Herefordshire seems to be such a sad contradiction in that it offers such a wealth of fine produce yet has so few places to eat to which one feels impelled to return; the Greenman is one of them.
It was recommended to us by someone who had not visited it since it was refurbished and he spoke very well of it as it was. We first visited a little over 18 months ago after its reopening and must have returned to eat there at least 20 times since, which surely speaks for itself! Were it within easy walking distance as it is for those who live in the delightful village of Fownhope and we could treat it as our "local", we'd probably be well on the way to bankruptcy by now!
Parking is easy and convenient; the location, close to the glorious Wye, is a delight. The refurbishment has been carried out with great imagination. The service is consistently excellent - efficient, observant and pleasant but never overbearing - and we are always made to feel most welcome. The Greenman is family run - and it shows - although I'm sure that we are far from alone in missing Ramon and Sue now that they're no longer putting in their appearances! The talented chef has never once let us down, his offerings being consistently very fine and occasionally excellent even beyond the high expectations to which the Greenman has long since accustomed us.
We have had about four stays there and, whilst Room 10 is our favourite room and is a decent size with a little balcony overlooking the always well-kept garden, it has no bedside tables and the noise from an extractor on the side of the neighbouring Wye Leisure Centre can be something of a nuisance and appears to be 24/7. Some of the other rooms are rather small and certainly not really best equipped for long stays (wardrobe space being quite limited). Bathrooms have been refurbished beautifully and at considerable expense, although some are a little cramped.
We had the most delightful New Year's Eve experience there almost a year ago and a Spanish evening at the end of last March was truly spectacular; a few more such special occasions might not be a bad idea - so, on with that thinking cap, Felipe!...
Overall, we are very fond of the place and have just booked once again for lunch in three days' time.
All in all, the Greenman is one of Herefordshire's real gems!
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- Also Known As:
- Green Man Hotel Fownhope
- The Greenman Fownhope, Herefordshire