Our Guide to Abergavenny (20 mins drive)
A market town with lots of independent shops and a few regular high street names, lots of cafes and a Tesco Metro, Morrisons and Waitrose (out of town), plus a few tucked away favourites. Best to avoid Mondays and Sundays when many places are closed.
Try the Art Chapel Café for good coffee & tea. Serves good lunches too from a seasonal menu, and also holds music events, art exhibitions and special suppers. Generally open Tues–Sat 10am-5pm. Tucked away behind the Market Hall on Market Street / NP7 5NT / www.artshopandgallery.co.uk
Stock up on local cheeses and brews at The Marches Delicatessen tucked away at the bottom of Nevill Street off the main High Street. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm / NP7 5AD / www.marchesdeli.co.uk
Abergavenny castle is one of the best examples of a motte and bailey castle in Britain, and is home to a museum. Usually open every day – free entry. NP7 5EE / www.abergavennymuseum.co.uk
On your way to or from the castle pop into The Angel Bakery for a coffee and great selection of breads, pastries and sandwiches. Open Tues-Sat 8am-4pm / On Lower Castle Street, behind Angel Hotel and off Cross Street / NPY 5EN / www.theangelbakery.com
The Market Hall hosts a range of markets, including general market (Tuesdays, Fridaysand Saturdays), Flea Market (Wednesdays), Antique & Collectors Fair (3rd Sunday of the month), Arts and Craft Fair (2nd Thursdayof the month), Craft Fair (2nd Saturday of the month) and a Farmers Market (4th Thursday of the month).
There is also the small Baker Street Cinema and Borough Theatre, and the Abergavenny Food Festival takes place in September / www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com
Parking try Brewery Yard Short Stay (NP7 5SD) behind Morrisons/ beside Art Chapel Café or Fairfield Long Stay opp Morrisons (NP7 5SG)
Further into Wales, on the other side of the Black Mountains is Crickhowell, and if you’re heading that way Book-ish Bookshop and Café is a good stop off (www.book-ish.co.uk / NP8 1BD).