Restaurant 1861

Fine food worth the extra mile!

Reviews ...




Absolutely delightful, thank you very much! Mr H – May 2017



Such a delicious combination of flavours. Ms P – May 2017


Thank you for a lovely meal and a really relaxing atmosphere, you made us feel really welcome. Mrs K – May 2017


Thoroughly enjoyed our visit – a real treat! Mr & Mrs W – May 2017


Thank you so much for making a vegan very happy! The food was incredible and I really appreciate the effort you made. Mr A – May 2017


Loved the seasonal produce, unique and very tasty. Really loved and appreciated the additional tasters and the pumpkin soup was beautiful. Mr W – April 2017


Wow, what a lovely dining experience and beautiful surroundings and great atmosphere. So comfortable and relaxed and delicious food! Mrs C – April 2017


Absolutely outstanding, all courses were perfect. Ms B – April 2017


Lovely as always. Kate is always very welcoming and the food is great. We are looking forward to our next visit! Mr & Mrs M – April 2017


Absolutely amazing! All three courses were outstanding. We will definitely be returning and recommending your restaurant to everyone we meet. Thank you. Mr & Mrs A – April 2017


Stunning meal with a lovely atmosphere. Cannot fault in any way – amazing desserts. Can’t wait to return. Mrs T – March 2017


Lovely food, excellent service and an all round great experience! Mr & Mr A – March 2017


Excellent food, excellent service – a fantastic evening! Mr C – March 2017


Exceptional evening and will definitely recommend to all our friends. Thank you. Ms L – March 2017


The attention to detail, in particular the presentation of the courses was a delight. Highlights for us were: The beef cheek – so flavoursome and the fruity creme brulee which was delicious. A thoroughly enjoyable escape on a wet Saturday. Mr & Mrs W – February 2017


Really lovely service from the proprietor and lovely welcome with drinks in the bar – loved the gin and wine selection!


Wonderful, well presented tasty food – especially the garden veg! Mrs C – February 2017


The whole experience was most enjoyable. All of the food was fabulous. Mr W – February 2017


Lovely decor, setting and music. Food was wonderful and the service perfect – really faultless! Ms G – February 2017


Just wanted to say what a fantastic meal we had last Friday. The 4 of us had the 7 course Surprise Taster menu and how amazing it was. Course after course of delicious, delights awaited us and so beautifully presented and served. The portions were perfectly sized for a 7 course menu and we loved all of them! Thank you so much Simon and Kate and the young lad who helped with service (sorry didn’t get his name) We have been singing your praises to everyone we know. Well done on your position in the top 50 best restaurants in Wales, so deserved. We will most definitely be back soon! Mr & Mrs P – February 2017


Thoroughly enjoyed our visit – amazing food! Lovely fresh produce. Thank you for a lovely experience. Mrs H – February 2017


An amazing meal! Such a lovely way to spend a Saturday – many thanks. Mrs C – February 2017


Thank you very much for all the extra touches for our son’s celebration, it made our visit even better. Mr & Mrs GJ – January 2017


We cannot fault 1861. Excellent food, relaxing ambiance and friendly staff and service. Mrs J – January 2017


Lovely Birthday meal – thank you. Ms L – January 2017


A great location and many nice touches adding to the dining experience. We hope to spend a little longer with you next time! Mr & Mrs K – December 2016


Great Sunday roast and excellent selection of vegetables. Mrs W – December 2016


Lovely venue and excellent food – we will be back! Ms G – December 2016


The attention to detail in particular the presenting of the courses was a delight. Highlights for us were the beef cheek – flavoursome and the raspberry brûlée which was full of fruit was delicious . A thoroughly enjoyable escape from the town on a wet Saturday. Mr & Mrs P – December 2016


Really lovely service and warm welcome with drinks in the bar. Food very good and we loved the gin and wine selection! Mr W – December 2016


Thoroughly enjoyed. Amazing food! Lovely fresh produce – will recommend and return soon. Thank you for a lovely experience. Mr & Mrs H – December 2016


Excellent, delicious food and we will recommend you to our friends and neighbours. We will definitely come again! Mr & Mrs S – November 2016


