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“Excellent fresh tasting food”
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The Woolaston Inn
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The Woolaston Inn
Ranked #10 of 17 Lydney B&B and Inns
Reviewed 27 July 2013

I was camping nearby and thought I'd give it a go.

Friendly welcome when I came in, and a nice cold pint of Butcombe Ale was brought to me while I waited.

Decided to try the Ghurka specialities, as I had eaten in a number of Nepalese and Ghurka restaurants over the years and liked the food.
Had the Aludum as a starter. Was a very nice light fresh tasting potato curry with peas and onions.
For main course I had the delicious Everest Lamb curry. Fresh lamb (I could see the chef cutting a leg of lamb while I ate) that was tender enough to eat just with a fork, and a nice light curry sauce.
My Mother and Grandmother were born and raised in India and the food reminded me of the home cooked curries that they used to make rather than the usual too oily mass produced curries you get in a lot of restaurants.
I would highly recommend

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

lovely rooms, very comfy, good TV, free wifi, good prices, restaurant food is very nice as was the breakfast, I've stopped here twice now in 2 different rooms and both were very good for the money although the rooms on the front suffer from road noise

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Thank ian f
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

We stayed her one night for a funeral in Lydney. Comfortable , clean and very friendly. This is an Inn not a Hotel so don't expect too much. The full English breakfast was good and it was all we needed for one night and £50.

Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
Thank audiman13
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

my wife and i arrived on sunday 02 o6 13 for four nights we had a comfortable room very nice and clean had a very nice meal each night with good service piping hot food and lots of it a full english breakfast was included we had full breakfast for two mornings but there was to much to eat so decided on toast and coffee instead the big let down was our last morning we came down to breakfast as normal but the resaturant was closed and nobody about we wait till 8.20 then had leave without a meal or drink and none to say goodbye and thanks for coming which was a disapointing end to an otherwise very nice stay.

Room Tip: would pay extra five pounds for larger room
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank bryan f
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

All very nice and clean. Very friendly and welcome. Food excellent. But just remember this is an Inn and not an hotel. Would we come again! Yes yes yes ! Lots to do in the area. Good trip toThe Forest Of Dean and surrounding areas.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

I needed somewhere to stay somewhere just over the Severn Bridge and this came up on Late Rooms, I was not disappointed. I had to double back from the old bridge through Chepstowe, but it didn't take long at all, I even managed to buy some cheap petrol and shopping at Tesco along the way. The Inn itself doesn't look particularly inviting and there is the rather offputting Gurkha moto "Better to Die than to be a Coward" painted in the car park. I was greeted by a charming Nepalise lady, although as with most people from the sub-continent, she had that mix of officiousness and slight unbendingness that most Brits find amusing.
Anyway my room was really quite good, certainly very clean. It was nicely decorated, although like parts of the inn contained some mildly pornographic paitings in a sort of new age William Blake style (undoubtely connected to its location in the Forest of Dean). There was a collection of toiletries in the bathroom, but alas no razor (having just got back from Asia, where they are normally included, I had forgotten mine), toothbrush or tooth paste. The bed was very comfortable, but had a sheepskin underblanket, a feature I didn't like when I stayed at the Carvelle in Saigon, but on a cold winters night in the Forest I was forgiving. I think they charge £45 for the room, but I ended up paying £50 through Late Rooms, at £45 its good value, at £50 reasonable.
I went downstairs to find that the Inn had become a Gurkha Restaurant and the pub area was no quite small. They had run out of real ale, which normally makes me very upset, but a local keg tasted really quite good. The locals seemed friendly, if somewhat eccentric, probably all fans of William Blake!
I know that I should have ordered a traditional Nepalise meal, but my regular readers will know that I am a creature of habbit, so I went for the Tandori Mix Grill and Keema Nan. The Nan did indeed have the minced meat on the top, rather like a Turkish Pide and tasted great. The Mixed Grill was large (as always) and whilst far from challenging, wasn't the bland Bengali dish I so often am given in southern England and south Wales for that matter. In fact, I really did enjoy it.
before retiring I was asked what time I wanted breakfast and what I wanted. I believe that the two Nepalise ladies cooking and serving, come in just to cook breakfast so that's understandable. It was freshly cooked for me. Not eating pork I had just the vegetarian stuff but it was more than accepted.
When my bill came for everything it was remarkably cheap. I am often use to paying a little less for the room, but then much more for the meal and beers. So overall it was very good value.
I never did meet any of the Gurkha owners, who were probably off on a regimental get together with Joanna Lumley, but all the Nepalise staff were lovely.
I don't know the Forest of Dean, but the Wye Valley is really nice, so I'm sure this is a very good base for touring. Its also a good base for North Waleans attending an international and don't want to pay Cardiff prices. I would love to say that I will return, but I am not sure what opportunity I will get. Nevertheless, it was certainly a good experience.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank piphoshin
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

I visited The Woolaston Inn for dinner in between Christmas and the New Year with my parents for break from the festive food we had been eating relentlessly for the past few days. My Mum - who picks like a sparrow - skipped a starter, but my Dad and I - who hoover like wolves - had the Fewa Chicken and Chhoyla respectively. For our main course, we ordered the Hill-Boy special, Himalayan chicken and Bhutwa chicken. The food was great and cooked to our individual preference of (chilli) heat. If anything, the portion size for the starter was a little large as my Dad and I struggled to finish our main courses, but this was probably more to do with what we had eaten for the few previous days. I would recommend visiting the restaurant with an empty stomach rather than skipping the starter. The staff were warm and welcoming and happy to suggest a suitable dish to try. All in all, a lovely experience and not one you would expect to find in the location it is in. PS do try the Gurkha beer!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Address: Woolaston, Lydney GL15 6PW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Gloucestershire > Forest of Dean > Lydney
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #10 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Lydney
Price Range: £53 - £56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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