The Royal Lodge stands at the top end of the village overlooking the River Wye. Bedrooms are…
The Saracens Head Inn
“Former cider mill in an unrivalled location”
SYMONDS YAT [EAST], HEREFORDSHIRE
Occupying a stunning position on the east bank of the River Wye, The Saracens Head can be reached by the inn’s own ferry, which still operates by hand, just as it has for the past 200 years. There’s a relaxed atmosphere throughout the 16th-century inn, from the bar (serving Wye Valley ales), the cosy lounge and stylish dining room, and two sunny terraces overlooking the Wye. If you come at lunchtime, try beer-battered haddock; lamb, rosemary and red onion burger with celeriac rémoulade, gentleman's relish and home-made chips; or pan-seared polenta cake with mushroom velouté, wild mushrooms, wild rocket and vegetarian parmesan. Complete your meal with one of the home-made desserts on the blackboard. A stay in one of the ten en suite bedrooms is a must if you’re exploring this area.
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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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