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“Never again”

The Hostelrie at Goodrich Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Goodrich
Certificate of Excellence
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Description: The Hostelrie at Goodrich is a country inn with rooms, a restaurant and bar. The 18th century gothic style building is situated in the pretty village of Goodrich, which is in the stunning Wye Valley close to the edge of the beautiful Forest of Dean surrounded by many historic market towns such as Ross on Wye and Monmouth the gateway to Wales. The Hosterlrie is family owned and run by the Landlord Ayrton. We want to make your experience with us memorable by providing a warm, friendly atmosphere along with great food, a fine selection of local ales and good wines.We look forward to welcoming you at the Hostelrie. Ayrton Lowther
Maidstone
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Never again”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

I understand that the restaurant changed hands in February this year(2013) my instincts told me to allow more time however a local friend had received good reports and accompanied us.
Although their is a gothic exterior once inside it is plain that both time and money have been spent on the interior as it is light and contemporary.
The restaurant is a good size but is a continuation of the bar.Diners should be aware that once this line of demarcation has been crossed prices are increased.
The menu selection is reasonable unless you are a veggie,there were just 2 dishes.I am not a big eater but the 3 small cuts of Sea Bass I was served were barely adequat.My wife had the other veggie dish and was equally disappointed;as was my son and our friend who had the meat course. The Sea Bass and my son's meat dish were grossly over priced.
The desserts were small and pricey.
Our local friend was highly embarrassed.
I hope this was just an off night and that things improve,however we won't be back.There are other restaurants in the area who have hospitality off to a tee,this was a waste of an evening.
On a practical note the toilets are neither obvious nor signed which caused embarrassment when I needed one before we left.It may have been something I ate.

  • Visited April 2013
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Gloucester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A refreshing change”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

Fantastic service, great breakfast (with black pudding) lively local pub, great selection of well kept beer, excellent bar staff and the owner was on the scene to make sure all was good for us. Cant fault it really.
Will try it again at some stage.

  • Visited April 2013
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“Great Restaurant with fantastic service & ambiance”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

I recently spent the weekend in Goodrich with my girlfriend as a small getaway over the Easter bank holiday. The area is lovely and we found this restaurant (also a nice looking B&B and comfortable pub) for our last evenings dining.

First impressions walking into the pub for a pre-dinner drink were very positive. The decor seemed recently refurbished & fresh but done in an expected and appropriate manner for that type of pub. Dark wood surfaces, plenty of local draft ales and a roaring wood burning stove created a relaxed yet buzzy atmosphere.

On being escorted through to the restaurant which we were told is a recent addition to the establishment under new Landlord Ayrtons' tenancy, we were delightfully surprised to find a particularly well turned out restaurant area. Not what we had necessarily expected for a local spot in the region.

The staff were attentive, friendly and courteous particularly Ayrton who would pop over for a check to make sure everything was OK on the odd occasion.

The wine selection was suitable and reasonably priced for the menu which was also ideal for what we were after. In a similar manner to the setting, the quality of the food went beyond our expectations also.

As for the food my girlfriends Goats' Cheese Croquettes starter went down to such a degree that I was refused even the smallest of samples. Although it was a pity the recipe was the chefs guarded family secret!

For the main course I had a perfectly cooked slab of Pork Belly with appropriate accompaniments which was thoroughly enjoyed. We were however unfortunately too stuffed for desert, the looks of which from other diners plates seemed to be of an equally high quality.

The atmosphere in the restaurant was sufficiently cheery and not overly loud. If anything slightly quiet; however as this is a relatively new venture it will no doubt take some time for word to spread in order to fill the dining room as it deserves.

Following our meal we retired to the adjoining lounge area which boasted another wood burning stove and comfortable red, leather sofas to finish off the evening in the perfect way next to the roaring fire.

Overall we couldn't rate this little gem highly enough and with such a beautiful surrounding area, if we were to return in the summer when it's a bit warmer - which is very possible - we wouldn't consider anywhere else for a great dining experience.

  • Visited April 2013
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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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“Restaurant Review”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

A lovely building in a lovely location. Real fires greeted us in the Restaurant by way of a log burner and real fire. The decor was nicely done and matched the building. The toilets were well stocked and clean. Although people seemed to wander through to use them from the bar.
A nice rear garden suitable for families and summer lounging.

The Sunday lunch was average. A shame that it did not live up the the ambiance of the place and the descriptive menu, service was friendly - though a little slow, the restaurant was not full. The mushrooms were hard and the meat under-cooked. The desert frozen, though we were told it was meant to be. However that said there were plenty of vegetables and the portion sizes were fine. The bill contained errors and had to be checked.
Overall, a few narrow adjustments and this could be a lovely place to dine.

  • Visited March 2013
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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“At last the locals can return”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

This pub/restaurant has recently re-opened, with a new management and revamped dining room, but the bar area, although spruced up, is much the same (Thank God). A limited bar menu, but none the worse for that, although would-be regulars will appreciate some occasional changes to the offerings and it is, perhaps, a little pricey for main courses? We had well cooked food, however, with excellent beer, so no complaints.
However, that said, the smart dining room and entirely new loos will be welcomed. How could anyone be missing the ambience of the old Gents?
Thoroughly recommended as a characterful pub in a rural village, hopefully in full swing for the coming spring and the summer walkers and tourists season.

  • Visited February 2013
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