I don’t know why we waited so long before visiting and we will definitely come back soon. Ms H – November 2016


Thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the beautiful restaurant and surroundings. We will definitely be back. Ms W – November 2016


Delicious food, wonderful, polite service. A pleasure to eat here. Dr C – November 2016


EXCELLENT! The food and the service have been exceptional and we can’t wait until Xmas lunch! Mr & Mrs N – November 2016


Stunning, absolutely amazing menu. Fabulous service, we will come again. Mr & Mrs M – October 2016


Thank you for going out of your way to make my wife’s birthday lunch so special! Mr R – October 2016


Lovely food, very friendly with excellent service! Mrs A – October 2016


Fab service, fab food, we have been visiting this part of Wales for 10 years and only just found you but we will be back! Mr M – October 2016


Sorbets and ice creams amazing! Mr P – October 2016


Lovely lunch, some excellent touches and deft cooking. We will recommend you. Ms C – October 2016


Lovely food/lovely location, thanks very much. Miss J – October 2016


Lovely food and welcoming atmosphere, thanks for the humour. Mrs L – September 2016


A thoroughly enjoyable first visit. Excellent food, tremendously friendly service. We will be back soon. Mr & Mrs M – September 2016


We got engaged tonight – thank you for a wonderful evening! P & S – September 2016


Fantastic meal – we’ll be back! A & C – September 2016


Excellent food, much enjoyed and looking forward to our next visit. Mrs P – September 2016


Lovely venue – service excellent with very friendly staff Mr & Mrs B – September 2016


Food was delicious, we will definitely return Mr & Mrs O – September 2016


Thank you for a very pleasant evening Ms A – September 2016


Lovely food and great service. Mr D – August 2016


We love it here! Mrs S – August 2016


Wonderful food and very attentive service. Thank you for an amazing evening. Mr & Mrs B -August 2016


We had a wonderful meal this evening. We can’t believe we hadn’t found you sooner. Amazing ingredients, amazing tastes. Thank you. Ms E – August 2016


We had a wonderful meal this evening. We can’t believe we hadn’t found you sooner. Amazing ingredients, amazing tastes. Thank you Mr & Mrs E – August 2016


Thanks for a fantastic evening. Awesome food and great atmosphere. The best gluten free menu we have ever been offered! Mr H – July 2016


Very nice food, lovely atmosphere and excellent service Mr & Mrs B – July 2016


Thank you for making us so welcome Mrs N – July 2016


We receive your regular newsletter and that is why we are here tonight Mr & Mrs M – July 2016


A lovely dining experience Ms O – July 2016


Perfect food, compliments to the chef and front of house! Mr A – July 2016


Definitely be back again Ms J – June 2016


We love your food and innovative menus. Ms B – June 2016


A wonderful meal in a lovely environment – if only we lived nearer we would eat here all the time! Mr & Mrs H – June 2016


Amazing souffle! Mr D – June 2016


Excellent meal and a treasure to find in rural Monmouthshire Mr & Mrs P – May 2016


Our first time for the À la carte and the food was absolutely delicious – highly recommended. Mrs R – May 2016


We really appreciated the wonderful meal. The food was fantastic and the touches like home made bread and appetizers between courses was very special. Kate was an attentive host so we felt very well looked after too! We will be back on our next visit to Wales. Thank you very much! Mrs N – May 2016


The desserts were the best we have ever had! Ms P – May 2016


Totally worth the 1.1/2 hour drive to get here. An excellent meal, beautifully presented, really tasty & different & served with a smile. Thank you so much! R & I – May 2016


Definitely will be back again – superb Ms V – April 2016


Fantastic! Mr & Mrs N – April 2016


We love your food and value your innovative menus Mrs B – April 2016


A real treat, we will be back for sure – Mr J – April 2016


Delicious meal, lovely atmosphere & great service Ms C – April 2016


What a wonderful meal in a lovely environment Mr K – April 2016


Thank you for an excellent meal. The provision of gluten free items was a superb touch. Mr J – March 2016


