The @aboutglos guide to good pubs and pub grub in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley AONB. There are many options to visit, including many that are pet-friendly. Some villages such as Redbrook on the River Wye have 2 pubs and not much else. These pubs are the heartbeat of the community. Many of the local pubs have a beer garden and outside seating, thus making them rather pleasant on a summer’s day.
Pubs in The Forest of Dean
Some of the best forest of dean pubs that serve drinks and food throughout the local area.
The Farmers Boy in Longhope
An award-winning 17th Century Inn set in the idyllic village of Longhope. This place specialises in gourmet pies including steak & Guinness, steak & ox kidney, Lamb pie and much more. About The Farmers Boy…
The Saracen’s Head in Symonds Yat in The Wye Valley
The Saracen’s Head at Symonds Yat East is a friendly pub and restaurant on the bank of the River Wye. It a very busy spot on sunny days, as it is near the campsite and near all the Symonds Yat activity centres.
Miners Arms Pub in Whitecroft
When visiting the Miners Arms, it is always welcoming; they serve wonderful food and provide excellent service. The bar area is cosy with a friendly vibe. They also have a front and rear beer garden for customers to enjoy on warm days. https://www.theminersarmswhitecroft.com/
The Woodman Inn Parkend
A local pub in Parkend that @aboutglos recently visited after a day out at Dean Forest Railway. This is a nicely decorated establishment with a bar, restaurant and outdoor seating area. https://www.thewoodmanparkend.co.uk/
The Doghouse Pub Coleford
A pub in the centre of Coleford, the Forest Deli, recommended visiting on Twitter. Wednesday nights they have a quiz night, which was very busy and had a good vibe. The Doghouse served a wonderful selection of local ciders and other drinks. They describe themselves as a Micro Pub that sells Real Ales, local ciders & great wine + our new gin bar! An old-fashioned traditional pub, but with a modern twist. https://www.facebook.com/Thedoghousemicropubcoleford/
Royal Spring Inn a Pub in Lydbrook
The Royal Spring Inn is a lovely country pub in the Forest of Dean. They are in a remote location along narrow country lanes near to Lydbrook. The Royal Spring Inn has a cosy interior and a beer garden where you can enjoy a drink or a meal. They have good options at their bar, including beers and ciders. They have some great food options, including a roast dinner. As a bonus, they also have a pool table where you can enjoy a game. Overall, the Royal Spring Inn is a pleasant place, especially for refreshments if cycling or hiking in the area.
The Angel Hotel Coleford
This is the first establishment you will see if arriving in Coleford by bus. It is opposite the clock tower in the centre of Coleford. A welcoming pub with a few bowls of finest dog water inside. The Angel serves an array of drinks at reasonable prices and from experience; the locals are a friendly bunch. https://angelhotel.southcoastinns.co.uk/
Punch House in Monmouth
@aboutglos visited the Punch House pub at the end of a very long walk down the Wye from Symonds Yat. The pub was just what we needed and served us up a succulent burger and a local pie dinner. https://www.sabrain.com/pubs-and-hotels/south-wales/monmouthshire/punch-house-new/
The Boat a pub in Redbrook, Wye Valley
The Boat pub is located just over river Wye from Redbrook in Penallt. To access it you need to cross the Penallt Viaduct (Redbrook Railway Bridge) by foot. They serve an excellent selection of local ciders and meals for diners. https://www.theboatpenallt.co.uk/
The Ostrich Inn Newland
A recent @about discovery on a walk from Coleford to Redbrook recently when I noticed this quaint pub near to Newland Church. The Ostrich is a pleasant venue that serves great food and has a very nice rear garden. They describe itself as a free house renowned for excellent food. http://theostrichinn.com
The Bailey Inn in Yorkley
The Bailey Inn is a typical country pub in Yorkley. They serve excellent food and local ale and cider. They have a pleasant venue and also a beer garden for you to have a drink outside. WhatPub also considered them a family friendly pub.