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The Royal Hotel, Ross-On-Wye

Royal Parade
Ross-On-Wye
HR9 5HZ
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Old English Inns (Greene King)

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Reviews of The Royal Hotel (Average Rating: 5 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

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Quinno _ left this review about The Royal Hotel

A large and imposing building up the hill and overlooking the valley. This is the main USP, which I greedily sampled to witness a beautiful summer’s sunset on the terrace balcony along with 50-60 other people. The inside, of which I had fleeting acquaintance, was quite upmarket as you would perhaps expect. Three ales on; 2x GK and Wye Valley Butty, which sadly was a flabby and listless liquid. The busiest out of all the Ross pubs I sampled that day, though the Kirstie & Phil Factor obviously plays a big part. Worth a visit for the sunset if you can time it right.

On 16th July 2018 - rating: 6
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Roger Button left this review about The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel stands high on a ridge overlooking the Wye Valley on what was originally the site of the Bishop’s Palace. A subsequent pub called the Pounds Inn (it occupied part of the town’s animal pound) preceeded the current building which opened in 1837 and by the mid 19th Century had become the principal staging post in town attracting such luminaries as Charles Dickens as guests (and Charlie knew a good pub when he saw one). It is currently in the hands of Greene King under their Old English Inns banner.

The bar (or Riverside Bar as it is labelled) is to the right of the entrance hall and consistes of a long narrow knocked through room but divided into 3 sections by a few wall remnants with the main bar in the centre section. For the most part it is all a bit featureless and whilst the décor and furnishings are pleasant enough, there just isn’t enough to make the place stand out.

The drink selection was where the pub lets itself down with just the one ale (Abbott) available on my visit. A second pump had a reversed IPA clip so even by Greene King standards, the options were pretty poor. Our main purpose of calling was to eat and whilst I’m no gastro expert, I found the food reasonably good value although service was a little on the slow side. The place does seem to bridge a gap between the Wetherspoons/Hungry Horse type outlets and the top end the dining spectrum.

One of the big plus points is the outside patio with some commanding views across the Wye Valley so if you’re not fussed about the ales and the weather is fine, you can while away time in what is quite a picturesque setting. There are better places in town (and worse) but you need really need to have a specific reason to make a visit worthwhile.

On 22nd April 2013 - rating: 5
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Royal Hotel

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 situations, 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 posters 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 in 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.

On 14th August 2012 - rating: 4
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Ledbury, 13.22 miles, 4 hr 15 min walk (show)
Hereford, 15.2 miles, 4 hr 53 min walk (show)
Lydney, 17.12 miles, 5 hr 30 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Twitter - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 03 December 2018 by Quinno _
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