Two special food and accommodation offers to spoil yourself with this winter

We have two fantastic offers running at the moment to take you through these chilly winter months in style – because everyone needs a treat sometimes!

We are offering accommodation in one of our beautiful double en-suite rooms, with breakfast for £75 per room (usually £120) on Tuesdays – Thursdays or £85 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Or you can couple this offer with our fantastic tasting menu offer for a truly special stay. Enjoy our seven-course tasting menu for two people (usually £136 for two people) for lunch or dinner, plus overnight stay and breakfast for £150 per couple on Tuesdays – Thursdays or £160 on Fridays and Saturdays between now and 31st January. This is a saving of over £100!

Our tasting menu is a delicate fine dining experience of seafood dishes from our two AA rosette kitchen here in Arlingham. This would be a fantastic treat for you and your partner or group of friends and family.

To redeem this offer call 01452 740547 and quote offer code TASTE19_STAY or for accommodation only quote STAY19.

Our tasting menu changes regularly with the seasons, but here is an example of our recent tasting menu:

Porthilly Oyster – Natural or crispy

Shellfish cappuccino

Seared scallop, onion puree, scallop pakora, pickled shallots

Home-made sour dough crumpet, brown crab butter, dressed white crab meat, fennel

Tranche of plaice, anchovy emulsion, samphire, crispy capers

Roast partridge, celeriac puree, smoked bacon puy lentils Salsify, red wine jus

Dark chocolate ganache, pistachio cake, candied pistachios, shortbread, vanilla ice-cream


Seven-course tasting menu special offer

Enjoy our seven-course seafood tasting menu for two people for £80 (normal price £136.00 for two people)

This is a delicious treat for you and your partner or even a group of friends. Our taster menu is a celebration of the sea with the freshest fish and seasonal seafood. Small dishes are presented beautifully from our expert chefs and we can advise on wine to match.

Our taster menu always includes oysters, and a range of delicious dishes using produce like scallops, crab, mussels, monkfish and more.

This offer is available to book from 1st November, until 20th December 2019, any lunch or evening food service (including Saturdays). To book quote the offer code TASTE-EM-19

Our tasting menu changes regularly with the seasons, so you are welcome to check when you book, however here is a sample of our recent tasting menu.

Porthilly Oyster (natural or crispy)

Shellfish cappuccino

Seared scallop, onion puree, scallop pakora, pickled shallots

Home-made sour dough crumpet, brown crab butter, dressed white crab meat, fennel

Tranche of plaice, anchovy emulsion, samphire, crispy capers

Roast partridge, celeriac puree, smoked bacon puy lentils Salsify, red wine jus

Wine and Food Pairing Evening – Loire Valley

Join us for another of our popular wine and food pairing evenings, here at The Old Passage. On Wednesday, 2 October we’ll be tasting a delicious selection of wines from the Loire Valley.

The evening is hosted by our wine expert Frederik, and each wine is accompanied by a little plate of food prepared by our head chef to compliment the wine. These are fun, relaxed and informal events, where you’ll learn a lot about wine and food pairing, and get to try some wines you never have tasted before.

The evening starts at 7pm and costs £35.00pp, you need to call and book in advance on 01452 740547.

Wine and food pairing evening: Discover English wines

After a year of circling the globe, tasting wines from famous regions around the world, for August’s wine and food pairing evening we’re staying right here in the UK.

On Wednesday, August 7th, join us to taste a selection of English wines, hand-picked by our wine expert Frederik, all matched with delicious plates of food created by our head chef.

Many years ago, English wine had a bad reputation as poor quality, but more recently there has been an explosion in new wines and vineyards in the south of England, many with the quality to rival traditional new and old world wine regions.

In fact, several English sparkling wines have been likened to Champagne in their style, taste and quality due to our mild climate, that is similar to the famous French region. We can’t reveal the wines ahead of time, but we can say that at least a couple of the wines will be from local vineyards. This will be a real celebration of English food and drink!

As ever, Fred will be full of interesting knowledge on the wine selection and we’ll be showing how each wine can be paired with food to compliment the drink. Each wine will be served with a small plate of food cooked by our head chef.

Our wine and food pairing evenings are monthly events, and they are always relaxed, fun and informal. The evening starts at 7pm and costs £32.50pp. To book call 01452 740547

Summer walks on the Severn

Finally, summer has arrived, and for us that means long days, beautiful sunsets to watch over the Severn and plenty of opportunity to walk. One of the things that attracts people to Arlingham is the walking, the landscape is so peaceful and idyllic, but it’s also relatively flat and for large parts of your walk you’ll likely be following the banks of the River Severn.

At The Old Passage, we are extremely lucky to be located at the very farthest point in Arlingham, right on the banks of the River Severn, facing Newnam in the Forest of Dean.It’s true we’re not that easy to get to here at The Old Passage, and we’re in a very remote location – but it’s honestly worth the drive when you see the views and feel the calm.

