Cosmo's Sairey Stemp hops on the train to Abergavenny for a cosy weekend of countryside walks and fireside teas
Where: Set in the heart of the beautiful Brecon Beacons, The Angel hotel lies in the small market town of Abergavenny. Located 15 minutes from the train station, this is an ideal destination for those who don't own a car but crave rolling hills and country walks. The hotel even has its own eco electric car called a Twizy, which you can borrow to zip up to the foot of the mountains.
What: Abergavenny is heaven for serious foodies. Michelin-starred restaurant The Walnut Tree is a short taxi ride away but for me, the icing on the cake (literally) is The Angel’s award-winning afternoon tea (it recently won the Tea Guild's Top City and Country Afternoon Tea Award so I’m not the only fan!). Seriously, the tea is worth the trip alone: every sandwich, scone and dainty cake are lovingly handmade along with a huge array of fragrant leaf teas to choose from, all served on fine bone china in the bustling Wedgwood tearoom (£17.80 per person or £24.80 pp for the Champagne tea). In addition, the Angel's cosy Foxhunter bar is a bustling hub of activity all day long, attracting locals and visitors alike to its warm fireside bar and comfy leather sofas.
Why: Aside from all that eating and drinking, there are plenty of walks you can do. Take Twizy to the foot of the hills and walk up famous Sugar Loaf Mountain. Admire the gaping Castle walls (literally situated just behind The Angel) or take a gentle stroll through the calming Linda Vista gardens (also nearby). If you own a dog you’ll be delighted to know that the hotel is very dog friendly and you can bring your pooch along for a fun-filled walking and eating break!
Cosmo loves: The location: there is a castle literally behind the hotel and dozens of walks in the Welsh hills to explore and work up an appetite, which takes me to the food and drink...aside from the amazing afternoon tea, I also indulged in a cocktail at the mirrored bar and listened to jazzy piano playing in the background as I selectd a meal from the sumptuous menu and wine list in the the calming Oakroom restaurant. Restaurant manager, Angie, will look after you beautifully.
Cosmo tip: A car isn’t a necessity as the train station is very nearby and you are situated right in town. I If you do want to bring your dog, the hotel charges a £10 supplement.
Check in: The Angel currently has a Spring Offer two-night stay for £276pp (based on two guests sharing), which includes an award-winning full afternoon tea in the Wedgewood Room, three-course evening meal one evening (set menu £25 per person), bottle of house whit or red wine with your meal and full English breakfast each morning. Available until the 11June, 2013. For more information about what to do in the area visit.
For more information: visitwales.co.uk