Dining with the Fam
What. No Nando’s? No worries, what the region lacks in fast food chains it makes up for with locally sourced crowd-pleasing burgers, ice cream, pies and veggie and vegan food. Hungry teens will love the variety and generous portions.
Giant Pies and Behemoth Burgers - The Farmer’s Boy
This inn is gaining a reputation for big food with its big ugly burger challenge (a 12-inch burger, the equivalent of eight quarter pounders). A challenge for all the family though is the giant pie, as big as a baby and made to order! Guaranteed to satisfy the hungriest of appetites.
Real Fish and Chips – Severn & Wye Smokery
The region’s most acclaimed smokery is located on the edge of the forest by the River Severn and is the perfect pit stop to refuel with some authentic fish and chips. If you are self-catering stock up here too on all manner of fishy and smoked delights in the deli and fish mongers.
Good Burgers – The Butchers Arms
This traditional pub in the heart of Clearwell offers an amazing range of burgers, including three tasty vegetarian options. Start with loaded nachos and finish with an ice cream sundae.
Carnivorous Teens – The Ostrich Inn
For teens with a carnivorous appetite, The Ostrich Inn provides some very meaty options. Enjoy the locally sourced wild boar sausages or feast on a rack of ribs (extra napkins provided).
Riverside – Saracens Head
The ideal combination with a day of canoeing, kayaking or SUPing, the Saracens Head is located at Symonds Yat where many trips end. Enjoy classic hearty meals including mac and cheese, burgers and a selection of fish. It is also where Netflix’s Sex Education is filmed.
La de da tea – The Speech House
Live like a queen (or king) with a spot of afternoon tea in the Orangery at the historic Speech House hotel. Enjoy tea served in fine bone china and a tiered cake stand of indulgent treats.
Gourmet teens - The Lyon Inn
For those who enjoy sophisticated dining this pub only allows over 11-year olds in the restaurant after 7.30pm. No highchairs, no nuggets but handmade pasta, gourmet burgers and popcorn brûlée for dessert. Delicious.
Award Winning Gelato – Green & Jenks
Amazing traditionally made ice cream at the heart of Monmouth, this café offers it all with sorbets for vegans and flavours including Oreo Cookies and Nutella. The perfect place to cool down on hot summer days.
Local & Sustainable - Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop and Café
This shop and café is community owned, run by volunteers and specialises in local produce. There’s even a zip wire outside for young and old to enjoy, as well as wifi for updating the socials.