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“Mostly Excellent”
Review of 1861 Restaurant

1861 Restaurant
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Ranked #11 of 105 Restaurants in Abergavenny
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $66
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Reviewed April 28, 2014

First trip here, with friends. We had a meal deal which took the edge off the fairly high prices. Nearly all the dishes we had were excellent, with the exception of the Sea Bass, which my friend thought very bland, although he admits he does like his fish well seasoned (there was no salt or pepper on offer). Consequently can't give a totally excellent rating The tasting dessert option proved universally popular, and was superb. The menu appears to change quite frequently, and was well stocked with a wide selection of tempting choices. We shall definitely visit again - when we have a special occassion to celebrate!

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Thank Allen D
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

Although went during the lunch period a la carte menu was available. Food and service were fantastic. Cannot think of a single , even modest criticism, which if you read my usual carping reviews, you will see how high is the praise for this place.

1  Thank boughrood
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

Have been going to 1861 for a few years now and think it is the best restaurant for miles. The food is beyond delicious- gorgeous taste combinations which show real flair. Simon and Kate, the owners are always welcoming and the service from start ( a super crusty home made mini loaf) to end (coffee and home made petit fours) is exactly what you would wish for- attentive yet discreet. Simon is certainly a food magician and to select a favourite dish would be difficult ....trio of venison? A soufflé to die for? Scallops with parsnip purée? Just can't decide! Looking forward to the next time.

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2  Thank Jan S
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

My husband took me to lunch at 1861 this week, what a lovely experience. The restaurant is a little way off the beaten track but well worth the drive from Cardiff. The starters of scallops just melted in the mouth and the venison was perfect. Followed by a lovely rhubarb brulee again a melt in the mouth moment. The building was built in 1861 and has lots of lovely nooks and crannies. The lunch was also made special by the very nice young waitress who was extremely attentive. The next time we visit I want to try the foraging lunch described in a previous review by Julie C.

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1  Thank Patricia186460
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

We have been going to 1861 for a number of years and it has consistently high quality and interesting food - but until today had never tried one of Simon's 'foraging lunches'. What a wonderful experience - five courses (and we also had the optional cheese course - a must have) of unusual and very tasty surprise dishes. We tried to decide what our favourites were... I loved the lemon sole with a cream sauce flavoured with 'Jack by the hedge'... and the dandelion fritters with home-made honey ice cream were a delight... as were the little fluffy meringues floating in a wild strawberry sauce. My partner loved the braised venison and we both fell for the citrus terrine with a cowslip sauce.

I have to say that 1861 is my favourite local eatery by far... despite the proximity of places like the Walnut Tree and the Hardwick (both excellent too). The food is lovely and imaginative, the service friendly and welcoming and the prices very reasonable. Today was such fun, and it amused us both when Simon told us that while we were eating our main course he had been foraging for the wild strawberries and dandelions for dessert... can't get fresher than that!

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Thank Julie C
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