We’re in Monmouth for the weekend visiting the in-laws and, to celebrate Christine’s imminent birthday, we went out for dinner at a new restaurant named Bistro Prego. This was only their third night so the service was a little random (the third bottle of wine to arrive at our table was the one intended for us, the waitress was unsure as to what some items on the menu actually were, and we sent the bill back as they’d missed off a few items). This is, perhaps, forgivable as I suspect Monmouth doesn’t have a particularly large pool of trained serving staff to call upon! The food, however, was absolutely superb.
Christine’s Mum and I started with a warm asparagus salad with fennel and chickpea fritters, which was very well presented. Christine had the herring on bruschetta and her Dad the braseola (home cured beef). I followed my salad with pheasant with chesnuts and, slightly bizarrely (although it did work well), noodles. Other selections on our table included rabbit lasagne, stuffed aubergine and a nice thick slab of porchetta. The servings were generous but, given the hit rate so far, I forced down the lemon and pine nut torte which didn’t disappoint.
If you’re ever in the vicinity I’d highly recommend stopping in.