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The Malt Shovel Inn


Forest-of-Dean, Ruardean,, Mitcheldean, GL17 9TW

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About the hotel

The Malt Shovel Inn is set in the beautiful surroundings of The Royal Forest of Dean. Being situated on the edge of Gloucestershire we`re just 10 minutes away from Gloucester, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire. With major motorways close by, road links and travel plans are made easy.

Established in 1110, and beautifully restored, this inn makes the perfect place to stop. Stay for a few nights or just drop in for a meal, or glass of Real Ale, in a place steeped in the atmosphere of the Wye Valley. An unusual fact is that this inn is also the home of Horlicks. Horlicks was invented in Ruardean.

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Showing Saturday 22 October 2016 to Sunday 23 October 2016

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Car parking available onsite
Meeting Facilities, Wi-Fi Available In Public Areas
Restaurant, Bar

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Up to 15 years old
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The price shown is based on the occupancy and dates you have searched for. Prices and availability are subject to change based on the arrival date, number of nights and occupancy searched for. All prices are inclusive of all local taxes.
Pets are not allowed

Customer Reviews

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Very Good

All reviews (20)

95% would recommend it to a friend


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  • A Saunders

  • September 2016

Lovely old inn

The Malt Shovel Inn oozes character.

A really friendly welcome from the bartender. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with some fascinating antique furniture. Lovely food. Lovely people.

  • Richard P

  • September 2016

An absolute bargain.

The Malt Shovel was built in 1110 and is in the centre of Ruarden.

We were greeted by a friendly young barman who showed us to our room. It was spacious and clean with a spotless duvet and pillowcases. Even though the restaurant was due to close he said they would still cook us a meal. It was delicious and the young waitress was warm and friendly. The customers present all said hello as we went tithe bar. Next morning we enjoyed a continental breakfast served by the pub manager and his wife. We would definitely stay there again. I can't fault it.

Thank you so much for the review you have left. We are glad you enjoyed

your stay with us at The Malt Shovel. Our aim is to make everyone welcome

and we hope you felt that in your stay. If you think there is anything we

can do to make it better then please email us on

We only took over in March 2016 so any feedback is great.

Thank you again and we hope to see you again.

Best Regards

Sam & Rob

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