We stayed here on a Friday and Saturday night in April and had a fantastic time! The location is breathtaking, right next to the river with views around the valley.
Our room was compact but comfortable, with crisp white linen and fluffy towels. Everything was very fresh and clean. As our room was over the main part of the pub, and looking out to the river, it was a little noisy, but once the bar shuts at 11pm it quietens down!
There are 6 different real ales on tap, plus a huge selection of bottled ciders. The wine list is varied and interesting, and there is a large range of soft drinks and juices.
We had dinner at the pub both evenings. If you're staying in the pub a table is automatically reserved for you in the residents dining room, which is good, as all tables in the pub - both inside and out - were packed to the rafters! It's obviously a very popular place.
We both had steaks, which were easily the best steaks we'd ever had! Cooked to perfection and a good sized piece of meat. The chips were fantastic too and very plentiful. All rounded off with a nice bottle of Malbec. The steaks were the most expensive thing on the menu (£18-£20), the rest of mains are around £10-£15, so not outrageous. In fact, the food and wine were both so good we ate exactly the same the next night!
Breakfast was excellent - juices, cereal, yoghurts, and fresh fruit to start and then a choice of cooked. Full English, smoked haddock, kippers, smoked salmon. All freshly cooked and delicious! Tea and coffee is good too and the friendly staff are very efficient and happily provide refills if you want more.
The Saracens Head is literally half a mile from Symonds Yat rock. There's a lovely woodland walk (uphill!) if you turn left out of the inn and then follow the signposts. There's a stunning viewpoint and details of walks you can do.
The only small niggle is the parking at the inn - there are 5 (free) spaces which are notionally reserved for residents, but as it gets so busy it's a bit of a free for all. The rest of the parking in the area is pay and display between 8am-6pm. Both evenings (fortunately we arrived after 6pm) we had to park in the P&D and then play 'hawks' in the beer garden and watch and and wait for one of the Saracens Head spaces to become free! (If only to avoid getting out of bed at 8am to move it or to pay for parking!).
We had a lovely time, and can't wait for a return visit - thanks Pete and the rest of the team!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Saracens Head Inn has stood for centuries in its spectacular position on the east bank of the River Wye where the river flows into a steep wooded gorge, on the edge of the Forest of Dean. Popular with walkers, cyclists, canoeists, fishermen and fans of good food and real ales, the Inn has a relaxed ambiance throughout, from the flagstone bar to the cozy lounge and stylish dining room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Saracens Head Hotel Symonds Yat
- The Saracens Head Inn Symonds Yat, England