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“Fantastic meal, worth a visit.”
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The Whitebrook
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Whitebrook
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“Fantastic meal, worth a visit.”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

Visited the "restaurant with rooms" with friends for a gastro evening. The meal was fantastic - each course was delicious, and the taster plates were always a welcome surprise. The rooms are quite "bijou", and could probably do with a bit more character, however they were spotlessly clean, and very comfortable. Highly recommended, another Welsh gem to be proud of.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

This "restaurant with rooms" was impossible to fault. From the warm welcome with home made welsh cakes, to the wonderful setting, comfortable room and fabulous food, we had a lovely stay. We will definitely be back.

Advice would be to take some robust footwear as the walks around the hotel are beautiful, but a bit muddy underfoot. Otherwise, enjoy!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hereford
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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

After much anticipation we booked a meal and overnight stay to celebrate our wedding anniversary in January. We have often done this over the past few years and were particularly pleased that it had reopened. Sadly when we rang just before we set off to check what time we were booked for dinner we were told our told that our booking had been lost. There was a large party now installed but if we still wanted to come they had a small basic room instead of the superior one we'd booked and we could eat in a separate room - we declined. So sad and disappointed - we have still not plucked up courage to rebook and the mixed reviews are making us still more cautious. Was too upset at the time but now am a bit perplexed by the absence of even a bunch if flowers or any compensation just an email saying their booking system was new.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Stratfield Mortimer, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

This was our third (or possibly fourth) visit to this magical place. We'd heard of all the problems that had hit the previous proprietors, so wondered how it was getting on under the new owner and chef, Chris Harrod.
No amount of strife can affect the unique beauty of this location. It's just so quiet, so peaceful, and so full of natural beauty. You go to sleep to the babble of the eponymous brook in the valley outside, and wake to the sound of birdsong. We went for walk, which takes you up into the hills behind the Crown, and brings you back down on the road a mile or so away; wish we'd taken the appropriate footwear as, not surprisingly, it got more than a little wet underfoot. But it still made a splendid appetiser, and pre-prandial drinks put us in the mood for dinner.
Which was worth waiting for, and memorably delicious. My starter was plump mackerel - perhaps a touch lacking in flavour, but beautifully presented - and other half had the squab pigeon, which she pronounced 'perfect' (it can sometimes have a texture akin to uncooked hot-water bottle). Both of us went for the beef for our main, a cut called 'feather-bone', which requires long, long, slow cooking. This was truly amazing - melting in the mouth in the most sensual way, and packed with flavour. Generous portions too, which is good, because I'm greedy.
Deserts lived up with ease to the same standard, the only quibble being that my wife thought the description of her wonderful lemony, elderflowery, creamy, apply thing was too vague; but you can see the problem - how do you put that into words? All of this was preceded by delicious canapes and amuse bouches, and accompanied by a very nice South African white.
In the morning we were served by a lovely Spanish guy. The breakfast lived totally up to expectations; and a special mention for the coffee, which was so delicious - velvety smooth yet nice and strong. Our Spanish friend confirmed that a lot of thought had gone into that, with the installation of a super-duper coffee machine; it's paid off!
The Crown is going places now, i.e. straight back to the top where it belongs - but without compromising the friendly charm that makes it so relaxing. It might struggle for write-ups in the nationals, because their food-writers only really want to eat in London, and immediately lapse into sarcastic or patronising mode if they're more than 30miles from Piccadilly. But I'm sure Harrod and his fine team can cope with that! There can't be a lovelier place to spend some time in the whole of the UK.

Room Tip: The front overlooks the road (very quiet) and the brook. The back overlooks the garden, even quiete...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

We took two friends this time, as it was the husband's birthday this month. Every course of the seven course tasting menu was a delight - no course was just 'average'. I don't know what an earlier reviewer normally eats, but all four of us were full (and not through filling up with the superb bread, either). Good recommendations of wine complemented the experience. We started the evening with Welsh gin (and tonic) which was also very good. Although it is now out of our way here, we will return.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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intergoal
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

The Crown was always a top class restaurant so it was very disappointing to see it close last year. I was relieved to hear it had re-opened but wondered if it could reach the same standard. I was very pleasantly surprised, there is no doubt that under the new management The Crown is not only back but its better. The tasting menu was truly outstanding and by some distance the best dining experience I have had on the Welsh side of the Severn. The wine matches were also spot on. I read earlier comments about small portions but this was certainly not my experience and perhaps this has been addressed. Breakfast the following morning was also top class.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

We stayed here recently having been told the food was great and following good reviews on Tripadvisor. The food was extremely nice I can't say otherwise, but you should never leave the table feeling hungry which is exactly how my wife and I felt that evening. This was a return to the bad old days of nouvelle cuisine and we expressed our views openly next morning after a more filling breakfast. As someone who runs a publishing business and has worked with some of the best chefs in the country I have to admit to being disappointed. Good cooking is essential but so is the balance between quality and quantity and the Crown just hasn't got it right, not when we visited anyway.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Whitebrook
Address: Whitebrook | 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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