Best value 3 course meal we have ever had, it was fab. Mr & Mrs B – March 2016


This was our second visit and your lovely restaurant and the food is as amazing as ever. Thank you for a lovely evening. Mr & Mrs L – February 2016


1861 has become our ‘treat’. Amazing food, fantastic service and such a warm welcome. Mr & Mrs H – February 2016


Just wanted to say thank you so much for a wonderful lunch yesterday. Fabulous food great service and incredibly accommodating to my three year old. Who is still talking about the vegetables! Will be returning. Mrs C – February 2016


Our first time at 1861, will definitely come again and recommend to friends. The food and service was 1st class. Mrs I – January 2016


I’ll keep coming back if only for the scallops! Ms K – January 2016


We thoroughly enjoyed our 1st visit to 1861 and will definitely return. Thank you for a very enjoyable evening, we look forward to our next visit. Mrs W – January 2016


Excellent food, very attentive service, a lovely experience. Highly recommendable. Mr T – January 2016


Fantastic food and service! The mini cottage pie was particularly delicious. Thank you for yet another lovely evening. J & J – December 2015


Excellent meal and value for money. We really enjoyed the service and the meal was tasty and filling. Ms G – December 2015


We have loved our visit – thank you. The food was scrumptious and the welcome and service warm. We have enjoyed ourselves immensely. Mr & Mrs D – December 2015


Had a brill night, food and staff amazing. Ms J – December 2015


Beautiful meal in a lovely location! Fantastic for a birthday celebration!!! Wow!! Mrs S-B December 2015


Visited as a result of a gift token. Well worth the journey, we had a lovely afternoon – thank you! Mr T – December 2015


Kate King is the perfect hostess, so friendly and welcoming. Fantastic food and a lovely atmosphere. It’s the perfect place for a treat for anyone who enjoys good food in beautiful surroundings. Ms W – November 2015


Superb as usual, I even left with a doggy bag! Mrs K – November 2015


Best food I have eaten this year, the flavours were amazing! Service second to none – don’t change a thing. Mr M-B – November 2015


Far better than we expected! On a par with Michelin starred restaurants in the area and a reasonable price.Mr W – November 2015


Fantastic presentation of food. Lovely bread. Mushroom pastry was delicious and the sprouts cooked to perfection. Very impressed with the separate vegetarian menu – we usually get ignored in restaurants! Ms A – November 2015


As always a real treat to be back at 1861. The children really enjoyed their first visit! Mrs M – November 2015


This is our third visit and we have never been disappointed. Mr & Mrs M – November 2015


Lovely experience, good food and taste combinations. Ms Mc – November 2015


Our first visit but certainly not our last! What a gem – lovely people, lovely food & a wonderful experience! Mr & Mrs H – November 2015


Very friendly and efficient service, superb food & wonderful ambiance. Will definitely return soon. B & S – November 2015


A lovely evening spent with family. Food was excellent and will recommend you to family and friends. We will return, many thanks. Mr M – October 2015


Lovely friendly staff. Lovely food! Ms A – October 2015


Our first visit and will not be the last. Congratulations on a well thought out menu, delicious.
P.S. A lovely 44th anniversary lunch!
P.P.S. The waitress was charming. Mr & Mrs S – October 2015


Thank you for a lovely birthday lunch – including the candle. V – October 2015


After 10 days in Wales this was the best meal of all.! Thank you! Ms H – October 2015


One of the best meals we’ve ever had. The pork was exquisite! Mrs P – October 2015


Many thanks for taking us with ‘no notice’. Fab place – lovely welcome. Excellent food, would highly recommend and will be back. Mr M – October 2015


We have traveled quite a way to come here and can’t wait to visit again. Mr A – October 2015


Had a fantastic meal which we thoroughly enjoyed. We will definitely recommend you to everyone we know. Many thanks for your hospitality. Mr & Mrs S – October 2015


We enjoyed our evening very much, the service and the food were excellent. Ms I – October 2015


A lovely evening, would recommend to anyone. The food was fabulous, couldn’t fault anything and will definitely be coming back. Thanks very much. Mr & Mrs P – September 2015


