Restaurant 1861

Fine food worth the extra mile!

Reviews ...

Our name and contact number was taken on booking. Table service, staff wore masks whole time and we had no safety concerns whatsoever. Mrs G – September 2020

Delicious lunch at 1861 today. Outside dining, all very safe. Mrs N – September 2020

So good to be back at 1861. First meal out for 4 months was really special. Mr C – September 2020

We came to see you on Sunday & had a lovely meal. We just wanted to say thank you for being so accommodating for our friend with Crohns. It was so nice for him to have his own menu where he could choose anything rather than it being a case of picking through a menu to work out what would probably be OK.
Mr & Mrs B – August 2020

Relaxed atmosphere, superb service & fantastic food – Michelin level! Mr & Mrs D – March 2020

Absolutely fantastic! All three courses were outstanding. Ms K – March 2020

As always a lovely experience, food fantastic, service fantastic, see you again very soon.
Mr D – March 2020

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! Mr N – February 2020

A delicious meal and wonderful value for the quality – loved all the extras and the petit fours were amazing! Mrs S – February 2020

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 – February 2020

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 2020

We have traveled quite a way to come here and can’t wait to visit again. Mr A – January 2020

Absolutely fantastic food, service & atmosphere. Will see you again soon! Mr C – January 2020

After 10 days in Wales this was the best meal of all.! Thank you! Ms H – January 2020

We have just enjoyed the most delicious Christmas lunch ever. Thank you for all your hard work that made our experience so amazing. We wish you a very happy rest of Christmas & a healthy prosperous 2020.
We are already booked for next year …. what better testament! Mrs L – December 202

The best lamb I have ever had. Amazingly polite and friendly service and wonderful atmosphere.
Mr M – December 2019

Good location, good service. I especially liked placing orders for food before being seated & the small tasters before the main course and dessert. Mr & Mrs V – December 2019

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 – December 2019

I don’t know why we waited so long before visiting and we will definitely come back soon.
Ms H – December 2019

Our first visit. Friendly welcome, good atmosphere, excellent food, lunchtime fixed price menu is good value. Mr & Mrs M – November 2019

Very tasty food and we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Lovely spot & great staff.
Mr C – November 2019

Thank you for a lovely 50th Birthday lunch. My husband, his mother and myself had a great time.
Mrs T – November 2019

We had a lovely experience, the food was fantastic in taste and presentation. We will certainly recommend you. Thank you so much! Mr P – October 2019

Fantastic food and great service. Mrs B – October 2019

Beautiful food – the Taster Menu was wonderful, especially the banana souffle! We were made to feel very welcome with our 2 young children. Thank you! Mrs S – October 2019

An absolutely wonderful experience. Will be recommending 1861 to everyone I know. Thank you.
Mrs D – September 2019

Amazing food, tastes and treats, excellent pre-main & pre-desserts. Really lovely and will visit again soon. Mr & Mrs W – September 2019

An absolutely beautiful meal with perfect service. Thank you very much for a lovely evening.
Mr T – September 2019

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 – August 2019

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 – August 2019

Probably the best meal we have ever had! A lovely atmosphere and the service was friendly and very good. Mr J _ August 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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! Mr & Mrs H – July 2019

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! Ms B – July 2019

Simply amazing! So lovely to find a restaurant which caters for dairy & coeliac disorders. The food and service were divine, thank you so much. Mr & Mrs S – July 2019

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! Mr O. – July 2019

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. Mr & Mrs B – June 2019

Excellent meal I give you a well deserved 5 stars! Mr D – June 2019

We have never had such a delicious meal – thank-you! Mrs B – June 2019

The best roast beef we have had in years. A really wonderful meal and very friendly service.
Mr & Mrs L – May 2019

Lovely restaurant and setting with a great atmosphere – fantastic puddings! Mr & Mrs C – May 2019

