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“Interesting and tasty food BUT not value for money in present climate !”
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1861 Restaurant
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Ranked #9 of 99 Restaurants in Abergavenny
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $26 - $63
Cuisines: British, Welsh
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Restaurant 1861 is a small rural family run restaurant in monmouthshire using locally sourced produce and home grown fruit and vegetables. The restaurant is a friendly professional relaxed fine dining venue ideal for all occasions.
Newport Gwent
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Interesting and tasty food BUT not value for money in present climate !”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

Wife and I visited lunchtime with a Groupon voucher purchased for £17.00 food value £40.00.
The voucher we were told on arrival would allow us to choose from the al la carte menu only.
First course examples were fish soup,mackerel,risotto varied in price around £8.
Main course examples were trio of lamb,pigs trotter,belly pork,cod in champagne sauce varied in price around £22.00
Wine around £5 a glass bottle beer around £3.50p
Sweets around £8.50p
There was no or little ambience the two staff on duty appeared under pressure with ten customers present !
Presentation of all food was first class,extremely small portions but as mentioned above very tasty.
I will let you do the maths on the final bill, which I would have expected in a first class restaurant perhaps celebrating a special occasion but I question the value for money aspect for a lunchtime experience hence my honest but poor rating.
The saying 'Let experience be my guide' was quite apt on this occasion and no we did not require a take a way on the way home ! lol

  • Visited February 2013
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A wonderful lunch”
Reviewed February 6, 2013 via mobile

We had such a lovely meal at 1861 that we have constantly talked about it. I had goose as a starter which is an absolute favourite and rare to find in UK restaurants. We hope to make a return visit before too long. One of the best restaurants we have been to in the past twelve months.

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South Wales, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Another yummy scrummy meal”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

We live near Abergavenny where there is a 'golden triangle' of excellent restaurants but 1861 stands out. Every time we visit this restaurant we have a good experience, the food is consistently good. We have opted for the 7 course tasting menu (£49.50) in the past but this time chose from the al a carte menu. A lovely savoury amuse bouche followed by scallops for my husband(BH) and confit goose for myself-yummy. For main I took a risk with the stuffed pig's trotter-it was excellent and BH was a little sorry he hadn't ordered it too, though his trio of lamb was also very good.
Another dessert amuse bouche was followed by the best (rhubarb) creme brulee we've had outside France and a delicious pear tatin with quince sorbet.
Kate keeps an interesting selection of wines at all price points including our favourite Puligny Montrachet at £55 but we didn't push the boat out this time. If I have a request at all it would be to increase the choice of half bottles-but that's something that most restaurants seem slow to do.

  • Visited February 2013
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Opwijk, Belgium
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“Excellent culinair visit”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

After travelling some days in Wales, we staid at a nice B&B in Abergavenny. It was pure luck that we discovererd the 1861 restaurant.
The warm welcome was very stylish with champagne and nice amuse gueule apéritif.
Dinner was really excellent with correct prices and exquise wines.
Born in Belgium, we know what an excellent restaurant experience is, well this was one.
Really highly recomanded.
Katleen en Bart

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank bart v
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Blackwood, Wales, United Kingdom
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“first visit but wont be my last”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Fantastic dinning experience! we had a warm welcome from Kate, and enjoyed excellent food prepared by Simon, being vegetarian you are very often limited in choice even in high quality restaurants, 1861 didn't let us down, highly recommended!!!

  • Visited January 2013
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