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The Heritage of the Forest of Dean

Mining in the Forest of Dean

Not much is known about the Forest of Dean before the middle ages although there are some artefacts still in existence such as fossils from the prehistoric period, Mesolithic monuments, evidence of Bronze Age settlements, and tools from the early Roman farmers who settled here. The Forest of Dean started to come to prominence during […]

Cycling in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.

Cycling Forest of Dean

Who can cycle?  The Forest of Dean caters to all cycling abilities: from the gentle paved family cycle trail at Pedalabikeaway to the adrenaline fuelled trails at Cannop Cycle Centre, there really is something for all ages and abilities.  For those who may not be as active as they would like and think that cycling […]

Filming in the Forest of Dean

Star Wars Puzzlewood Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean is an awe-inspiring landscape and as such has featured in many productions on both the small and the silver screen. Here we will take you on a whistle-stop tour of just some of the locations you may recognise and tell you about the tv shows and movies that were filmed in […]

Frequently Asked Questions about the Forest of Dean

forest, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel. Clearwell, Forest of Dean

There is definitely something special about the Forest of Dean which is what prompted us to leave London in 2003 to take on the hotel and we have never looked back. We hope you love both the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel and the Forest of Dean as much as we do, and we cannot wait to […]

Cool off in the River Wye

Wild Swimming Wye Valley

This weather has us dreaming of lazy picnics by the riverside and splashing around in the water. We are so lucky to have lots of gorgeous wild swimming spots nearby in the Wye Valley  – whether you’re looking to simply paddle on a riverside beach in Hay-on-Wye or challenge yourself with a 2km swim (from […]

Meet Chris Lewis, Jewellery Designer

Chris Lewis Jewellery Designer

Chris Lewis from The Secret Wardrobe makes bespoke jewellery as well as running workshops allowing guests to design their own rings, including wedding rings, bracelets, pendants – the choice is yours. She has teamed up with Tudor Farmhouse to offer a ring making workshop on March 7. Details of the workshop can be found here. […]

Wildlife Safari with Ed Drewitt

wildlife, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel. Clearwell, Forest of Dean

By Travel Journalist WENDY GOMERSALL The first thing that stunned me most about great British wild boars – when they eventually pitched up – was their sheer size. I was expecting a kind of roughty-toughty pot-bellied pig-sized animal, not so cute, a bit hairy and grubby. How could something bigger possibly hide itself in the […]

Let us take care of your Christmas while you kick back and relax

wreath, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel. Clearwell, Forest of Dean

If you’re looking to spend Christmas away from home, without lifting a finger, then look no further than our boutique rural retreat here in the beautiful Forest of Dean offering a choice of one, two or three-night breaks over the festive period filled with winter walks, gourmet dining in the award-winning AA restaurant, cosy log […]

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A Hidden Gem, the Gorgeous Forest of Dean – a blog post by Abi King

Tudor Farmhouse Hotel. Clearwell, Forest of Dean

We were delighted to host Inside The Travel Lab AKA Abi King recently, here’s her lovely blog post about her stay in the Forest of Dean: Love the Cotswolds but looking for something new and a little more off the beaten track? Meet the Tudor Farmhouse snuggled deep in the Forest of Dean. Cosy indoors, […]

10 Reasons to Treat Yourself this January.

Tudor Farmhouse Hotel. Clearwell, Forest of Dean

Why you deserve a winter getaway Starting the year, relaxed, restored and rejuvenated must be on this year’s Christmas wish list. Whether active, relaxing or indulgent, there are many reasons to escape this January.   Start your new year proactively Those new year resolutions don’t keep themselves. With a surge in popularity, outdoor pursuits are […]

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Tudor Farmhouse Named ‘Country Hotel of the Year’ by the Good Hotel Guide 2019

good hotel guide 2019

Boutique hotel Tudor Farmhousein the Forest of Dean, 20 miles from Gloucester, has just been named Country Hotel of the Year by the prestigious Good Hotel Guide2019; an independent guide to the best hotels in Britain and Ireland, published yesterday (Monday 08 October). This is one of ten special César awards presented to a small […]

Making sprouts sing!


