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“A 'must have' experience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of White Hart Village Inn

White Hart Village Inn
Old Usk Road, Llangybi, Usk NP15 1NP, Wales
+44 1633 450258
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Ranked #1 of 1 restaurants in Llangybi
Price range: $12 - $77
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: We use fresh, local, seasonal produce that is a combination of exciting ingredients and complimentary flavours, prepared and presented with the utmost care. We endeavour to position the White Hart as one of the best eating venues in Wales, where like minded people will wish to frequent.
Newport, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“A 'must have' experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

Went here with my family recently. All I can say is 'wow'! Professional, friendly service, wonderful surroundings, and the food was the best I have EVER had! I will definately be stopping here again!

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cwmbran
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Michelin recognised and well deserved”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

The White Hart at Llangybi (Usk to non-locals) had been recommended to me by a number of friends as a good place to eat but I had yet to get around to it.
This morning, however, as news of its inclusion in the 2012 Michelin Pub Guide took over the Twittersphere, I determined to get there and beat the rush!
A quick Tweet ensured that there was a lunch vacancy so off we set on the 10 mile or so journey.
On arrival we were asked if we would like a drink whilst we surveyed the menu. I chose the Watkin Cwrw Braf which I would have had in Zennor had the barrel not run out and Janet being the driver opted for an orange juice.
Sitting by the open fireplace we read the menu and decided that a single course light lunch was not an option, there was too much that needed trying. For starters Janet fancied the Black Olive, Quinoa and Pant ys Gawn goat cheese salad, whilst the stand-out starter for me was the Beef Tongue, a great dish but not often on menus as tongue has largely, and incorrectly, gone out of favour.
Seated at a nice table for two in the dining room we were offered iced water and two mini loaves soon appeared “Careful they’re still pretty warm inside, there might be steam when you cut them”. Nice to get obviously freshly baked bread as opposed to the microwaved, frozen, yeast related product sometimes on offer at certain chain restaurants.
I was still enjoying the sight of butter slowly melting into the bread when the starters arrived.
The presentation was great. the Quinoa providing a bed for chunks of cheese, olives, seasonal vegetables and baby leaves whilst the thinly sliced tongue supported a light horseradish whip and piquant salad leaves and tiny capers studded the dish.
The taste did not let the presentation down. Quinoa is a fairly neutral grain which absorbs flavour so, as well as being a gluten free “superfood” it is well suited to salads where it takes on the flavours of any dressings whilst allowing the main ingredients to shine through. The sharpness of the cheese contrasted with the earthiness of the olives and a well-balanced dish ensued.
Tongue that literally melted in the mouth would have been good enough on its own but a pickled carrot and the horseradish cream again counter balanced the main ingredient and, if a starter is meant to sharpen the appetite and palate for the main course, this filled the brief admirably.
Mains arrived promptly but not hurriedly, important for a lunch menu when many diners will have afternoon appointments.
We had argued over main courses. Both of us fancied the fish offerings so in the end we compromised on one of each provided each could taste the others.
Janet got to order the whole baked Plaice with Potted Prawns and Potatoes and I ordered the White Hart Fish and Chips.
The baked Plaice came with a veloute that featured just enough mixed spice and cayenne to add an interesting “je ne sais quoi” and potted prawns mounted on top. A small dish of boiled new potatoes sat to one side and fresh, crisp broccoli completed the dish.. Janet demonstrated her forensic skills reducing the fish to a bare skeleton and tasty fillets of fish. These worked well with the sauce and the vegetables set the whole dish off.
The Fish and Chips came with a crispy beer batter which contained pure white Cod, the chips achieved crispness and fluffiness and both Mushy Peas and home-made Tartare sauce with gherkin that had been in a sweet pickle added to the balance of the tastes. As good a fish and chips as I have ever had.
Neither of us could declare a “best fish dish”, both dishes were winners.
It seemed churlish not to try the desserts after two outstanding courses so a long perusal of the menu narrowed the choice to two. A Blackberry and Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Mousse, Popcorn, Slated Caramel and Honey Ice Cream.
If dessert is the most memorable part of the meal, it is sweet and comes last, these would live long in the mind.
An intensely chocolaty mousse balanced by a sweet/salt caramel sauce, crunchy popcorn and a creamy smooth ice cream managed to achieve dessert umami, whilst an almost toffee-like crumble perfectly matched the deep fruit sat on a light sponge base. Dessert completed the meal.
Coffee came with small biscuits which managed a biscotti taste without the hardness of the Italian treat, perfect for Espresso.
A good lunch and one which demonstrated why a Michelin entry is fully justified.
So, how has the White Hart achieved this success?
Firstly through a team of really good chefs, Michael Bates leads the team, formerly Executive Head Chef at the Celtic Manor Michael is a member of the Gold Award winning Welsh Culinary Team. Brothers Adam and Liam Whittle complete the brigade and both have very strong backgrounds, winning awards and cooking in high profile kitchens.
But, no matter how strong the team in the kitchen they need a good Front of House crew. Certainly based on the welcome which we received, and the friendliness and knowledge of the team this important balance has been achieved.
AA Rosettes, Pub of the Year awards and now listing in the Michelin “Eating Out in Pubs” guide, a strong beginning and one that can be built on with the strengths displayed on our visit.
Truly The White Hart is Local and Great

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newport
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“deserved 'best pub' winner-excellent for vegetarians”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

we are faithful customers of the White Hart: its a friendly and characterful pub in any case, but for us - as foodies and vagetarians - it is a real treasure. they always have 2 vegetarian starters and mains available and they are always imaginative and well thought through. its on a par with vegetarian restaurants like Terre a Terre (brighton), Maitreya (Bristol) or Demuths (bristol) in quality (if not in terms of range given that its not a specialist veggie place). This season's star course (celeriac and pumpkin stack)could happily be offered at (my all time favourite!) Cafe Paradiso. If you let them know you are veggie (or of any other dietary requirments) when you book they can also adapt dishes, and they are mindful of things like gelatine in puds. The only thing they don't do is have a note of which wines are vegetarian - I keep forgetting to mention this to them and when i do I'm sure that will be sorted out. aside from that, the wine list is good and their real ale is excellent.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom
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“Superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

Been to the White Hart [first time] for Sunday lunch with Family who went there for the first time.Couldn't fault the food or service .Had a beautiful Pumpkin soup, Beef main and then a chocolate mousse [to die for] with Guiness ice-cream. All the Family would like to say a big thank you for a wonderful meal..

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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“Super Sunday Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

Roast beef, fresh vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Traditional and delicious. Starers were pretty good too! Service as usual superb.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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