Ostrich

Newland, Gloucestershire

Good Pub Guide - Recommended

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Contact Details

Ostrich, Newland, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8NP

(01594) 833260

www.theostrichinn.com

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 12-3, 6.30-11.30

Saturday: 12-3.30, 6-midnight

Sunday: 12-4, 6.30-11.30

Directions

Off B4228 in Coleford; or can be reached from the A466 in Redbrook, by turn-off at the England--Wales border - keep bearing right

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Good Pub Guide Recommended

Super range of beers in welcoming country pub, with spacious bar, open fire and good interesting food

The charming, warmly friendly landlady and her helpful staff keep a fine choice of real ales on handpump here, such as Butcombe Gold, Cotswold Lion Shepherds Delight, Kingstone Abbey Ale, Otter Bright, RCH Pitchfork, Timothy Taylors Landlord and Wye Valley Butty Bach and HPA; also, several wines by the glass, a couple of farm ciders and a good range of soft drinks. The pub is mostly 16th-c and the low-ceilinged bar is spacious but cosily traditional, with a chatty, relaxed atmosphere, a roaring log fire, creaky floors, window shutters, candles in bottles on the tables, miners' lamps on uneven walls, and comfortable furnishings that include cushioned window seats, wall settles and rod-backed country kitchen chairs. Newspapers to read, perhaps quiet background jazz and board games. The walled garden has seats and tables, with more out in front, and the pub is popular with walkers and their dogs. The church opposite, known as the Cathedral of the Forest for its unusual size, is worth a visit.

Awards

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Beer Award

Beer Award

Wine Award

Wine Award

Food Award

Food Award

Information

Accepts Credit Cards

Accepts Credit Cards

Meals & Snacks

Meals & Snacks

Cask Ales

Cask Ales

Surroundings

Surroundings

Background Music

Background Music

Dogs at the bar

Dogs at the bar

Dedicated children area

Dedicated children area

Ratings and Reviews

4 / 5 - 42 votes cast



Previous Reviews


We recently visited the Ostrich following the funeral of a close relative. Despite the sombre occasion, the welcome at the Ostrich turned the rest of the day into a much more pleasant one for all of us. The welcome was warm, as was the pub. The food was really excellent and just hit the spot. The beer was some of the best I have had and if I could move the Ostrich to my North Yorkshire home, I would certainly do so. We will definately return when we are next in the Monmouth area. Well done the Ostrich!


we have visited this pub for lunch on 30 December 2010. the atmosphere and the food was superb. many excellent vegetarian and fish dishes. moreover, the team let our quite large dog sit next to our table without any fuss. the kids and us really enjoyed the lunch. highly recommended for families with or without dogs


How this place is not a 'full' entry is beyond me, the food is both plentiful and of high quality. Always a good and wide selection of ales and ciders, and no matter how busy the welcome is always great. If you are in the area then a visit is a must, there is no luck involved it is simply a very good pub.


What a gorgeous pub! We spent 2 delightful evenings in there this weekend. It's a proper pub with good beer, a lovely warm atmosphere (including the fabulous log fire) and friendly, welcoming host. We will return!


Just went there for lunch today and was very pleased. It doesn't look like much from the inside but it's packed with character and has a nice garden at the back (although unfortunately isn't big enough for a children's play area). The food was great, plenty of it and great value for money. And on top of that the service was friendly and efficient. Definitely worth a visit!


We stumbled across this pub by accident in July, and what an exceptional find. A fabulous atmosphere and great decor, friendly, welcoming and attentive staff, a huge and varied menu, and outstanding food. One of the best and most enjoyable meals we've had in a very long time - highly recommended and definitely not a Lucky Dip!


Originally visited this pub because we liked the name and so glad we did! Nice, snug atmosphere inside the main bar area, with a roaring log fire in the winter, that extends to the 2nd room, which I believe is diners only. There is good beer and cider available and the landlady and staff are amongst the friendliest I've come across. Now, the food is worth a special mention as it is exceptional. We have made our way through the menu and remain very impressed; try the lime cheese cake, if you are that way inclined, it will blow your mind!


Excellent pub, great beer choice and wonderful food. Landlady very welcoming and efficiently served us when they had a very busy lunchtime with a large party of 30 people in attendance, would love to visit again when back down in the forest of Dean.


BRILLIANT pub ! Best food I've had in a long time and such a friendly welcome. First visit to the area and had Slow cooked Venison ( subtly flavoured with juniper ? And meltingly tender . The flavour just exploded - gorgeous) followed by an equally fabulous Maple and Walnut tart with Maple and Walnut icecream which was sublime. Retro jazz and candle light creates a really laid back atmosphere. Friendly waiting staff and jovial owner just make you wish you lived here and could call it your local. Worth travelling for . Congratulations to all who work so hard here - you do an amazing job.


I've been coming to dine here for many years with friends and family, probably about every 10 -12 weeks, and it is always excellent. High standard and great choice of home made meals, from plentiful rich and tasty, to lighter dishes, including a choice of fresh fish - and sublime homemade puds. I don't have a sweet tooth but I am always pressed to try a (small!) tasty spoonful by others I'm with - and I am in danger of being 'turned'! That woman is a dangerous genius! ;D Everyone I take there is always immediately first impressed by the ambience, and ancient, authentic original features and intimacy, and the huge inglenook fireplace and roaring fire. Apart from a warm welcome from the host, you are greeted by some exceptionally good (non-intrusive) jazz playing in the background, and a few locals enjoying a beer at the bar, with the odd pooch slumped at their feet! And then there's the food! Yuuuum. The à la carte menu changes regularly, so always something new to tempt the regulars. The Ostrich has quite simply 'got it'... as the very hard working Kathryn has got the whole thing going on! She creates imaginative menus, and and prepares consistently excellent meals - not to mention the good beer & wine, in an unpretentious, quaint and unspoiled old pub. It is as popular with locals as it is with foodie visitors. Lovely! We're just very lucky to have it only a few miles away.


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