All dining, no whining; Date night at the Newbridge on Usk

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of The Celtic Manor Resort. The accommodation is wonderful, the facilities are fantastic (Need a spa break? Say no more!), the service is exceptional and the dining possibilities are second to none.

Newbridge on Usk is just one of the fabulous restaurants that the Resort has to offer. It’s actually located eight miles away from the main hotel itself but that’s part of the appeal. If somewhere quiet, relaxed and cosy is on your to-dine list, then Newbridge will tick the boxes in permanent marker.

The decor

Interior-wise, it’s rustic and full of character. Think wooden tables, foliage, brick walls and tiled floors. There’s even a real log fire and country art in the lounge area making it the perfect hideaway from the hustle and bustle of busy life. It’s the kind of place you want to escape to without venturing too far off the beaten track. Why not make a night of it and stay in one of the luxurious rooms?

Service and food

Notably, the service is excellent. our waitress was professional, friendly and attentive. Everything you could ask for when dining out really! Speaking of dining out, I’m sure you want to know about the food. The cuisine is modern and features seasonal ingredients from their very own kitchen garden.

To start, Luis and I went for the Newbridge Fish Platter, which was ideal for two people to share. Especially people who couldn’t decide on individual starters. Too many lovely choices! I had my eye on the Potato and Perl Las Terrine. It sounded divine!

However, the fish platter did not disappoint. It was absolutely enormous with a variety of dishes including grilled scallops with coconut and chili, mussels in cider and garlic sauce, chipotle squid, and smoked hake mousse with a seaweed tapioca puff. My favourite was the scallops and Luis loved the squid!

To be honest, I was so overwhelmed by the sheer size of the platter, that I completely forgot to take a photo of our main courses. You’ll have to excuse me this time, I was in a serious food coma! I went for the pan roasted bream and Luis opted for the pheasant, which he really enjoyed. Mine was also delightful but I underestimated how stuffed I’d be after the starter.

Despite struggling through my main course, I found room for dessert and was immediately drawn to the blueberry mousse. With pistachio sponge and pumpkin brittle, it was a light and refreshing way to finish a gorgeous meal. Meanwhile, Luis had the mascarpone set cream with coffee jelly, chocolate and amaretto.

I couldn’t recommend the Newbridge on Usk enough for a romantic evening with your partner. This charming little restaurant-with-rooms is idyllic, tranquil, and tasteful. My only regret is not staying overnight to sleep off my very full but satisfied stomach. Ladies and gentleman, if you need inspiration for Valentine’s Day, may I suggest this riverside gem?  

*Please note that this experience was kindly gifted by The Celtic Manor Resort but my opinions remain truthful and unbiased.

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