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Stacey Irish
 Christmas Market
Fantastic Christmas Market, looking forward to the next one on the 6th dec. So pleased these are running into the third year now, all local sellers and hope they continue for years to come
Thursday, November 26, 2015Rating: rosettes

Trixie Jeannette Curtis ( str
 Tranch boys reunion
It was a very good reunion nice to see old faces and talk about old times especially Lester Wilcox he is the TRANCH BIBLE and a very good friend considering it is for old Tranch boys he make everyone very welcome not forgetting the land lady and land lord who worked there socks off.xxxx
Sunday, May 10, 2015Rating: rosettes

 Yum yum salad time
So nice to see the fresh salad bar. Unlimited salad is so helpping my diet lol.
Plenty on menu to choose from for my diet.
Great place to go and not feel guilty and naughty lol
Thursday, February 12, 2015Rating: rosettes

Glyn Ridout
 1st July 2014
My wife and I visited today,so we could enjoy a leisurely lunch together,what a disappointment,we entered the premises at approx 12.15pm,there were only 4 people seated for lunch,a waitress said she would be with us in a minute,we stood at the bar,no bar staff,we continued to wait,my wife then went to toilet,on her return I was still waiting.the waitress reappeared ,ignored me and went attend the seated guests,how appalling ,and so embarrassing.what a way to treat customers, no social skills and obviously not a people's person such a shame when there are so many people looking for work,who could and would fill the criteria necessary.rating 0.................
Tuesday, July 1, 2014Rating: No rosettes

 Girlie get together
Met up with friends for lunch, had a really good time, menu with loads to choose and several different priced sections, also a good value carvery. Lovely selection of hot or cold desserts ,had a fab sticky toffee pudding with custard. Will definitely come again.
Monday, March 24, 2014Rating: rosettes

Laura Lewis
 First time but wont be my last
Went for lunch yesterday with some friends and i was pleased I did. Had my reservations about going as a friend of mine had said she went and said it was no good. Well got to say thats the last time I listen to her she was so wrong. lovely and warm inside so I didnt want to leave, food was to lush, and the ice cream sundae I had was to die for, real ice cream like from the ice cream van. Gonna go back again soon with me family ;)
Thursday, February 20, 2014Rating: rosettes

 Ladies who lunch pmsl
Well had lunch yesterday and have to say i was totally impressed. There was a coach in the car park and it was really busy but I still had my food really quickly. The girls were happy with everything we had. loving the garlic chicken, so gonna have a go at this at home. cheers to the staff who also invited us to a party at the end of march to celebrate 10 years of the mountains owners being there, thought that was really nice of them, must show I go so often now lol
Thursday, February 20, 2014Rating: rosettes

Derek Williams
 Great night out.
I went to rock pub to celebrate my birthday 2 Aug. 2013 food was exultant, staff well presented very polite and helpful. Landlord and landlady on site both came to table and wished me a happy birthday and give me a free birthday drink. food and drink and service top notch. will I go again you bet I will next time I have a celebration the rock Blackwood is the place I will go. Derek
Saturday, August 3, 2013Rating: rosettes

 Full as and egg and happy as can be
Had a fab meal here this weekend. My partner had the mixed grill and I had a chicken with bacon and cheese. Can't fault the staff very helpful. Nice and clean everywhere and best service I have had any where for a while, will deff be making a return visit.
Sunday, April 28, 2013Rating: rosettes

Robert jones
 Avoid this place better quality in wetherspoons
Turned up man behind the bar was scruffy and unkempt. Prawn cocktail was ok apart a microwaved bread roll to impersonate fresh and a tomatoes that was hard and freezing cold. Steak ok but sauté potatoes were just chips just cut in a round way. Hair on the plate twice.
Thursday, March 21, 2013Rating: No rosettes

After someone recommending this pub to us we had high hopes. on requesting a table for 5 and room for a pram the waitress rudely replied oh its a big pram if i had heard this i had gone elsewhere. the carvery was vile. vegetables were mushy potatoes were solid and the gravy was so thick the gravy coming out of a tin of dog food looks more appealing!!!
we will not be going here again thats for sure!
Monday, November 5, 2012Rating: rosettes

Paul C.
 Very Good
A party of 8 of us went there yesterday. We prebooked for 1.00pm. Food was on time and to a very high standard. Most of us selected off the £6.00 menu.
Excellent value, friendly staff, no hesitation in going there again and again.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012Rating: rosettes

g davies
 mountain air pub
got to say i enjoyed my carvery but i was lucky i got up quickly my misses got up after me and she was gone 20 mins and that was just waiting in line,the staff wel wat can i say 1 out of 10 useless and very unhelpful,went to bar twice and the women who owns it just walked away made me so angry,it was my first and will be my only visit there id rather mcdonalds at least u get u food quick and better manners cause the manners at the montain air are very poor and rude
Monday, June 4, 2012Rating: rosettes

 Food Tasted Like Cat Sick
Wednesday, May 30, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Visited the goytre arms today, bought 4 meals, 2 rump steaks, chicken in bacon in cheese and a cheese and broccoli bake. Meals came took one look and turned us off completely, they tastes absolutely foul!! Chips were from indian next door, dried up and complete teeth brakers!! Steaks dry and burnt, and chicken was smaller than a mushroom!! Please avoid this pub! It should be shut down, one suggestion give the chef his p45, get rid asap!
Friday, May 25, 2012Rating: No rosettes

is the lion ever gona open again just wonderin as it bn a while and really used to have a great nite out miss it loads
Monday, May 14, 2012Rating: rosettes

 Well worth a vist.
Been there with a party of 10 twice in recent months. No problem at all. Staff were friendly. Food was good. Well cooked, hot and on time. It's a 6 mile drive to get there but well worth it.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012Rating: rosettes

