This fine black-and-white, 16th-century inn is run by the McNeil family who pride themselves on…
The Coach House at England's Gate Inn
“Appealing menus in the heart of the countryside”
Within easy reach of Bodenham Lakes and Queenswood country park and arboretum, this black-and-white 16th-century inn is set in attractive gardens which are ideal for alfresco dining in summer. An all-day breakfast, pub classics, jacket potatoes and doorstep sandwiches are served at lunch, with chargrilled steaks, homemade pies and chicken schnitzel among the evening choices. The detached coach house has comfortable bedrooms, some with spectacular views.
- Open all year
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About the area
Herefordshire is split in two by the River Wye which meanders through the county on its way to the Severn and the sea. Largely rural, with Hereford, Leominster, and Ross-on-Wye the major towns and cities, its countryside and ancient villages are the county’s major asset.
Visitors can take advantage of a number of the trails which will guide them through areas of interest. Those especially interested in historic village life should try the Black and White Village Trail, which takes motorists on a 40-mile drive around timber-framed villages from Leominster to Weobley (established in the 17th century and known as a centre of witchcraft in the 18th), Eardisley (where the church boasts a 12th-century carved font), Kington, Pembridge and others. Other trails include the Mortimer Trail, the Hop Trail and the Hidden Highway, which goes from Ross-on-Wye to Chester. Hereford has a small Norman cathedral, which has a great forest of pink sandstone columns lining the nave. Inside is a chained library, a 13th-century Mappa Mundi (map of the world) and one of only four copies of the 1217 version of the Magna Carta.
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