All you Need on your Doorstep!
At The House of Bread we have a great range of local facilities on our doorstep (including Local Pubs you can walk to) and great local produce providers. As well as the information on this page we have also produced a Local Map to help you find your way around.
Berry Hill Post Office & Stores
Just down the lane (out of our courtyard and down Coopers Road to Berry Hill) you will find a very well stocked local shop, off licence with a post office incorporated. They are open until 7.00pm most nights and have most things you will need including a good stock of stationery, cards and bread.
In Berry Hill there is also a take-away, a hairdressers and a chemist.
There is also The Dairy (newsagents and food shop) which is open a little later (until 9.00pm most nights). To get to The Dairy come to the front of the house, turn left, past the church and left again. The Dairy will be on your right.
There is also a small shop at Forest Holidays called The Retreat and a café. They stock the basics and do have some nice local produce. They are much more expensive than the local shops but if you need picnic supplies and haven’t been to the local shops they are marked on our local walking map. They are open until 8.
To get to The Retreat, come to the front of the house, turn left, past the church and right down Bracelands Drive. The Retreat and café will be visible after a few minutes on your left. Further down this lane at Bracelands Campsite there are also refreshments available.
Our closest town is Coleford (about 1.5 miles away). This is a great little town where you will find a range of great butchers, 2 bakeries, a greengrocers, chemists, pet shop, hardware store, a Lloyds Bank, a cinema, fish & chip shops, take-aways, curry houses, restaurants, hairdressers, cafes, pubs and a Co-Op supermarket. We would recommend trying: Cinammons Indian, The Tram Stop Fish & Chips, The Dog House Pub, Hunky Dory Cafe, Le Petit Hibou Cafe & Ritmo Tapas Bar. There is also a great Deli between Crusty Loaf Bakers and Le Petit Ibou Cafe and opposite our great greengrocers.
The market town of Monmouth is also well worth a visit. It is a pretty town with a range of interesting shops (including some great clothes shops and a music shop), restaurants, pubs & cafes. It also has a lovely old theatre/cinema (The Savoy) and a Waitrose and M&S Food. We would recommend trying: Picola Italia, Pizza Express, The Savoy Theatre, The Misbah Tandoori, Raduni Curry House, Number 7 Church Street and Thai Nights.
Plump Hill Farm
Plump Hill Farm is a small family farm in the heart of the Forest of Dean run by husband and wife Deb and Stuart Blackmore who are passionate about livestock welfare, good quality meat and traditional breeds.
Their mission is for their livestock to be happy and healthy and to provide their customers with fabulous meat, from that animals have been raised to the highest welfare standards.
So, if you are planning a BBQ, big breakfast weekend or a family roast while you are staying with us @theHouseofBread, you can pre-order one of their fabulous and very reasonably priced Meat Boxes (they offer a Weekend Box, Week Box, Breakfast Box and BBQ Box to name just a few) which can be delivered to The House of Bread for your stay. Call them on 07894 657148 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to place an order. Or visit their website (http://plumphillfarm.co.uk/) for more information.
Brockweir Village Farm Shop
Brockweir Village Farm Shop (NP16 7NW) is definitely worth a visit for its great range of produce, beautiful position and great café. Visit http://www.bandhvillageshop.co.uk or call 01291 689995. The shop is open: 8.30 – 6.00 Monday to Saturday and 10.00 – 4.00 Sundays and bank holidays and they also have a café on site.
If you are planning on being here for Christmas then Madgett’s Farm (between Coleford and Chepstow on the B4228) do great free range turkeys and geese etc (book in advance). Visit www.madgettsfarm.co.uk.
There are also often local producers markets in Coleford at the weekend (see in the local paper The Review) and many of our neighbours and ourselves have eggs and vegetables out on stalls so keep an eye out when you are walking the local area.
For petrol and late night supplies (open until 10.00pm) there is Lower Lane Petrol Station. Come to the front of the house, turn left, along to the crossroads at the Pike House, turn left again and the garage will be on your left. They also stock wood and charcoal.
The closest banks are as follows.
Coleford – there is Lloyds TSB in Coleford which is open until 5.00pm and has a card machine as well.
Monmouth – there is an HSBC in Monmouth but be warned that it shuts at 3.00pm.
Lydney – there is a Barclays (and another Lloyds) in Lydney.
There are many card machines around (many of which charge) but the closest are at:
- The Dairy or Berry Hill News (our local shops)
- Lloyds TSB in Coleford
- The Co-op in Coleford
We have a church within the village of Christchurch and a vicarage. This Church is fairly active and has services on Sunday morning at 10.00am and again at 6.00pm. They also stock the Parish News which gives information on local events,
Christchurch Church is in the same Parish as the Church in English Bicknor – just a few miles further down the Ross Road and at English Bicknor there is an active village hall. Activities at this village hall are also advertised and promoted in the Parish News, on their website (http://www.englishbicknor.org.uk/villagehall.html) in the Parish News and on their information board in the village.
Buses & Taxis
The closest bus stop is in Christchurch on the Ross Road crossroads (turn right out of the front of The House of Bread and it is by Bracelands Drive down to the campsite – although there is another stop the other way down towards the New Inn!).
From here you can take the bus either in to Coleford, to Monmouth or Ross-on-Wye. Buses also go through Berry Hill and out through English Bicknor and Lydbrook and Kerne Bridge (for canoeing) and to Ross-on-Wye or through Staunton (for the White Horse pub!) on the way to Monmouth.
From Christchurch you can also get out to Cannop Crossroads (for the Cycle Centre) or Speech House for the Speech House Hotel.
If you want to head out towards Mitcheldean and Gloucester then you can pick up the bus at Five Acres in Berry Hill. This will also call at Longhope (if you are heading out towards Hart’s Barn.
Visit https://www.stagecoachbus.com/ForestRM.aspx for latest timetables on all these routes.
If you need a taxi while you are here the closest taxi company is CDS Taxis in Coleford. They are at Unit 3 Tufthorn Industrial Estate, Stepbridge Road, Coleford, GL16 8PJ. Telephone: 01594 834834. Or Sovereign Taxis in Coalway, Coleford. Telephone: 01594 836757.