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The Farmers Boy Inn
Ranked #1 of 4 Longhope B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
“top marks to phil and the team”
Reviewed December 16, 2013

this is our third time at the FBI as usual Phil and the team gave the highest customer service you could ask for, we have also experienced staying a few months ago with our dog who was fussed over by everyone. can't praise the accommodation and the pub highly enough ,food is best we have had from an Inn and if you are planning to visit the forest of dean do try and stay at FBI or at least try the hospitality believe me you will not be dissappointed

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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PhilKiernan, Owner at The Farmers Boy Inn, responded to this review, December 27, 2013
Top Marks for your review & Top Marks for taking the time to write to us.
Delighted that you had a great stay again and look forward to seeing you again very soon.
Merry Christmas
Phil Kiernan Proprietor
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

We purchased a B&B deal via Groupon and what a find!!!. This was our first visit to the Forest of Dean and certainly will not be our last.
The rooms are chalet style within the grounds of the Inn. They are spacious, clean and well appointed. When shown to our room, we were told anything that you require over and above what's here let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you - can't say fairer than that!. The room itself had 2 beds joined to make a king size bed. A hairdryer was available. Tea, coffee making with biscuits. There was a bathroom with shower, gel, shampoo etc - small but everything you need. My only reason for not scoring excellent on sleep quality is that the council were digging up the road the night we stayed and they dug most of the night and I wasn't able to sleep (this is not the fault of the owners - naturally)
We decided to book the restaurant for our evening meal and are so glad we did. Firstly the owner and the team are so friendly. The Inn itself is wonderful - really "oldy worldy". We ordered starters of muscles and prawns - both were very nice - the only downside I would say is that they were fairly expensive for the portion size (I don't think they have quite got that right - small issue, but in comparison to other restaurants I'd say the starters are overpriced). For our main course, I ordered duck breast and my husband one of their pies - beautiful on both counts - main courses are large - in hindsight we didn't need the starters. The wine was really good. Without a doubt we will return, and spend a weekend here to enjoy the food.
The local area is scenic, and definitely we only saw a little of what was on offer.
There's a little shop with 'Mad about pies' brand of pies on the premises. We purchased a few pies - all of which were very nice - but not of the quality my husband had eaten in his meal - in fairness they were well priced and tasty - just no-where near as juicy or as meaty.
We had a lovely experience overall. Please try this restaurant/Inn - we will be back.
Thank you to everyone for a great weekend.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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PhilKiernan, Manager at The Farmers Boy Inn, responded to this review, December 27, 2013
Thank You for your kind words. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay at the FBI. Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all from all the team.
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Phil Kiernan Proprietor
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Caerleon, South Wales
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

I stayed here with a friend for one night after our annual Christmas shopping trip to Hereford. We'd often driven past on our way home and decided to give it go. Firstly I need to say the staff are great! Really friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Hannah gave a very warm welcome and it's clear that her and Phil are a great team, sharing the same goal, which is to ensure everyone who visits has the best experience possible. Phil is energetic and hard working and says it how it is. He has a passion for his business which comes across in everything. Secondly, the room was very cosy and comfortable and contrary to what some other reviewers have said, very quiet. Now to the food! We both had the steak and Guinness and cauliflower pie with mashed potato and veggies. All of it was cooked really well, was piping hot and extremely tasty. We both had the smaller pie but it was still very substantial. From seeing what other diners were eating I have to say portions are extremely generous. We were able to go and choose our wine from the shop which was nice and Hannah was very knowledgeable about the stock. By the end of the evening we had met the whole family and it's clear that everyone who is connected with the pub loves it. Breakfast was tasty and filling and served very quickly. The only thing I would have changed would have been the mushrooms which I think were tinned (a personal dislike of mine). My friend forgot her toothbrush and after telling Phil he decided he would keep some behind the bar along with razors just in case another guest forgot in future. That sums Phil up - he just wants to keep on improving the Farmers Boy. All in all a fab night and we will definitely be back! Thanks to Phil, Manda, Hannah, Chef and the rest of the team for having us!

