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“More style than substance”
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The Hardwick
Ranked #8 of 30 Abergavenny B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Caterham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“More style than substance”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

The first impressions of the restaurant are great. Cool tones and modish minimalism. The staff welcoming. The food on the other hand was disappointing. The large plate full of crab linguini lacked flavour and could have contained crab. The fish cake was ok. The rabbit rabbit rabbit had been so deconstructed to produce a burger, a faggot (meat ball), a few strips of loin with potato and a small dish of stew, all of which had been over salted. People would love to taste what they asked for. The lamb with aubergine was the better dish but unbalanced and needed carbohydrate. We did not order dessert. 'Not my favourite Welsh restaurant'. Sorry Michel Roux jr.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

We have stayed here twice before on our way to far west Wales and previously I have extolled the virtues of this comfortable roadside inn and the formerly excellent cuisine.

The room was as well appointed and clean as usual. Dinner, however, was disappointing. Firstly, all courses provided such enormous helpings that struggling through the first dampened the ardour for the main course. I started with crispy bobby beans with tuna and parmesan. The beans had been prepared in the way I remember many Italian restaurants of the 70s used to present zucchini (courgettes) fritter-battered. The idea was very good but the enormous pile on the plate was ill-judged.

My main course was crab linguine. While the flavours and textures were excellent, again there was far too much on the plate. Eating good food should not require marathon efforts. We also felt that the service personnel were slightly less focussed than on previous visits. I do hope these observations do not indicate a permanent reduction of application to perfection!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cardiff, Wales
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here on a beautiful sunny Friday night. The rooms were exceptional - as was the food. Veggies well catered for, and the lamb & lentil main was awesome. Linguini crab starter lovely but huge! Desserts - mmmmm! Salted caramel sauce - we licked the pot it was that good! Fabulous honeycomb ice cream too. I had to be dragged away the next day, but only after a brilliant breakfast. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2013
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2013

We have been to the Hardwick on 3 separate occasions over the past 2 years, once for lunch and twice for an overnight stay and meal. Each time the food and service has been exceptional. The rooms are also to a very high standard and although both food and accommodation is pricier than average, if you appreciate excellent quality food and a lovely place to stay it is well worth it. We will be back very soon !

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newport, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Not to mention it being painfully hot (can't blame them too much for that one, but I'm sure they could have cracked a few more windows) We arrived at 6.25 and didn't leave until 9.20.....with only ordering a main and a dessert each.
No one asked us how are meals were, if they had, I'm fairly sure my father would have sent his back. The only way we managed to get a dessert menu was by making a loud comment as one of the waiters walked past us.
The restaurant was overcrowded; not enough service staff and clearly a kitchen that couldn't cope with that many covers.
I regret to say, we won't be coming back any time soon.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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South Wales
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Booked a table for 8:15 and arrived for a pre drink at 8. Order finally taken at 8:45 but didn't receive main course until 10. Complained and were informed that dessert would be on the house but we couldn't actually eat the dessert as it took another 30 mins to arrive by which time we had to leave. Lovely food but a bit of customer information/service wouldn't go a miss.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Mid Glamorgan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2013

My husband and I visited the Hardwick on our first wedding anniversary and to make it extra special we booked one night B&B and a table in the restaurant. The rooms are very stylish, if not overly large with well equipped mini bar and a selection of good coffees and tea. There was a flat screen TV, ipod connection and DAB radio. The bathroom was a large wet room with quality toiletries. All you could want and expect in a good quality hotel room. This comes at a price though, which we didn't mind paying as it was a special occasion. We had a fantastic meal in the restaurant and a relaxing drink in the bar afterwards. The staff are friendly and very helpful. The breakfast was one of the best I’ve had, with local fresh produce and a varied menu. All in all a very nice way to celebrate special occasion.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Hardwick
Address: Old Raglan Road, Abergavenny NP7 9AA, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > South Wales > Monmouthshire > Abergavenny
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #8 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Abergavenny
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Hardwick 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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