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The Royal Hotel, Ross-on-Wye - pub details

Address: Royal Parade, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 5HZ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 34639) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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> Current user rating: 6.1/10 (rated by 7 users)
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user reviews of the Royal Hotel, Ross-on-Wye

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A large and prominent pub / hotel with great views from the terrace, this really should be a prime spot for a pub to thrive. Unfortunately as is so often the case in such situation, the owners know that they don't have to try too hard, and it shows with service at the bar being somewhat chaotic, mass produced expensive food and a poor choice of drinks.

It's divided in to three rooms inside, all spread out along the front of the pub to make the most of the views. The middle bar is the largest and this is where the bar counter is. This room has wooden boards on the floor, a marble fireplace at one end and a cream and chocolate colour scheme. Seating here is limited with just a few stools along the front by the window. Artwork on the wall consisted of a few black and white photographs, but most of the "pictures" on the walls were actually promoting various aspects of the pub such as Sunday Roast menus, a Golden Years menu and Wedding Packages. Either side were slightly smaller rooms with stripy carpet and a more hotel like feel to them, with the one on the right being more geared up for dining.

Outside is a pleasant terrace with wooden decking and great views, plenty of potted plants and a beer garden alongside, although this is somewhat less successful as the views are obscured and you are overlooked by the modern accommodation block attached to the pub. There were also rather a lot of kids running around.

The food menu was extensive and was divided in to sections such as steaks, burgers, classics, etc., with most of the mains being around the 8 - 10 range, although a limited selection were available as part of a "2 for 9.95" deal. Quality was disappointing though with lukewarm chips and a "dressed salad garnish" that had no dressing on it and consisted of, literally, one cherry tomato, one slice of cucumber and a few limp shreds of lettuce. Very poor, especially for somewhere that classes itself as a hotel and promotes wedding packages.

Beers on tap were just Old Speckled Hen and Landlord's Choice Royal Ale. I've seen beers called Landlord's Choice with a name appropriate to the pub tacked on to it in a few places recently - presumably some identikit brew trying to make out it's individual? The solitary cider was Strongbow, unfortunately.
Blackthorn - 14 Aug 2012 13:23
Stunning views don't save this place from the impressions engendered by a theme pub style makeover, with turquoise sofas and a carpet straight out of Alan Partridge's travelodge. Slow, albeit patient service due to the number of Hackett shirted people paying with cards also provokes irritation.
BoehmBawerk - 2 Jun 2009 12:59
Great local bar/hotel, renovated in last 18 months or so - large outside terrace with stunning views overlooking the Wye. Bar menu never disappoints and good wine list.
Muriel - 6 Apr 2009 13:35
Great location and a lovely place to sit on a summers evening
BenghaziC - 21 Jan 2009 10:19

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