Pubs & Food

Treat Yourself!

Source: Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Tourism Association

 

Local Pubs (to walk to!)

There are a number of local pubs to explore all of which do food as follows:

The New Inn

Closest to The House of Bread. Out onto Ross Road at the front of the house – turn right and it is about 2 minutes walk on the left. Good value pub grub (about £10.00 for a main and large portions!), big screen, often has live music at the weekend great log fire. It has a restaurant at the back and a great and safe pub garden with good views and children’s play area. Dogs are welcome (just not in the restaurant). Booking is advisable for food in holiday periods. Tel: 01594 836857.

The Globe

In Berry Hill at the other end of Coopers Road – the lane at the back of The House of Bread and then left. Village location. Pub food (great value), pool table and darts. Often has bands and parties. A good local atmosphere. A quiz every Thursday 8.30pm start. Tel: 01594 810719.

The Dog and Muffler 

In the same direction as The Globe but left again and down the hill to Joyford. It is approximately 1 mile. Do note it is very steep on the way back up but worth it! There is an off road short cut to this pub down a track but it can be muddy in winter and overgrown in summer. A beautiful tranquil location in Joyford, great garden and really good food. Slightly more expensive than The New Inn but worth the extra pennies! Also has a quiz on a Sunday evening and good food deals (such as Steak and Strawberry offer). Their menu has quite a few Asian influences (alongside more English dishes) and they have a range of curries and pies that are good.  Lovely snug bar. Dogs welcome in the snug but not in the restaurant. Tel: 01594 832444 or visit: www.dogandmuffler.co.uk for more details.

The Gamekeepers

The same direction as The Globe but keep going through Berry Hill village and right at the lights at the end of the village and you will see the pub on the right on the A4136 Monmouth to Gloucester Road. A traditional country pub with pool table and darts and often has live music on a Fri or Sat a quiz on a Sunday night (starts at 9.00pm). As the name would suggest their menu with a lot of game on it! You can try venison and wild boar here. Great pies, good pub food for great prices and a range of curries. A roast on a Sunday.  Call Lawrence or Claire on 01594 832283.

Good Pubs (a short drive away)

The Miner’s Arms at Sling

A great pub with a nice atmosphere and lovely restuarant doing (in our opinion) a really good menu. They have good deals on prices in the week and a really nice wine list too!

To get there go through Coleford back towards Chepstow on the B4228 and after you pass Perrygrove and Puzzlewood you will go past the village sign for Sling and the pub is on your left on a right hand bend of the B4228. About 5-10  minute drive. Phone them on 01594 836632 or visit http://www.minerscountryinn.com/ for more details.

The Ostrich at Newland

A beautiful old pub in the village of Newland just a few miles from Coleford (take the B4228 out of Coleford towards Chepstow and follow the signs to Newland on the right). Great food and wine and a lovely setting. A treat! Phone them on 01594 833260 or visit http://theostrichinn.com/ for more details.

The Butcher’s Arms at Clearwell

Great food and a good deal on mid-week specials. Phone them on 01594 834313 or visit http://www.thebutchersarmsclearwell.co.uk/ for menu details. To get there take the B4228 out of Coleford towards Chepstow and follow the signs to Clearwell on the right.

The Fountain Parkend

A traditional old pub with lots of charm and good food. They use many local ingredients and great local wine. Phone 01594 562 189 or visit http://www.fountaininnandlodge.co.uk for more details.

To get there take the B4228 out of Coleford towards Chepstow and follow the signs on the left to Parkend. The Fountain is in the centre of Parkend.

The Saracen’s Head Symonds at East

Just a few miles from The House of Bread is the beautiful and tranquil riverside setting of Symonds Yat East and here The Saracen’s Head boasts prime position with a lovely restaurant and menu and a great wood burner in the winter in the main bar.

Really good food. A gem on the riverside but very popular so do book! Dogs welcome in the main bar but not the restaurant. Phone 01600 890435 or visit saracensheadinn.co.uk/ for details.

Note: You can easily take in this pub on our suggested local walking trails and it is a great place after a canoeing session.

To get there go out of Coopers Road to the front of The House of Bread, turn left and first right on the village green (opposite the church) to Symonds Yat East. Note this road is quite steep and narrow and very popular in summer so do allow extra time if you are driving.

