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Four of the best restaurants in the Forest of Dean

Posted on 15th March 2013

When staying in holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean, there will be something new and exciting to see and do each day. After spending a long day exploring the surrounding countryside or visiting one of the many great attractions, the best way to finish it off will surely be at one of these amazing restaurants which we believe are the crème de la crème of the Forest of Dean.


1. The Wharf House – For a mix of stunning location and great food, nowhere in the Forest of Dean is better than The Wharf House Waterside Restaurant. Situated along the canals which provide some great scenic walks on the outskirts of Gloucester, The Wharf House is all about relaxed fine dining and is proud of its connections with local suppliers. Their signature dessert, called The Wharf House Meringue, is a particularly delightful and refreshing dessert.

2. The Ugly Duckling Country Restaurant – Located in the small town of Lydney, The Ugly Duckling Country Restaurant has gained a loyal following of patrons who return time and time again for its warm welcome and outstanding quality of food. They offer cuisine from all four corners of the globe and come highly recommended for reasonably priced food and, notably, drink.

3. The Miners Arms – With a mission statement that says they need to try harder if people don’t choose to recommend them to friends, you know that a meal at The Miners Arms will deliver on all fronts. The menu is varied and there are plenty of options for a meal out that feels truly special. Their grills are particularly popular and they have special grill nights a couple of evenings a week; a must for steak lovers.

4. The Newent Tandoori – For a really special takeaway or a change from the English country pub atmosphere, the Newent Tandoori is a firm favourite with both locals and those who are enjoying Forest of Dean cottage holidays. It is worth noting that they do not have a license for alcohol, and instead they allow diners to bring along their own tipple. Because they don’t charge for corkage either, the bill is often a fraction of the price in most restaurants. As well as this advantage, the staff are happy to make suggestions of different dishes, advice that is helpful considering that the menu includes many specialities.

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