THREE restaurants in Gwent have been included in a long running restaurant guide.

The Good Food Guide, published by Waitrose, announced eight new entries from Wales from its bestselling guide, which is released on September 8.

The Guide reflects the high standard of dining in Wales, with a total of 74 restaurants, pubs and cafés from across the region included.

The eight new entries in Wales include The Crown at Whitebrook, Monmouthshire, and Restaurant James Sommerin in the Vale of Glamorgan, which is run by the Michelin star chef.

The restaurant, which has been open since May, came 30th in the guide’s Top 50 restaurant listings.

Chef James Sommerin, from Caerleon, said: “We feel extremely privileged and overwhelmed by our entry in the Good Food Guide. Being in the top 50 is outstanding and achieving this after three months is just a dream.

“We have to thank our team for all their hard work and dedication because without them it wouldn’t have been possible.”

The Crown at Whitebrook, which was previously led by Mr Sommerin, was re-opened last October by Chris Harrod, who trained under chef Raymond Blanc.

The Hardwick in Abergavenny, run by Stephen Terry, is placed 11th in the top 50 pub listings and the Foxhunter in Nantyderry, which is run by Matt Tebbutt, has been placed 30th.

Mr Tebbutt, head chef at the Foxhunter, said: “It is fantastic to be in such good company and the Good Food Guide is such a respected publication in the industry.”

The restaurant has previously been named AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales and won the AA Notable Wine List 2012 and 2013.

Elizabeth Carter, consultant editor of the Waitrose Good Food Guide, said: “Restaurant James Sommerin and Ynyshir Hall head a strong list of top restaurants in Wales and, with some spectacular pubs in our first-ever Top 50 pub listing, it’s good to see the principality doing so well.

“The eight new additions reflect the high standard of all restaurants in the Guide.”