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“Great food, relaxed restaurant”

The Walnut Tree Inn
Ranked #3 of 104 Restaurants in Abergavenny
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: old pub conversion set in attractive Welsh countryside. Formerly a famous Italian restaurant but now the platform for chef Shaun Hill's style of cooking
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We've been meaning to go to this restaurant for a very long time. We went there off the cuff mid week and manged to get a table for two. Considering it was a Tuesday it was busy. I felt slightly underdressed as we had not planned to go. The staff were friendly and reassured us that its not a stuffy restaurant but somewhere relaxed and pleasant that offers excellent food and it was. My husband and I opted for the A la carte menu opposed to the lunch special. It was delicious and highly recommended.

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Thank Wendy893
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had eaten at Shaun Hill's previous Restaurant in Ludlow and loved it so were keen to try the Walnut Tree. The food and service (in fact the whole experience) were fantastic. We only had 3 days away but ate here on 2 of them it was so good.

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Thank Mike A
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Our first visit to The Walnut Tree was on the cold but spectacular moonlit night of November 2nd, 2012, when we took a 100+ mile round trip to this much praised restaurant to celebrate 38 years of marriage. The establishment is pristine and chicly austere. It was warm inside and my coat was taken - I didn't know that a later trip to the loo would take me to the outside toilet, brrrrr! We ordered our meal and minutes after our aperitif had been served we were ushered to our table. As we sat down the lights went out. Pitch black. Not even a glow from the moonlight pervaded this dining space, though the event enlivened the place for a while as diners embraced wartime style camaraderie. The pitch black was occasionally suffused with flashes from mobile phones occasionally breaking the dark. Our starter came out of the dark - lukewarm scallops with a congealed peanut tasting dressing? In this situation you realise how much you eat with your eyes. After we had finished our starter, a single T light was slowly and individually brought to each table. A couple of wind- up tilly lamps also emerged, which needed constant noisy rewinding. The venue actually began to look cosier, especially, as longer candles were found, put into containers, and delivered to tables. The staff (there seemed to be no management figure) scurried about doing their best to shed candlelight on the situation but as the time went on we assumed that our meal was over - no one actually came to reassure us that we would get our main course. As we were just about to give up and go to Abergavenny for fish and chips our main courses appeared. Delicious and hot - hurrah! When it came to choosing deserts however the choice was limited through the lack of power. None of my husband’s favourite naughties were available, so we shared a cold, though delicious, chocolate desert and Lancashire cheese bomb (which should have had a freshly cooked Eccles cake with it, though we did receive two glasses of fortified wine with the cheese instead of one). By the time we had finished these the restaurant had virtually emptied and suddenly the power was restored. We declined coffee and the bill arrived promptly and now that power was restored we could pay it electronically! The lady who took payment seemed none too pleased that she would probably be the one clearing up the mess from the candles in the morning. The staff had done their best and offered us verbal apologies - we did not blame anyone in the restaurant for the unfortunate power cut but, no doubt, the restaurant owners will be able to seek redress from their supplier of electricity. I did ask if powers cuts were frequent and was told that they had suffered one earlier in the week. We paid our bill and took to the road.
We live in an area where power cuts are frequent. We have glass storm lanterns strategically placed around our house and can restore visibility very quickly and they don't look unattractive. Our evening at the Walnut Tree will be long remembered though not for the gastronomic and romantic evening we had envisaged but for literally and metaphorically being kept in the dark. Should we ever brave a return visit we will take a torch and candles with us - or just choose to go for lunch in the summer!

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3  Thank Lescase
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

We had the set price lunch menu and although limited in length the food was delicious. Although full, the service was good and pleasant atmosphere.

1  Thank Stella W
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

I booked this lovely place to celebrate my husbands birhday, We arrived and we received a warm welcome both from the staff and the fire side where we settled into a generous glass of champayne and a gin&tonic.

Our wine was already ordered and payed for as a gift so all we had to do was make the difficult decision of what to chose from the exciting menu.

we had as our starters monkfish tail with mustard sauce fantastic, calves tail which was so warming and just mouth watering.

Mains sweetbreads and veal, different and so flavoursome cooked to perfection. Second main was venison and individual steak shepherds pie, this was again cooked perfectly and the little pie was so full and rich.

After all this wonderful food we retired to the fireside for cheese coffee and petit fores.

Through out service was slick and not intrusive.

We left feeling great and rather sad tobe going back to our yurt but that is another trip adviser story!

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Thank cww127
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