Discover the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Top Pubs

The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean offers a wide range of homely traditional pubs that have a wide variety of high quality local food and real ales. Why not have a browse and decide which one to visit first? 


Saracens Head Inn

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The Saracens Head Inn occupies a unique position on the East bank of the River Wye where it flows into a steep gorge on the edge of the Forest of Dean. The Inn has a reputation for high quality food, using fresh local ingredients where possible, with a regularly changing menu and daily specials. They serve a wide variety of dishes that change from season-to-season – sandwiches and filled organic baguettes are also served during lunchtimes. Meals can be enjoyed in an informal dining room, the lounge area, the bar or on the riverside terraces, all served in a relaxed and friendly environment.


The Fountain Inn


A friendly, family run, award winning village pub, that’s well known locally for its excellent meals and real ales, in the Forest of Dean. Built 250 years ago, it was extended to provide refreshment and accommodation for travellers when the Severn and Wye Railway began operating passenger trains to the village in 1875. It is now the oldest surviving building in Parkend, and the many photographs and artefacts which adorn its walls provide a fascinating insight into the history of village life. It offers a wide choice of good quality, home-cooked, meals, ranging from steaks to curries and hot-pots. Almost all of their meat comes from butchers within 4 miles of Parkend and they support many other producers in the Forest of Dean. At the bar you’ll find local real ales on tap, as well as a wide selection of other beers and wines.


Kilcot Inn


The newly restored Kilcot Inn places an emphasis on tradition, offering  quality food and service with a wide range of ales and ciders. A destination pub that puts a value on really good food, really good drinks, leading to a really enjoyable time! Join them at lunchtime or in the evenings for a wide selection of locally sourced, seasonal food with their own ‘twist’. Real ales and ciders are balanced with a well thought out wine list focusing on quality and value. The Kilcot’s food style is modern English food with their own unique twist and the menu caters for lunchtime snackers as well as diners looking for something a little more substantial.  They source quality, local and seasonal produce from within a 30 mile radius of the inn.  The daily lunch menu changes with the seasons and the dinner menus change every 6 -8 weeks.


Moody Cow Country Pub


The Moody Cow has created the perfect place to relax and enjoy superb food, drinks and hospitality in a delightful village setting. Their food is cooked from scratch using an abundance of fresh, local ingredients with a selection of cask ales kept in superb condition and will always feature a locally brewed beer, as well as stocking a range of continental lagers and locally produced ciders. At the Moody Cow the menu changes on a daily basis, and food is cooked using only the best quality, fresh, mostly local ingredients available. All of their dishes are cooked freshly to order, and they make all of their own chutney, marmalade, dips, and sauces from scratch.

Children, dogs and muddy boots are welcome as long as they are with well behaved adults!


The Butchers Arms

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One of the oldest pubs in the Forest, welcoming locals and visitors since the 13th Century. Their menu combines signature dishes with traditional British favourites using local suppliers when possible.


Old Court Hotel


The Old Court Hotel offers a wide range of great tasting food which suits all budgets and tastes. They offer a wonderful fine dining experience in a beautiful and historic Tudor Dining Room restaurant, a relaxing lunch or evening meal in the light and airy conservatory and traditional pub meals in the equally charming and atmospheric Cotswold Bar. The Old Court Hotel restaurant menu and specials board varies with the seasons and they pride themselves on the quality of their food and sourcing produce from the best suppliers in Herefordshire and the Wye Valley.


The Anchor Inn


The Anchor Innn is situated alongside the River Wye, with the stunning backdrop of Tintern Abbey. Dating back to 12th Century, with dining rooms and the Garden Room Conservatory that houses the Tearooms. Their menus offer a cuisine of excellent local produce along with a range of locally brewed ales, beers and ciders. They pride themselves in being able to provide fresh, quality ingredients, sourced as locally as possible, ensuring that only the finest ingredients go into every freshly cooked meal.


