The Pearce family run this brasserie-style inn beautifully set by the River Severn and overlooking the Forest of Dean. There was once a crossing on the site, usually by ferry, but by foot during certain tides. The inn now specialises in seafood, although there are a few offerings for confirmed carnivores.
They have their own sea water tanks, which are used to hold oysters and lobsters.
Dishes such as 'Baked Goats' Cheese (Cottin de Chavignol) Pie with Tomato and Pesto'; 'Tian of Dressed Crab, topped with a Quenelle of Tomato Mousse and Basil Oil' and 'Fruits de Mer Oysters, North Atlantic and Mediterranean Prawns, Fresh Langoustine and Brown Shrimps' set the style for starters.
With perhaps 'Traditional Beer Battered Cornish Cod with Hand-Cut Chips, Lemon and Tartare Sauce'; 'Char-Grilled Medallions of Monkfish on a Tomato, Red Onion and Basil Compote with Rocket Salad' or 'Char-Grilled Rib-Eye Steak with Bordelaise Sauce, Hand-Cut Chips and Haricots Verts' to follow.
Lobster is offered in various ways, and sold by weight. While there are also tempting 'Fruits de Mer' main course options.
If you still have room, finish with the likes of 'Pistachio Crème Brulée' or 'Rhubarb with Vanilla Cream'.
Friendly service. No mobiles.
- Food Style: Seafood
- Lunch: Tues-Sun, 12.00-14.00; set L £12.50 (1 coure), £16.50 (2 courses) to £22 (3 courses), à la carte mains about £20 to £44
- Dinner: Tues-Sat, 18.30-21.00; mains about £20 to £44
- Seats: 40, plus 26 outside
- Wine: a concise list, is carefully-chosen, kicks off at around the £20 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Stonehouse Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: all Mon; 25th to 30th Dec.
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating
- Rooms available