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Some of the best pubs in the Forest of Dean

Posted on 01st July 2013

Whilst exploring the glorious countryside rightly remains the most popular way of spending time on Forest of Dean getaways, one of the best things about going on holiday is being able to settle down for a relaxing meal or drink with your friends and family. Below we have detailed three of our favourite pubs that can be found around the area, all of which also boast high quality restaurant facilities.


The Mill Race near Ross-on-Wye has received plaudits from critics and diners alike in recent years, not least being named as the UK Food Pub of the Year in 2009. It may be a popular selling point which many pubs lay claim to these days, but sourcing ingredients from the local area really is important at the Mill Race. The varied but classic dishes on its menu are made, wherever possible, with produce from within 20 miles and often from their own farm, which is located just two miles away.

The village of Clearwell, meanwhile, is home to the famous Butchers Arms which – dating back to the 13th century – is officially among the oldest pubs in the Forest of Dean. The Butchers has a number of signature dishes to choose from, as well as a mouth-watering selection of regularly changing modern meals. This pub is renowned for its warm atmosphere and friendly service, offering a truly traditional drinking and dining experience.

Staying at holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean provides a gateway to some of the finest culinary spots in the country, and the Miners Arms at Whitecroft is widely regarded as being one of the best of all. With a string of accolades to its name — including CAMRA’s first ‘Cider Pub of the Year’, local ‘Restaurant of the Year’ and ‘Pub of the Year’, as well as recognition as an excellent live music venue in the overall ‘Pub of the Year’ awards — this 100% family friendly establishment is as welcoming and enjoyable a place as you are likely to find.

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