The Hardwick is a pub in Abergavenny which leans more towards being a restaurant. The chef-proprietor is Stephen Terry has been around the culinary scene for a long time – he worked with Marco Pierre White at Harvey’s before moving on to work at Le Gavroche with Michel Roux Jnr. He was just 25 when he was awarded his first Michelin Star at The Canteen in Chelsea Harbour. After travelling in France and working as a consultant he came across The Horse and Jockey Pub in South Wales. He bought it and, four weeks later, opened The Hardwick.
Despite his auspicious beginnings, these days Stephen Terry’s food is less about fine dining and more about good, local produce. Where possible the food at the Hardwick is sourced locally. There is an extensive menu that represents the wide range of produce available in South Wales and the surrounding areas. The starters include Welsh Rarebit, Homemade Rare Breed Long Horn Corned Beef, and Black Mountain Smoked Salmon with Fresh Devon White Crab Meat. Main courses range from Roast Cod with Wild Severn Estuary Sea Spinach & Samphire to 21 Day Aged Steak. For meat lovers there are two large sharing dishes. A Taste of Local Beef includes fillet, oxtail suet pudding, a burger, braised shin and a selection of vegetables. Bah Bah Black Sheep is a dish made up of different cuts of local organic Pen y Wyrlod Lamb – roast loin, pressed leg, shepherd’s pie, rolled shoulder, braised faggot and heart, served with mashed potato.
The wine list covers a wide range from both the old world and the new world. There is also a Sunday set lunch menu, a weekday set lunch menu and a children’s menu.
Tel: 01873 854220
Address: Old Raglan Road, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales, NP7 9AA