Another truly stunning evening, thank you. Mr H – September 2015


An evening to remember Mr & Mrs W – September 2015


Excellent service, lovely, friendly atmosphere and yummy food. Mr B September 2015


Very accommodating, our 4 year old had a lovely time. The food was beautiful – thank you. A happy family – September 2015


Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Mr H – September 2015


Thanks for a lovely anniversary lunch. Mr & Mrs G – September 2015


Excellent service, excellent food and a great experience. Mr J – September 2015


We ate outside so that we could enjoy the lovely views Ms D – August 2015


Our first visit to 1861 – loved it and will definitely be back! Ms L – August 2015


Loved every minute- excellent interesting dishes, served professionally – a rare experience. Thank you Mr & Mrs K – August 2015


Couldn’t fault the food. Wonderfully presented and beautifully cooked. Staff very attentive and pleasant. This was a gift for a birthday, really lovely. Ms L – August 2015


Delicious meal, lovely service. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Mr & Mrs B – August 2015


Excellent food and service – well worth the 104 mile journey from Bridgend Mrs P – August 2015


Please can you teach me how to make souffle as good as yours! Ms W – August 2015


Beautiful meal! Compliments to the chef! Fab service! Ms M – July 2015


Worth the trip from Creigian, nr Cardiff! Mr D – July 2015


Fabulous in every way – perfect lunch Mr W – July 2015


Lovely service and excellent food all round! Such good value. Thank you for the lovely evening! Mrs S _ July 2015


The blackcurrant souffle was superb! Mrs M – July 2015


Excellent evening, wonderful food + great service. Lovely atmosphere Ms P – July 2015


Excellent service and food – all very good Mr S – July 2015


The elderflower souffle was outstanding Mrs H – June 2015


Excellent food, friendly staff and lovely environment. Ms C – June 2015


The perfect place for lunch to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. Outstanding food, a warm welcome and attentive service with coffee sitting on a sun baked terrace to finish. Mr B-E – June 2015


As a couple we have had many ‘fine dining’ experiences from Michelin Star restaurants. 1861 has excelled in both food, atmosphere and value for money. Mr& Mrs T – June 2015


Wonderful food, fantastic flavours, excellent service and relaxing environment. Thank you. Mr M – June 2015


So special, a lovely atmosphere and experience. Such good value, fab food, thank you. Mr R – June 2015


Mum enjoyed her birthday meal. The service was amazing, the food was delicate and full of flavour. A complete gem in the countryside. Ms P – May 2015


Foraging at its best. Mr L – May 2015


First visit – excellent. Glad my son bought me an 1861 gift voucher, we will return! Mrs K – May 2015


Another amazing meal and wonderful service. A very accomplished chef and great staff who serve with a smile. Ms B – May 2015


Well done, an excellent meal, great ambiance. Ms S – May 2015


Once again, a wonderful experience, we will be back! Mr& Mrs O – May 2015


We really enjoyed our evening out, the food and service was excellent. Mr R – April 2015


We thoroughly enjoyed a lovely, relaxing lunch – thank you. Mrs P – April 2015


A fantastic experience as well as a first class meal. Ms L – April 2015


Fantastic service, stupendous food, great banter – I have run out of superlatives! Mr P – April 2015


Fabulous Sunday lunch. My vegetarian courses were divine – the broccoli soup with stilton mousse was velvety smooth and full of flavour and the goats cheese gnocchi was extremely moreish. It is such a treat to visit a restaurant which has a dedicated vegetarian menu with lots of delicious dishes to choose from! Mrs B – March 2015


We just love it! Mr & Mrs J – February 2015


Very welcoming, great service, wonderful food, we always enjoy ourselves every time we visit! Mrs P – February 2015


Very enjoyable, especially the gluten free option! Ms J – February 2015


A really lovely eating experience, especially the Trio of Chocolate, will be long remembered! Ms H – February 2015


The Wild Boar was outstanding. Mr & Mrs O – February 2015


First time visit and loved the ambiance and relaxed journey through courses. Fun amuse bouche. Great Friday night in a dreary January! Mel W – January 2015


