In a lovely setting by a bridge over the River Monnow, this refurbished 17th-century coaching inn is ‘very much recommended’. Sarah Hudson and Richard Ireton are the new owners. The revitalised bar areas have flagstone floors, solid beams and an inglenook fireplace; the sitting room has an open fire and comfortable sofas. Appealing bedrooms, named after brown trout fishing flies, have traditional Welsh wool blankets; hospitality trays include freshly ground coffee, fresh milk, traditional and herbal teas, and home-made biscuits. In the restaurant, chef Joseph Colman bases his seasonal menus on the vegetables, fruit and herbs grown in the kitchen garden behind the hotel. Walkers are welcomed: seven routes across farmland and along river banks start and finish at the front door; maps are provided. Picnic hampers available. Sitting room, bar, restaurant. Function facilities. Free Wi-Fi. No background music. Large garden (member of the National Gardens Scheme) and meadow; terrace. Children (special menu; no under-8s in restaurant in evening) and dogs welcomed. Regular events (wine tastings, bridge evenings, etc); canoeing, fishing, golf and horseriding nearby. 11 bedrooms (1 duplex). Per room B&B from £110, D,B&B from £150.
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