Malt Shovel Inn

Malt Shovel Inn

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3.5
#1 of 1 inn in Ruardean
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Claire H wrote a review Nov 2021
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely room with old features , room was nice and clean and comfortable.
Good home cooked breakfast but ruined due to hairs in the eggs!!
Attention to detail would have improved our stay, lack of staff/front of house , had to make own instant Coffee, table not set for breakfast, unclean glasses and awful loud heavy music during breakfast was not pleasurable. Lots of cigarette butt's and packets outside the back entrance to the accommodation.
I think if these little things could be improved it would improve any future stays.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Alison H wrote a review Sept 2021
Limoges, France
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is not for anyone overly concerned about perfect cleanliness but we loved it. The curtains didnt close, the carpets were dodgy, the TV tiny, the lighting poor, the water trickled out of the taps, the carpark was full of old cars, barrels etc... but the welcome was great, the beds comfy, the towels soft, the supper tasty and the full English breakfast was amazing. We laughed at the quirkiness and character, especially the old London Underground signage. We would return.
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Date of stay: September 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Andrew_C_Cannon wrote a review Jun 2016
Northwich, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Being an old inn you don't expect the best amenities, but our family room was roomy, comfortable and quiet (apart from the family next door, which is hardly the inn's fault). The décor throughout the inn is 'rustic' with old tube signs paintings and taxidermy all through the communal areas. Very interesting.

The food did take ages to get to us in the evening, but when it came, it was well worth the wait. My steak and ale pie was delicious, the hunters chicken my son had was voted the best he'd ever had and the burger, well. It was obviously home made, had wonderful flavour and the cheese and bacon topping was fabulous. All in all a slow meal, but a very well received one.

The staff are all really friendly, despite Expedia messing them around and getting our booking completely wrong (wrong arrival date, time and even trying to book a twin instead of a family room). We would definitely come here again.
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Date of stay: June 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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Sarah H wrote a review Sept 2020
Dudley, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I have just returned from a 2 night stay at The Malt Shovel Inn, we wanted a nice B&B in the middle of nowhere so we could just relax and read and this pub did not disappoint.
On arrival the car park does not look the best but don’t let this put you off, however it could have done with more spaces.
The pub has lots of character to it with old signs from London scattered around.
We were greeted by the owner Adam who was very welcoming and showed us to our room, we stayed in room number 4 which was nice and clean and just what we needed for the weekend.
The upstairs of the pub had lots of historical character and even had a few taxidermy animals. The room had a comfy double bed and tea and coffee facilities, fresh towels were on the bed, with toiletries in the bathroom. As you can expect from an old building there were a few creaks in the night but this would not put us off staying again, it just added to the experience.
The pub itself has a wide range of ales, lagers and spirits.
Breakfast was toast, cereals and a full English if you wished.
What made our visit was the owner Adam who was kind and welcoming and gave us some tips on where to go. He was always available downstairs in the pub.
If we ever need a relaxing break again I would not hesitate to book here again.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Scott A wrote a review May 2022
Loughborough
1.0 of 5 bubbles
When you arrive you are greeted with a car park which looks like a scrapyard. Then on entering the property there is a broken billiards table. The room itself was in need of cleaning with cobwebs and dust and the furniture is worn and tired. There was no soap in the bathroom and no hot water. There was a TV on the wall but no socket nearby, so the plug just dangled down the wall. There is no phone signal inside the rooms and the wifi is £8 per day. There were some tea-making facilities in the room but no milk or spoons. The place generally just looked run down and not cared for. Friends staying in the next-door room had the same experience but also the lock on their door didn't work, so they couldn't lock their room.

We were asked when we would like breakfast and stated 07:30 as we had activities that required us to leave at 08:30. At 07:30 the place was deserted. Someone did arrive a short while later looking like they had just got out of bed. They then disappeared for 10 - 15 minutes and came back with a bag of shopping. Obviously having been to the shop to buy the stuff for breakfast. We left at 08:30 having not had any breakfast.
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Date of stay: April 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Avoid this B&B
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Jack G wrote a review Mar 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I recently found myself in need of accommodation in the Forest of Dean area. I chose the Malt Shovel Inn on the basis of its reasonable price and convenient location but had little real idea as what to expect. I am pleased to report that I was pleasantly surprised.
On arriving I found the Inn's staff to be more than accommodating and its local patrons friendly and good natured. My room was well kept and comfortable and breakfast each morning was satisfying and well organised.
The Inn itself is a building of remarkable character and history, owing not just to its medieval heritage but also the collection of fascinating oddities that have been accrued by its more recent owners.
Geographically, I found the the village of Ruardean to be easily accessible by both road and footpath. It is also worth noting that the wooded hills of the Forest of Dean lie directly to its south, making it a good base from which to explore this beautiful part of the country.
Al in all, a very positive experience.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Truggin wrote a review May 2022
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I read through the last few reviews and they are all so accurate. 'Oh dear, oh dear' and 'it could be a gem of a place.' The are accurate right down to the broken bar billiards table lying by the stairs.

