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“First rate in the Forest” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Fountain Inn
Ranked #3 of 4 Parkend B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“First rate in the Forest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2012

Called in on a lunchtime. Good beef curry and scampi.
Real ale in fine condition.
Prompt service.
Hard to fault.
Probably the best pub in the area

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank nivekronnoco
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Somerset
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124 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012

We were a party of 13 birdwatchers visiting the nearby Nagshead Forest Reserve and lookiing for somehwere convenient for lunch. The Fountain Inn came up trumps in all regards. As we were all seniors we were able to take advantage of the weekday Seniors Lunch offer and were accommodated in the cosy restaurant. We were able to make an advance choice from the menu resulting in our meals being available soon after we arrived; indeed, we just had time to order and be served with our drinks. The food is well presented and tasty with the portions just right for a lunchtime meal. The service was friendly, engaging and efficient. What more could you ask for such an occasion?

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Nigel_Corax
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Ilkley, Yorkshire, UK
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135 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

The Fountain is a homely place; more village pub than hotel, but the bedrooms and en-suite facilities are entirely adequate. The decor would not feature in Ideal Home magazine - there are enough flowers on the wallpaper to give you hay-fever, but the rooms are clean, there are facilities for making hot drinks, plenty of towels, and a television. The telephone in the room is more cosmetic than functional - you cannot make outside calls and there is no mobile reception. There's nowhere like the Forest of Dean for a sense of isolation! The food is unashamedly pub-grub, but good grub, and there are a few more curries on offer than usual. Besides which there are special deals, like two mains for £10 or a free glass of wine or a bottle of beer on other evenings. Judging from the number of folk eating there, the pub must have a good local reputation. Breakfasts were good - freshly made and efficiently served. A choice of 'starters' between tinned prunes or tinned grapefruit could be improved upon, but there is plenty of toast and an endless supply of coffee or tea. Any combination of ingredients from the 'full English breakfast' (including vegetarian options) can be ordered, but that's it. Enough choice for all but the most fastidious eaters. All in all, this is a very good unpretentious place to dine or stay and gives excellent value.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

Stayed at the 'Fountain' over the last weekend in February 2012 with our two Collies Gem and Skye. We found the Inn up to its usual excellent standard and despite being busy the welcome was warm, the cider good and the food fine both in quality and price.

We stayed in the Inn and the room had recently been refurbished, it was a good size, light and airey, had a four poster bed and a large bathroom with both shower and a bath. Despite the time of year the accomodation was well heated and very cosy. The Resturant menu is comprehensive with the emphasis on traditional fare and some great curries, as well as excellent roasts on Sunday lunchtime.

The Inn is well located for visiting the Forest attractions and towns such as Lydney and Cinderford and the Dean Forest Steam Railway, which is within walking distance. Michelle and staff are friendly and give the pub a great atmoshere. Thank you for a great weekend can't wait to stay again.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank philip w
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West Midlands, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

Just been there to eat on a few occasions when in the Forest. Either quaint or old fashioned depending upon your point of view. Food is hearty and well priced ( especially on two for a tenner Mondays and Thursdays). Very few places worth eating out around the area and this offers good value family eating.

Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Chepstow, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2012

After trying to arrange some camping in the area and reading the long list of reviews on here, I thought well why not try and arrange some camping at a pub. This I must say was done faster than I thought and of course made our plans for staying in the area and at the Fountain that one filled of much excitement! (Big Children... Of Course!)

We arrived and got parked up and made our way into the pub, we had a few drinks after chatting to locals and the staff all of which were friendly and helpful and made for an amazing night of Entertainment, Great company and relaxation... all at the same time!

Food at the Pub was of a high standard and has to be one of the highlights of our stay in the Forest of Dean, good quality food at a reasonable price. Michelle, Alan and family were amazing hosts and we cannot wait to make our way back to the Fountain and their lovely village for another stay and some well deserved relaxation in the most beautiful areas in the world.

The steam railway station is right next to the pub and was great watching the trains when they pulled in and out, we didn't go on the train, but was a delight to watch them.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Mrwurzal
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2011

We've just had a super weekend here - our large group was split between the bunkhouse and the inn itself. The beer was perfect and the welcome warm. In a cold January, it was great that we in the bunkhouse were urged to keep the gas boiler running for as long as we liked (... no fumbling for 50p coins to top up the meter). A fine base for outdoor activities and walking. With such a large group, we didn't want the hassle of self-navigating a day's walk in an unfamiliar location, and so hired a guide from the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tour Guides (http://www.ftg.org.uk/) who made our short stay perfect.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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11 Thank ropleywinton
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FountainInn, Owner at The Fountain Inn, responded to this review, 18 May 2011
Many thanks indeed for the kind review. We're glad you enjojed your stay and hope to welcome you again one day.
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Property: The Fountain Inn
Address: Fountain Way | Forest of Dean, Parkend GL15 4JD, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Gloucestershire > Forest of Dean > Parkend
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Parkend
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Fountain Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Award winning village inn, well known locally for its excellent meals and real ales. We are located in the heart of the Forest of Dean, less than one mile from RSPB Nagshead, and less than three miles from the cycle centre - making this an ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside. All rooms are 4 star rated, en-suite and furnished to a high standard. Accommodation is offered in a variety of twin, double and family rooms. All prices include full English Breakfast and our staff will be happy to advise you on local tourist attractions and places of interest. ... more   less 
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