The Red Hart Inn


The Red Hart Inn is a family owned free-house located on the edge of the beautiful Forest of Dean. The traditional bar area has flagstone floors and oak beams with a wood burner creating a welcoming atmosphere. Dogs are welcome in the bar area. Outside there is a large beer garden and children’s play area. On the patio they host barbecues on Saturday nights throughout summer (weather permitting). They serve good home cooked food seven days a week, ingredients are sourced locally and they even rear their own pigs. They serve four real ales and a cider on hand pull, and regularly use local breweries.


The Farmers Boy Inn

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The Farmer’s Boy Inn is owned by Phil & Manda Kiernan and with their dedicated team have been welcoming guests & friends to this cosy country inn for over 16 years. Their ambition is to provide a warm and friendly ambience, making it the ideal place for you to indulge, enjoy and relax. Head Chef Richard and his team work tirelessly to source the highest quality local produce, blended seamlessly with their passion for providing an excellent meal every time and you’ve got the perfect night out. Working with a local independent wine supplier to ensure that some of the best world wines both by the glass or the bottle are provided. Most of their Award Winning Gourmet Pies & our a la carte Menu are available “Gluten Free” now.


Bells Clubhouse


Bells Hotel is a place to relax and unwind, visit the local area or simply play golf.  The Clubhouse bar is open all day every day and serves drinks and bar snacks throughout. The restaurant is open for breakfast and evening meals, serving superb cuisine. All dishes are homemade using fresh local produce where possible. They boast a team of chefs who have been with them for many years and continue to serve wonderful traditional food that is always popular with guests; a variety of vegetarian dishes are also available and they can also cater for those with special diets.


The Alma Inn


A real ale pub, set within spacious grounds. The Alma is cosy and relaxed, where visitors and locals alike can enjoy a good pint or tuck into a tasty bar snack or pub meal. Children & dogs welcome! A true country pub on the edge of the beautiful village of Linton, five miles from Ross on Wye. Their tasty home cooked pub food is prepared using the best locally sourced ingredients. The menu is small and seasonal, and changes regularly. Offering a range of bar snacks, such as home-made Scotch Eggs and Welsh Rarebit, pub classics, such as Beer Battered Fish & Chips and seasonal specials, such as Stuffed Pheasant. There is also a kids menu (small portions of the good stuff!).


The Ostrich Inn


A proper 13th century country pub opposite the Cathedral of the Forest, with eight Real Ales and great food. The lovely scenic old pub is in beautiful Newland village, on the western edge of the Forest of Dean and adjoins the Wye Valley. The Ostrich Inn is a free house renowned for its excellent food with one of the best restaurants in the area, catering for a wide variety of tastes, including vegetarians.  Delicious home made dishes are created and freshly prepared on the premises producing an extensive and varied menu not available in many other local establishments.  As well as the intimate restaurant and welcoming bar, in the summer months visitors can also relax on the outdoor patios and in the large walled garden at the back.


The Miners Arms


The Miners Arms is a friendly, welcoming pub that is now established among locals as a valued and well supported hostelry, and is a multi-award winning family owned free house pub and restaurant. It has won both ‘Restaurant Of The Year’ and ‘Pub Of The Year’ at the local ‘Forester Newspaper’ business awards and has been highly commended as a live music venue in the national ‘Pub Of The Year’ awards. The Miners is also CAMRA’s inaugural ‘Cider Pub Of The Year’. The pub features both front and rear beer gardens and a dedicated heated timber-frame and slate roof smoking shelter. It has three dining areas, the bottom bar, the conservatory and the ‘Carriage Room’. A large patio area is ideal for BBQ parties. A traditional open fire and a wood burner enhance the friendly and welcoming atmosphere that can be felt as soon as you enter the pub. Well behaved dogs are welcome too!


The Forge Hammer and River Spice


Popular local village pub 100m from the River Wye serving excellent real ales, ciders and lagers. It offers a selection of bar snacks but also has the River Spice Indian Restaurant located within. To compliment their fantastic menu they are also able to offer a range of cask conditioned ales, draught lagers and ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks. Offering a new and exciting taste of the Indian Sub-Continent, River Spice staff offer diners a gastronomic experience, a wonderful place to take or meet your friends and family.


To see what you could do before or after visiting these great pubs, have a look at our What’s On Page for ideas to plan your day out!


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