23 December 2015

An evening at the Newbridge on Usk

The Newbridge on Usk is an award-winning five star 'restaurant with rooms', situated in a picturesque location on the banks of the river Usk. It is owned by The Celtic Manor Resort and reflects the same glamour and high standard of the resort but with a homegrown feel. 

Last month India (The Jewel Beauty) and I decided it was about time we treated ourselves to a girl's evening out, and we thought that the Newbridge on Usk would be the ideal spot. 

Upon arrival we were greeted by Ronan, who offered us a seat in the lounge whilst we enjoyed a Vanilla and Passion Fruit Mojito's and drooled over the menu.

For starters I opted for the Smooth Liver Parfait with Port jelly, pear chutney and brioche (£7.95). The brioche was buttery, and crumbly while the parfait was deliciously smooth. The pear chutney broke through with a slight tartness that was perfect. I loved it!

For mains both India and I went for the Roasted 'Twenty-Eight Day Aged' Welsh Beef  with Slow cooked flat rib, celeriac bake, salsify, beetroot and horseradish (£22.50). This was hands down one of the best pieces of beef I've ever eaten. It was cooked medium-rare which is my preference but also how Ronan recommended.

 I had never tried beetroot hot and cooked before, I'd only ever had the pickled variety that everyone seems to have without fail every boxing day with cold meats. I admit, I was a little apprehensive of it to begin with, but it was surprisingly delicate in flavour. I'd definitely try it again with beef.

By the time dessert came around, we were both getting a little full... So, our solution to this was instead of missing out completely, we grab 2 spoons and share one . We went for the Apple and Cinnamon Roll with homemade Maple syrup ice cream (£6.25). 
When I saw this on the menu I was expecting a swiss roll style dessert and was a little surprised when an actual mini apple pie arrived. Nevertheless it was awesome and in hindsight I should have a ordered a whole one to myself... #AllTheFood. The pastry was light and flakey and the apple inside was beautifully sweet with a hint of cinnamon. Plus the maple syrup ice cream was what ice cream dreams are honestly made of.

If you haven't tried the Newbridge on Usk yet, then you really must. It's perfect for a girls evening out, couples date night or a relaxed Sunday lunch with family. The atmosphere is cosy and intimate, with a seasonal menu to die for. Plus the cocktails are not to be missed!

For more information and reservations contact The Celtic Manor on 01633 410262, or visit their website here... xoxo

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