The Whitebrook

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‘Rethought, refreshed and redecorated, the Whitebrook has been reborn in the hands of chef/patron Chris Harrod and his team – and he fully lives up to the heritage.’ Regular Guide correspondents recommended a main entry for this restaurant-with-rooms, in a 17th-century drovers’ inn in the wooded Wye valley – ‘an ideal position for Chris to pursue his love of foraging’. He has a Michelin star for his ‘very special’ modern cooking: ‘He uses local produce right down to the flowers in the garden. It makes it all taste so fresh and different.’ Another comment: ‘All was simply described but elaborately prepared and delicious. The parsnip croquette with salsify, beer onion and charlock on the vegetarian menu tasted amazing.’ Bedrooms overlook the valley or the garden; ‘all the rooms have been improved’. Four bedrooms have been refurbished this year. ‘Our good-sized first-floor room had a very comfortable, big bed, two chairs; a well-decorated bathroom.’ A smaller room was less liked. Breakfast has ‘interesting’ cooked dishes, perhaps scrambled eggs ‘elegantly served in a “bird’s nest” of smoked salmon’. (Tony and Ginny Ayers, Humphrey Norrington, and others)
  • The situation is as lovely as ever. An ideal position for Chris to pursue his love of foraging for unusual ingredients. The midweek special offer was very good value. A friendly young man welcomed us and whizzed us up the narrow stairs to our small but comfortable room on the second floor. The restaurant is a long, thin room running the length of the house, with a small lounge area by the front door. We so enjoyed the cooking and the relaxing dining atmosphere. All was simply described but elaborately prepared....and delicious. Service was excellent, very professional. Breakfast had a small selection of the usual cereals, plus an interesting list of cooked dishes, mostly using local suppliers. Orange juice was freshly squeezed and served in a tall thin glass. Toast was good; and our scrambled eggs elegantly served in a "bird's nest" of smoked salmon. Good cafetière coffee.

    Pat and Jeremy Temple, 15/04/2015

  • It has been reborn in the hands of Chris Harrod and his team, and he lives up fully to the heritage. The building looks the same from the outside, but inside everything has been rethought, refreshed and redecorated. The dining room and bar area are brighter and airier, with muted colours and well-designed lighting. Tables are well spaced, comfortable and of a sensible size. Chris’s food is fresh, modern, attractive and delicious. He uses local suppliers, and foraged ingredients. All the guest rooms have been improved. Ours on the first floor was a good size, with a very comfortable, big bed, two comfortable chairs, a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities. The bathroom was well decorated, with a comfortable bath and a big walk-in shower. It isn’t a five-star hotel, but in its territory of “restaurant with rooms” it has worked out its approach and delivers it spot-on, not least because of its kind and helpful staff.

    Tony & Ginny Ayers, 10/04/2015

  • Chris Harrod took over last autumn. The food is very special - he uses local produce right down to the flowers in the garden. It makes it all taste so fresh and different. The staff are friendly and relaxed. We had one of the rooms on the second floor which had all we needed, though the first floor rooms looked more spacious.

    Humphrey Norrington, 03/09/2014

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Local attractions

Monmouth Golf Club
An 18-hole course, with views of the Welsh Hills, Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Redbrook Equestrian
A riding school and livery yard.
Abergavenny Food Festival
One of the largest food festivals in the UK, held in September.

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Contact Details

The Whitebrook

WHITEBROOK Monmouthshire Wales NP25 4TX

Telephone

01600 860254

Further Information

Bedrooms

8.

Open

all year except 26 Dec, first 2 weeks Jan, restaurant closed Mon.

Facilities

ramp, lounge/bar, restaurant, business facilities, free Wi-Fi in room, terrace, 3-acre garden, River Wye 2 miles (fishing), only restaurant suitable for disabled.

Background music

'chill-out music' in restaurant.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

only guide dogs allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2015] per room D,B&B £250–£292. Tasting menu £67, à la carte £54.