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The Checkers Montgomery

(Mid-Wales Eating Out)

         
Montgomery Powys Wales
Description : 

The Checkers Restaurant and Rooms in Montgomery, Powys

 


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The Checkers Montgomery

(Mid-Wales Accommodation)

         
Montgomery Powys Wales
Description : 

The Checkers Restaurant and Rooms in Montgomery, Powys


A warm welcome, truly tasty food, local ales, fine wines and comfortable surroundings await you at The Checkers in Montgomery.

The former coaching inn is enjoying a new lease of life following its renovation in 2010. Today it's a harmonious combination of old and new, with a relaxing bar and lounge area, beautiful dining room and five bedrooms.

Chef proprietor Stephane Borie's kitchen offers the very best in classic French cooking, and in October 2011 The Checkers became the fourth restaurant in Wales with a Michelin star. The cooking is complemented by a comprehensive wine list, local real ales and a relaxed and friendly service.

The Frenchman and the Farmers Daughters

The Frenchman
Stephane Borie grew up in Agen. His kitchen apprenticeship began in Bordeaux before moving to London in the late 1990's. He spent seven years with Michel Roux at The Waterside Inn Bray, the three Michelin star training instilling a passion for flavour, excellence and dedication to his trade.

Stephane went on to Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons and Daylesford House as private chef to Sir Anthony Bamford, before opening The Herbert Arms at Chirbury with Sarah and Kathryn in 2008.

In 2011 the team moved to their newly renovated premises in Montgomery and Stephane was very honoured that The Checkers was awarded a Michelin Star in October 2011, seven months after opening.

The Farmer's Daughters
Sarah and Kathryn grew up on a dairy farm in Shropshire.

Sarah is an accomplished chef who spent several years working in the country's finest kitchens including The Waterside Inn where she met Stephane. Sarah was the first woman to work in every section in The Waterside's kitchen and later went on to establish a successful business as a freelance chef, cooking across the UK and Europe for private clients. Sarah and Stephane now have two young daughters, Lexie, five, and Roxanne, three, who despite their young age, really do share their parent's passion for food!

Kathryn runs front of house, where an informal and relaxed service complements Stephane and Sarah's approach to cooking. Kathryn went to university in Sheffield to study nursing and went onto work in Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital. In 2007 she relocated to Shropshire with her partner Neil, and was unable to resist the opportunity to work with Sarah and Stephane, having long shared their love of truly good food. Christmas Eve 2011 saw the arrival of Neil and Kathryn's daughter Emelia Seren.

The Restaurant

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Stephane's menu is classically French and changes with the seasons sourcing local produce wherever possible.

Our a'la carte menu is available over lunch and dinner and is complemented by a seven course tasting menu. The tasting menu offers a superb opportunity to enjoy a breadth of beautiful seasonal flavours and the many skills of Stephane and his team.

We are able to cater for larger parties, 8 or more, usually offering a slightly smaller menu and sometimes a pre order. Please call or email and we can discuss your reservation and menu.

Special dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for on most occasions with a little notice. Please call a few days ahead if you have any questions or would like to inform us of any special requirements.

On occasions a dish may not be available due to difficulties sourcing the ingredient, particularly with fish & seafood. Please call ahead to check availability if there is something you particularly would like.

We do not have a children's menu but we are able to offer smaller portions of a selection of dishes from the menu to diners under 12. Children are very welcome to join us for lunch and children over 8 are welcome in the evening.

Staying at The Checkers

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The rooms combine the former coaching inn's 17th century heritage with some contemporary touches and plenty of comfort.

Each of the rooms has a bathroom with free standing bath or a wet room, king or super king size beds, duck down duvets and pillows, Egyptian cotton sheets, bathrobes, L'Occitane toiletries, freshly ground coffee, finest teas and homemade cookies. There is also a flat screen TV and DVD player and iPod docking station in each room with WiFi access.


Geufron Hall B&B

(Mid-Wales Accommodation)

         
Llangollen Denbighshire Wales
Description : 

Geufron Hall is a five-star country house B&B with stunning views of the Vale of Llangollen, an area so beautiful it is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a World Heritage Site.

 


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The Granary

(Mid-Wales Accommodation)

         
Brecon Powys Wales
Description : 

The Granary is a newly converted barn situated at the foot of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

 


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The Judge's Lodging

(Mid-Wales Museums and Arts)

         
Presteigne Powys Wales
Description : 

'One of the world's most appealing small museums'

Dr John Davies, historian. 


 'Truly inspirational' is how HRH Prince of Wales described The Judge's Lodging on a visit to this stunningly restored Victorian courthouse. Historic Royal Palaces Curator & historian, Lucy Worsley exclaimed 'WHAT a stunning place!' after filming for the BBC in the building and the Hudson's Heritage Awards hailed it as 'Britain's Best Hidden Gem'. You really do need to see for yourself what all the fuss is over this exceptional courthouse in the tiny Welsh border town of Presteigne.

The Judge's Lodging has long had a reputation for liking the quirkier side of history, so a visit to the museum will treat you to all sorts of fascinating insights into Victorian living, from jelly-making and napkin folding to toilet habits and household maintenance hints. This award-winning historic judge's accommodation and court offers a most unusual journey back in time. Wander through the judge's private apartments and make yourself at home, for The Judge's Lodging an historic house with a difference - you can touch!

You can lie on the beds, read the judge's books and even pump water in the kitchen. Below stairs there is the full range of servants' rooms to explore, with kitchens, sleeping quarters and workrooms; a whole gaslit world to discover. The tour is finished by a trip to the vast echoing courtroom, where you are haunted by the echoes of trials long since concluded. You are guided through this Victorian world by an eavesdropping audiotour featuring the voice of actor Robert Hardy.

There's a host of special events and exhibitions to add to your entertainment. Every school holiday will come with exciting trails and activities to entertain the young, along with their own guidebook, full of facts about toilets, pants and things odd. Look out for special events and news throughout the year on the website, or follow on facebook.com/TheJudgesLodging

Two exhibitions will make a special year in 2018: Circumstantial Evidence will run from May to mid-August. This selling exhibition of ink and gouache studies by artist Simon Dorrell, in celebration of the twenty-first anniversary of the building's restoration, sees these images juxtaposed with information on the lives of the servants and their masters. For the first time, the museum will be displaying images of some of the 'hidden' parts of the building and what the servants left behind, including some fascinating graffiti from Victorian servants. From late August to the end of the year Ladies of Llanandras will celebrate strong females from Presteigne's past and present, in recognition of the centenary of votes for women - midwives, teachers, shop-owners, publicans, community leaders - see how the women of the town have made it what it is today.

There will be new local history spaces to explore too, where you can find out more about the area, or just relax with a cup of coffee and even a game of chess.

The Judge's Lodging has also teamed up with the owner of Stapleton Castle, whose ruins occupy a commanding position over the town, to offer guided walks throughout the year. Tours last about an hour, taking in the 12th century castle site, ruins of the later house, the mill site and a stroll through the gardens. There is no general public access to the site and tours are only by prior arrangement, but bookings can easily be made by calling the owner on 01544 267327, preferably giving 24 hours notice. They will try to suit your requirements. Your personal tours are £5 per person, with a minimum charge of £25. All proceeds from the tours will be donated equally to The Judge's Lodging and the National Garden Scheme.

If you want more information on the castle walks, the museum and any of its activities, visit the website or just call the staff who are always happy to chat.

Photography by Dave Jones and Alex Ramsay.  Paintings by Simon Dorrell.

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