Fabulous food, atmosphere and service, thank you. Ms L – May 2019

Excellent lunch – such a varied menu. We will return soon! Mr & Mrs R – May 2019

Thanks for catering for us vegetarians so well! Mrs B – April 2019

Highly recommend! Everything was excellent, the food, service, ambience. Everyone especially loved their desserts! Mr & Mrs J – April 2019

We always have an excellent experience at 1861 and always recommend the restaurant.
Ms W – April 2019

Wonderful vegetarian/vegan choice. Subtle and sublime flavours. A delight from start to finish – highly recommended. Mr & Mrs N – March 2019

Superb as always! Mr & Mrs M – March 2019

Excellent choice of food and wine and very friendly staff Ms Mc – March 2019

We visited 1861 for a family get together yesterday. A fabulous meal in lovely surroundings with family members. Thanks for your attention and superb food. Would heartily recommend. Mrs D – March 2019

Thank you for the lovely lunch in very pleasant surroundings – we will be back soon.
Mr & Mrs M – February 2019

Just wonderful!!! Mr & Mrs C – February 2019

We had a wonderful celebration for my husband’s birthday. Fabulous food and excellent service.
Mrs M – February 2019

Our favourite place to eat. Mr C – February 2019

Wonderful atmosphere and a fabulous dining experience, thank you very much!
Mr & Mrs P – January 2019

This restaurant is always good value for money Mr C – January 2019

An enjoyable evening, the service was friendly and helpful , we will definitely recommend 1861!
Ms S – January 2019

Amazing food, nice atmosphere and lovely service. Mr & Mrs G – January 2019

Always a pleasurable experience to dine at 1861 and with excellent service.
Mr & Mrs D – December 2018

Wonderful experience, lovely food, service and ambience – we will return!
Mr & Mrs E – December 2018

Our first visit and we were very impressed. The service as excellent, the decor was lovely and the attention to detail in the food was brilliant. Mr W – December 2018

Excellent welcome and service. Delicious food and the ‘little surprises’ made the evening. Thank you for making our meal so special. Mrs G – December 2018

Fabulous meal, especially the Jerusalem Artichoke Salad and the most amazing Red Gurnard in a Fennel Cream. Desserts were Spiced Apple Fritters and Medlar Sorbet and a selection of homemade ice cream. All absolutely delicious and with great service. Mrs B – December 2018

The first time we have been to this restaurant. Amazing food, amazing service and an amazing experience. Thank you for making a family meal a great one and we will definitely return!
Mr & Mrs Cole – November 2018

We have enjoyed a very relaxing evening savoring the subtle but delicious flavours and textures of our meal. Mr & Mrs Davis – November 2018

The most wonderful food! We look forward to our next visit. Mr Evans – October 2018

The food was amazing. Mrs Davies – October 2018

Lovely personal welcome, homely feel with elegant touches. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Ms Lamb – October 2018

I would just like to say what a fantastic meal we had last Sunday lunch time. Everything was really delicious – outstanding food! Good service and atmosphere. We all really enjoyed our meals, and will return when in the area again. Thank you.(btw – Much better than the Michelin starred restaurant we have eaten at.) Mr & Mrs C Jones – October 2018

We had a fabulous dinner! Lovely food & exciting menu, lots of surprises. We will definitely come again! Thank you! Ms L – September 2018

Wonderful choice of food from the menu. All dishes were perfect. A truly wonderful dining experience, we will return and recommend. Mr H – September 2018

We traveled down from London as we had heard about the restaurant. All expectations were met and exceeded! 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. Mr & Mrs H – August 2018

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 was attentive and friendly & well trained. Sublime puddings. All in all, a delightful treat in the middle of a Wednesday. Wish we lived nearer!’ Mrs H – August 2018

A very light, refreshing and contemporary take on a traditional Sunday Lunch. Simple, honest cooking – superb! Excellent use of local produce – thank you. Mr S – August 2018

A last minute lunch opportunity with friends was elevated with unusually good food. Classics well executed and good less common options. Service very friendly. Mr M – August 2018

