On arriving at The Hardwick, we were shown to our room by a pleasant member of staff and we were delighted with our choice of room - Room 8 on the first floor. It was immaculately clean, always a good start, there was a Roberts radio, flatscreen TV, sofa and a well appointed bathroom with huge fluffy white towels.
Deciding to explore a little before dinner we went into the bar area where they have wonderful huge leather plush settees to sit and relax. In fact so plush, you just want to sit there and cosy up for a long, long time.
Our starters were delicious and for our mains we had a sharing platter of A Taste of Local Beef - Grilled Fillet, Ox Tail Suet Pudding, Rib Burger with Creamed Mushrooms & Onion Rings, Braised Shin with Confit Shallots, Seasonal Greens and Sauce Bordelaise served on a fabulous wooden board. To follow I had a A Jar of Lemon Crunch with Italian Meringue which looked amazing.
I didn't take any photographs of the meal because I wanted to enjoy the evening free from a camera, but if you look on the internet you will see photographs showing examples of the meals served at The Hardwick.
Stephen Terry has a loyal following of fans who make the journey to The Hardwick at Abergavenny and I am really looking forward to seeing him on the BBC Great British Menu - the Welsh chefs' episodes - starting on 21st May 2012.