Both the food and service were excellant. Would recommend this place to every one
Friday, March 2, 2012Rating: rosettes

M wall
 Lying staff
I booked last weds over the phone a nd was told the carvers was 8.99 and there was another menu available. This was great as some of our party did not want a carvery.However, when we arrived today we noticed there was only carvery available. When I questioned the staff about this i was told quite rudely that none of their staff would say that and I must be mistaken. I know what I was told and repeat it during the phone conversation so my auntie heard. The staff still wouldn't accept this and were really rude to me. Why would I lie about what I'd been told, I was looking forward to a family meal out! They even questioned had I phoned the correct pub!!! Well yes of course as we wouldn't be booked in!!! I must say the food smelled lovely but I was too upset to stay and give them my money plus my children didn't want a carvery so our family left the rest of the group and ate elsewhere. It really ruined our afternoon. I for one will never visit that place if they treat first time guests in that way!!! Shame on you mountain air staff!
Sunday, February 19, 2012Rating: No rosettes

many people in our party ordered the steak, which arrived in a sizzling hot plate. If you asked for medium, you got well done as it carried on cooking as you ate it!! The chips then burnt on the same hot plate. Some of the orders were mixed up, we had a party of 20, one of our party had her meal as everyone else was finishing theirs. When we asked the waitress what the problem was, she was very rude. we are not talking about a young inexperienced waitress here. The pathetic side salad was £2 and was really just a garnish!!! All in all not a good experience. Diner beware!!
Saturday, February 11, 2012Rating: No rosettes

 stunning meal
brilliant eveing, staff cant do enough for you. meal was faultless, very good. hot fresh and very tasty
Saturday, October 29, 2011Rating: rosettes

i worked here for several months and was being paid 3.70 for doing work which should be done by a qualified chief. WHAT A JOKE
Monday, September 19, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Thursday, September 15, 2011Rating: No rosettes

 Sunday Lunch
27 of us ate at the Goytre Arms today. Lunch was superb and desserts were amazing. I would highly recommend every to try it. The new landlady was very attentative and welcoming. Looking forward to going back to try the main menu.
Sunday, July 17, 2011Rating: rosettes

The Danes
 A great place!
We were in Mathern for only one week. We were immediately welcomed at Millers Arms and met some wonderful people. Thank you for making our stay in Mathern/Chepstow a great experience. Thanks a lot to Andy!, Barbara, Malcolm, Chris, Ian, Patrick and of course Izzy and Chris!! Good luck with the newborn! Best from Anne Marie, Jeppe, Lena and Christian.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011Rating: rosettes

maxine davies
 friendly country pub
had a very relaxed night gr8 atmosphere excellent staff and a1 food well worth a visit
Saturday, May 21, 2011Rating: rosettes

I am the new owner of the Goytre Arms (another one). I am aware of the problems that have affected this pub in the last 2 years. All I can promise is that the food is high quality local produce which is freshly prepared and cooked to order by our experienced chefs. We do not sell ASDA smart price or Morrisons or any products from any other supermarket chain like previous owners. Come try the food and see for yourself! I welcome all previous unsatisfied customers back to try our new menu, and welcoming staff. Thankyou very much, hope to see you alll soon.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011Rating: No rosettes

jd Jones
 great pub,with a new manager,
Good food,great ales,nice ambience great mix of people,nearly all bar staff gr8,u always get one bad apple ?needs some work done outside tho,
Tuesday, May 3, 2011Rating: rosettes

Monday, May 2, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Don Q.
 A good meal
Really good attentive service on arrival. Dropped off a bit once the restaurant got busy and we had to ask for someone to take our order after waiting ten minutes. The food was much better than I'd expect for £8.50 (sunday lunch). The gravy was a bit thick but that's the only complaint I'd have about the food. Overall definitely good value if you fancy a cheap and cheerful pub lunch.
Monday, April 11, 2011Rating: rosettes

Frances and David Bowers
 buffet after funeral sevice.
We had a wonderful buffet at the The Blackbirds last monday afternoon. It was everything I had wished for. Plenty of it too. You did us proud there Mel . Once again -a BIG thank you . Will call in on next visit to Cwmbran for a meal .
Saturday, April 9, 2011Rating: rosettes

jonathan whitmann
 very basic. disapointing
as my previous comment was removed (hello trip advisor impartiality...), here it is again> i did ask for a chicken soup, which was served ok, with a stale bread. but when i came back to my car, a TIN OF CHICKEN SOUP (19p, asda) was missing on the shelf you can see when you park your car at the back.i have been charged £3.95, clearly a rip off. as i said earlier, the new manager used to run a flower shop so its going to take some times before she's up tyo the job. this message removed again? no prob, we'll flood this website
Sunday, August 15, 2010Rating: No rosettes

marcel lee
 place to avoid!!!
been to the goytre. used to be a great pub. our dinner was cold, soggy vegetables and, sorry, but our dessert was clearly a cheap stuff from asda or tesco!!! 45mn waiting for 4 dinners and the place wasnt busy...very very very low standard.wont be back and wont advertise it either. avoid
Wednesday, August 11, 2010Rating: No rosettes

went to goytre today 6 of us had sunday roast & was beautiful, definitly be returning in the future
Sunday, July 11, 2010Rating: rosettes

went to the goytre last week, table of 9 food and service was great, staff was friendly an we also had free bottle of bubbly for group booking, all food was hot and arrived at the same time. an was also delicious, dessert was fab choclate junk yards are yummy. def visit again soon
Tuesday, July 6, 2010Rating: rosettes

