124-126 Monnow Street
Gwent NP25 3EQ
Dating back to late medieval times, The Robin Hood Inn is possibly the oldest pub in Monmouth. From the minute you step through the 15th century arch and great oak plank door, the low wooden beams and thick stone walls transport you back 500 years.
The pub is Grade II Listed because it played an important role in Monmouth’s religious history as well as retaining much of its 17th century architecture.
Naturally the ground floor has been changed over the centuries, but there is an extremely fine Great Room on the first floor. It has deep moulded plaster ceiling beams with plaster friezes and central decorated diamond motifs on the ceiling panels.
There is an excellent moulded stone fireplace with a decorated plaster overmantel with a figurative frieze. The rear room has moulded wall posts supporting chamfered beams. Most of the beams are original with ties and collars.
At the rear of the pub there is a large beer garden with a children’s play area. The pub has a family friendly atmosphere with tasty food and drink.
Monday to Thursday: 11:00 – 23:00 hours
Friday &  Saturday:    11:00 – 24:00 hours
Sunday:                    11:00 – 22:30 hours
Food & Drink
Food can be enjoyed in the Front or Stables Dining Rooms, or al fresco in the garden in fine weather.
This pub serves 2 regular beers:
- Draught Bass
- Greene King Abbot
Occasionally another ale may appear instead of Abbot, e.g. Old Speckled Hen.
Religious Connection
A blue plaque was added to the exterior of the building in 2009 in celebration of the religious history of the site.
After the Reformation, Monmouth was a centre for Catholicism and the landlord in the 1770s, Michael Watkins, allowed Mass to be celebrated in an upper room of the pub. However, before Catholic emancipation, Mass was secretly being celebrated in one of the upper rooms.
The Penal Laws against Catholics were in force until the Papists Act of 1778, and Watkins was amongst those who successfully petitioned Monmouth magistrates to allow a building that would become St Mary's Roman Catholic Church.
The Robin Hood Inn and the church that Michael Watkins lobbied for are two of the 24 buildings in the Monmouth Heritage Trail.
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1600 713 240
Getting There
The pub is on Monnow Street, Monmouth's principal commercial street which leads out of the town square going south-west across the medieval fortified Monnow Bridge.
- By Car
The pub has only 3 or 4 car parking spaces, but parking is adjacent on Blestium Street.