Found on Cross Ash in the scenic Monmouthshire market town of Abergavenny, 1861 is a delightful little eatery that combines period charm with sumptuous food.
Run by experienced and creative Head Chef, Simon King, and his wife Kate, the venue provides its customers with a dining destination that is both amiable and relaxing – and there is nowhere that the latter is more apparent than in their lounge area.
From a starters list that includes a glorious plate of seared scallops and a scrumptious due of smoked and confit duck leg, to a desserts selection that incorporates a heart-warming hot apple soufflé that is wonderfully contrasted by a trio of chocolate that is both rich and sweet, the dishes on show are nothing short of sublime.
Any of the choices are to be enjoyed by tastecard members at a magnificent discount when calling in advance with their card. The main course collection is nothing short of divine, with particularly tempting examples of such like the succulent seared skirt of beef, which is marinated in red wine and herbs and is served with mushroom coulis, a glorious red wine poached fillet of stone bass, and the puff pastry encased honey mushrooms, which acts as a delicious vegetarian alternative.
Surrounded by acres of ripe greenery in an area that is ideal for walkers, the Lounge at 1861 makes for a wonderful stop off spot from which to enjoy some rest, relaxation, and exquisite food amidst a day of exploration.