The Ostrich, Newland, Gloucestershire
At FearOnFood we always look for good, friendly local’s pubs when we’re out and about and prefer them in many ways to the larger chains which can sometimes lack soul and atmosphere in our view, although there are exceptions of course like most Young’s and Marston’s pubs, particularly their new format ones which so far we have given excellent reviews on.
But there is still nothing like a proper English (or Scottish or Welsh for that matter) country pub serving good food, cooked well and served by friendly staff with the absence of fruit machines and smokers tents outside to walk through before you’ve even thought about whether to have a ploughman’s or egg and chips.
Well, when it comes to doing what it says on the tin to use the Ronseal analogy, you can do far worse than The Ostrich at Newland in the Forest of Dean.
The location and setting is stunning, beautiful rolling hills with a lovely church opposite the pub and overlooked by Almshouses dating back to the 1500’s.
The pub itself is full of charm and character and hasn’t been made in to an accountants dream with nasty table sauces served in sachets or “eat a full rack of ribs and we’ll give you an ice cream sundae from now until we’re back in recession” offers plastered all over the walls.
This pub is a real charmer, the friendly Rachel is on hand to serve you at your table and with a wide rang of real ales even Bill Oddie and the CAMRA crew (excuse the pun) will be happy. All joking aside though this is a lovely little stop off point and surprisingly close to Chepstow, Tintern and within striking distance of the M4.
Today I stopped on my own for lunch having been looking at land and also a farm for myself in the area, so it was a simple one course of sausage and veg with dauphinoise potatoes all of which was cooked to perfection and tasty beyond belief along with a light ale, all enjoyed in exceptional company whilst chatting to a man at the bar about converting barns to houses, who appeared to be Billy Connolly but sounded like Ray Winston so I’m sure it wasn’t!
Overall it is hard to fault the pub in any way, and very unusually I have to award it five forks it this review.
The Ostrich Inn
Forest of Dean