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The Malt Shovel Inn

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Overview of The Malt Shovel Inn

The Malt Shovel Inn

3.0 star property
3-star inn in Ruardean with restaurant and bar/lounge

7.4/10 Good

142 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Non-smoking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
Forest-of-Dean, Ruardean, Ruardean, England, GL17 9TW

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About this area

Getting around

  • Gloucester Station - 25 min drive
  • Lydney Station - 28 min drive
  • Ledbury Station - 28 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

The Malt Shovel Inn is a great choice for a stay in Ruardean. You can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant or wind down at the end of the day with a drink from the bar/lounge.



At a glance

Hotel size

  • 5 rooms


  • Check-in time from 5:00 PM until 11:00 PM
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Check-out time is 10:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free on-site self-parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge

What to do

  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Fishing nearby


  • English

Fees & policies


<p>This property does not have lifts.</p><p> This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly). </p><p>This property accepts credit cards.</p>

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

Frequently asked questions

Does The Malt Shovel Inn offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Malt Shovel Inn does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
Are pets allowed at The Malt Shovel Inn?
Yes, dogs are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at The Malt Shovel Inn?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Malt Shovel Inn?
You can check in from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Check-out time is 10:00 AM.
What is there to do at The Malt Shovel Inn and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities such as cycling, fishing and kayaking. Additional recreation nearby includes birdwatching.
Are there restaurants at or near The Malt Shovel Inn?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Akash (3.5 mi), lotus (3.7 mi) and Saj (3.8 mi).







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




6/10 Good

Few days away
The host was friendly welcoming polite,staff behind bar was friendly,But the room was very dusty took myself to clean with wet wipes, room was tidy but needed abit of TLC, the hotel could do with an up grade,breakfast was nice
Tracy, 3-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Steve, 1-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Host was pleasant, but did not advise us on arrival that food was not available. Then we had to drive elsewhere. Carpet not hoovered properly. Had to ask for tea, coffee, milk and toilet paper! He did cook us an acceptable breakfast but did not ask if we wanted a cooked breakfast - it just arrived!
Barbara, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

lewis, 1-night trip
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6/10 Good

Great space to enjoy with kids especially as there is limited internet connection. Had time to bond with them. Staff were great and friendly. Pub has a pool table but needs a pound to play a game. If you enjoy walking, recommended. Breakfast was late on a Sunday as it starts 8am instead of 7:30am. Only downside was the bedsheets was not cleaned well, and we found a pair of socks on one of the beds! Staff were great and accomodating.
The Soulm8s, 1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Mrs J A, 4-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Don't think about staying here. Was impossible to contact before hand no email and telephone not working. Website said open at 3:00pm, at 16:45 no one about altho found an open door, corridors smelling of cannabis and place filthy, stuff on stairs health hazard. Some doors to rooms could be opened, dark, dirty and not made up. We had to find and spend money on alternative accommodation; not a great start to our holiday. Will be requesting refund
Anita, 1-night family trip
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2/10 Poor

Emma, 1-night family trip
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4/10 Fair

This could be and apparently was once a nice place to stay, but that seems to have been some years ago! Our bedroom, although the bed was comfortable and the room a good size and clean, did not have any tea/coffee/milk supplied on the kettle stand. Also the TV did not work. We did point these things out, but nothing was done - so we had to supply the drinks ourselves. The bathroom has a central bath with an overhead shower which leaks, dripping cold water. There is also a hand held shower/bath filler combo which also leaks and doesn't work properly. Very unsatisfactory!
Leon, 7-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Very good.
No faults with the room at all. Clean, rustic looking with lovely views. Deathly quiet at night which we loved! Was told that they werent doing food as the chef had left, but that didnt bother us too much. In the morning, took ages to find someone for breakfast and on the last day it was like the Mary Celeste. After calling and walking around the building for 10 minutes (and going without breakfast as we had a schedule to keep to) we left the key in our room door and left.
David, 2-night trip
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