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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'. A visitor in October 2018 summed their impression up in the Visitor Book as 'breathtaking in its authenticity'. 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. There's a host of new activity chests to explore too. Look out for special events and news throughout the year on the website, or follow on:
facebook.com/TheJudgesLodging

There will be a 2019 exhibition to explore in the museum's community space: 'Ladies of Llanandras' will look at the lives and achievements of local women and will run from April to late August. In the autumn, there will be a selling exhibition of works by the museum's 2019 Artist in Residence, Matthew Wood. Throughout the year you can watch Matthew work, as he brings the building to life under his brush. Look out for events, classes and dates to watch him work on the website.
If you need to relax, the museum will also be running a pop-up tearoom throughout holiday periods, where you can grab some locally roasted coffee and cakes baked just 100 yards away.

Important note: If you turn up to see The Judge's Lodging throughout Spring and Summer 2019, please do not be put off if you see scaffolding from down the road – it is open! The building is 'having its hair done', as the staff like to call it (the roof is having much-needed repair work) and the building is being repainted in special mineral paints to copy its Victorian appearance. There will be a new visitor welcome area too!

If you want more information on any of the museum's work or activities, visit the website or just call the staff who are always happy to chat.

Photography by Dave Jones and Alex Ramsay.
Painting of Dining Room fireplace by Matthew Wood

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Featured Attraction


Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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