Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is home to sublime restaurants with AA Rosettes and Michelin Stars amongst its accolades. From fine intimate dining with a great wine list to sympathetically converted buildings that provide a truly unique setting, there are plenty of restaurants catering for all tastes and prices, where you can enjoy local produce in the DeanWye!
Located in the heart of the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel is a luxurious 20-bedroom hotel and restaurant in a converted farm dating from the 16th Century. Tudor Farmhouse boasts a wide range of delicious food from celebrations to lunchtime lighter-bites or all-day grazing prepared by their award-winning chef Rob Cox who also creates mouth-watering seasonal menus and classic dishes with a modern twist. They are committed to both quality and locally-sourced ingredients, most from producers within a 20 mile radius of the hotel who share a passion for real, home-cooked seasonal food. This is then served in a memorable and relaxed atmosphere. Tudor Farmhouse offers al fresco dining in the warmer months, as well as a six course tasting menu comprised of the finest seasonal ingredients alongside their lunch and dinner menus all year round.
Tatler magazine has described Tudor Farmhouse as a “culinary oasis”.
Harts Barn Cookery School is superbly located with stunning views over the countryside. The cookery school can cater for bespoke groups and family sessions as well as parties for kids and adults, as well as providing an unusual Hen and Stag activity. They also host seasonal foraging trips. Harts Barn offers a ‘Dine with us’ at their Monthly Supper Clubs – open to all (booking required) for £15 per head with a different culinary theme every month. Staying in self-catering? Why not dine in and hire a chef for a night. Tapas, Indian, Moroccan, Chinese, Cocktails and Canapes… the choice is yours! Or if you would like to try a ‘Taste of the Forest’ try their very own menu designed to showcase the wonderful local produce. Harts Barn Cookery School is all about ‘COOKING FOR ALL’ from Banquets to Basics. Based in the beautiful Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire on an awe inspiring site dating back to 1068.
Set in the centre of the Royal Forest of Dean, The Speech House Hotel is a landmark building, steeped in history dating back to circa 1676, reputed to be the former Hunting Lodge used by Charles II and his mistress Nell Gwynne. The Orangery and bar provide a perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy some traditional pub food after a day’s business, travelling or sightseeing. It offers a perfect environment for informal meals, light snacks, all under the personal guidance of their Head Chef. If you are looking for a more formal dining environment, the beamed Verderer’s Court restaurant reflects the room’s continuing use as a courthouse for the Forest of Dean Verderers, whilst the more intimate Carolean Restaurant maintains links with one of the unique Forest traditions of Gloucestershire. Most tastes are catered for including a range of vegetarian meals.
The owner of two rosettes since 2005, a finalist in the Flavours of Herefordshire Awards winners in the restaurant category in 2009 and the Silver Winners in the Heart of England Excellence in Tourism Awards, and 2014 Forester Restaurant of the Year winners, The Wilton Court is passionate about serving local produce and list all their suppliers on the menus. Meals are served either in The Mulberry Restaurant or bar, are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Dishes are contemporary British cuisine with a twist. While in the summer months meals can be enjoyed al fresco in the walled gardens. The Wilton Court prides itself on using the finest local produce from local producers and farms in the surrounding area.
The restaurant on the ground floor is at the heart of the establishment and is one of less than a handful in the whole of Wales which are Michelin rated. Its location near Monmouth and the Wye Valley that gives the restaurant its flavours; the aim is to present you with the most amazing local ingredients and foraged findings from the Valley, which are used to create dishes that are individual and personal, which reflect a deep connection to the area. The head chef’s new style of cuisine, using locally sourced food and freshly foraged herbs, is served to advantage in an intimate, friendly restaurant. They believe in delighting all aspects of guests’ senses, from the visual appeal of the restaurant and the cuisine, to the pleasant personal comfort of good service. The restaurant’s natural stone and wood create a stylish yet relaxed ambience. There is a vegetarian menu available.