Personally I love sprouts, but there are many perennial sprout dodgers out there who every year deny themselves the delight that is the good old Christmas sprout. This recipe should, in my view, change the opinions of even the most die hard sprout-avoider. The secret……. bacon and butter! Ingredients 500g sprouts cut in half 100g […]

Region’s best local food producers meet for celebration lunch

Tudor Farmhouse Hotel. Clearwell, Forest of Dean

Yesterday, to mark over 10 years of local sourcing, we hosted a celebration lunch our local food & drink producers. The area’s finest farmers, greatest growers and the best local artisan food producers who regularly supply the restaurant met to enjoy the fruits of their labour and share their passion for local produce with like-minded […]

Spring Time Reds

red wine Tudor Farmhouse Hotel. Clearwell, Forest of Dean

Spring is finally here and we’ve just added a few delicious light and fruity reds to the wine list to complement Rob’s lighter spring menu. We are Pinot Noir nuts so no surprise to see 3 new Pinots, but we have also added a delicious and classy Cabernet Franc. Pure Cabernet Franc (Domanie de Brau) […]

Rob Cox’s Tudor Farmhouse Sausage Meat Stuffing Recipe

sausage Tudor Farmhouse Hotel. Clearwell, Forest of Dean

With only a few weeks to go until Christmas here’s Rob’s recipe for his delicious Sausage Meat Stuffing: Ingredients Serves 10 25g unsalted butter 125g onion, chopped 850g sausage meat 10g garlic, chopped 10g fresh sage, chopped 2g fresh thyme, chopped 2 egg yolks 100g fresh breadcrumbs Salt & pepper Method Heat the butter in […]

Recipe – Cheesecake mousse, white wine poached apple, granola, rosemary oil

cheesecake recipe

Rob’s cheesecake mouse has been an instant hit on his new dinner menu.  Here’s how it’s done: Cheesecake 375g Philadelphia Cream Cheese 120g icing sugar 1 vanilla pod 500g double cream Whisk all ingredients until thick like whipped cream Place in a piping bag Apples 5 granny smiths 200g white wine (Sauvignon Blanc) 100g sugar […]

An interview with Judith and Colin from Tintern Parva Vineyard.

parva vineyard

We’re extremely lucky to have Parva Farm Vineyard, one of our wine suppliers, so close by in Tintern Chepstow. We caught up with Colin and Judith recently to ask them a few questions… What are you most famous for? Probably for our Bacchus wines as we have won many awards with them, both nationally and […]

New wines!

wines, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel. Clearwell, Forest of Dean

  Its been a busy month here.  We’ve been tasting, sniffing, debating, slurping, spitting (sometimes), eventually selecting and at last the new version of the wine list is ready…hope you like it!   We’ve been concentrating on our wines by the glass, improving the range and quality (where necessary) of the whites, reds and dessert […]

Recipe – Elderflower, Bramley & Gage gin panacotta, lemon sorbet, ginger crumble

elder, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel. Clearwell, Forest of Dean

Our recipes are always very popular and its been ages since we posted one so sorry for the wait! We’ve recently contributed this recipe for a deliciously seasonal Elderflower, Bramley and Gin panna-cotta to the “A Taste of the West Country Recipe book” so we thought we’d give you a sneak peek. Hope you enjoy […]

From the kitchen Garden

garden at Tudor Farmhouse Hotel. Clearwell, Forest of Dean

It’s great to see Jeanie, our resident gardener, working her magic in the kitchen garden again this year. All her hard work gives the team in the kitchen the opportunity to add an extra touch of magic to the dishes, especially with the introduction of a few more interesting and unusual fruit and veg. From the exotic, lesser […]