Traditional town centre pub with a hearty welcome, good food and drinks.
The good pub guide review
For more than 50 years, the genuinely welcoming Key family have looked after this venerable coaching inn, located in the heart of this picturesque market town opposite the clocktower. The traditional, cosy main bar has well polished tables and chairs packed under its beams (some of these have farming tools, lanterns or horsebrasses and harness attached), as well as leatherette wall benches and various sets of sporting prints and local pictures (look out for the original deeds to the pub), while tucked away at the front is an intimate little corner and, on the other side of the room, a passageway leading to a dining area. There's Brains Rev James and Sharps Doom Bar on handpump and 17 wines by the glass, served by hospitable staff. The seats outside at the front beneath the fantastic hanging baskets are a good spot for watching Usk town life pass by. The nearby church is well worth a look. The pub has no parking and nearby street parking can be limited. Disabled access.
The good pub guide food review
Honest food at good prices using local meat and game in season includes grilled sardines, country pâté, home-made rabbit or steak pie, chicken in red wine with tomatoes, mushrooms and onions, faggots with mushy peas and onion gravy, breaded plaice, vegetarian and vegan options including leek and cheese sausages and chickpea and cauliflower curry, and specials such as poached Scottish salmon and guinea fowl in wine and fig sauce, plus puddings.
Nags Head, 4-6 Twyn Square, Usk, Monmouthshire, NP15 1BH
Weekdays: 10-3 5.30-11
Saturday: 10.30-2.30, 5.30-11
Sunday: 10.30-2.30, 6-10