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The Saracens Head Inn
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Symonds Yat East, Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6JL, England   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Symonds Yat B&B and Inns
Bath, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
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“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

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!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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West Yorkshire
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10 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Had a 1 night stay prior to a meeting nearby the following morning. Arrived approx 7pm on mild spring evening. inviting pub, waterfront location, great selection of beer & cider and a good menu.
Room was good for the cost and actually better than expected from the website. Good sized room, SKY TV and a decent modern clean bathroom. The location really makes this place and I'd return with family!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for three nights, as a base for Symonds Yat rock. It's a great location, perfect fit rock climbing, hiking, canoeing and exploring the Forest of Dean. It's an old building so as you could imagine the rooms are quite small, but we had a view of the river, and the bed was comfortable. The shower room was Okay- electric shower lacked punch a bit, but the room and shower room was clean and well presented, no kitch, no dirt. The staff were very friendly and the breakfast was excellent. Be aware that the rooms are right above the pub bar area so if your in bed early you'll be able to hear the bustle downstairs - it's not too loud and if your from the city it's probably normal, but if your used to silence at night it might be a concern. You could ask for a room further along the corridor. The big treat was the wonderful breakfasts. Lovely fresh fruit and hot croissants and pain au chocolat and a great English breakfast, or haddock salmon or kippers to get you going for the great out doors. At £80 per night it's not the cheapest option but the location a breakfasts probably merit it. Plenty of space to park right outside too, which is a plus.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

What a contrast, the last time we stayed it was a winter Narnia covered is snow and magical. This week its transformed into Spring with a Dawn chorus second to none. Delicious food and wine as usual, a restful nights sleep in crisp white linen and then the dawn chorus. We left the windows open so that we could hear the birdsong at dawn and were awakened to the beautiful sounds of the valley and river. Such a peaceful spot at any time of year, and then that bostin breakfast, bliss.

Room Tip: All rooms are good but for a special treat try 10, 11 or 12.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Thanks to all at the Saracens Head Inn for making our break fantastic. We've been going here every year for the last 6 or 7 years. The rooms provide all the necessities and the food at breakfast and dinner is great. Of course the bar is also another plus. It's close by to the Forest of Dean for the many choices of walks and cycling. It's also ideally located for the cycle from Symonds Yat to Monmouth. Already looking forward to next year's trip.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

The food here is expensive for a pub and the menu pretentious, unfortunately if you are staying at Symonds Yat East and do not want to drive anywhere this is the only place for an evening meal, the staff are very pleasant and the pub is good with a selection of beers but it would benefit from some more basic realistically priced food.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

A stop for a snack lunch on a winter walk prompted a spur of the moment hotel booking. We'd stopped several times previously either for just a drink during a walk or for a snack at the end of one. The thought of a comfortable base for a couple of days meant the pleasure of the walking without the boredom of driving here each day.
I made a mess of the original booking but a quick e-mail soon had things sorted and we arrived to a very friendly welcome and were shown to a comfortable little room with a delightful river view.
Our evening meal was first class and the service was exceptional. Breakfast the next morning was very good and we both started our day's walk feeling uncomfortably full.
We stayed for three nights (having only booked two) and were treated to fine dining and excellent hospitality throughout the stay. ALL the staff we met were friendly and helpful and we really enjoyed the break.
We will most certainly be back to take advantage of the walking, the scenery and, above all, the magnificent hospitality.
If we have a regret it has to be that by reporting this on Trip Advisor we will be encouraging other people to visit and the hotel might be full next time we want to visit.

Room Tip: You definitely need a river view!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Symonds Yat East, Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6JL, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Herefordshire > Ross-on-Wye > Symonds Yat
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Symonds Yat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Saracens Head Inn 4*
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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