A super meal with lovely ‘tasters between courses – lots of great new taste experiences. Superb service, thank you for a lovely evening. Mr & Mrs B – January 2015


Thank you for a lovely meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food was stunning, the wine stunning and the service excellent. Will definitely recommend to all our friends. Mr & Mrs C – January 2015


Every mouthful was original and delicious – our palates have been thoroughly titillated! Mr F – January 2015


We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to 1861, food, service and restaurant was outstanding. We will definitely recommend and return very soon! Mrs T – January 2015


A wonderful and memorable meal to celebrate my birthday – thank you, we will be back! Mr I – January 2015


Thank you for a lovely, relaxing evening to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food was stunning, the wine stunning and the service excellent. Will definitely recommend to friends. Mr & Mrs C – December 2014


Very welcoming, great service and wonderful menu. Every time I have visited I have thoroughly enjoyed the meal and drinks. Many thanks. Mrs P – December 2014


Excellent experience, lovely welcome, excellent service. Food I have never tasted before – excellent. We will be back again Mr R – December 2014


Awesome dessert platter! Mr B – December 2014


We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to 1861, food, service and the restaurant was outstanding! We will definitely recommend and return again soon. Ms T – December 2014


A superb meal with lovely ‘tasters’ between courses. Lots of great new taste experiences and super service. Thank you for a lovely evening! Mr & Mrs B – December 2014


We would like to thank you for changing the menu to accommodate L’s pregnancy. Speaking of accommodation, please build rooms so we don’t have to go home! Fantastic, keep up the excellent work. Mr & Mrs G – November 2014


Very lovely, thanks for accommodating the vegan and vegetarian diets. We very much enjoyed our meal. Good choice of food and really tasty. We will be back! Miss T – November 2014


Our second visit and yet again it was excellent. Thank you for the amazing meal, with service that is second to none. Mr B – November 2014


Relaxed atmosphere, superb service & fantastic food – Michelin level! Mrs B – November 2014


One of the best meals we’ve ever had! Excellent service, very friendly & attentive staff. Delicious food, amazing flavours – will recommend to friends and family. Mr & Mrs G November 2014


Thank you for lovely lunch. The welcome and the service was excellent. Those extra little touches were special, well done! Lovely environment – feels like you’re in someone’s dining room, very relaxed. Lovely time, thank you. M Gough October 2014


A truly remarkable experience. Mr Waterhouse October 2014


Absolutely fantastic food, service & atmosphere. Will see you again soon! Mrs C October 2014


Subtle, delicious flavours throughout – superb! Mr & Mrs Fahy October 2014


Service was attentive and excellent throughout the meal. Delicious food, we will be back. Mrs A Smith October 2014


Excellent meal, good fine dining, a relaxed and enjoyable experience. Thank you so much we will come again. Mr P September 2014


As always a lovely experience, food fantastic, service fantastic, see you again very soon. Mr O’Leary September 2014


Service was very friendly and welcoming and there was a nice pre-dining room atmosphere. Food fantastic, very tasty and fresh with just the right sized portions. One of the very best we’ve been to over the years. A definite place to return to. Keep it up, we will be back. Mr O September 2014


Just to say that the lunch we had last Saturday at 1861 was
exceptional. We were all thrilled to have discovered your restaurant serving such wonderful food. The thought and care and presentation that went into every dish is truly outstanding. You have the best restaurant in this corner of Herefordshire, Wales, Wye Valley. We had a very enjoyable time and thank you for your patience with such and unruly crowd. Mrs E September 2014


Our first visit. Friendly welcome, good atmosphere, excellent food, lunchtime fixed price menu is good value. Mr & Mrs M August 2014


The white chocolate & passion fruit = Foodie Heaven!! Mr F August 2014


Good location, good service. I especially liked placing orders for food before being seated & the small tasters before the main course and dessert. Ms H August 2014


A wonderful eating experience. All the staff made us feel welcome and relaxed, overall a lovely experience. Mr & Mrs R July 2014


3 generations ranging in age from 7 – 76 years, all made to feel very welcome and catered for with ease. Great food, amazing desserts. Looking forward to returning soon. Mrs C July 2014