I Am the new owner of the goytre arms, i can assure you now that the food here is 100% not asda smart price, our food is specially freshly prepared by our qualified, experienced chef's. At the goytre arms we believe in quality & have a very high standard! Our restaurant is a renowned establishment where families are always welcome. Our Sunday lunch has a popular reputation among the local community and is also an increasingly popular destination for those travelling from further afield. We advise that you reserve your sunday lunch due to popular demand. Children are welcome in all of our food areas and in the summer months we serve food outside and have regular barbeques, as well as family fun days. We also have a large childrens play area & 2 free of charge car parking areas with 50 car parking spaces. The Goytre Arms has long been known for serving fine, traditional ales - a reputation we aim to maintain. We also offer a comprehensive but affordable range of wines and spirits with a large selection to choose from. Come and visit us here at the Goytre Arms to relax and unwind with peaceful, cosy surroundings, wonderful food and good company.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010Rating: rosettes

Tuesday, July 6, 2010Rating: rosettes

an anon local
 A disgrace
now that new management have taken over the goytre arms they have turned what used to be a lovely and well thought of pub into a disgrace. The food served is now mainly microwaveable ASDA Smart Price meals which cost under a pound to buy but are sold at regular resturant prices. The staff are paid just 4 pound an hour and are treated terribly. One employee who had worked for the previous owners very happily, was assulted by the new manager because she refused to leave without being paid. She was put in hospital, the police are now involved and she was still never paid. It is such a shame to see a pub that could do so well in the hands of someone who is clearly going to destroy its once excellent reputation.
Friday, June 25, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 The worst meal I have ever refused to eat
Went to the Goytre Arms for a meal to celebrate Fathers dad. Our party of five were absolutely appalled at the amount of time we had to wait for food and when it finally arrived, 3 meals were served and 10 minutes later the other two were served. The food was awful, certainly not what was described on the menu. The manager when we spoke to her about the meal etc was defensive and rude and to be quite honest not interested in customer satisfaction but rather just her profit margin. I certainly would never go there again.
Monday, June 21, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Edward Voles
 mixed reception
I visit this pub fairly regularly and the food is pretty up to scratch. However don't ask for a jug of tap water - you'll be pretty robustly refused! The proprietor prefers to sell you water and makes no bones about it. That aside the place is worth a visit.
Saturday, May 29, 2010Rating: rosettes

Suzi McIntyre
Lovely food, cosy and warm by the open log fire, great atmosphere. Lots of events coming up including 30th June at 7pm, the Dai Bach Band Ceilidh with excellent caller Stuart Montgomery and a Hog Roast. Don't miss it!!
Saturday, April 24, 2010Rating: rosettes

Best steak eaten in a very long time. Long wait for meal but worth the wait. Will definitely be recommending the pub to friends and family.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010Rating: rosettes

I took an old friend for lunch the steak was fantastic! my friend had the lamb chops which were perfect, we had not reserved a table but they very kindly squeezed us in, I will definitely be bringing my family here.
Sunday, March 7, 2010Rating: rosettes

Carly Jones
 Used to be good
Food was good, but since the chef left after xmas their new chef is not good, however food is now cheap.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 very good, why say more
all dishes served to uor table were excellent
Tuesday, January 12, 2010Rating: rosettes

 What an experience
Im not one to write reviews, however this place thoroughly deserves it. Steak once eaten, never forgotton. Outstanding quality. Try if you can to visit on a Sunday night, no food, but DJ Fat Boy Rob on the decks - what an atmosphere!!
Friday, September 18, 2009Rating: rosettes

 the best
we are the best!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009Rating: rosettes

friday nights have stopped for under 18's as there making it bigger
its supposed to b shut for 8 weeks but its shut till septemba naw cant beleive it i luved it
Thursday, July 16, 2009Rating: rosettes

is the red lion on for friday ?
Monday, April 27, 2009Rating: No rosettes

paige r
iit the best rave place ever i had loads to drink and i had so much fun as soon as i walked through the door i new it was gunner be a great night i dance from half 6 till half ten with out sstopping millions of poeple fom blackwood go and dressed up in lovely clothes it the best ever !!!!!
Thursday, April 23, 2009Rating: rosettes

Rob, Wattsville
 A zero rating from us!
The landlord is about as welcoming as a rabid doberman, surly and abrupt in his approach. We left and went to The Villagers (just a few minutes drive away) where we had a very pleasant evening.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Terry Dean
 1 Rossette For The Location.
Lovely location on the bank of the River Usk unfortunately the food did not match the location I got the impression they could not handle the size of my booking (12 Adults).

Good 1st course which was unfortunately not matched by the main, most of the group ordered Roast Beef with Honey Glazed Roast Parsnips, Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding and Seasonal Vegetables.

Then the lottery began some plates arrived with Roast Potatoes and no Yorkshire Pud, some arrived with Yorkshire Pud and no Roast Potatoes not one plate arrived with Honey Glazed Roast Parsnips when the waitress was asked about the parsnips we were told they were on there way only to find 5 minutes later that they didn’t even have any.

Highly disappointing experience for what is one of the most expensive Sunday Dinners in and around Gwent (just shy of £20).

