Event: Cocktails & canapés at Newbridge on Usk (Celtic Manor Resort)

Newbridge on Usk inn and restaurant, Tredunnock

Newbridge on Usk inn and restaurant, Tredunnock

Last Wednesday I attended #TasteOfNewbridge, a bloggers event held at Newbridge on Usk, a 200-year-old country inn and restaurant sitting on the banks of the River Usk, near Tredunnock.

Newbridge on Usk is owned by the five-star Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales and is situated just a few miles upriver from the Resort itself, although complimentary shuttle transport is available for residents. I’ve visited the Resort before for Vintage Afternoon Tea and to review Terry M restaurant, both of which were very impressive.

As we arrived at the inn, my friend Sarah and I were welcomed by restaurant manager, Ronan Hunter and escorted to some comfy leather sofas where we met fellow bloggers, Leanne (A Slice of My Life… Wales), Sarah (Hills and Daffodils) and Jamie (Explore with Ed).

We enjoyed a glass of champagne and canapés of olives, anchovies and caramelised cashew nuts, before being taken on a tour of the inn and its kitchen garden by Ronan.

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Olives, anchovies and caramelised cashew nuts

Newbridge on Usk has a lovely riverside terrace seating area – I bet this gets very busy on a hot day!

The riverside terrace at Newbridge on Usk

The riverside terrace at Newbridge on Usk

From here, you can enjoy breath-taking views over the River Usk and according to Ronan, you can even spot a few salmon jumping out of the water on their run upstream.

Beautiful views over the River Usk

Beautiful views over the River Usk

Most of the fresh vegetables used in Newbridge on Usk’s seasonal menu are grown in the kitchen garden to the rear of the inn – local produce at its very best!

The kitchen garden

The kitchen garden

Following our tour, we enjoyed a live cookery demonstration with Newbridge on Usk’s Chef, Adam Whittle.

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Chef, Adam Whittle

Adam showed us how to make an Eton mess with a twist using Italian meringue, French meringue and Turkish Delight meringue to create a delicious combination of tastes and textures. He finished it off with edible flowers (geranium, cucumber and nasturtium) from the kitchen garden and a strawberry soup flavoured with star anise, red wine and woodruff sprigs.

Eton mess

Eton mess

After sampling some Eton mess, we enjoyed some pea and mint soup served with freshly baked miniature savoury pastries. The soup tasted fresh and wholesome and the pastries were very moreish, especially the ones filled with cheese – mmm!

Pea and mint soup with cheese scones

Pea and mint soup with savoury nibbles

Turning our attention from food to alcohol, Ronan introduced us to some of Newbridge’s home-made infused spirits including Newbridge Spiced Rum, coffee vodka, strawberry and basil vodka, Newbridge Mojito Rum, raspberry gin and ginger Jack Daniel’s, to name just a few. This delectable range of spirits is just one example of how Newbridge on Usk experiments with different plants and herbs growing in the garden, to produce an exciting array of flavours.

Manager, Ronan Hunter demonstrates Newbridge's infused spirit range

Manager, Ronan Hunter demonstrates Newbridge’s infused spirit range

Then we met Barman, Matt who showed us how to make a few different cocktails including the Newbridge Summer Fizz (fennel and tarragon gin, strawberries and Prosecco), Newbridge Mojito and Newbridge South Seas (spiced rum, red wine, lemon juice and lemonade).

Matt looks rather pleased with his mojito!

Matt looks rather pleased with his mojito!

Matt even let us have a go at making our own cocktails. Guess who managed to spill crushed ice all over that shiny, polished table?!

I made a Newbridge Mojito using Mojito Rum, fresh lime, mint leaves, sugar syrup, soda and crushed ice (well, at least I managed to get some of the ice in the glass!)

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Newbridge Mojito

Upon leaving, we each received a goody bag including recipes from the evening, two miniature bottles of infused spirits with personalised name tags and a freshly baked loaf of bread.

Personalised Newbridge Spiced Rum and Wild Fennel and Tarragon Brecon Gin

Personalised Newbridge Spiced Rum and Wild Fennel and Tarragon Brecon Gin

The bread made getting out of bed the next morning that little bit easier; it tasted delicious toasted and spread with salted butter.

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Sarah and I had a great evening at Newbridge on Usk and we would love to return in future for a meal in the restaurant, or even to stay overnight in one of the six en-suite bedrooms. It would make for the perfect retreat for a quiet, relaxing weekend.

Newbridge on Usk
Tredunnock, Usk,
NP15 1LY
Visit Newbridge on Usk’s website

I was invited to Newbridge on Usk as a guest and our food and drinks were provided complimentary. However, I was not obliged to write a positive review.

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45 Comments

  1. September 11, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    Great post Kacie, lots of detail here!
    I wish I saved some of my bread for toasting now – although I did enjoy it with soup.

    It was nice to meet you, catch you again.

    • September 12, 2015 / 12:28 pm

      Thanks Jamie, the bread was so good 🙂 I bet it tasted great with soup. Nice to meet you too!

  2. Serena
    September 12, 2015 / 7:53 am

    I do love Eton mess! Sounds like a fun event.

    • September 12, 2015 / 12:29 pm

      Thanks, we had a great evening. The Eton mess was fantastic!