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PhilKiernan, Owner at The Farmers Boy Inn, responded to this review, December 27, 2013
Delight you had a great time at The Farmers Boy Inn. It was our pleasure to look after you and look forward to seeing you again very soon.
Happy New Year
Phil Kiernan Proprietor
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Tipton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

Really enjoyed our second stay last weekend. Management and staff are very welcoming and friendly and the food was excellent again. Superb standards delivered in a relaxed manner.
Can't wait for our next stay, thanks to you all.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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PhilKiernan, Owner at The Farmers Boy Inn, responded to this review, December 27, 2013
Thank you for you Kind words and hope you had a pietastic Christmas. We look forward to seeing you in 2014..
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

To stay in a Country Pub/Inn was a first for me and if the standard of Country Pubs is anything like this one, it certainly won't be my last! The ambience of the Farmers Boy Inn is most certainly due to the owner Phil who has obviously imparted his infectious enthusiasm to his wonderful staff, I honestly felt that as soon as my husband and I walked into the pub and were greeted by Phil and the girls, we were going to enjoy our stay.
Dinner in the restaurant was absolutely superb! Food - brilliant, staff - friendly, service - efficient, atmosphere was brilliant, the log fire just added to the ambience. If I were to rate The Farmers Boy Inn, I would rate it as a five star

Ps the pies are absolutely fantastic! We left with four and as soon as I post this, I am going on-line to buy some more!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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PhilKiernan, Owner at The Farmers Boy Inn, responded to this review, December 2, 2013
I promise this is not my Mum & Dad.
Thank you for your kind review, generous words and delighted you enjoyed your stay at the Farmers Boy. A return is a must and i look forward to seeing you in the new year. Have a Great Christmas.
Merry Christmas
Phil Kiernan Proprietor.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

We had a great stay at the Farmers Boy Inn, The team are very welcoming, great atmosphere, its a real home from home experience. The food is of great quality, service is very good and the rooms are perfect. I would extremely recommend a visit.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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PhilKiernan, Owner at The Farmers Boy Inn, responded to this review, November 23, 2013
Thank you Daniel, for taking the time and leaving a review. Delighted you both have a fantastic time at The Farmers Boy Inn. Have a great Christmas and look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.
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Phil Kiernan Proprietor
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

We wanted to have a two night break away to visit a couple of attractions around Gloucester & found this Inn advertised on a Groupon offer. After viewing the website and the owners video presentation we decided to book online. We weren't disappointed with our choice in the slightest. After parking in the good sized car park we entered and were warmly greeted and booked in, shown our accommodation, which was located at the rear of the property as one of eight chalet style rooms with a king sized bed. Some of the reviews we had seen mentioned some issues with road noise but throughout our stay we didn't find this a problem as even heavier vehicles could only be slightly heard passing by. We went into the inn for an evening drink and ordered our food choosing two pie meals, a speciality of the inn. Our meals were served and we thoroughly enjoyed every morsal, the pies were packed with flavour and substance and the whole dish was amazing. Needless to say, we ordered a desert each, also well enjoyed. We spent a few hours in the friendly lounge enjoying the ambiance and the chance to relax until we retired and again had a good nights sleep. Next morning we went for breakfast and were greeted by Phil, the proprietor and staff and ordered full English breakfasts. Once again we were impressed with the quality of food and left to start our day out in Gloucester very satisfied. Returning to the inn, we were warmly greeted again and chatted a little with Phil and the staff through the evening. For our evening meal we ordered two starters and mains of beef and mushroom lasagne and the fish supper. All we can say is that the meals were tremendous and the fish supper was pure theatre. Each tasted great, the presentation was wonderful and heartily consumed. We had a really good evening and again a sound nights sleep. We woke and looked forward to our breakfast and were again very pleased with the lovely breakfast, personally served by Phil. In summary, we would thoroughly recommend a stay at The Farmers Boy Inn to anyone, everyone made our stay very enjoyable, the food is superb and worthy of any four star hotel or good restaurant and we wouldn't hesitate to stay there again if we were traveling around the area or for another short break. Well done Phil and all your staff, always looking to do more for your guests in a wonderful establishment full of character and friendliness.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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PhilKiernan, Owner at The Farmers Boy Inn, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Review of the Year.......
Thank you for taking the time and effort to write your review. Its was a delight to read and a bottle of wine awaits you on your next visit.....Have a Great Christmas.......
See You in the New Year
Phil Kiernan Proprietor.
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Property: The Farmers Boy Inn
Address: A 40 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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