Also be aware of the service charge which is automatically added to your bill it’s not compulsory to pay so don’t hesitate to deduct it from your bill if your not happy.
Monday, February 16, 2009Rating: rosettes

Terry Dean
 The Best There Is.
Every month I organise a Sunday Lunch get-together for a group of friends (average group 12 adults) and on the three occassions we've visited the 'Royal Hotel' we've all had a fantastic meal and found the staff excellent.
There are plenty of restaurants/pubs that charge twice the price for a Sunday Dinner that you'll pay here but believe me if you want to experience the best Sunday Dinner there is to be eaten in Gwent head to the ‘Royal Hotel’ in Usk.
Book well in advance because they do get fully booked up fairly quickly and be prepared to wait as everything is cooked to order.
Monday, February 16, 2009Rating: rosettes

Debbie Gibbins (was Mclaren)
 old employees
can u remeber when mike 'the fat bastard' n his staff were in the castle.. we r tring to get ev one together... can anyone help us find steve higgins, ceilia n simon, kath, john and of course Mike... please help us find these ppl as we desp wanna find them!!!!!!
Friday, January 9, 2009Rating: rosettes

 Lovely atmosphere and good food!
In these days of doom and gloom with places closing on a daily basis, it is lovely to see the Wain Y Clare so popular. Lee and Lesley make people feel so at home and we would not choose anywhere else to spend our evenings out! Well done you!!!
Friday, December 19, 2008Rating: rosettes

 No longer serving food during week. looking for ne
Wednesday, December 3, 2008Rating: No rosettes

 No longer exists. Knocked Down
Wednesday, December 3, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Sally Howells
Had a very pleasing lunch at the 3 blackbirds yesterday.. Ham & eggs and fish & chips.... the pub was clean and very tidy.. 2 young men were serving and were friendly and courtious, will recomend this pub to our family and friends when they are looking for somewhere to eat.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Nice pub / restaraunt in Tredegar
Good menu, good service and good beers. I live local and it's the only place I take people out to eat at when we've got visitors.
Well worth a visit if anyone is looking for a Sunday lunch or family / friends get together. Equally as good for couples looking for a table for two Probably one of the nicest pubs / restaurants in the area.
Nice relaxed and friendly atmosphere about the place and easy to park / drive / taxi to or from.
Highly recommended so I'll give it a 9/10.
Saturday, October 25, 2008Rating: rosettes

Helen Martyn
 Very good
We went to the Goytre Arms for a big family meal, 18 of us, they were very accomadating. Food served together and very tasty.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008Rating: rosettes

samantha pascoe
I found it by accident but is now one of my favourite places to eat. Excellent value for money. Friendly, efficient staff.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008Rating: rosettes

Jeremy Parsley
 You wont be dissapointed
You may have to wait a little time for your meal to arrive but its well worth the wait. You can tell that everything is cooked from fresh and the steaks are to die for.
Monday, September 29, 2008Rating: rosettes

This place has incredible views. Perched up on the Blorenge mountain with great history, good simple grub and a very warm welcome.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008Rating: rosettes

Carla Simons
 Warm welcome
We came from the mountais soaking wet, it was windy and cold. The Inn was open and there was a fire ! After a nice cup off realy hot chocolate our we were able continue our journey to Abergavenny. ( 15 May 2008 )
Monday, July 21, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Lovely local pub, great atmosphere
Wednesday, July 16, 2008Rating: rosettes

William Relf
 Nice waitresses and nice food!
The Goytre Arms is a wonderful restaurant and I love going there! The waitresses are very nice too and there is one in-particular that I like very much! I'd recommend it to anyone but one thing I must say is that some of the orders they get a little bit wrong! But overall it is a very good restaurant and I will be going there many more times in the future!
Saturday, June 7, 2008Rating: rosettes

Daniel Craven
 Proper pub
Proper little pub in Chepstow, known for it's real ales. Staff are generally quite friendly, the landlord is 'traditional'. Have eaten there a few times and food is decently priced. Also a plus is I can take my dog there.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007Rating: rosettes

Pat Griffiths
We found the barstaff very friendly and accomodating.
If you are in the area.The Royal Hotel is well worth a visit and do try one of the chef's steaksProbably the best steaks in the country.
Friday, February 2, 2007Rating: No rosettes

 BAD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pot washers doing the cooking !!!! that say's it all.
Monday, January 29, 2007Rating: No rosettes

Melanie Jenkins
A nice country pub with a good selection of bottled beers & draught lagers. Large beer garden. An excellent home cooked Sunday Lunch. They also have recently refurbished accomodation upstairs.
Saturday, January 27, 2007Rating: rosettes

Dai Bourton
If you love the country pubs then this one is the most amazing one ever. You really should visit it and enjoy the food and have a good chat with the extremely friendly bar staff for example David - (Senior Head Barman and General Manager). We are alkso offering premier accomadation please conact us for details.
Thursday, January 25, 2007Rating: rosettes

Twm Sion Catti
The best pub in Chepstow by far.
Possibly the best real ale pub in the county with real home cooking. Not your microwave junk but l stuff like steak and kidney puddings and thick stews in winter and lighter meals in summer.
Thursday, January 25, 2007Rating: rosettes

Carly lewis
 Red Lion
THE RED LION is the best pub ever! special a thurday nite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The red lion is the place 2 be.....
Wednesday, January 24, 2007Rating: rosettes

I found the lanlord & landlady very unwelcoming and not realy bothered if they served you or not. I was going to stay and have dinner but after I saw the meals and had such a cold recpition I decieded not to, wouln't recomend and have since spoken to people who say the same!
Sunday, January 21, 2007Rating: No rosettes

Rhys Davies
ABSOLOUTLY SHOCKING. My family of twelve - nine adults and three children booked for a birthday meal at 6:30pm on a Saturday in December 2006. We arrived at 6:30pm prompt and purchased drinks before we were seated but the mood was soon to be spoilt as we were told that the table we had booked over a month prior had to vacated by 8:15. It was 6:45 by the time we were seated so with only an hour and a half to enjoy a very important family occasion we had no choice but to leave. We asked to see the manager immediately but he was not available (USUAL STORY). We could only speak to the very young members of staff which were completely out of there depth with running a restaurant without any management on the premises. As you can imagine this ruined the whole evening for everyone. I can safely say that none of the 12 of us will ever step foot in this pub ever again.
Friday, December 15, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 Very Very Bad
Possibly the worst food I have been served in a pub anywhere in the world! The only time I have ever had a lasagne this bad it came frozen in a cardboard box and cost under a quid
Monday, December 11, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Local person
 Relaxed atmosphere & surroundings
We have eaten here on several occassions and have never had a bad meal. The staff are friendly and courteous (although the landlord is miserable) and the atmosphere is cosy and relaxed. The food is good value for money and I am very surprised to see the negative comments on this site.
Monday, November 27, 2006Rating: rosettes