A real treat, the food was wonderful especially the elderflower soufflé which reminded us of walking down a country lane in May. Mrs L July 2014


Beautiful food – the Taster Menu was wonderful, especially the banana soufflé! We were made to feel very welcome with our 2 young children. Thank you! Mrs S June 2014


The best lamb I have ever had. Amazingly polite and friendly service and wonderful atmosphere. Mr M June 2014


Probably the best meal we have ever had! A lovely atmosphere and the service was friendly and very good. June 2014


Excellent meal and we really enjoyed the Foraging Menu. Ms B June 2014


We have had an amazing meal and delighted that we chose 1861 for such a memorable experience. One of our first a la carte experiences and will recommend it to many! We will definitely be back! Ms H June 2014


The best of the best. Fantastic service, fab food – very hard to beat. Mrs W May 2014


An absolutely wonderful experience. Will be recommending 1861 to everyone I know. Thank you. Mrs D May 2014


You handled my extensive family brilliantly for my granddad’s 80th birthday! Having the place to ourselves was so so special. You treated us like royalty AND the food was excellent as usual. Can’t thank you enough for your help with the planning and you all were so professional yet personable, attentive, yet discreet. A day we will always treasure! If you are planning a get together don’t hesitate to talk to Kate and Simon at restaurant 1861! D.B April 2014


Amazing food, tastes and treats, excellent pre-main & pre-desserts. Really lovely and will visit again soon. G.W April 2014


Simply amazing! So lovely to find a restaurant which caters for dairy & coeliac disorders. The food and service were divine, thank you so much. M.S April 2014


An absolutely beautiful meal with perfect service. Thank you very much for a lovely evening. E.T April 2014


We had a fabulous dinner! Lovely food & exciting menu, lots of surprises. We will definitely come again! Thank you! L.C March 2014


Very tasty food and we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Lovely spot & great staff. R.C March 2014


Wonderful choice of food from the menu. All dishes were perfect. A truly wonderful dining experience, we will return and recommend. A.H March 2014


We thoroughly enjoyed the meal, it made my 38th birthday truly memorable. Thanks. S.B March 2014


We recommend this lovely restaurant to all our friends. Thank you so much for the lovely food & a special thank you for the excellent service we receive from start to finish. A. B Feb 2014


A delicious meal and wonderful value for the quality – loved all the extras and the petit fours were amazing! S.S Feb 2014


Wonderful evening, thoroughly enjoyed the Taster Menu – fantastic soufflé & plum sauce to finish – WOW! P. N Jan 2014


Outstanding food and service with a smile. Amazing seasonal produce, in particular the desserts. The banana soufflé and toffee ice cream was the best dessert we have ever tasted! J. O. Jan 2014


‘We travelled down from London as we had heard about the restaurant. All expectations were met and exceeded! Charlotte our waitress was delightful and very welcoming and friendly. The food was the best we have had since Bray. We look forward to our next trip. Well done.’ M.H. Oct. 2013


‘We came here purely by chance on our way back from Hereford to Woking in Surrey. A superb lunch. Lamb shank is hard to get just perfect but Simon did it! My husband’s venison was perfect too. Our waitress Charlotte was attentive and friendly & well trained. Sublime puddings. All in all, a delightful treat in the middle of a Wednesday. Wish we lived nearer!’ K.L-H. Sept. 2013


‘A very light, refreshing and contemporary take on a traditional Sunday Lunch. Simple, honest cooking – superb! Excellent use of local produce – thank you.’ J.S. Sept. 2013


‘The food is fantastic, there is so much attention to detail. You can see and taste that the chef loves food and appreciates the ingredients. The service is great, you are made to feel really welcome and nothing is too much trouble.’
T.B. Sept. 2013


‘I was very impressed at having a complete menu of gluten free meals to choose from. I have never before had this choice. An excellent range of foods on the menu. I look forward to visiting again’ J.C. Sept. 2013


‘Excellent Tasting Menu! Thanks for a fantastic meal and a superb night out! See you again soon!’ A.M Sept. 2013