1861 Restaurant

4.4
33 reviews
£26 to £40
British
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.
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Ottergirl
London
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our first visit to 1861 - for our wedding anniversary. A glorious Good Friday!...I thought that the restaurant would be busy as we were 'time restricted' to a 12.30 table...but very quiet...perhaps a bit TOO quiet for me!..this is a 'special restaurant' and the credentials of Simon, the Chef...explain why. Food was excellent...not 'twee', but full of interesting flavours etc. Excellent wine list. We will definitely return, but I think that my 'older' husband enjoyed it more than me. It would not pay to visit 'frequently' but season by season...it would be good to go. Service excellent from the Chef's wife. I found it a bit of quizzical experience and cannot quite put my finger on why........

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JoyG
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Unfortunately we were the only persons in the restaurant for most of our visit. The waitress was a little severe in her method of service and we sensed we needed to leave before we prefered. The food was acceptable but very expensive for the type of restaurant it is advertising. I realise it’s always a problem when you are the only party eating.

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Pudding
London
23 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an outstanding restaurant. We were warmly welcomed and had a pre-dinner drink with delicious homemade snacks in a cosy bar. We had ample time to make our choice from a very attractive menu.
The ambience in the restaurant was very relaxing. The food was outstanding, cooked with imagination and finesse. The produce was ethically and often locally sourced. The vegetables, grown in their own garden, were full of flavour.
The Welsh lamb from a local farm was delicious.
The sharing plate of beautiful crafted desserts were wonderful.
Coffee came with delicious petit fours.
We had a great evening and we cannot fault this restaurant, which we highly recommend.

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DavidT
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food with fantastic use of local seasonal produce. Appreciated the muse bouche which were a delight.

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AndrewK
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunchtime and the food simply stunning. Top notch cooking.

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TonyN
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just fantastic. Everyone one of the 7 courses on all 4 plates was eaten with anticipation of the next.

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SandraL
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Told by restaurant that could only have 12:30 slot, however on arrival could see plenty of empty tables and nobody else arrived. Seems that bookings are for restaurant convenience? Food pretentious -we all ordered the beef roast which was tasty, but vegetables weird selection and Yorkshire puddings not good. Service was friendly and efficient. Would not go again.

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OpenTable Diner
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall3food5service4ambience2

We were 15 minutes after our due arrival time and were greated with "I was just about to call you I didn't think you were going to turn up" !

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Anon
London
43 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had lunch at this restaurant having heard good things about it. They do a great set meal as well as à la carte.

It's a lovely place, and a great place to spend a couple of hours, eating some very good food.

The French onion soup was lovely. Delicate yet full of flavour. The rouille was very light.

The pudding - stem ginger 'floating island' with some rhubarb was beautiful. Light yet beautifully flavoured with the stem ginger.

For me, the lamb with apricot was probably the weaker dish. I found it a little bland, but may be to others taste.

Would definitely go again though, and overall very enjoyable

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner. Think decor could have been updated slightly, but otherwise service and food great. Would highly recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend this restaurant but I will book directly with the restaurant next time not through this web site. We turned up and they had no reservation for us but lucky for us they were able to accommodate.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience4

disappointing in some ways but excelant service and to die for puddings

OT
OpenTable Diner
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great Food, Amazing Hospitality mixed in with some of the finest 'driving' roads in Wales. Will definitely be making another visit...

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OpenTable Diner
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A real unexpected jewel in the countryside. On arrival we were made very welcome and comfortable while we waited for our table. The ambiance was great with a spacious room and unpressured serving. You could mix and match between the set menu and a la carte. The wild garlic risotto for starter was superb as was the cauliflower soup. The main course of red Grunard was solid but not spectacular but the shared desert selection was genuinely superb and worth the visit alone. This is a real treat and worthy of any special occasion or where you want to take someone special.

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James
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely friendly restaurant with great food and ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Each course you thought, "it can't get any better than this", then the next course would come and it was. Delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and staff, would definitely recommend to anyone in the area!

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GillyB
Bath
31 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well worth the cross country journey our SatNav took us. Warm welcome on arrival and lovely touches like amuse bouche and pre dessert palate cleansers. An innovative seasonal menu with the highlight being the shared dessert platter. A very reasonably priced wine list.
Attentive and friendly waiting staff with nothing being too much trouble.
Thoroughly enjoyable dining experience and looking forward to going back again.

DM
DavidM
South Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried this restaurant on a Saturday lunchtime.My wife and I had the 3 course set lunch which was very enjoyable.I have no hesitation in going back again for the lovely food and ambience.

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greedypiggies
Hertfordshire
18 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2014
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was our first time at this family run restaurant. Food was very tasty,looked good and tasted great. Not good value for money though,quite small portions at quite high prices. Restaurant and other areas need smartening up,lacks warmth and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten in many well known restaurants but I can't believe this jewel is an hour drive from me here in Wales
If I lived closer I visit weekly however this would spoil my expectations of other restaurants , I wish the Same standard of service, ambience , inventive dishes was typical of all establishment but probably that's way this resturant is head and shoulders above others . Higher profile required I only came across this find by chance , the friends I took along with me thanked me all night long for finding it and we have all retold others about what we experience . We got the impression other dinners were returners , we will be also .

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Di4foodwine
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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Gonz
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

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OutAndAbout
Warwickshire
15 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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BennyBlues
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

LB
LinB
South Wales
12 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant for Sunday lunch, worth the drive to get there, through beautiful countryside. Food was delicious and there was great attention to detail.

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IanAbergavenny
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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carolina
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2012
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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peterh
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipBromleyFoodie
London
26 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2011
Overall4food4service0ambience4

Fairly quiet but great country location. Also, incredibly attentive owners. Would certainly return.

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OpenTable Diner
Herefordshire
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2010
Overall2food1service4ambience3

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.

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1861 Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 33 OpenTable diners.

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