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Usk has been keeping a secret, or rather the Glen-Yr-Afon Hotel, situated just a few minutes walk from the centre of Usk, has. The secret is the hotels restaurant, Clarkes.
Just walking in to the restaurant and you’re already getting that magical feeling. Crisp, white tablecloths, immaculately laid tables with shining cutlery and sparkling glassware – it’s these details that contribute so much to making your dining out experience a real treat.
Clarkes Restaurant in Usk offers customers a truly wonderful dining experience, combining as it does the luxurious environment of this beautiful Victorian villa with dishes produced from the finest, freshest and, wherever possible, locally-sourced ingredients.
In this respect the restaurant is spoilt for choice, as Monmouthshire and its surrounding counties can boast a plethora of local suppliers providing all manner of delicious foods from unique cheeses and wines, famous Welsh beef and lamb, to fresh fish and seafood.
Situated just a five-minute stroll from the small picturesque town of Usk, is the Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel, the home of Clarkes restaurant which continues to go from strength to strength since its debut in 2007 under the watchful eye of head chef Julie Carey.
Serving traditional homemade culinary delights for that incredible dining experience, Clarkes is open to both guests of the Hotel and diners alike and offers an a la carte menu that changes monthly which is perfect for frequent diners!
A vast selection of starters, mains and vegetarian dishes are always offered (not to mention the delightful selection of mouth-watering desserts)! The children’s menu ensures that every appetite and palate is well looked after.
“We make good, honest food here at Clarkes, using the finest local ingredients sourced from in and around the great county of Monmouthshire and its borders,”
Incredible meals are offered right through from breakfast until dinner together with the very popular afternoon tea selection (although prior booking is recommended to avoid disappointment)!.
Sunday lunch and Sunday dinner offer customers a traditional roast, with three main courses to choose from- beef and Yorkshires are a menu staple and then another roast meat and a fish dish, complemented by a choice of starters and then home-made desserts from the sweet trolley, followed by cheese, coffee and mints!
Special dietary needs can all be catered for - just mention your requirements on booking.
The service too is faultless and just what you want; friendly without being too friendly, courteous and discreet without being stand-offish and intimidating. Nothing is too much trouble and the waiting staff manage to create just the right ambience so that it’s impossible not to relax, savour your meal and really enjoy yourself.
The Clarkes experience is available to all, residents and non-residents alike. There is ample free parking within the hotel’s three acres of picturesque grounds which, on a nice afternoon, also provide the perfect setting for a post-lunch leisurely stroll, or you can retire to one of the comfortable bar areas to relax.
So whatever the occasion – a romantic meal for two, a family celebration, a business lunch or dinner or just to spoil yourself once in a while, Clakes offers a wonderfully elegant and yet comfortable and relaxed setting for an unforgettable fine dining experience.
“Five Stars Dining at 3 Star Prices” -
Reviewed on Tripadvisor - October 9, 2011
'We have eaten dinner here, as a family, several times and have never been disappointed. The first and most obvious thing about the place, apart from its lovely setting on the edge of this beautiful little town is the friendliness and professionalism of the staff. They manage to provide quality service without the stuffiness so many other inferior establishments in Monmouthshire seem to think passes for ‘style’. Courteous, friendly, professional and not intrusive. They even serve from the correct side and know how to pronounce ‘Scallop’. The Head Waiter is a charming professional who is attentive, knowledgeable and helpful.
The restaurant is well set out with plenty of space between the tables, which are ample in size for a party of four. A significant irritant in so many other places is the size of table and proximity to other diners. The ‘pack em in and pile em high’ ethos of some other places I could mention…. but shall not, is not followed here. The bar is intimate and welcoming with deep comfortable seating, perfect for an aperitif or quiet after dinner drink.
On a par with the service is the quality of the food. The menu varies appropriately with the seasons and we have not yet had a single disappointment. The food is not over ambitious and the quality is the result of a really good chef using the best of ingredients. Someone who cares about the food.
This is a great, great place for dinner. I recommend it for anyone liking good quality, locally produced and properly cooked and served food. Amazingly the prices are highly competitive and many a pub in Monmouthshire will charge you more for a meal than will the Glen-yr-Afon. The wine list is excellent… many a bottle outside of my price range but many well within. First Class but don’t tell anyone about it because it will get too busy. '.....
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