The Greyhound Inn
This 17th-century coaching inn has had a 21st-century makeover. Its 10 bedrooms, in the stone-built stable block next to the main building, have recently been completely refurbished to a high standard.
They’re attractively furnished – and attractively priced, so you’ve no excuse not to make the most of the Greyhound’s other assets: its bar, restaurant and hospitality, all of which are a cornerstone of the Greyhound’s fine, centuries-old tradition for welcoming, watering and feeding travellers. At its heart, the Greyhound is a stylish and warm Welsh village pub with accomodation – it’s a versatile, flexible, relaxed kind of place that serves great food but where you’d just as easily pop in just for a drink and a chat. Versatility is a key word here. In summer, guests make the most of the beautiful beer garden (it’s fabulous, and flowery, twice winner of Best Pub Garden in Usk in Bloom), while in winter it’s time to stoke up that roaring log fire in the bar. The same goes for its location, in the heart of rural Monmouthshire yet within easy travelling distance of Bristol and Cardiff, so you can wander the Wye Valley’s woods one day, then take in a show or big city shopping the next. The Greyhound’s food fits its surroundings perfectly. It’s good, honest, home-cooked traditional fare that, in the words of its hosts, is ‘of the kind most of us love to eat but that’s now so often missing from the menus of many fancy restaurants’. Fresh, local ingredients are used wherever possible and there are several vegetarian options. There’s a special welcome for well-behaved dogs (they even get their own breakfast sausage – honestly!), with a number of dog-friendly rooms and all the necessary extras (bowls, bedding, etc). The wealth of historic attractions on the doorstep includes Raglan Castle, Tintern Abbey and Big Pit National Mining Museum.