There are positives. The young landlord is ever so friendly and helpful. He directed us to a pub for food which was very good (even if the walk to it was challenging, but he did warn us). The shower worked well and the water was hot. It is roomy. The bed linen was clean as were the towels. And it is certainly quirky.
But... the breakfast was served cold and late, the dusting could have been better, the range of beer was - well I thought it a bit like the 'Cheese Shop' sketch from Monty Python. And there was indeed soap, milk sachets (if out of date) only they were in jars on a table on the landing - but I found them! And did I mention the 40 minute wait for coffee for breakfast (the breakfast took a little longer).

Intriguing - but don't take your wife! I wouldn't say don't go there but... well, it could be so much better.

I do hope things improver and the business thrives but it will take a lot of work and money.
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Date of stay: May 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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keet_10 wrote a review Aug 2021
Crawley, United Kingdom
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My dad booked this hotel for the night before my wedding. The hotel cancelled the day before leaving no availability being peak season in august. They also took a £20 deposit and are none responsive to both email and the contact number provided. We will be contacting cards for a charge back as this caused us such inconvenience and is unacceptable. Wouldn’t recommend.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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David W wrote a review May 2022
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Hard to know where to begin…
It’s not quirky it’s just poor. It represents everything awful about the service and tourism industry that I thought we’d left behind in the seventies. The building is falling apart and the car park looks like an old scrapyard and the first thing greeting you inside is a smashed up billiards table and you wonder where to go. Eventually we found our way into the main bar and a member of staff took us upstairs to our room. Corridors are loaded with old nic-naks and carpets are worn and lights dim; oh well we’re here now so onto the room…
We had a family room which was a good size, allowed the dog and was cheap, towels and sheets were clean too; that’s the end of the good bits. Mattresses worn out, door doesn’t lock, no lights in bathroom, no shower curtain, broken wooden toilet seat, no tea or coffee (but oddly a kettle and some milks in a tray) draws fell off furniture. No food available on a Saturday night.
Also no one answers the phone or emails.
We laughed at how bad it was and tried to mention it to the person working there who seemed oblivious of all its shortcomings and the possibility of anything being wrong.
As others have mentioned it is just bizarre how or where the supposed 3 stars came from?
We booked because it said it was pet friendly, it’s probably any animal friendly as no one really seems to care what happens here!
We say we survived and laughed a lot about it but it might not be so funny if someone genuinely booked this place for a holiday and thought they were getting anything like a 3-star hotel.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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David G wrote a review May 2023
Knighton, United Kingdom
2.0 of 5 bubbles
On arrival the pub looks derelict, in poor general condition, car park was more of a scrap yard with broken kitchen appliances and general rubbish. Inside the pub was closed both days, and from the look of the place probably not functioning as a pub at all. The room was OK but needed alot of modernisation, shower didn't work but the shower head dripped continuously all night, carpets were thread bare, damp on the ceiling in bathroom and cobwebs! Tea and coffee facilities but no milk!! Breakfast was included but all on offer was packet cereals with no milk, half a loaf of bread and jam no butter!! How this place is allowed to advertise as a b&b is beyond me! Certainly read the reviews before entertaining staying here! The young lad who seemed to be in charge was helpful and friendly!!
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Date of stay: May 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Don't stay!!
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Rsquared wrote a tip May 2024
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not stay here"
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David G wrote a tip May 2023
Knighton, United Kingdom45 contributions16 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't stay!!"
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MikeIOW1 wrote a tip May 2022
Leicester, United Kingdom218 contributions109 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Find somewhere else: save yourselves!!"
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Scott A wrote a tip May 2022
Loughborough81 contributions16 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid this B&B"
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John M wrote a tip Jun 2019
York, United Kingdom20 contributions15 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"not suitable for disabled or infirm because of the stairs."
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6
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MALT SHOVEL INN - Reviews (Ruardean, England)

Frequently Asked Questions about Malt Shovel Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Malt Shovel Inn?
Nearby attractions include Hopewell Colliery (6.5 km), The Forest of Dean (6.1 km), and Goodrich Castle (4.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Malt Shovel Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Malt Shovel Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Malt Shovel Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Malt Shovel Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include No 3 Restaurant, Old Dairy Tearoom, and Avellino Italian restaurant.
Is Malt Shovel Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Ruardean.
Are there any historical sites close to Malt Shovel Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Goodrich Castle (4.7 km).