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The Farmers Boy Inn
Ranked #1 of 4 Longhope B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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20 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“So wanted to write fabulous things .......”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

As locals and, having seen Phil on Four in a Bed, we were intrigued to try out the fabulous Farmers Boy Inn so booked Sunday lunch with elderly Mum.

We had a warm welcome from the staff and were shown to a table that considered our request to be accessible for Mum. Staff attended and took a drinks order,and then disappeared for quite some time before our food order was taken. We were comfortable and enjoying the very evident Irish humour of the Pub so no problem. Main courses arrived and were fabulous. Our waitress came and cleared the table and asked if we would like puddings and we said "Yes". The pub started filling up and our waitress sort of disappeared ..... Eventually with Mum becoming agitated husband went to the Bar and waited to be served - skipped puddings and ordered coffees which arrived fairly promptly. The bill was presented and paid without anyone asking if everything was okay. We filled in the feedback form outlining the above and (so unusually for us!) left without leaving a gratuity for the staff - sorry!

Our comments on the form said that we felt the Chef had been let down by front of house staff and lack of continuity - just really needed one person to oversee the waiting side of things and the whole experience would have been brilliant.

We will be back but hope this review helps to make what is obviously a very successful business even better.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank KESGlos
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PhilKiernan, Owner at The Farmers Boy Inn, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Delighted you enjoyed 80% of your experience at the Farmers Boy Inn.

Not happy that we did not managed to make your experience 100%.

We appreciate your constructive comments which helps us grow as a family business driving us all in the same direction with the passion and energy that we love to create at the Farmers Boy Inn.

Please accept my apologizes and LOVE to Mum...

Kind Regards Phil
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Cinderford, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

I had my 40th Birthday meal at this pub with all my family recently. The food is lovely with plenty of choice for everyone, can't fault it. 11 meals had and not 1 thing wrong. Waitress and Bar Service is excellent. Lovely atmosphere in the restaurant and the Pie's are a must.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 40RachelN
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PhilKiernan, Owner at The Farmers Boy Inn, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Delighted you have a fantastic meal at the Farmers Boy Inn Rachel.

The Local community is vital for our business to grow and of course a BIG happy 40th..

Phil
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Bath, United Kingdom
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210 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013

Just spent a night at FBI as they call it. Yes,the room was on the small side and the bed on the large side but I'd rather it that way round than the other!!! Still plenty of room to move around the bed,small built in wardrobe and T n C in another.The en-suite was roomy enough,certainly the shower cubicle. The bathroom was clean with almost instant hot water. Although some would complain that the plumbing was noisey in room 5.The bed was on the firm side but we both slept well,could have been the wine that helped! These rooms aren't the most luxurious in comfort or decor but they served a purpose in a very convienient and beautiful part of the country as a getaway with a wowcher coupon including a fab breakfast. What really made our stay here so nice was the food in the pub.We had a light lunch when we arrived and checked in at 1 pm and dinner in the evening,now this place specialises in pies as they have a pie factory,so there are loads to choose from,but I went for the other "bloke" favourite,sausage and mash peas and caramelised onion gravy.I tend to think that £11.95 is a lot for bangers n mash but on this occasion it was worth every penny.The locally made pork and apple sausages were really nice,they do a GF one as well. My wife had a steak and it reminded us of the old steak days with a real juicy fat around it,superb pot of chips and a tasty salad. I can't fault this dinner or the wine,it really was fabulous.
I can't go with out a special mention to the staff that we met on the day,Lauren and Her sister Beth.
Lauren had been on dutie since seven a.m, checking customers in ( all 8 rooms were booked) answering the phone,serving at the bar and serving food etc.retaining a sense of humour and chattiness with the customers throughout. Well done girls. Mr Owner, the girls done good,as did the chef I must add.
Oh I nearly forgot,Lauren was on breakfast dutie the following morning, serving us with a fab selection of fresh local produce again.I must say that the coffee,although in a thermos self serve type container, was the best Ive had from a container like that.
So,we had a good discount with a Wowcher deal on an OK room and lovely breakfast but we did spend a further near £90 on some glorious extras.
Good luck to all.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank PAW400
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PhilKiernan, Owner at The Farmers Boy Inn, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Delighted you have a fantastic stay at the Farmers Boy Inn.

Lauren Fans i see.

She is a diamond along with all my staff and we look forward to welcoming back to the Farmers Boy Inn.
Watch out for the NEW Trip Adviser deals.

