Eating Out - Local Pubs and Restaurants
Three local pubs to explore on foot or with a very short drive, and plenty more a little further afield, listed on route to our main towns. They include some outstanding places to dine out - from fine dining to fish and chips on a bench!
The Cornewall Arms, Clodock, HR2 0PD/ 3 mins drive / 15 mins walk down road into Clodock
Our local and much-loved pub, is a rare find these days - a lost-in-time parlour pub. Gloriously unchanged and simple, with serving hatch where you’ll find bottled local ale and cider. A place you go for a drink and chat, and let the locals instruct you on how to play the bar games, which include darts, table skittles and quoits. There is a lovely enclosed pub garden, or two fires for the colder months. Isobel, the third-generation landlady, will let you take your drinks down to the river where you can paddle.
No food served, but crisps and known locally for its pickled eggs! Plus fish and chips are delivered on a Thursday - get your order in by 7pm for delivery later and enjoy it with a bottle of Butty. There are also regular events that visitors are very welcome to join in with, such as curry nights or bring and share bbq's. It has even had a write-up in The National Geographic - ‘Rainbows, Sheep - and a Pub’!
The Carpenter’s Arms, Walterstone, HR2 0DX / 5 mins drive / 45 min walk either along road or along field based footpath / www.thecarpentersarmswalterstone.com
A quiet, cosy and friendly pub serving food most lunch-times and evenings. Vera the landlady will be by the fireside and her able team ready to serve you. Their Sunday lunches are a particular favourite, but you may need to book.
The Crown, Longtown, HR2 0LT / 5 mins drive / 30 mins walk along road or partially along field based footpaths from Clodock bridge / www.crowninnlongtown.co.uk
A larger pub in Longtown that serves food, has a pool table and regular music nights. Food is available all-day Sat & Sun and most weekday lunchtimes and evenings (closed Weds lunch).
Wild by Nature, Longtown, HR2 0NT / 5 mins drive / 30 mins walk along road or partially along field based footpaths from Clodock bridge / www.wildbynaturemeats.com/sunday-lunch
Amazing wood fired Sunday lunch and occasional pop-up events. Well worth booking ahead for... really not one to be missed if your stay coincides with a Sunday or one of their events.
More Pubs and places serving food nearby
These are a little further away. It isn’t an exhaustive list and we list other places to eat in local towns inour ‘Guide to’ Abergavenny, Hereford and Hay-on-Wye.
It is advisable to call ahead to check latest opening times if you are planning to visit as they do change depending on the season.
Heading towards Hay-on-Wye…
The Bridge, Michaelchurch Escley, HR2 0JW / 15 mins drive / www.thebridgeinnmichaelchurch.co.uk/eat
Good pub in a lovely setting on the river with food available lunchtimes and evenings. Closed lunchtimes on Monday & Tuesday. Go past Hopes Shop in Longtown, onwards to Michaelchurch Escley.
White Haywood Farm, Craswall, HR2 0PH / 15 mins drive / www.blackmountainsfarmrestaurant.co.uk
Licensed restaurant serving lunch and dinner, with ‘Chip Shop’ on Thursdays 5.00 - 7.30pm. Call ahead to check opening times.
The Hub at St Peter’s Centre, Peterchurch, HR2 0RT / 25 mins / www.hubcommunity.org
Rural community hub serving teas, coffee, cake and light lunches. Usually open Tues-Fridays, 11am-2pm.
Heading towards Hereford…
Kilpeck Inn, Kilpeck, HR2 9DN / 30 mins drive / www.kilpeckinn.com
Another great pub serving food from a locally sourced menu, including local game and vegetarian meals. Food available lunchtimes and evenings, except closed Monday lunchtime and Sunday evening.
Rowlestone Court, Rowlestone, HR2 0DW / 15 mins drive / www.rowlestonecourt.co.uk
A little café with a huge range of homemade award-winning ice cream! Café serves light lunches and snacks on a family farm with wildflower meadows and children's playground and Woodland Adventure Trail, including zipwire! Small charge applies. Generally open Apr–Sept, 11am–4pm Wed–Fri, 11am–5pm weekends and bank holidays – but do check opening times.
The Stables Tea Room, Abbey Dore, HR2 0AD / 20 mins drive / www.abbeydorecourt.co.uk
Eight acres of gardens followed by a lovely lunch in the old stables: homemade pâtés, soup, warm bread and cakes, all using as much organic and locally sourced produce as possible. Open Apr–Sept, Thurs–Sun (including Bank Holidays) 11am to 5pm.
The Temple Bar Inn, Ewyas Harold, HR2 0EU / 15 mins drive / www.thetemplebarinn.co.uk
Bar and restaurant, with food available most lunchtimes and evenings (except Sunday, Monday or Tuesday evenings).
The Old Stables Fish and Chip Take Away, Ewyas Harold, HR2 0EX/ 15 mins drive/ www.the-old-stables.business.site
Open lunch and evening Weds-Saturday.
Heading towards Abergavenny…
The Crown at Pantygelli, NP7 7HR / 20 mins drive / www.thecrownatpantygelli.com
Food available lunchtimes and evenings, except Monday and Sunday evening.
Heading towards Monmouth…
The Bell at Skenfrith, NP7 8UH / 30 mins drive / www.skenfrith.co.uk
With the ruined castle opposite to explore and River Monnow to paddle in, this pub is worth the drive. It takes its food seriously and provides printed guides for six circular walks plus a family friendly detective trail around the castle and church.
Two Michelin Starred Restaurants off the main A465 road to Abergavenny. You’ll need to book to ensure they have a table.
The Walnut Tree Inn, Llanddewi Skirrid, NP7 8AW / www.thewalnuttreeinn.com
The Hardwick, Old Raglan Road, Nr Abergavenny, NP7 9AB / www.thehardwick.co.uk
We list other restaurants in local towns in our ‘Guide to’ Abergavenny, Hereford and Hay-on-Wye.