Restaurant 1861 is a hidden gem of modern British cuisine in Monmouthshire. Housed in a refurbished old building in Cross Ash, Restaurant 1861 is dedicated to fresh, quality ingredients from local farmers, butchers and vegetable growers from an area renowned for its produce. These ingredients are prepared seasonally, simply but skilfully by chef Simon King, who has two decades of experience in some of the UK’s top restaurants, including the Roux brothers’ Waterside Inn at Bray. Just a short drive from Abergavenny, Monmouth or Hereford, Restaurant 1861 is well worth whatever detour or journey you make. The menus change frequently, according to the seasons, but whether you opt for Restaurant 1861’s a la carte, set lunch or dinner, Sunday roast, luncheon, vegetarian or special children’s menu you will not forget it in a hurry. Restaurant 1861 is also family-friendly and very reasonably priced compared with restaurants of a similar quality, just be sure to book well ahead.