergavenny, who is also a consultant on the eclectic menu.

First Thyme (Tel: 01600 775570) – an intimate little restaurant with a delicious menu of freshly cooked meals at the end of Church Street (right next to the Church). Ideal for a quiet lunch or dinner.

The Malsters, down a side street by St Mary's Church, offers cafetières of Coffee, paninis, sandwiches and homemade soups. It's a great little place - we recommend the Banoffee Pie! The café is attached to, and indeed is a side-line of, the main business of the day - bread making and other baked fair: Wigmores or 'Wiggies' has been Monmouth's favourite local bakery for the past 100 years and still uses the same traditional fermentation cycle keeping the art of bread making very much alive.

Monmouth boasts a number of other cafes and eateries ideal for lunch such as The Whole Earth in White Swan Court, just off Church Street, which has a healthy and organic inspired menu. The Thyme Out Coffee Shop (above Salt and Pepper Cook Shop in the main street) offers wonderful coffee, breakfast, lunch, or try the yummy cakes at afternoon tea. Sit out on the sun terrace when weather permits and see your food being freshly prepared! Try to resist the shopping, including the great Cook Shop (Salt and Pepper), the Courtyard Clothes Shop (two floors of on trend designer ladies fashions for all ages and occasions) and the Gift Shop next door - this treasure chest of a shop has a gift for everyone.

If you want to take something home to cook head to St Mary's Street to find the town's 100 year old bakery, Wigmores, and buy your yummy 'Wiggies' loaf. A few steps to Church Street will lead you to Le Gourmet a local independent butcher. Proprietor Duncan Wills is a favourite with locals and his fine quality meat is sourced locally from named breeds and farms. He stocks homemade pork pies and is famous for his faggots, all made on the premises. The shop also has an array of delicatessen items that will delight your tastebuds.

Just across the street visit the local Greengrocer Munday and Jones (run by Phil Munday) and pick up seasonal local fresh fruit and veg and organic fair. Both Phil and Duncan are local legends for their friendly banter and promoting real healthy foods and traditional shopping habits - stand back and watch the hustle and bustle of the customers - the quality speaks for itself!

Then head downtown to Fingal-Rock, local wine merchant and deli who - "sidestep the mass market monsters and offer better quality at reasonable prices." Guaranteed to "positively excite the palate." Tom the proprieter is widely travelled and hand picks all the wine he stocks, he is usually on-hand to help you choose some exceptional wines.

There is also a Marks and Spencer Simply Food and Waitrose for all those staples, yummy treats and fine wines.

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Further afield - Abergavenny, Ross-on-Wye & Hay-on-Wye

You are in easy reach of the annual Abergavenny Food Festival, held each September, which draws many visitors to this increasingly popular event to sample fresh local produce and watch cooking demonstrations by top chefs.

Just outside Abergavenny you'll find The Walnut Tree, which has had something of a rebirth of late - restoring it's previous reputation as a very well renowned UK restaurant. Also, just outside the town lies The Hardwick, run by chef Stephen Terry and his wife Joanna. Our friend Caroline, food writer and owner of Blaentrothy Cottages (near Abergavenny), says it is her favourite local place to eat: "The steak sandwiches and triple-deep fried chips are the best in the world, but there is a good choice of more sophisticated dishes on the menu". We really like it too - it offers great atmosphere, food and service.

The Mill Race at Walford, just outside Ross-on-Wye pitches itself as a gastro pub with 'great food, local ales and ciders, an extensive wine list in a relaxed informal atmosphere.  Real log fires in the winter and a large sun terrace in the summer - all in a village pub'. Ross also boasts the terrific Truffles Delicatessen - specialising in local produce and olde English style foods and the Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Company at Broome Farm has been making cider and perry traditionally for more than 70 years. Visit the 50 acre orchard with over 40 varieties of apples and 30 varieties of pears. If you are in the area on twelfth night make sure you go to the wassail ensuring the fertility of the following years crop and drink plenty of hot mulled cider!

Hay-on-Wye sports several nice places, but visit Oscars for lunch - we always pay a visit when we are in town for the festival - it's busy but sitting out eating one of their specials on the narrow kerb is great in the warm weather.

There are lots of other lovely pubs and restaurants in the area and a little farther afield so keep checking our pages for updates.

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