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Built from golden stone quarried in the village itself, The Howard Arms really is part of the local community. Hearty flavours are the order of the day...
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Oh dear - Oh dear !! This has gone up and down in standards again and again over the past 20 plus years and sadly it is really not worth a visit at present whatsoever ! Very pricey to start with so you expect good...nosh ! My lemon sole had its head and tail hanging off both sides of the small plate dripping butter everywhere when placed before me . My husbands meal was not very good at all either - £27.50 for a lemon sole and pretty much for the same price for a Barnsley chop ( more fat than meat ) . So over £50 for two pretty poor main courses. The whole meal was really not good full stop . Again oh dear - it really isn't hard to prepare and present good pub food .More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lunch on Saturday. Busy with a super atmosphere. No snack (sandwich) menu only main meals. Whilst a good selection, the accompaniments were lacking. One would expect a small salad with a burger or a vegetable side with mains. Service friendly and attentive. Over priced for...quantity and quality.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We both enjoyed a starter and then the fish and chips mains. All were excellent. Service was first class and we found the wine list was also easy to choose. It was busy but well managed and our reserved table was ready just after we...arrived Will returnMore

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were recommended to the Howard Arms by a shepherd's hut proprietor in Tredington close by. We were late for our table due to traffic but managed to forewarn them by phone and they were as helpful and accommodating as they could be. The people...were lovely and the meal was great. Very cosy and well presented pub. We did not stay the night but the rooms look super.More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Howard Arms is one of our absolute favourites for Sunday lunch or a cosy evening by the fire. It’s good country pub food and offers of great beers or wine. We’re always welcomed and find the atmosphere really relaxing, especially by the fire. Definitely...worth a trip to stunning Ilmington!More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 30 March 2022

I've been visiting The Howard Arms for many years, I live locally. The food was disappointing to say the least. The roast beef was tough and fatty, and two mean slices served, this applied to the roast lamb, the roast pork was passable. Our plates...were served with the vegetables on, how does the chef know how much and what vegetables we would like to choose from !!!! Sorry Howard Arms, you fell short of even good.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 28 March 2022 via mobile

A very nice pub with great beer and food. We had a lovely meal the service was good and it had a friendly atmosphere in the eating area the food was better than we expected and the only downside was the price, we felt it...was very expensive for a pub meal. The price we paid is what you would expect to pay for a Michelin stared restaurant in London.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 26 March 2022

A good welcome from a young waitress, who showed us to our table along with the menu. The remainder of our group joined us and another waitress asked about drinks very friendly and polite. Excellent knowledge of beers available , another good point. Ordered our...starters & main meal all of which were excellent. Recommend the Balata, hake and plaice. Burger was excellent (maybe could have a small salad garnish)? (Proper)Chips good too. Dessert of sticky ale , very light and delish. I had rice pud with rhubarb.... pudding could have been a little less firm, more milky and rhubarb could have been 'cubed'. Would travel there again at the drop of a hat. Found all the staff well mannered , helpful and cheerful. Excellent.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 27 February 2022

We have just had a family roast dinner here, two ladies sat on a table near us with two dogs, my son ( age 6) went to walk pass there table and one of the dogs went for my son, he obviously got very upset-...I was trying to comfort him, when the owner of the dog started getting abusive and didn’t once ask if he was ok!! She had continued to be rude after us asking her to stop (wind your neck in love!! 🙄) as was making my son more upset! We decided to leave as the kids were very upset, the manager did absolutely nothing about this and just said “we are dog friendly “ HELPFUL!! We were made to feel we did something wrong, does it take a child being physically attacked??!! We will never return to this pub for the extremely poor customer service!! Some of the food was lovely but unfortunately this horrendous women with her uncontrollable dog completely ruined our afternoon ! My advice avoid or keep your kids away from scary looking women With yappy dogs!!More

Date of visit: February 2022
Pawel S, General Manager at The Howard Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2022

Hello, We are dog-friendly pub and allow well behaved dogs with their owners to come and enjoy food and drink. I have to say that there was another part of the story which is missing in your review.. I am sorry that your child got...More

Reviewed 25 February 2022

I'm no 'Alistair Sawday', but I do know a good find when I've been there. The Howard Arms is quite simply, the personification of one of 'England's finest hidden gems'. From walking through the door to a greeting or warm and sincerity, to the over...all staff attentiveness (Dom, Des and 'the bendy lady'!! you'll know how I mean when you go!) this Inn makes England proud. It's difficult to some up with out writing pages of compliments that could take me hours. So in short: The hospitality and attentiveness was full of genuine warmth and feeling. The food, where do I start?? well, the crab starter not just exceeded expectations, it blew our minds. 'The Duck', was absolutely 'quacking!!' the wine, good value and good quality. The venue, quite simply, Quintessential England, a roaring hot open fire in the heart of the countryside with good old flag stone floors. Great for taking your boots off after a hard walk in the fresh air. But what made it the most, and having worked in hospitality myself many years ago, was the staff. Warm, friendly, sincere and most of all, a bloody good laugh. Take the time to speak to them and they may well make your evening! not only with the above, but mainly their down to earth kindness and sense of humour. This to me makes or breaks a stay, and they were fantastic, and probably don't realise it. Would i go back there again.... well, .... we're sending our wives there soon to get the same experience.. and I think that is testament (Happy Wife, Happy life!) and i can 100% guarantee it will not be the wrong decision. thank you to all the staff, chefs (immaculate food!), front of house, never change and house keeping, your rooms are spotless and on point, right down to the little details. If you don't stay here, you will have missed something special in life. Ben J. Guildford, SurreyMore

Date of visit: February 2022
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21 October 2021|
Response from 452granto | Property representative |
Yes, we certainly welcome all nationalities and people from various ethnic background.
Deb B
15 April 2021|
Response from 452granto | Property representative |
Yes, we do. You can see our children's menu on our website. On Sundays we also offer kids roasts. Best wishes,
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The Howard Arms is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5