What a lovely little treasure. Had lunch here today and enjoyed the most amazing service and leisurely lunch.
On ordering the taster menu we were asked if there was anything the chef should be aware of – ‘no fruit please’ this was received gracefully and my odd dietary requirements were met.
The courses were delicious, and the atmosphere delightful. Kate is a fantastic host and compliments the chefs expertise. Ms N – August 2018

This restaurant looks quite ordinary when you enter, but don’t be misled. The food is outstanding and of real ‘fine dining’ quality, in a friendly and relaxed ambience. We gave prior notice that one of us was borderline vegan, and the result was a wonderful bespoke meal and a very considerate approach in checking what would and wouldn’t work. The wider menu is excellent and benefits from not being too long, and the hosts are lovely. Puds are excellent. Very good value for a special occasion.
Mr J – August 2018

This is my first visit and I have loved it. Everything about the experience has been excellent – absolutely 5 stars! Mrs B – July 2018

Another fabulous meal with fabulous service. Your attention to detail is always amazing!
Mr C – July 2018

Our first visit and loved it! Fantastic food, especially the mango souffle. I will rant about this meal for years!! Ms I – July 2018

Just fabulous, thank you. Mr H – July 2018

Great food – we loved the sea bream dish. Mr & Mrs A – July 2018

Our first, but not last visit. All four of us loved every course, thank you. Mr T – July 2018

Excellent family restaurant where we were really spoiled – thank you. Mrs O – July 2018

Dear Simon & Kate, Thank you very much for the lovely experience. The food and service was amazing and we will be back very soon. Mr & Mrs M – July 2018

A very relaxing and delicious luncheon. Ms C – July 2018

Every bit as lovely as the Good Food Guide says. A delicious meal in a lovely setting – thank you so much. Mr & Mrs S – June 2018

The Spring Foraging Menu was superb. 5 courses of absolute delight! Everything was cooked to perfection and allowed the freshness of the ingredients to shine. I loved the asparagus with the sorrel cream and the elderflower souffle was delightful. Mrs B – June 2018

Excellent – a most enjoyable dining experience! Mrs H – June 2018

Best foie gras I have ever tasted. Mr S-H – June 2018

Another wonderful visit with excellent food and drinks and a friendly service. Thank you.
Mr W – May 2018

The gnocchi and haddock dish stood out as spectacularly delicious. Mr B – May 2018

The pheasant was delicious and wow, the pannacotta was fabulous! Mrs B – May 2018

A really enjoyable lunch, thank you. I love the presentation and flavour of the scallop cannelloni and the pheasant was delicious. Ms L – May 2018

Wonderful food and so glad we finally made it here. We’ll be back. P.S. My favourite dish was the faggots!
Mr K – May 2018

A lovely welcome, great to have a wide range of veggie choices and the waiter was excellent. Also, a nice ambience – thank you. Mr & Mrs A – May 2018

Excellent food and the service was exceptional, both front of house staff and the waiting staff. Thank you for a lovely evening – Mr & Mrs G – April 2018

The food was excellent, in particular the smoked haddock gnocchi and the beef.
Mr & Mrs L – April 2018

Amazing sorbets!! Thank you for catering for me with non-dairy options. Ms H – April 2018

Beautifully cooked and presented, a very enjoyable meal – thank you we shall come again!
Mr G – April 2018

Another fabulous meal last night. A huge choice of dishes on the vegetarian menu and the the Jerusalem artichoke salad and parsnip tarte tatin were sublime. My dinner partner said that his confit of goose starter and roast venison main were also delicious as was the Seville marmalade creme brulee. Fantastic food, service and venue! Mrs B – March 2018

Beautifully cooked and presented. A very enjoyable meal. Mr & Mrs G – March 2018

A lovely experience, superb flavours and excellent vegetables Ms T – March 2018

Wonderful to have a local restaurant sourcing local produce Mr S – March 2018

Food delicious, made with care and incredible good value. You deserve to be fully booked every day of the week! Mrs W – Feb. 2018

