: a pub that welcomes dogs
Saracen’s Head Inn, Symonds Yat East, HR9 6JL 01600 890435, Riverside gastro-pub. Walk (1½ miles).
Dog and Muffler, Joyford, GL16 7AS 01594 832444, Local produce and real ale – a hidden gem! Walk (2 miles).
Ritmo Tapas Bar, Coleford, GL16 8AG, 01594 836408, Town-centre tapas and cocktail bar in a converted bank. Walk (2 miles).
The White Horse, Staunton, GL16 8PA (3 miles), 01594 834001, Gastro-pub food, large garden, local beers.
The Forge Hammer, Lower Lydbrook, GL17 9NP (3½ miles), 01594 860310, Local beers and bar food; on-site micro-brewery with vegan ales; Indian restaurant attached.
The Ostrich Inn, Newland, GL16 8NP (4 miles), 01594 833260, Ancient local inn, homemade food. One of Alistair Sawday’s ‘Special Places’.
The Miners Country Inn, Sling GL16 8LH (4 miles) 01594 836632 Great local food: Sunday roast to carve at your table, good value early evening meals and Pot Luck Monday is recommended.
The Ore Pool, Sling, GL16 8LH, (4 miles), 01594 833883, Honest home-cooked food at very good prices.
The Boat Inn, Penallt, NP25 4AJ (4 miles), 01600 712615, Proper old pub with real ales, homemade food and local ciders and perries. Park at Redbrook and cross the river by the old rail bridge.
Ye Olde Hostelrie, Goodrich HR9 6HX (4 miles), 01600 890241, A cosy, rustic pub specialising in local produce with seasonal menus.
Speech House, Coleford, GL16 7EL (5 miles), 01594 822607. Former 17th century hunting lodge with a lovely orangery where dogs and muddy boots are welcome. For fine food, morning coffee and afternoon teas.
Tudor Farmhouse, Clearwell, GL16 8JS, (5 miles), 01594 833046, Fine dining, seasonal menus, local produce. Restaurant or bar meals, plus afternoon tea.
The Butchers Arms, Clearwell, GL16 8JS, (5 miles), 01594 834313. Lovely old-fashioned pub, great Sunday lunch.
The Woodman, Parkend GL15 4JF (6 miles), 01594 563273, Traditional country inn serving food 12-9pm every day.
The George, St Briavels, GL15 6TA (7 miles), 01594 530228, A traditional pub in a lovely village.
No3 Restaurant, Ross HR9 5BU (7 Miles) 01989 564997 Modern rustic restaurant and wine bar in town centre. Quality, fresh food, including vegetarian. Good cocktails.
Monmouth, (7 miles), Bangladeshi (Misbah – 01600 714940), Mexican (Moco’s – 01600 712001), Pizza Express (01600 719720), family-run Italian (La Piccola – 01600 712527), breakfast to cocktails and vegan menu (Estero Lounge – 01600 714164 ), Thai (The Whole Earth – 01600 715555), contemporary Indian (Jewel Balti – 01600 719998) etc.
The Miners Arms, Whitecroft, GL15 4PE (8 miles), 01594 562483, Interesting pub food, great local beers and ciders. A full calendar of jazz, blues and folk nights.
The Whitebrook, Whitebrook, NP25 4TX, (10 miles), 01600 860354, For that special occasion: Michelin starred Chris Herrod produces ‘Wye Valley on a plate’ (we recommend the tasting menu).
The Bell at Skenfrith, NP7 8UH, (12 miles), 01600 750235, 2007 Michelin Pub of the Year.