THE ANGEL HOTEL - ABERGAVENNY, MONMOUTHSHIRE
Surrounded by shapely hills, with fine views from the ruins of its once mighty castle, the bustling market town of Abergavenny plays host to two special places which, paired together, make for a memorable – and affordable – gourmet break. Now in private hands, The Angel Hotel stands in the town centre and has been lovingly and generously refurbished and updated. Locals pop in for a drink at the bar, others dine in the popular Oak Room restaurant, and throngs of people indulge in delectable, award-winning afternoon teas. The bedrooms upstairs are calm and stylish, with cream walls, snow-white beds dressed with pretty cashmere throws and smart bathrooms. Or choose a room in one of the nearby cottages, including one in the castle grounds. Just outside town at Llanddewi Skirrid is The Angel’s sister restaurant, The Walnut Tree, where the uncomplicated yet sublime dishes of Shaun Hill are many a foodie’s idea of perfection, served with a refreshing lack of pomp in simple, attractive surroundings. So there you have it: the happy tale of an Angel and a Walnut Tree, both remarkable.
Doubles from £111
01873 857121; angelabergavenny.com