No Forest of Dean camping adventure is complete without a visit to a terrific local tavern, where cracking craft beers and tantalising local cuisine await you. Some of the region’s inns have stood for centuries, set in jaw-dropping locations bursting with ambience. Here’s a selection of the finest country pubs in Gloucestershire… Enjoy!
Tickle your taste buds with tasty tipples and wholesome food while absorbing the pleasant atmosphere, quirky features and stunning settings of the Forest of Dean’s finest country pubs. In the summer, sip a refreshing cold craft beer or cider in exquisite surroundings, and in the winter months, huddle around roaring log fires at one of these standout establishments...
The centuries old, Saracens Head Inn sits on the East Bank of the River Wye in Herefordshire. This friendly, family-run inn offers a selection of mouth-watering menus including lunch, dinner and dessert. In summer, dine and drink out on the incredible riverside terrace, enjoying real ales, fine wines and a steak dinner!
For the quintessential village pub experience at the heart of the Forest of Dean, the unique Ostrich Inn is the place to be. Enjoy eight real ales on tap and delicious homemade grub that you can enjoy out on the pub’s outdoor patio and remarkable walled garden. It’s a scenic spot to sample some of the local culinary delights.
A vintage village pub where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, the Tudor Farmhouse is a culinary oasis with a truly unique ambience. Enjoy a selection of classic wines, local ales and the tantalising six course tasting menu for an experience your taste buds won’t forget in a hurry.
The Butcher’s Arms Inn has stood since the 13th Century. This iconic tavern has an outstanding menu that combines signature dishes with traditional British favourites, using locally sourced ingredients. A variety of real ciders and ales are available on tap that will wet your whistle.
A stunning, 12th Century tavern, the Anchor Inn boasts a real open fire, a spectacular garden terrace, a children’s play area and extensive views of Tintern Abbey. Wine and dine in stunning surroundings enjoying delicious, home-cooked food, plus a selection of real ciders and ales.
A classic country pub, the quirkily named Moody Cow has an unrivalled ambience. With an innovative menu created using locally sourced ingredients, an extensive wine list, plus a huge range of cask ales, local ciders and continental lagers, the Moody Cow is a superb venue for the ultimate culinary experience.
Where Gloucestershire and Herefordshire collide, the Kilcot Inn sits on the border of these beautiful regions. This tavern oozes traditional, with its charming exterior and cosy atmosphere, the Kilcot Inn offers locally sourced, seasonal food with a twist, plus a selection of fine wines, real ales and ciders.
An award-winning, coach house style tavern, the Farmer’s Boy Inn is renowned for its gourmet pies and a la carte menu. With a great variety of cask and draught ales, world lagers and locally produced ciders, the Farmer’s Boy Inn is a vintage venue in which to enjoy a pint or two. A huge selection of world wines are also available.
A village pub and a curry house combined, for the ultimate gastronomic experience. The Forge Hammer serves a range of cask conditioned ales, draught lagers and ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks. It even has its own Microbrewery! River Spice gives you a taste of the Indian Sub-Continent right at the heart of the Forest of Dean.
The 250-year-old Fountain Inn is a family-run tavern adorned with historical memorabilia depicting life in the village of Parkend. The pub has a hugely nostalgic ambience and a homely feel, serving home-cooked meals including steak, curry and hotpots, plus a selection of traditional ales, ciders and craft beers.
For a friendly, welcoming dose of Forest of Dean hospitality, the region’s taverns are the place to be. A family meal out would cap off any Forest of Dean National Park camping adventure. Enjoy!
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