The Whitebrook

Whitebrook, Monmouthshire

Some forest findings with your roast Jerusalem artichokes? More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Some forest findings with your roast Jerusalem artichokes? Estuary greens with the scallops? Nature’s wild bounty features prominently at this lauded restaurant-with-rooms owned by Michelin-starred chef Chris Harrod and his wife, Kirsty. Set above a single-track road in a sequestered hamlet, deep in the Wye valley, it is hard to find. ‘Our satnav decided we needed to drive across a snow-covered field,’ related a reader. Persistence was repaid with a warm welcome and ‘meltingly delicious Welsh cake’. An unfussy, ‘well-equipped’ bedroom nailed the basics: a queen-size bed with ‘good-quality bedding’, a bathroom ‘with a proper window, organic toiletries, an enormous bath and a walk-in shower’. The food is the highlight, however. A protégé of Raymond Blanc, Mr Harrod draws on local producers, fish from Cornwall and ingredients he and forager Henry Ashby garner from forest and hedgerow. Typical dishes: roasted cauliflower, pine, blackened onions, crispy kales, hedge bedstraw; grey mullet, potato purée, purple sprouting broccoli, brown shrimp, three-cornered garlic. ‘A great meal. I urge you to go,’ writes our reader, who was lucky (or unlucky) not to have been snowed in. (DH)

Hotel details

Address

Whitebrook
Monmouthshire
NP25 4TX
Wales

Telephone

01600 860254

Bedrooms

8.

Open

all year, except 24–26 Dec (rooms), 2 weeks Jan, restaurant closed Mon, and Tues lunch, 26 Dec.

Facilities

lounge/bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, 2-acre garden, restaurant and women’s toilet wheelchair accessible.

Background music

‘chill-out’ in restaurant and lounge.

Children

all ages welcomed, over-8s only in restaurant on weekdays, over-16s only at weekends.

Dogs

only guide dogs allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £140–£235, D,B&B £279–£405. 7-course dinner £85, set lunch £42–£55.