The Saracens Head Inn, Symonds Yat East, Herefordshire, HR9 6JL | Tel: 01600 890435


The Saracens Head Inn offers riverside bed and breakfast accommodation, and award winning food, with a traditional pub feel.

The Inn has stood for centuries in a spectacular position on the east bank of the River Wye, where the river flows into a steep wooded gorge, on the edge of the Forest of Dean, in Symonds Yat East.

We have nine Bed and Breakfast rooms, most of which overlook the glorious River Wye.

Symonds Yat East lies between Ross on Wye and Monmouth and The Wye Valley Walk meanders past our door. This family run Inn is popular with walkers, cyclists, canoeists, fishermen and fans of good food and real ales.

The Saracens Head Inn is an ideal place to stay to discover The Wye Valley, Forest of Dean, Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains, The Welsh Marches, and the Valleys of South Wales. 

We are within seven miles of the small market towns of Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth. Abergavenny and the Cathedral cities of Hereford and Gloucester are also a 30 minute drive away, with Cardiff and Bristol both being accessible within an hour.

COVID 19 Restriction update from 19th July 2021

We now have our inside and outside areas open, lunchtimes and evenings.

We are serving drinks at the bar – with 3 people maximum at the bar – customers must wear masks when ordering at the bar – a 1 way system is in operation (in through car park door, and out via the terrace door).

All inside tables remain table service only (food and drinks),

Outside tables order food at the kiosk on the top terrace (but not drinks). Outside tables have to order drinks from the bar.

Regretfully we do not reserve tables outside.

We are taking very limited table reservations at the moment, but may we draw your attention to the following: we are critically short of staff at this time, and we cannot truthfully say when we will be able to operate normally.
In all honesty, this will lead to greatly reduced menu choices, longer service times and… having to stop serving food altogether at certain periods.
We should also mention..
Regrettably we do not reserve tables outside, due to the vagaries of British weather.
Lunch is served 12–2.30pm – where possible – and this may be just our sandwich menu – also please refer to above ‘stop serving food altogether at certain periods’.
Dinner is served 6–8.30pm – some nights we will not be serving walk-ins – just our residents and booked tables.
We are still open all day for drinks.
And.. most importantly, this is only a temporary situation, until staffing levels return to normal both out front and in the kitchen.
We will do our very best to keep you all happy, but sometimes the cogs do grind to a halt.
On the whole, we are still serving some tasty plates from the kitchen en mass, and pulling many thirst quenching pints here in the Yat… it’s a brilliant thing to see after such a crazy time.
The Royal Lodge are 100 metres away from us and should be serving walk-ins in their lovely gardens and inside for food and drink also so may be worth a try if we are fully booked.

Re: The Hand Ferry

To explain in full why this is taking so long to restore..
The Ferry rope was broken in the flood of October 2019. It is very difficult to get a 30mm diameter, 100m long steel cable from the bottom of a fast flowing river, which was higher than normal level for most of the Winter.
We did manage to get the ferry cable back, during COVID closure. However, we obviously needed to have the whole set-up certified, we cannot operate without this certification. The company we use to do this were not able to do it immediately, due to staff shortages because of COVID (we are also very near to fast flowing rapids).
When we reopened in May the two main reasons we did not operate the ferry were:
1. We simply did not have enough staff.
2. If we had had enough staff, Social Distancing would half our capacity on the boat, and make taking money and helping people on and off very difficult.
As well as this, if the ferry was working on a busy day, with a passenger capacity of six, people would be waiting for it for twice as long as usual, which would not be providing the usual service people are now accustomed to.
After all we have been through over the last two years we really are trying our best to get the Saracens back up to its usual standard.
We’re getting there guys, and look forward to seeing you all ASAP, just please be aware of the above before your visit x
Kind regards. The Team.

Bed and Breakfast in Symonds Yat, Herefordshire and wake-up in the heart of The Wye Valley & The Forest of Dean with the River Wye just outside your window.

The Inn is just a ten minute drive to Ross on Wye or Monmouth.

We serve a wide variety of dishes that change from season-to-season from our Lunch Menu, Dinner Menu and daily specials board.

Sandwiches and filled organic baguettes are also served during lunchtimes.


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The Saracens Head Inn makes an ideal base from which to explore the Wye Valley, Forest of Dean, Brecon Beacons, The Black Mountains and the many castles and other ancient monuments in the area.

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