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 update – 7th October 2021

We are now open for food every Lunchtime and Evening – and the bar is open all day, every day, from 11.00am.

All inside tables remain table service only (food and drinks), but they are available to walk-ins, obviously, if they are not reserved.

For outside tables drinks are ordered from the bar, and food from the reception desk inside.

We request that customers entering the building please wear a mask if possible, as a simple measure to protect our staff and other customers.

All our serving staff are wearing face masks.

We are taking limited table reservations for inside tables, but outside tables are operated on a ‘first-come, first served basis’ and cannot be reserved.

Please be aware of the following: we are critically short-staffed at the moment, which may lead to reduced menu choices, longer service times and possibly having to stop serving food altogether on busy days.

Lunch is served 12–2.30pm – where possible – and this may be a reduced menu.

Dinner is served 6–8.30pm – some nights we will not be serving walk-ins – just our residents and booked tables.

We hope that this is only a temporary situation, until staffing levels return to normal both out front and in the kitchen.

We are doing our very best to keep all our customers happy, but ask for their patience and understanding, as things may not run smoothly all of the time.

On the whole, we are still serving some tasty plates from the kitchen, and pulling many thirst quenching pints here in the Yat… it’s great to see this after such a crazy time.

Re: The Hand Ferry

The Hand Ferry is not working at the moment, Tuesday September 21st 2021. We do not have any staff to operate it.

We are currently looking for an operator; so, if you fancy a stint as a ferryman/barman, please give us a call, 01600 890435.

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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Watch this stunning video of Symonds Yat East and our ancient Inn. Filmed in Symonds Yat East, part of the Wye Valley in Herefordshire & The Forest of Dean.