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1861 Restaurant

1861 Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.18-61.co.uk/
  • Phone: 0845 388 1861
  • Hours of Operation: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 12:00pm - 2:00pm, 7:00pm - 9:00pm Sun: 12:00pm - 2:00pm.
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Car Park
A word from 1861 Restaurant
A foodie gem just outside Abergavveny in the picture postcard hamlet of Cross Ash, the 1861 Restaurant has caused quite a stir among Wales' gastronomic elite. Boasting two well deserved AA Rosettes, 1861 is the brainchild of chef Simon King and his wife, and front of house lead, Kate. Between them, Simon and Kate have several years experience in the restaurant business - and it really does show. Set in a beautiful old house complete with wood beams and original fireplaces, 1861 is welcoming and comfortable yet refined while service is of the very highest standard. The 1861 menu is produced using lovingly sourced ingredients produced nearby - often on neighbouring farms or at Kate's father's nursery - to ensure traceability and sustainability. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were well looked after from arrival (our party of four), we were greeted by the lady owner. There were options to have pre-dinner drinks at outside tables, or inside in a small friendly lounge bar area. We looked at menus and made our choices, had our pre-dinner drinks and nibbles. At our table the front of house service was friendly, welcoming and relaxing experience. Our starters arrived and everything was lovely, same was true for our mains, we all had different dishes. Of particular note was the high standard of the dishes, the hot food was 'hot' which is not always the case in some places which we prefer, and the vegetables tasted so delicious - like freshly cooked straight from the local cottage garden. We intend to go back."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "We visited 1861 for Father's Day lunch; the restaurant was a beautiful building and we were welcomed by very friendly staff. The food was excellent and came promptly, palette cleansers before and after dinner and beautiful and well thought out petit fours with coffee. Service from start to finish was excellent. Will return and recommend."
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "We went to 1861 as a celebration and particularly to try the taster menu. It was excellent. Great portion sizes - modest - and full of flavour. Range of cooking was fabulous and is well worth the trip."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "We opted for the tasting menu at 1861, which we have chosen a couple of times before and it was, as ever, excellent. The food was delicious and beautifully presented as we have come to expect from Simon King, with really interesting flavours. The wines were also excellent and good value - particularly compared to London prices."
    dined on 18/04/2014
  • "We received a warm welcome as soon as we walked through the door. The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating and the restaurant itself was very comfortable and picturesque. Delicious food made from fresh locally sourced ingredients and from an extensive yet reasonably priced menu led to a fabulous meal. Looking forward to going back soon and would thoroughly recommend visiting."
    dined on 08/09/2013
  • "Great restaurant for Sunday lunch, worth the drive to get there, through beautiful countryside. Food was delicious and there was great attention to detail."
    dined on 01/09/2013
  • "Had a very enjoyable mid week family lunch - service, food, value for money all exceptional, and very child friendly as well. Definately going back to try their dinner menu soon."
    dined on 02/11/2012
  • "The food was really good, specially the deserts we have chosen a degustation plate with 5 mini desserts to share and was wonderful. I didn't rate the food as outstanding because I didn't like it too much the first dish that I choose (the venison), but the restaurant has 2 rosettes, and the rest of the food was really good."
    dined on 21/07/2012
  • "1861 Restaurant Abergavenny. This is an excellent Restaurant in a fairly remote location that probably suffers at times with lack of Clientele which may stop it getting the Michelin award that it should receive in 2012 if it maintains this standard."
    dined on 23/12/2011
  • "1861, Cross Ash, Abergavenny. Ambiance: Excellent although a little dark. The restaurant was cool but the weather had changed that day. It would have benefited from a fire to raise the background temperature slightly."
    dined on 05/10/2011
  • "1861 at Cross Ash, rural setting with pleasant restaurant. Good food using a lot of fresh local ingredients."
    dined on 20/05/2011
  • "Fairly quiet but great country location. Also, incredibly attentive owners. Would certainly return."
    dined on 30/04/2011
  • "Myself and my wife ate at 1861 situated in Abergavenny after being recommended by my wife's friend and we are so glad we tried the restaurant. We ate on Saturday 18th September during the Fingal Rock Wine dinner event where the wine was matched to each dinner course. It was not pretentious at all, in which I was worried about and in fact was quite interesting. Good service and will be visiting again soon!!! Recommend highly!!!!!"
    dined on 18/09/2010
  • "1861 restaurant, Cross Ash, Abergavenny, NP7 8PB. No other diners. Attractive menu. Decent, acceptably priced wines. Lobster and salmon ravioli starter: almost no ravioli, tasted of an amorphous shellfishy mush and its sauce was very watery; had this delivered what it promised, £10.50 might have been justifiable. Main - hake in boullabaisse: appearance most unappetising, almost tasteless; vegetables too al dente, bouillabaisse grey/brown and, again, very watery. Overpriced disappointment."
    dined on 31/07/2010