 What a place!
As i stumbled through the iron-clad doors i entered paradise........the blinding, strobe lights hit your face like a bitch slap from the missus. The slamming beats make you want to move like an epileptic near a police light. Truly remarkable place! 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
Monday, November 6, 2006Rating: rosettes

 full of mongrels
newtown farm people
Saturday, October 21, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Wayne Gonk
after a long lonely drink in the masons i make my way up to the dance arena of be the RED LION INN, The Buzzard Mansion, definatly as soon as u step in u can step out with a guaranteed Buzzard.. its atmosphere is electric with its bangin buzzards there n plenty of roid eds ull av ibiza lookin like the porters. full of bumpers n dirtty red eds ull surely love it there.. its like all ur christmas's in 1, wa more do u want than a nite in the red lion... Schneeds
Thursday, October 19, 2006Rating: rosettes

from the woodbine after 18 gallons of thatchers(old mill) i make a stroll to the number one place to be,forget ibiza and ayia napa this is the greatest.Find a piece wit spew on her an snog her, an ride her like a pig.then forget about it the next morning.Then
Thursday, October 19, 2006Rating: rosettes

 What a place!
I usually stay downstairs in the friendly, traditional bar having a great chat with my mates until 11 and then go upstairs 2 the dancefloor to dance the night away and try to pull the beautiful females! awesome place that will cater for any needs! 5/5
Sunday, October 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

Ann Kimberley
Went to the Royal Hotel for lunch today. Lovely food, the best salmon I have ever tasted. Can thoroughly recommend the place.
Friday, September 29, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Went for meal on Sat 16th Sept
My partner and I went for a meal Sat eve, we had the Pork, very nice plenty of veg with your meal. Recommend this Pub to anyone. We are booking a Sunday lunch in few weeks. *****
Monday, September 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

Don, Angela and Family
 Under New Ownership as from Monday 10th July 2006
We will be taking over the pub on Monday. It will be run as a family concern along with the present staff. Hope to see you all soon.
Friday, July 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

 goytre arms rocks
haaaaaaaaa i know a couple of people that work there and they say it isn too bad i agree with them
Tuesday, June 20, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 The New and Improved Rock Tavern
The Rock Tavern is a wonderful place to eat, the food is fantastic and the waiting staff are friendly and helpful. I was allowed a look at the new B & B accomidation they offer and the rooms are clean and fresh for a great price too. Well done to the new owner who has brought this lovely pub back to what it should be.
Monday, June 19, 2006Rating: rosettes

local person
 lacking customer service
* landlord rude to employees in front of customers.

* had booked a table and told landlord we had arrived-landord didn't tell staff we were there and we had to ask again when we realised other people were arriving and being given tables.

* waited full 10 minutes for the seventh of seven meals-had to ask for meal in the end-looks like they forgotten it! looked like they microwaved piece of chicken quickly but was overdone and horrible.

* staff not at all familiar with menus and what accompanied the meals

* meals over-priced and not that nice-steaks not cooked as asked. Portions small for the money.

*wouldn't recommend
Saturday, June 3, 2006Rating: rosettes

louise woods
 Excellent service and great food
Excellent service from a friendly landlord and his staff. Great Italian food. Beautiful views from beer garden. Friendly relaxing pub. Great for cricket fans as there is a cricket grounds within the pubs own grounds.
Saturday, May 27, 2006Rating: rosettes

Local Person
 Bad Food, Bad Staff, Food just a rip off
I had a mean at this pub with a firend as we live near. The manager mangaed to 'fit us in'.
I looked around at the other meals and disliked the look of them all. The waitress couldnt recommend anything (as she knew it was all a rip of)
My friend ordered ckicken with bbq sauce and got microwaved chicken with a tons of chees and tomatos sauce, really rank and a total rip off.
One to avoid
Thursday, May 25, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Chris Viles
 Very good in all ways
Excellent ales and restaurant, a friendly atmosphere. Slightly remote but worth the journey.
Sunday, May 21, 2006Rating: rosettes

Chris Viles
 Nice pub, shame about the manager!
The Goytre arms is a well presented pub in a pleasant location. However the ale quality is akin to that of a beer tent at a fairground. The food is well cooked but often not what was ordered. The staff are generally pleasant but always changing due to the intolerably rude management.
Difficult to justify visiting this pub when all the other nearby establishments are so much better.
Sunday, May 21, 2006Rating: rosettes

 youngsters pub upstairs traditional downstairs
Great food; great atmosphere. The foresters has it all. Run by the same Landlady for 20 years The foresters crowd has a traditional appeal to the youngsters who can dance away till early hours at the best light system and white label music venue in the valleys. The club is initimate and pumping - but you have to visit on a Saturday. Downstairs the mock tudor walls give you the traditional feel that makes the foresters the last true 'pub' in Blackwood. All in all the friendly atmosphere and safe environment makes the 'f's' a great place to visit and an even better place to stay. Whats that you say? Yes they even have a guest house attached that gives the best in 12 tog comfort.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006Rating: rosettes

 not local? not welcome!
RUDE staff and owners. got treated like dirt as we weren't local. waited ages for food, meal ordered didn't arrive - no apology, had to order again and when it came it was mediocre. i then witnessed the land lady feed her dog crisps from her own mouth so i doubt the hygiene is up to much. felt very unwelcome and annoyed.
Monday, April 10, 2006Rating: No rosettes

helen james
 there is an ad covering your details
what have woodlands lake district got to do with you?
Monday, March 27, 2006Rating: No rosettes

i love nite clubs but the red lion is just bad!!
Saturday, March 25, 2006Rating: No rosettes

marc price
 fields of butterflies
bar man 1991-2000 ish
great pub
good quiz on a sunday nite
Famous for a visit by Dame Edna Everage who went down a storm!
Al the best Tom and Jean
Marc (ron) + Claire
Monday, March 20, 2006Rating: rosettes

