The Speech House, Coleford, Gloucestershire

It’s not every day you get to dine in a 17th century hunting lodge surrounded by the ancient woodland of the Forest of Dean. That’s why it’s such a treat to go to The Speech House just a few minutes’ drive from Coleford; it’s a wonderful setting whether you’re going for a light lunch, afternoon tea, or for an evening of fine dining.

The light and airy Orangery is popular with families – because it’s child friendly and dog friendly, so have a good walk in the forest and then go and have lunch. The main menu is pub food and it’s very good – Chicken, ham & leek pie, Locally sourced venison sausages, Brie and bacon burger, that sort of thing, plus they do a good choice of sandwiches, pizzas and salads. Go a bit later for afternoon tea and you’ll get the works; delicate sandwiches, cakes and proper tea, all served on pretty bone china. If the sun is beaming down on you go and find a table in the dining room; if you’re not quite sure what the weather might do, book a heated dining den.

Have dinner in the former court room, now the AA rosette Verderer’s restaurant, amidst the carved oak chairs, the antlers, 17th century paintings and original raised gallery. If you have something momentous to celebrate book the Carolean restaurant for private dining in a cosy and intimate setting. It’s all good.

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Holiday Houses in The Forest of Dean