Staff

At the Merry Monk Adrian and his wife Michelle have set out to create the ultimate convivial restaurant with local seasonal food that welcomes the local community and visitors alike.

"I have tried to create an informal, comfortable and stylish atmosphere, at the same time ensuring that everything we offer is always of the highest quality and standard. No other business has ever given me so much pleasure as this one."

The atmosphere is hard to beat. There is a roaring log fire on colder days and always an interesting mix of locals and visitors, so it is easy to make new friends too. On warmer days, head for the pretty garden and enjoy a cold beer or a glass of rosé!

"We like to think that The Monk is your sort of place. Be it in the great buzzy atmosphere I think it is important for design to be accommodating, and for people to feel at ease rather than in awe. I love beautiful surroundings, but they must be practical. I want people to leave the restaurant that we have designed with fantastic memories!""

If you wish to host a special event, be it a party, a private dinner, drinks reception, or to celebrate a wedding or birthday, here at The Merry Monk we can cater to your every need. The restaurant has a style and warmth that provides the ultimate ambience for business or pleasure.


Adrian Smith - Head chef & Owner

The Merry Monk has become my life's work. Since coming to the Merry Monk in 2002, it has been a real rollercoaster ride and one I would not change for the world.

I have tried to create an informal, comfortable and stylish atmosphere at the same time ensuring that everything we offer is always of the highest quality and standard. No other business has ever given me so much pleasure as this one.


Michelle Smith- Owner

I think it is important for people to feel at ease rather than in awe whilst dining at the Merry Monk. We simply want to be friendly, attentive and hope our customers will walk out having pleasant memories.

I encourage my staff to interact and entertain our guests, and we treat all the people who walk through our doors as if they are the most important, whether they are here for a drink with friends after work, or a meal.

We look forward to greeting you at the Merry Monk.