The Hardwick

Old Raglan Road, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, tel: 01873 854 220

After cooking at a string of London hotspots, Stephen Terry has settled in at this gastropub, showcasing local produce. Its £16.50 two-course set lunch is a winner

Fox & Hounds

2 High Street, Hunsdon, Hertfordshire, tel: 01279 843 999

James Rix, former head chef of The Cow, brings a London gastropub feel to this reborn boozer, including a global-roaming menu with most main courses around £14

Princess Victoria

217 Uxbridge Road, London W12, tel: 020 8749 5886

Award-winning sommelier Matt Wilkin has transformed this former gin palace into a buzzy gastropub with top-notch British bistro cooking and fair prices

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