  3. September 12, 2015 / 9:41 am

    It looks like you had a wonderful time! That kitchen garden is just fantastic! What a great idea x

    • September 12, 2015 / 12:28 pm

      I thought it was lovely too. It’s nice to know where your food comes from!

  4. September 12, 2015 / 11:25 am

    Wow the canapés of olives, anchovies and caramelised cashew nuts look so delicious! What a lovely place to visit – I’m putting it on my list 🙂

    Claire
    x

  5. September 12, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    The canapés looked delicious, I love the wrapped olives (Anchoas en Escabeche) the food you had looked so delicious.

    • September 13, 2015 / 4:01 pm

      Ooh lovely. I had no idea that’s what they’re called 🙂

  6. Emma
    September 12, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    That terrace area looks like a great place to kick back with a refreshing cocktail and the food looks fab. Thanks for sharing. I wish I lived closer.

    • September 13, 2015 / 4:11 pm

      Yes, it was really beautiful with the river in the background and the kitchen garden just a few yards away!

  7. September 12, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    It sounds lovely and I love the twist on the Eton Mess, I bet a meal there would be delicious x

    • September 13, 2015 / 4:01 pm

      me too Cath! Our goody bags contained a 50% off food voucher… the perfect excuse to return for a meal 🙂

    • September 13, 2015 / 4:00 pm

      It was a great view! Highly recommend a visit if you live nearby.

  8. September 12, 2015 / 9:42 pm

    Great post 🙂
    It was lovely to meet you, I do believe I’ll see you again tomorrow? If not I’ll see you soon!
    I agree, the cheese pastries were delicious.

    • September 13, 2015 / 3:59 pm

      Ooh, what’s happening today that I don’t know about?! Lol! ahh is it the event at The Angel? I was going to go but forgot to buy a ticket before they stopped selling them – doh! >.< It was great to meet you too :) Hope to see you again soon!

  9. September 12, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    Such a great review, I love the detail in the post. The Newbridge Mojito looks great, any cocktail in a jug has won me over! haha

    • September 13, 2015 / 3:58 pm

      It was lovely 🙂 Using sugar syrup rather than sugar itself meant that I didn’t get those grainy bits of sugar in my cocktail 🙂

  10. September 12, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    Now that sounds like a lovely evening – who wouldn’t enjoy cocktails and canapes in such a lovely surrounding. x

    • September 13, 2015 / 3:57 pm

      Thanks, it was a lovely evening indeed 🙂 Cocktails were delicious!

    • September 13, 2015 / 3:56 pm

      I know that feeling Sian 🙂 I wolfed mine down!

  11. September 12, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    Looks like a fantastic place to visit. It’s now on my list 🙂 x

    • September 13, 2015 / 4:13 pm

      great to hear it, I highly recommend it 🙂

  12. September 13, 2015 / 6:04 am

    Sounds like you had a great time. The food looks lovely x

    • September 13, 2015 / 4:11 pm

      Thanks 🙂 We loved it and are looking forward to our second visit.

  13. September 13, 2015 / 8:19 am

    That looks like amazing place!iT reallly remind this place in cheshire that my friend draged to walk 2h there 😉 but it was worthy though 😉

    • September 13, 2015 / 3:56 pm

      Hehe, sounds like fun 😉 Thank you x

  14. September 13, 2015 / 9:22 am

    The Eton mess looks divine. I would adore that as my dessert. Fantastic post.

    • September 13, 2015 / 3:56 pm

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. It was delicious 🙂

  15. September 13, 2015 / 12:39 pm

    Looks like a great event Kacie . Being so no northerly ,I really miss these . Great photos and detailing x

    • September 13, 2015 / 3:55 pm

      Thanks Anushree, I had a lovely evening. 🙂

  16. September 13, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    I love how the Pea and mint soup with savoury nibbles is served x

    • September 13, 2015 / 4:10 pm

      Yes, it looked good – would have liked more than one shot glass of soup though >.<

  17. September 13, 2015 / 6:54 pm

    I am liking the sound of this! I’ve not tried this place but I’ve had friends rave about it so I think I’ll have to treat myself x

    • September 14, 2015 / 9:30 am

      It’s well worth a visit – treat yourself 😀

  18. September 13, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    It looks like a great place in a nice setting too. That mojito looks lush R

    • September 14, 2015 / 9:28 am

      Thank you, it was lovely. We enjoyed our evening and would love to go back for a proper meal.

  19. September 13, 2015 / 11:56 pm

    I loved looking at all of these photos, this looks like a place that I NEED to go. When I got to the mojito picture I could almost taste it 🙂 It’s one of my fav drinks.

    It looked like a brill event and I’m glad you had such a great time

    X X

    • September 14, 2015 / 9:26 am

      Thanks, it was one of the best mojitos I have ever tasted 😀 xx

  20. September 14, 2015 / 8:56 am

    Looks like a lovely event, I’d have been happy with just the Champagne and Canapes! Cocktail making is alway good fun.

    • September 14, 2015 / 9:26 am

      It was great fun and I loved being able to take away samples of some of the infused spirits too 🙂

  21. September 15, 2015 / 7:19 am

    Oh wow what a lovely event and those cocktails and canapés look divine

    Laura x

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