Shaun Hill is a bright star in the galaxy of British Chefs and cooks divinely in this small country inn in the heart of the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside.
To enjoy fully the experience of our dinner and the outstanding wine list we stayed in the charming adjacent cottage which has friendly and inquisitive sheep as neighbours as well as the looming presence of Skirrid Mawr.
The dining room is simply but elegantly furnished and the service friendly but very well informed; our waiter did not have to go to ask chef what was in the fish bourride; she knew, exactly.
The menu was interesting and unusual. We had veal and sweetbreads, turbot and lobster pudding; both delicious. However the truly remarkable dish was the first course fish bourride, with a rare intensity and subtlety of flavour.
After lingering over the wine it was a short walk through gardens to the cottage and its huge comfortable beds and the prospect of the morning and the do-it-yourself breakfast in the kitchen.
Would we have room for the smoked salmon, ham, eggs and cereals? Yes, I'm afraid we did!