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“Hearty, decent pub grub”

The Penny Farthing Inn
Ranked #35 of 82 Restaurants in Ross-on-Wye
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$19
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: We are located in the beautiful small village of Aston Crews, offering a freshly cooked seasonal menu filled with local ingredients. The Penny has some exceptional views of the Black Mountains and the Malvern hills from the beer garden (with children's play area). We aim to showcase the exceptional local produce and serve local ales and spirits as well as keeping as much of ingredients as local as possible. We also have a large selection of whisky from all over the world.
Falmouth, United Kingdom
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157 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Hearty, decent pub grub”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

There are many things I like about The Penny Farthing. For one thing, it's not a gastro pub. Gastro pubs fill me with horror primarily because they try to be something they aren't and usually fail but still cheerfully charge the earth for mediocre grub. For another thing, it has a classic rural pub interior. There are few honest pubs left, but The Penny Farthing is one of them. The menu is surprisingly long but with a shorter lunchtime menu with smaller portions at cheaper prices, which in these times of austerity is to be welcomed. The waiter said we were free to order from either the lunchtime or evening menus so there was tons of choice. We were a large party - seven in all. I think the bill was about £40 not including drinks, which I think anyone would agree is super value. I had that great classic, breaded mushrooms with garlic mayo and a side salad. Two people had scampi (the eight piece lunchtime portion not the ten piece dinner portion), and other choices included cottage pie, steak and ale pie, and fish and chips. The food was hot and hearty. My daughter had banoffi pie to finish. All in all, this was honest pub grub in decent portions at a very fair price with friendly and accommodating service. Great find.

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
Newent, United Kingdom
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“The Penny Farthing, Aston Crews”
Reviewed 31 March 2013

We went for a weekday supper, the food was really good - I had a very nice mixed kebab which I think is their specialty, the chef being turkish. The staff were very friendly and helpful so we went back a few weeks later. The waiter had even remembered I'd asked for extra mint dressing before and some extra duly arrived, completely unprompted. Highly recommended and good value.

  • Visited February 2013
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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Unfriendly and sterile”
Reviewed 3 January 2013

When we arrived the locals glared at us; the barman chose to serve a local before us despite us being first at the bar. There were three real ales on offer, one was definitely 'off' and one of the other two way past its best.

The pub adverts say it serves food but there was no clue as to what was on offer on the tables or on the many notices on the walls.

Based on the unfriendly atmosphere we left. The log fire was good though.

  • Visited January 2013
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Sidcup, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“NEW OPENING by New Management”
Reviewed 11 November 2012

Recently visited this reopened pub. Enjoyed a pub meal on one evening with good pint of real ale. Later in the week we returned for a deliciuos coffee. All served enthusiastically by the staff.

  • Visited November 2012
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