Laura K
everytime i enter i have the best night of my life!! what a cracking place!!!
Tuesday, March 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

Sue Williams
 Royal in Usk
Used to live in Little Mill loved the meals in the Royal. Sylvia made the place homely and the open fires. We really miss it.
Tuesday, March 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

Mike Drury
 what a friendly welcome
admiring the views from the mynydd maen mountain, we came across this pub. On entering, we were warmly welcomed and when sitting by the fire with a drink, my wife asked if they did food we were told they would cook for us. we had a lovely home cooked meal with dessert for a very reasonable cost. They are in the process of improving their menu and restaurant and I am sure thst we will be visiting the Lamb again.
Monday, March 6, 2006Rating: rosettes

Kyle B
 Bang On!!!!!
Every time i've walked in i've been carried out, Hell of a nite.
Saturday, March 4, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Best in Blackwood
Rock Inn now renamed The Rock Tavern, has changed hands many times in the last few years. Since the new owners have moved in, things have improved there 100%. They offer bed and breakfast accomodation, fantastic food (they are in the good food guide now) a themed disco every fortnight. I was there on Valentine's night with my boyfriend, we ate a woderful 3 course meal, played Mr and Mrs, and the staff couldnt do enough for us. Well done to the new owners for creating such a wonderful place to go. I certainly will be going there again
Thursday, March 2, 2006Rating: rosettes

 superb food and service
We ate here a few weeks ago and must say the food was brilliant. Service was with a smile!
Wednesday, February 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

Ex - regular
 Canal side pub
Wonderful pub with wonderful employees. The setting is ideal and all of the regulars are extremely friendly and welcome new comers with welcome arms.
The only let down is the manager who is incompetent and not fit to serve the public. He is lazy in every aspect of business and a let down to the people who have been going there for years.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006Rating: rosettes

Flopsey Smith
 the greatest pub ever!!
wow! what an experience,
loved the fact that you can walk round in ONE whole cirlcle like a hamster in a wheel!
and the toilets definiatly worth a visit!!
Thursday, February 9, 2006Rating: rosettes

Lola Deen
 The Holy Grail of pubs!
The best pub by far, with all the sick in the toilets and drinks being split down you! How can you not love it!
Thursday, February 9, 2006Rating: rosettes

 best pub around to eat at
nice meals
Tuesday, February 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

Nat Dip Elec Crosskeys college
 Nat Dip
Thursday nights! No more need be said.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006Rating: rosettes

Rob Stone
oooo stick it in my guts.
I'm so in love with the lion, grrrrr rarrr i'm a lion.
xxxx to all my friends
Wednesday, January 25, 2006Rating: rosettes

Nick Thomas
 Love for the lion!
I love the lion, I don't know where I would be without it. The lion is so great ummm... I don't know where I would be without it.
My heart goes out to the lion.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006Rating: rosettes

Andy G
One word to describe the red lion is heaven. Many weekends i have found myself in the fantastic toilets on a saturday night fixing my makeup. What a top class spot it will put the town of Blackwood on the map.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Now serving food
The Crown Inn is now serving food through out the day, a friendly pub just off the A465 (heads of the vallies road) well worth visitng
Monday, December 26, 2005Rating: rosettes

Nick Tucker
I love the red lion, every time i enter it my heart begins to pound!! many a nights have i spent drunk, sprawled across the bar!! o how i love the lion and its intense atmosphere....heaven!!
Thursday, December 8, 2005Rating: rosettes

denno nash
 nice tidy pub with happy landlady
great atmosphere in lounge and bar.excellent music room above the pub which hosts many musical events and is home to the torfaen jazz and blues club.
Thursday, September 15, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Kenneth George Richards Investigates
I love the Red Lion.
It is loads...loads...better than North Wales...
I can't wait to go again...
I hate Lloyd Exton...Especially Rhys Woodward...Liverpool 4eva!

Thursday, August 25, 2005Rating: rosettes

 good work
i find the locals in the pub very friendly , nice work you are doing chris and mags keep up the good work the pub is really starting to take shape good work lol
Monday, August 15, 2005Rating: rosettes

matthew million$
 Red Lion and Blackwood
The No $leep Police are coming. To represent Blackwood and put it back on the map. Check out http://www.nosleeppolice.co.uk to find out more.
That's why Blackwood raps...
Tuesday, August 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

 former barmaid of the red lion
hi this is sacha-have i missed something here? :) gavin should go to the lion an ask for me-im intrigued

Tuesday, August 2, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Gavin Bray's first kiss !!
Oh my god, is this really you Gav?
Didn't think I would ever hear form u again after that magical night at The Lion in Blackwood. its been about 5 months now an still ur th only thing running through my mind.
Love Sacha XXX
Monday, August 1, 2005Rating: rosettes

 A traditional village pub with a perfect pint!
its actually located in nantyglo!
Sunday, July 31, 2005Rating: rosettes

