The Gate House, Monmouth
You can’t miss this friendly, family run restaurant & inn, with its blue Georgian frontage. It’s right next to the river at the start of the main street, and as a point of interest, it’s by the medieval Monnow Bridge which is the only remaining fortified bridge in the UK, dating back to around 1277 AD! Inside it’s rather quirky and colourful with period features and outside there’s a big balcony with views over the river. Food is fresh and home cooked and there’s quite a choice – house burgers, mixed bean and lentil casserole, bangers & mash, and slow braised shank of lamb are on the winter menu. Just what you need.