Delicious food and awesome service. Really impressed by the Chef’s ability to cater for food allergies and preferences with little notice. Thank you! Mrs D – Feb. 2018

Beautiful food, lovely wine. Dishes looked and tasted delicate but packed with flavour. Serving staff were polite,happy and eager to please Mr & Mrs J – Feb. 2018

Amazing hospitality and very accommodating with our dietary requirements. Wonderful food with lovely touches and unique dishes. Ms H – Feb. 2018

What a lovely lunch – many thanks! Mr P – Jan. 2018

Wonderful lunch, we loved the fricassee of vegetables and everything else!” Mrs A – Jan. 2018

So happy to have stumbled across 1861 on our way home after a long walk in the Brecon Beacons Ms R – Jan. 2018

The ambience and atmosphere is always wonderful and the food and service always exceptional Mr M – Dec. 2017

We travelled down from London as we had heard about the restaurant. All expectations were met and exceeded! We will be back! Mr & Mrs B – Nov. 2017

Thank you for a wonderful evening, we thoroughly enjoyed the Taster Menu – fantastic soufflé & plum sauce to finish – WOW! Mrs N – Nov. 2017

We really enjoyed our first visit. Loved the unusual combinations of flavours and the ‘in between’ courses treats. Looking forward to returning again, thank you. Mrs J – Nov. 2017

Thank you so much – an incredibly warm welcome, fantastic service and delicious food. We could not ask for more and will be back soon. Mr S – Nov. 2017

What a wonderful meal! The chicken was delicious – certainly a cut above average! We will return. Mr & Mrs A – Oct. 2017

Great restaurant, great location, great service, thank you! Ms E – Oct. 2017

Lovely service, extremely friendly staff. Exquisite food and we are looking forward to our return visit. Mr S – Oct. 2017

What a wonderful meal Lisa, my daughter, and I had there today. It was superb! Please give our thanks and appreciation too to the young waitress. She was so attentive and you’ve a gem there.
Looking forward to coming back again to enjoy your wonderful food. Mrs H – Sept. 2017

Some unusual menu options which was nice. Perfectly cooked fish and lamb. Amuse-bouche were a very pleasant surprise too. Thank you. Mr T – Sept. 2017

Thank you very much for a wonderful evening – fabulous food and a great variety of gin! Ms T – Sept. 2017

As always, excellent service, fantastic food, great ambience – everything was wonderful! Mr D – Sept. 2017

The food and service were excellent. We will come back for our next anniversary! Thank you for the anniversary confetti on the table – very sweet of you! Mr & Mrs MM – Sept. 2017

Another great experience, the food and staff are exemplary. Mr D – Sept. 2017

Excellent meal, the main course (cod in crust) was delicious and the sauce was one of the best I’ve tasted. Also loved the trio of chocolate dessert. Mrs J – Sept. 2017

Whenever we visit this part of the country we always make sure that we visit Restaurant 1861! Mr D – August 2017

Lovely staff, gorgeous food, a beautiful place and a wonderful experience. Mr & Mrs L – August 2017

Wow, what a fantastic meal! Everything was cooked to perfection and full of flavour. My favourite was the Fricassee of summer vegetables and my husband said his hake was superb. What a gem 1861 is and definitely the best restaurant in the Abergavenny area. Mrs B – August 2017

Just wanted to thank you so much for another excellent meal you served today. Everything you do is superb & in a class of its own, particularly the menus individually tailored to our individual dietary requirements. Mrs B – August 2017

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. Mr B – July 2017

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 Mr & Mrs C – July 2017

Excellent Tasting Menu! Thanks for a fantastic meal and a superb night out! See you again soon! Mrs M – July 2017

Thanks Kate & Simon for a really enjoyable lunch!! Gorgeous food as always, even stretched to a pud!!
Pre-dessert was amazing on the palate! Mr G – June 2017

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

Such a delicious combination of flavours. Ms P – June 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

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! M r& 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

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

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

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

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

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

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