Bell at Skenfrith

Situated a stone’s throw from Skenfrith (a mecca for avid walkers and foodies), The Bell at Skenfrith was a former 18th century coaching inn that was lovingly restored back in 2001 and has since transformed the hospitality industry for Wales with their exceptional food in the gorgeous, humble surroundings. We love the lack of airs and graces here instead focussing on locally-sourced food from their kitchen garden delivering serious food. Expect wondrous terrine with home-made melba toast, pan fried hake with seared scallops and nettle pesto and hearty beef wellington well worth the long road trip or blustery walk in order to get to it (it’s set across from a small stone bridge over the River Monnow). You’ll be welcomed into huge leather armchairs in front of cosy inglenook fireplaces with fantastic local ales on tap for those avid walkers amongst you.

The 11 rooms are the perfect spot for a sleepover having rolled upstairs (the Welsh hospitality is second to none so save some room for a post-dinner tipple) with romantic four poster beds adorned with welsh wool blankets, roll top baths and a selection of home-made shortbread for your cup of tea in the morning. You’ll wake up refreshed to the heart-soaring views of the Welsh countryside and some local ales to work your way through at lunch.

Skenfrith, Monmouthshire NP7 8UH

From £130 B&B (2 night minimum stay at weekends)

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