Howard Daniel
 Name meaning
In order to settle a friendly argument would you kindly let me know what the name Wain y Clare means in English.
Many thanks for your help
Friday, July 29, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 A once geat pub fast becoming a 'dive'.
What a big pity that this well situated and attractive pub has gone free-fall into decline. Real Ale has been taken off and replaced with very expensive 'smooth' beers. Yuk!
The staff, in my humble opinion, have no real interest in their jobs. Poorly poured beers leaving large heads and not offering to top them up. A big black mark considering the 'London' prices that they now charge.
The Landlord/owner very very rarely is seen on the premises.
The food also is bland and very over-priced. All in all a place to avoid if a real pub is what you are looking for.
Monday, June 27, 2005Rating: rosettes

 A once great pub in fast decline
Sadly now that this once beautiful old Inn has gone completely down the drain. The beer and food are quite terrible. It has changed hands so many times and no-one has made a 'go' of it.
How sad, how so so sad.
Monday, June 27, 2005Rating: rosettes

Emily Jones x
If you ever wonder what heaven is like.... It is the brother of thé rouge lionn'!
Friday, June 3, 2005Rating: rosettes

Barbara Rance
 Excellent in all respects
Beautiful surroundings and the food is excellent - truly homecooked and I recommend the murphys's ice cream. Service up and beyond the call of duty. We arrived hot and tired after backpacking and a lift was even arranged for us to get some shopping.
Friday, May 20, 2005Rating: rosettes

Jay Lee
 Great food
Currently just been taken over by New Management. This great little pub is in a very quiet location close to the heads of the valleys road. Great food, Great Beer and Great Atmosphere. Need I say anymore go and visit and see for yourself!!!
Monday, May 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Very friendly bar staff....
Well, one friendly bar maid made our evening at the Market Tafarn mildly enjoyable. Her smiling face was a welcome distraction from the pan-faced chav-locals that stood clutching their pint pots looking more like their at a wake than enjoying a saturday night.

Still, they all f'ed off by 9pm and the video jukebox and pool table was ours.

The whole of Abergavenny sucks, the Market Tafarn sucks slightly less.

We stayed above this pub and they let us have lock ins until 1am which was a real bonus.
Monday, May 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

a regular
 traditional canalside welsh pub
excellent range of real ales.and good food. landlord looks after the beer well and bar maids ..well ...you have to visit !!
abbotts a regular and highlights have been guests sarah hughes dark ruby and uley pigs ear and recently highgate fox's nob
Saturday, April 23, 2005Rating: rosettes

gareth davies
 Very Friendly, excellent food
Friendly pub with excellent food, especially sunday luch
highly recommended
Tuesday, April 19, 2005Rating: rosettes

Lloyd Exton
theres nothing that gets my heart pounding like a good old rave in the lion. all theyre missin is a place to recharge glow sticks.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005Rating: rosettes

Gavin bray
 had my first kiss there!!!
it was about 2 weeks ago now. id heard of this well-appointed publis house in blackwood. me and my friends decided to go there to spice our weekend up. Little did i know that lurking in the shadows was the most magnificant creature mankind could behold. Her name was sasha. didnt catch her second name. it sounded like griffiths. she had a black dinner gown on, and as soon as i saw her i fell to my knees. i knew she was mine. please help me find my sasha!
Monday, March 28, 2005Rating: No rosettes

lloyd exton
 i am the lion
i decided that i am the lion..when u drink, u are drinking inside me, when u dance, u dance inside me, when i am no more..the lion will be no more....just remember that..xx
Monday, March 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

Rhys woodward
 Never want to leave
that place really makes my loins throb. I remember it was just last night, while i was tugging off on the exquiset dance area, when all of a sudden a slipped on a girls glass slipper. i spent the remainder of the night sliding around on my back looking up girls skirts! oh how i crave the lions atmosphere!!!!
Monday, March 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

Martin Rush
 I love the lion
I wish i could unite with the red lion himself. He must be a glorious character and i soon hope to entwine our two souls to be as one. His rhythmical masterpieces send shivers down my spine, and his beer is of the highest standard
Monday, March 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

nick bish
 its the best
the red lion is a glorious haven of dazeling lights, translucent melodic tunes and a flurish of beautiful females..i love cheeting on my courting partner, the coffin minister.
Monday, March 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

kirk coal
 lloyd exton
The lion is the most mystical of all pubs. i loose all conciosness when i enter its steel clad doors. A subtle wink off the bouncer and behold, i am in the most glorious place on earth.
Monday, March 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

Pussy Willow
 The Red
Me and my other half love the lion. The atmosphere is electric!
Monday, March 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

I took my mother out for mothers day earlier this month and went to the Cordell Country Inn. As soon as we arrived i felt very welcomed. The food and service was excellent. I totally reccommend the Cordell to everyone.
Monday, March 21, 2005Rating: rosettes

Ginny DuBose
 Ginny from South Carolina, USA
I have a long history (since 1995) at your lovely and gracious pub. Bernie is my best friend. He even gave me a surprise birthday party when I graduated from Oxford University. I love the Millers, Mathern, and Bernie! Where has he gone? I will return one day.
Sunday, March 20, 2005Rating: rosettes

 the millers arms
i came for a meal on sunday a week ago and i just wanted to say that the food was fantastic and i enjoyed it very much but the only thing wrong is that the amount of food put on the plate is far too much. I also want to say that the service was terrific the watress was very freindly.
Wednesday, March 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

pub Man
 ME Godzilla
Friendly staff, good chef, nice atmosphere, reasonable prices.what more could you want?
Thursday, March 3, 2005Rating: rosettes

stewart mccracken
 excellent food. brilliant
it was nice to just see every thing fall in to place for once. Food, timing, service, atmosphere.
Tuesday, February 8, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Friendliest Pub in the u.k
I am from Japan. I visited many pubs while on horiday in Engrand. I met veyy funny man. He's name Bernie. I would like to buy him Whiskey Pep. I rike Carol's curry too.
Resri Okanowa
Friday, February 4, 2005Rating: rosettes

 great pub
this pub is bloody fantastic
Friday, February 4, 2005Rating: rosettes

your fecking pub is banging!
Friday, February 4, 2005Rating: rosettes

Ken Doherty
Where do I start?!!