Kind Regards Phil Kiernan Proprietor
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Coventry, England, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for one night on a KGB deal, £39 for b & b. The rooms are in an annex at the rear of the pub. They are on ground floor and have everything you could need and very clean. bright and inviting. The bed is huge and very comfortable. Nice modern decor, spacious bathroom and great power shower. Room comes with tea and coffee making facilities, towels, flat screen t.v. and hair dryer. The pub itself is lovely, old fashioned and quaint and all the staff we met were lovely. Phil the manager was there and we had a laugh with him at breakfast over 'the envelope'. He was also happy to give us some advice where to visit locally. We are treating my parents to a couple of nights at The Farmers Boy Inn in July, and have recommended the wonderful pies, however there is an extensive home cooked menu and the food is delicious, good value and portion size. Breakfast is gorgeous too. Lovely local produce.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Andrea J
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PhilKiernan, Owner at The Farmers Boy Inn, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Thank you for your review. I am delighted that you have enjoyed your stay at The Award Winning farmers Boy Inn. We strive on a daily basis to push our business forward and also to listen you all customers reviews negative and positive. Customers service is key to our business and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Farmers Boy Inn. Kind regards Phil Kiernan
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Brighton
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights using a Wowcher which in our opinion makes it nearer the cost it should be for staying, but we found it clean and comfortable the room is on the small side though the breakfast was very good. We dined in the pub both nights and the food is excellent with lots of choice. There is plenty of easy parking.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Rayfbrighton
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PhilKiernan, Owner at The Farmers Boy Inn, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Thank you for your review. I am delighted that you have enjoyed your stay at The Award Winning farmers Boy Inn. We strive on a daily basis to push our business forward and also to listen you all customers reviews negative and positive. Customers service is key to our business and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Farmers Boy Inn. Kind regards Phil Kiernan
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Pano Stalos
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

Stayed here on the 10th May 2013 . Rooms far to small for the size of bed. Smallest T.V you can imagine and even the staff coudnt work it.. The room only had one bedside light working and even when pointed out to staff nothing was done about it. Cleaner should try cleaning at the back of bathroom door and under the bed and back of cupboards ,never see so much dust,. toilet was loose and needed attention. POWER SHOWER is a joke you could get wetter standing out side in a sun shower Dont expect a good nights sleep as i was kept awake with someone snoring in the next bedroom after being woken after 1.a.m with staff tipping bottles into the bins outside...Food not bad but for what it is, overpriced. When we left not once where we asked if everything had been O.K. Also got fed up of having review forms pushed at you. NEVER once saw the owners it seems as this place is totally run by staff..and not that well at that. For what it is supposed to be ( as you get constantly reminded) for the price would NOT stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
9 Thank Davidpanostalos
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PhilKiernan, Owner at The Farmers Boy Inn, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Hi and thank you for your review. We are all busy people with busy lives, busy rushing around, disappointed "disaponted" with somethings in life, disappointed with the colour of the sky, disappointed with the wrong shade car, disappointed with the food with eat, disappointed with life in general. Than there are people who embrace life, new adventures, new ideas, work and play together and try to enjoy everything that comes their way. Lets all raise our glass. Thank you
Phil Kiernan
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

Stayed for two nights through wowcher over Mat bank holiday. Directions good, welcome very hospitable, room clean with large bed, good shower. Great base to get to some great walks and attractions. Had evening meal - food & service excellent in lovely cosy surroundings, had to experience the famous pies! Although being vegetarian I was disappointed that there was only one option even though it was very tasty.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Tracey B
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PhilKiernan, Owner at The Farmers Boy Inn, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Thank you for your review. I am delighted that you have enjoyed your stay at The Award Winning farmers Boy Inn. We strive on a daily basis to push our business forward and also to listen you all customers reviews negative and positive. Customers service is key to our business and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Farmers Boy Inn. Kind regards Phil Kiernan
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Property: The Farmers Boy Inn
Address: Ross Road | Longhope, Forest of Dean, Longhope GL17 0LP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Gloucestershire > Longhope
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Longhope
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Farmers Boy Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Simply put, we love food. Not just for what it is, but for the experience that accompanies it. Homely surroundings, great company and conversation,attentive waiters, who become friends and of course fine wines from around the world. After a evening of gastro food delights, gourmet pies and laughter infront of the open fire retire to our courtyard of boutique individually designed rooms and drift off, to wake up to the sounds, sights and smells of the idyllic gloucestershire countryside. Followed of course by a hearty breakfast and maybe a stroll up the majestic May Hill ... more   less 
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