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“Excellent food but not enough of it!”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of The Whitebrook

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The Whitebrook
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Whitebrook
Certificate of Excellence
Chepstow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent food but not enough of it!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014 via mobile

My husband and I visited The Crown for his 40th birthday. We last visited 18 months ago when it was under James Sommerin.

The recent renovations are great. It really was looking tired before.

We both had the tasting menu and wine flight. Each course we had was stunning, however I really did leave feeling hungry at the end. The food was amazing it's a real shame we didn't have enough of it. Each course was no more than three or four mouthfuls (some of the seven courses were less).

We both had the six course tasting menu on our previous visit (under James Sommerin). Whilst the portion sizes are never huge, they were spot on and we left feeling perfectly full.

The staff were very friendly but I was disappointed that they didn't acknowledge that it was my husbands 40th birthday, despite having told them when I booked a few months before. At other top quality restaurants we have been to staff have found ways to note special celebrations, without being tacky.

The wine flight we had was superb. Every wine we had matched the course perfectly.

We were hoping to bring friends here later in the year but the portion sizes really disappointed us so much that we are now looking for an alternative.

Its great to see the place open again. The food and experience are very good but could be even better with a few adjustments.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Fowey, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

The Crown is tucked away in a valley between Chepstow and Monmouth but well worth the trip.
It changed hands in October 2013 and since then the Dining Room has been refurbished. It is intimate without feeling isolated. The food is excellent, local and seasonal. The food is well worth a Michelin Star. The staff are friendly, warm and welcoming. There is a seating area for pre-dinner drinks and coffee. On arrival we had tea and the most mouth watering Welsh Cakes. They intend to refurbish the bedrooms but we thought they were excellent. Because of its isolated position this Restaurant with rooms needs publicity to flourish. It is too good to miss.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2014

I can not recommend this place highly enough. After eating at a number of these fine dining restaurants, including 2 others in south wales, I would say that this is by far the best, in fact its incomparably superior in terms of service and food. Me and my fiancé had the taster menu, which was so incredible I haven't wanted to eat anything else since as nothing else seems remotely edible anymore. Seven dishes plus canapés, plus cheese, plus petit fours.... I wish I could eat there every night!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rossett, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

I booked the 'gourmet package' in an executive room. The room was lovely and the tasting menu was spectacular. We also had the matched wines which were superb. Steven, the manager, made us so welcome and his food and drink knowledge is outstanding. A wonderful experience from start to finish and we will return soon.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

My wife and I spent NYE at the Crown including accommodation. We had been on numerous occasions under the previous management and I must say that we both found the dishes to be more enjoyable on our most recent visit. Maybe this is because we opted for the wine tasting menu, which may well have complimented the food a lot better, but even so, the food was first class. The next day we had brunch, which once again you couldn't fault. We will most definitely be back again and wish the new management team, best wishes in their new venture.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

Four of us dined at The Crown on Christmas Eve. We were not sure what to expect under the new ownership but we were not disappointed. The lounge area looks fabulous and is very comfortable. Staff are very courteous and attentive. The food was amazing, from the Canapes to the Petit Fours. We all had 3 courses and were all commenting on how delicious all the dishes were. We will definately be returning and we all hope that this venture will be successful. It definately deserves to be.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Magor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

Lunch from the Crown's Christmas menu. Wonderful, outstanding food. Good service. Restful and relaxing atmosphere. Perfect way to spend a damp and windy winter afternoon. We are very lucky in this part of the world; we have some very fine restaurants, and this is one of the best. I'll be back.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Whitebrook

Property: The Whitebrook
Address: The Whitebrook - Restaurant With Rooms | Near Monmouth, Whitebrook NP25 4TX, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Southern Wales > Monmouthshire > Whitebrook
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Whitebrook
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Whitebrook 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A restaurant with rooms set in the beautiful Wye Valley, 5 miles from Monmouth and just an hour from Bristol and Cardiff, The Whitebrook is a haven from the stresses of modern day life.The Whitebrook is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding Wye Valley and other areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains, Tintern Abbey on the River Wye and the famous Offa's Dyke path ... more   less 
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Crown Hotel Whitebrook
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