Royal Lodge Symonds Yat East

Also at the beautiful riverside setting of Symonds Yat but a bit further along from The Saracen’s Head is the Royal Lodge. A great pub with a nice seating area and decked area overlooking the river.  A great garden in summer over looking the river.  Good food and another great wood burner.  Dogs welcome in the main bar but not the restaurant. Phone 01600 890238 or visit http://www.royalhotel-symondsyat.co.uk for details.

Note: You can easily take in this pub on our suggested local walking trails and it is a great place after a canoeing session.

To get there go out of Coopers Road to the front of The House of Bread, turn left and first right on the village green (opposite the church) to Symonds Yat East. Note this road is quite steep and narrow and very popular in summer so do allow extra time if you are driving.

Speech House Hotel

In the heart of the Forest of Dean, The Speech House Hotel is a beautiful 17th Century hunting lodge and is worth visiting for afternoon tea and the atmosphere or a beautiful setting for an evening meal.

To get there head out of the back of our courtyard down Coopers Road to Berry Hill. Turn right and go through Berry Hill and then just keep going straight on through a number of crossroads until you get to a sign posted left turn to Speech House. Follow this past Beechenhust Lodge and The Speech House Hotel will be on your right at the top of the hill. Dogs are welcome in the bar areas and orangery.

The Speech House Hotel also many local activities and food fairs and events such as Bonfire Night so look out in the local paper or visit their website to see what is on! Phone 01594 822607 or visit http://www.thespeechhouse.co.uk.

Takeaways and Restaurants

Our recommendations if you are eating in or want takeaway from Coleford would be: Cinammons Indian Restaurant, Ritmo Tapas Bar, The Angel Hotel. The Balti Hut and Al’s Fish Bar and the kebab shop in the town also does surprisingly good pizza (and kebab!).  There is also a microbrewery pub called The Dog House which is worth trying.

Wine Tasting

There are three great vineyards not far from The House of Bread.

Ancre Hill Vineyard – Monmouth

This vineyard is dedicated to producing wines using traditional viticultural practices to produce the best possible fruit from varieties with great heritage and you can go on a tour with the owner who will describe the processes used to produce the wines.

You can visit at the Cellar Door, browse the shop and do some excellent wine tasting. They also offer a cheese platter lunch using only Welsh cheeses, washed down by a glass of Estate wine. Open April to the end of September. Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm (other times by appointment). Call on 01600 714152 or visit http://ancrehillestates.co.uk/ to find out more or book yourself in for a tour or lunch. Tours are at 11.30 and 3.00pm daily (when open). Ancre Hill Vineyard is on Rockfield Road, Monmouth NP25 5HS – approximately 15 minutes by car.

Three Choirs Vineyard

Three Choirs Vineyard offers unique wine experience for both wine enthusiasts, and those just looking for a relaxing and beautiful environment in which to enjoy a great day out. You can visit the winery where the wines are made, follow a Vineyard Nature Trail and audio posts, enjoy tasting a selection of the wines or go on guided tours of the vineyard (2.30 daily). You can also Adopt a Vine here!

Three Choirs Vineyard is on the B4215, two miles from Newent, GL18 1LS. Phone 01531 890223, email: info@threechoirs.com or visit http://www.three-choirs-vineyards.co.uk/ for more details.

Sugarloaf Vineyard – Abergavenny

Nestling at the foot of the Sugar Loaf Mountains, The Sugar Loaf Vineyards are set in area of outstanding natural beauty in the Brecon Beacons National Park and panoramic views over the Usk Valley.

You can do a self-guided tour of the vineyard or book on a guided version. There is a shop and café and of course wine tasting opportunities. Find them at: The Sugar Loaf Vineyards, Dummar Farm, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, South Wales, NP7 7LA

Phone: 01873 853066, email: enquiries@sugarloafvineyard.co.uk or visit http://www.sugarloafvineyard.co.uk for more details.

Real Ale

Hillside Brewery

Go on a brewery tour, ale tasting, visit their shop, go on an adventure packed experience day or brew your own beer!

Find them at: Holly Bush Farm, Ross Road, Longhope, Gloucestershire, GL17 0NG. Phone 01452 830222, email: info@HillsideBrewery.com or visit: http://wwwhillsidebrewery.com/ for more details.