A vast array of beers to tantalise the taste-buds, the finest home-cooked cuisine, fun-loving and attentive staff & top top tunes from the county's finest DJ's.

And how could I forget - the best looking women in Wales - bar none!

A pullers paradise for sure. I never fail to cop off in the Castle. Ladies - you can catch me there most Saturdays.

NB Ladies, be sure to be there before 9:30, whilst i can still stand.

Mine's a Stella!!
Thursday, February 3, 2005Rating: rosettes

Dee Rinking
Great atmosphere, great pub, great beer, great food, great people!!!!

What more can I say? Bravo Fisherman's, you really are the best pub in Chepstow!!
Thursday, February 3, 2005Rating: rosettes

Annie Williams
The Castle is fantastic, with the best beer garden in Wales !
Tuesday, January 4, 2005Rating: rosettes

Master R
What a night i went fown for new years eve and i ad a really good time. the only bad thing is the tolits coz there BAD! and there are like a million 16 year olds.
Saturday, January 1, 2005Rating: rosettes

 oldest pub in town
apparently it's the oldest pub in blackwood. so it's nice to see the owners maintaining the air of tradition with its recent refurbishment...ahem.
Thursday, December 30, 2004Rating: rosettes

Eric P
 Keep away!
The worst pub in the area! Steer clear unless you like to drink alco-pops
Wednesday, December 22, 2004Rating: No rosettes

Andy B
 Pretty Boring
This pub used to have a great atmosphere and friendly staff. Since its pathetic attempt to become a young hip bar the service has gone down-hill. Its choice of beers leaves everything to be desired for and the type of person that it attracts should remain in the zoo.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004Rating: No rosettes

Monday, November 22, 2004Rating: rosettes

miss lloyd
Its the worst pub ive ever been to it smells and it hasnt been done up for years somebody should kick the hillbillys (margaret + chris) out and get somebody desent in there. Margaret the landlord, chris's girlfriend is the most arragant and untrustworthy person Ive ever had the unfortunate experience of knowing.
Tuesday, November 9, 2004Rating: No rosettes

Goodlooking G
 Not so good
The Red Lion is the most boring place in blackwood i did enjoy it when it first opened but know on thursdays the amount of 16years olds is unreal!!!! Get them out god sakes ask for id
Tuesday, November 2, 2004Rating: No rosettes

Sarah Hopkins
I like to say that i think your pub is the best. I like to thank all the local rugby boys for making night great and exciting especially Dai from Victoria St (Abertillery Youth)
Tuesday, November 2, 2004Rating: rosettes

blaina girls
 hello . . . .
its us just posted a message on the commercials web page so we though as we find your pub just as exciting if not better we would put one on yours! 2 blaina utd fans (their biggest and most loyal!!) and we think the mill is awesome!! Landlord is lovely, juke box is great especially disk 42 (Meat Loaf!!) . . . LETS GO ROLLING ROLLING TO THE MILL !!!! See you very soon x x x x x x x
Tuesday, November 2, 2004Rating: rosettes

Natalie Rowson
Nice atmosphere, good music, good to see local rugby teams supporting it we appreciate seeing them there although bar staff could be friendlier and there is lots of glass on the floor apart from that AWESOME PUB!!
Tuesday, November 2, 2004Rating: rosettes

Alan Potter
 Place to be
The finest dance venue in blackwood with luxurios and well designed dance area quality sound and lighting playing the freshest cuts to get ya groove on and find that perfect partner and friends.
despite the view negative comments on review of this site i advice you check it out for an amaisng night on the town.
Saturday, October 23, 2004Rating: rosettes

They didn't ask me 4 ID and im not even 18 so......what a rubbish place and i think they let in like a million people!!!
Friday, September 17, 2004Rating: rosettes

Albert Davies
 Don't tell anyone but it is great
If you like the country pubs you find in the middle of nowhere, with a friendly welcome and good quality food and drink here is one just a bit out of the way in the South Wales valleys. I found this about 3 years ago and love the place, we have become regulars and I don't want to go anywhere else now. Check it out but don't tell too many people, I want it to keep the feel it has today.
Friday, September 3, 2004Rating: rosettes

The Red Lion is wkd awesome for a local night out on the town but they always ask me for id, as im 18 it does start to get on my nerves, but once u r in there it doent matter
Tuesday, August 31, 2004Rating: rosettes

Louise thomas
 Not for me
more like an school disco, cant move for kids, music ok but need more r'n'b. Im 20 and got asked for id when theres more younger people in there than older
Thursday, July 29, 2004Rating: No rosettes

Young Ned
 How times change!
What was once a nice, little watering hole now boosts: flashing lights, mirrors, alcopops......need i say anymore.
Thursday, July 29, 2004Rating: No rosettes

Rhian Morgan
 little nightclub
always packed full of people, small venue.
plays mostly dance/r&b/pop music.
good for a local night out.
Friday, July 23, 2004Rating: rosettes

 good pub
good pub
Wednesday, September 5, 2001Rating: rosettes

Mr W Smith
 a nice country pub
Serves a good pint
Friday, June 29, 2001Rating: rosettes

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