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“Fives Star Dining at 3 Star Prices”

Clarkes Restaurant at Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel
Ranked #15 of 27 Restaurants in Usk
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, British
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Fives Star Dining at 3 Star Prices”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2011

We have eaten dinner here, as a family, several times and have never been disappointed. The first and most obvious thing about the place, apart from its lovely setting on the edge of this beautiful little town is the friendliness and professionalism of the staff. They manage to provide quality service without the stuffiness so many other inferior establishments in Monmouthshire seem to think passes for ‘style’. Courteous, friendly, professional and not intrusive. They even serve from the correct side and know how to pronounce ‘Scallop’. The Head Waiter is a charming professional who is attentive, knowledgeable and helpful.

The restaurant is well set out with plenty of space between the tables, which are ample in size for a party of four. A significant irritant in so many other places is the size of table and proximity to other diners. The ‘pack em in and pile em high’ ethos of some other places I could mention…. but shall not, is not followed here. The bar is intimate and welcoming with deep comfortable seating, perfect for an aperitif or quiet after dinner drink.

On a par with the service is the quality of the food. The menu varies appropriately with the seasons and we have not yet had a single disappointment. The food is not over ambitious and the quality is the result of a really good chef using the best of ingredients. Someone who cares about the food.

This is a great, great place for dinner. I recommend it for anyone liking good quality, locally produced and properly cooked and served food.

Amazingly the prices are highly competitive and many a pub in Monmouthshire will charge you more for a meal than will the Glen-yr-Afon. The wine list is excellent… many a bottle outside of my price range but many well within.

First Class but don’t tell anyone about it because it will get too busy.

  • Visited September 2011
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“Worthy of 2 Rosettes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2011

I wonder what the AA Restaurant inspectors have against some of the best Restaurants in the area by not awarding them any Rosettes – firstly Charthouse and now Clarkes – yet White Hart Inn just down the road has two rosettes and the food here is just as good but with much better service.
The food here is very good and the service was the best we have had in the area, it was exceptional, thank you Javier. It was Saturday lunchtime with just two tables booked, had there been more people I am sure they would have adjusted the staff level accordingly.
We had a warm welcome shown into the bar – large leather chairs – showing their age but very comfortable. We were offered drinks and given menus. They were preparing for a large wedding reception but this in no way interfered with our experience.
They are obviously renowned for weddings – they have over 100 booked already for next year. This obviously provides an excellent foundation for the Hotel and the overall business.
Chrissybabe started with the Smoked Trout and Crab Risotto with rarebit sauce– this is the Chef’s signature dish and whilst I was only allowed a little taste – it was excellent and as I said ‘to die for’. She said it was the best risotto she had ever had and that is saying something. I had scallops on black pudding with celeriac and pancetta – what can I say – it was faultless!.
Main course – I had the Rib Eye with Pink Peppercorn sauce. I asked for the steak rare and that is the way it came. I think the sauce should have been served separately so one could pour on the amount required. Such excellent steak needs to be eaten as it is – it doesn’t really need a sauce and if the eater needs sauce then they should be able to decide how much they require. The roasted vegetables that were served with it were very different and most enjoyable. They also served really excellent chips – wow – shouldn’t have eaten them – they were scrummy!!! Chrissy had the Sea Bass which she enjoyed very much. I won’t write too much about that in case she wishes to write her own visit report.
Dessert – we were full – however, as always, I was tempted by the Chocolate Cup (so we decided to share!!!) . I shouldn’t have had it – it must have been 3000 calories – however it was excellent even though we couldn’t taste the baileys!!
This was our first visit to Clarkes – it will not be our last. We were so impressed with the food and service we have booked for New Year’s eve. We will stay the night so we can enjoy what appears to be an excellent run business where most of the staff have been there for many years.

  • Visited October 2011
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Thank Mike S
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“Great service, Starters and Deserts”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2011

We visited the Restaurant for Sunday lunch, which is a 5 course set menu, including Starters, Main course, Cheese and Biscuits, Deserts and Coffee and mints.
The choice on each course is limited to 4 or 5 dishes.
The starters were excellent and the portion size good, beware if you are a small eater as the soup and pasta dish are a good portion. The Salmon and Crab starter was excellent.
The main course is Beef with a huge yorkshire pudding or Lamb with optional mint sauce etc.
The vegetables supplied individually by staff are well cooked and again plentiful.
The Cheese board is the usual mix with some local cheese added into the selection
The Deserts Trolley will place your belts under strain as the size of the portion depends on you, staff being eager to provide large or second helpings.
The only minor problem came with the meats being used for the main course dishes which failed to match the high quality of the rest of the food provided.
The setting of this hotel is excellent and the staff very helpful, the bar area can be crowded if large groups arrive but this is only used as a holding area whilst customers are called through to their tables.

  • Visited September 2011
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