A family run business that has been serving top quality dishes since 1996 in a contemporary restaurant and take away in Monmouth, serving Indian/Bangladeshi cuisine, from firm favourites to the unusual and exotic hoping to excite your taste buds. The Jewel Balti has a continued desire to offer the kind of cuisine as served in the Indian/Bangladeshi sub continent. Each one of the dishes is prepared with the finest Indian spices and the freshest produce and the chefs’ long experience of preparing these dishes has allowed them to develop their own unique character. They pride themselves on the quality of dishes served and providing memorable experiences.
Harry’s Restaurant is a friendly modern restaurant in Ross-on-Wye offering a wide menu selection , encompassing all dietary needs and serving fresh, modern and uncomplicated food with attentive professional service. This award winning restaurant has built up an enviable reputation for quality and service with a wide selection of dishes to choose from. The menus are an association of traditional British classics with modern influences from European and Mediterranean Countries. The emphasis is on quality fresh produce, simple flavours and a balance of colour and texture. Harry’s Restaurant has been transformed into a modern, fresh Herefordshire dining venue. Whilst retaining its original Georgian features, the space is contemporary and elegant in subtle tones of cream, tan, and black with plush leather seating and pale silk drapes.
For a taste of Spain in the Forest of Dean, visit Ritmo Tapas-Bar Restaurant in Coleford. Try traditional Spanish Fare, such as paella, grilled fish or hot or cold tapas dishes. Tapas are a wide variety of of appetisers or snacks that are ideal for sharing. Ritmo’s has a separate upstairs dining area where group bookings are welcome and additional seating downstairs close to the well-stocked bar. Ritmo’s is a great venue to meet friends for a drink; there is a popular cocktail menu to sample, whilst enjoying the music and late night dancing.
Foresters Restaurant near Parkend is the perfect place to eat whether you’re looking for a breakfast, light lunch or evening meal or simply a place to relax. There’s something for everyone and at great value. There are two themed dining nights too, Tuesday is Curry Night and Thursday is Steak Night – no booking is required, just turn up and eat!
The Bell at Skenfrith has won many awards for its food, including The Best Place To Eat – Pub, as voted by the public, in the Wales National Tourism Awards. In 2017, it was the Regional Winner in The Food Awards Wales and Wales’ winner in the National Pub and Bar Awards. The Bell’s menus change regularly and offer locally-sourced seasonal food, some from the kitchen garden. On Sundays, the set lunch menu is available from 12pm until 5pm. Welsh Afternoon Tea, with all the works, can be booked by contacting reception or email. In good weather, guests may eat al fresco on the garden terrace, have a drink by the river or order a Bell Picnic to eat in the Orchard Garden. Private parties and small conferences are most welcome, by prior arrangement, and there is a lovely private room which can be reserved.
Come and experience Gloucestershire’s number one foodie destination Severn and Wye Smokery. An award-winning artisan and family-run business situated on the picturesque banks of the River Severn. Relax with a coffee and cake or stay longer for lunch or dinner and enjoy expertly cooked fish dishes from the amazing fresh fish counter.
The Wye Valley Hotel, near Tintern, loves to cook with freshly prepared, locally sourced produce and seasonal ingredients – from plump trout to game, lamb and tender steaks. Like fish and chips? Local ales are used for the lightest beer batter to coat fresh Cod, and the hand-cut chips are thrice-cooked (for the crispiest wedges with the fluffiest insides). The hotel also takes puddings seriously – making utterly delicious cheesecakes and tarts. They offer organic Marshfields and Brooke’s Dairy (those beautiful Jersey cows at the top of the valley). Want some cheese to finish? Let’s get really Welsh with a board that includes: an organic blue Perl Las; a chivey Tintern (of course); creamy, tangy Harlech; a plain Welsh Cheddar and a piquant grain mustard Y-Fenni.
A famous inn and restaurant since the 1960’s, two miles east of Abergavenny, the Michelin starred Walnut Tree offers proper dining and drinking in an informal setting. Food is an eclectic mix, based on chef Shaun Hill’s personal taste, paired with sound cooking techniques, rather than a particular country’s cuisine. A unifying feature is the core of excellent ingredients. The à la carte menu changes every day. Dishes are subject to availability of ingredients, especially relevant for fish and shellfish. They can prepare smaller portions of several dishes on the menu for junior (i.e. under 12) diners.