The Malt Shovel Inn

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The Malt Shovel Inn

3.0 star property

3.8/5 Good

Guests rated this property 3.9/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast available
  • Bar
Forest-of-Dean, Ruardean, Ruardean, England, GL17 9TW

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationForest of Dean3 min drive
  • Popular LocationTintern Abbey36 min drive
  • AirportGloucester (GLO-Gloucestershire)47 min drive
  • Popular LocationBerkeley Castle59 min drive

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About this area


The Malt Shovel Inn is located in Ruardean. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. Perrygrove Railway & Treetop Adventure and St. Mary's Kempley are also worth visiting. Kayaking and fishing offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with mountain biking and cycling nearby. Guests appreciate the inn's quiet location.

What's nearby

  • Forest of Dean - 3 min drive
  • Goodrich Castle - 7 min drive
  • Littledean Jail - 10 min drive
  • Tintern Abbey - 36 min drive
  • Berkeley Castle - 59 min drive

Getting around

  • Gloucester Station - 25 min drive


  • Akash - 6 min drive
  • Lotus - 7 min drive
  • Saj - 7 min drive
  • Woodlands - 9 min drive
  • Yo Wah House - 9 min drive

About this property

The Malt Shovel Inn

3-star inn near Forest of Dean
Along with a restaurant, this smoke-free inn has a bar/lounge and free self-parking. WiFi in public areas is free. Housekeeping is not available.
The Malt Shovel Inn offers 5 accommodations.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Languages spoken


Property amenities


  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site

Food and drink

  • Breakfast available for a fee
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar


  • No lifts

Guest services

  • No housekeeping


  • Smoke-free property

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Check-in from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Early check-in subject to availability


Check-out before 10:00 AM


Welcoming dogs only

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Payment types at the property

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards

We should mention

This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly)

Property is also known as

Malt Shovel Inn Ruardean
Malt Shovel Ruardean
The Malt Shovel Inn Inn
The Malt Shovel Inn Ruardean
The Malt Shovel Inn Inn Ruardean

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 37 out of 127 reviews
5 - Excellent 29%
Rating 4 - Good. 54 out of 127 reviews
4 - Good 43%
Rating 3 - Okay. 19 out of 127 reviews
3 - Okay 15%
Rating 2 - Poor. 7 out of 127 reviews
2 - Poor 6%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 10 out of 127 reviews
1 - Terrible 8%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



5/5 Excellent

Travelled with pets, Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Quaint and quirky providing for a relaxing and enjoyable sojourn into the West Country. Staff were super friendly and the Inn is a historic gem (apparently over 900 years old). Very pet friendly.
Stayed 2 nights in May 2022

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Friendly and accommodating staff, nice character building, tasty breakfast too!
Stayed 1 night in May 2022

2/5 Poor

Travelled with family
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Not Querky, just dirty!
Really not great. Room was dirty. Service especially at breakfast was appalling. I don't normally do reviews, but I was called to action here! Don't be fooled by the pictures, the place is run down, uncared for and should be avoided. Not querky, just very poorly run. don't do it, pick another place..
Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2022

3/5 Okay

Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2022

3/5 Okay

Business traveller
Disliked: Room comfort
The guys that I met were very friendly and accommodating. The property is essentially a pub and the building has character that would appeal to some but not for a business traveller. I stayed on a Monday and as the pub was closed it was a quiet stay.
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2022