If you’d like to enjoy a walk around Arlingham and the River Severn our lovely local village pub The Red Lion has walking maps with four easy routes on available to download here.

You may also like to visit nearby Frampton-on-Severn or Fretherne, where you can enjoy pleasant walks along the canal, watching the narrow boats. Again, these are flat routes suitable for all abilities. No doubt, after all that walking you’ll need refreshments! And you’ll surely work up an appetite. We are open for lunch Tuesdays – Sunday throughout summer, and we serve both our full a la carte menu, and a simple two or three course set lunch menu.

You could consider booking in for a breakfast with us before venturing out – available Tuesday to Sunday by pre-booking only. And for those travelling from further afield to visit Gloucestershire, we offer a four-star bed and breakfast, with two beautiful en-suite double bedrooms with river views and an AA Breakfast Award.

Food and wine pairing evening – South Africa

We’re taking our taste buds to the other side of the world, to try wines from hot and sunny South Africa.

A renowned New World wine region, South Africa is well known for its robust reds, but let our wine expert Frederik take you out of your comfort zone and show you a selection of wines both red and white from this area – some you may never have experienced before.

Our monthly wine and food pairing evenings are relaxed and fun events, where you’ll learn a lot just by tasting and enjoying the wines with your friends or partner. Each one is served with a delicious small plate of food, put together by our head chef.

Frederik will also share tasting notes and tips for how to pair certain types wines with food, so you can experiment at home.

These events take place on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm This one takes place on 1st May, booking is essential. The cost is £32.50pp to include the food and wine.

Wine and food pairing evening – Northern Italy

I’m afraid we don’t actually get to travel to Northern Italy, but we’ll certainly feel like we could be there for a few hours when we taste a delicious section of Italian wines, handpicked by our wine expert Frederik, that will transport us to sunshine and blue skies!

Each wine is matched with a delicious little plate of food by our head chef, and Frederik will take you through tasting notes and what foods each wine pairs well with. These are fun, relaxed and informal tastings that we hold once a month, however all our previous guests say they’ve come away learning a lot, and trying wines they’d never have considered before.

The evening costs £32.50pp, and you’ll need to call to book in advance on 01452 740547.


Treat your mum to delicious food this Mother’s Day

Mums are special, even we know that, we all have them! So, treating them on Mother’s Day is pretty important.

We’ve got some lovely ideas for treating your mum at The Old Passage, but do make sure you book in advance, as we usually get fully booked. We’d love to make Mother’s Day really special for you and your mum.

A riverside walk and heart-warming Sunday Lunch

With the weather finally getting warmer, now is the perfect opportunity to get out as a family and have a walk. The sign-posted walks in Arlingham take in the banks of the River Severn, fields, and beautiful views – it’s very peaceful. Round it off with a delicious Sunday Lunch at The Old Passage. We have a three course set Sunday lunch, as well as our a la carte menu available, so plenty of choice.

A champagne breakfast or brunch

Our Old Passage breakfast is a popular choice for Mother’s Day. What a treat to be taken out for a sumptuous breakfast, perhaps even with a glass of champagne? Our breakfasts are something truly unique, from a Full English and French toast, to oysters, lobster and champagne or our Pilots Breakfast (scrambled egg, crab, smoked salmon and lobster on toasted brioche) – you won’t be disappointed with the choice on offer. View the full menu here, which is available 9am-11am.

A special gift-voucher

If you can’t make it out on Mother’s Day or you want to give your mum a unique gift, then what about one of our gift vouchers so she can treat herself whenever she wants? We offer vouchers in any denominations of £10.00, alternatively you can buy a gift voucher for our Wine and Food Pairing Evenings, which include trying a selection of around six wines from a particular wine region, led by our wine expert Frederik, and little plates of food to match each wine. These are £32.50 per person.



Win a three-course Sunday Lunch for two at The Old Passage!

Enter our fantastic Facebook Competition to win a three course Sunday Lunch for two people at The Old Passage.

To launch our new set Sunday Lunch menu, we’re offering you and a friend the chance to enjoy the new menu with us free. Simply hop over to Facebook and find our competition post.

To be in with a chance of winning you’ll need to ‘like’ and share the post, and then comment underneath tagging in the person you’d take with you if you won the prize. Simple as that.

Winners will be drawn on 14th December and the winner will be notified by Facebook messenger and announced on the Facebook page.

The winner will receive a voucher for set Sunday Lunch for two people to use on any Sunday, up until 3rd March 2019, excluding Sunday 30th December 2018.

Terms and conditions:

The closing date for entries is 14th December 2018. Entries received after this date will not be entered into the competition.

One winner will receive the prize of a three course Sunday Lunch from the set Sunday Lunch menu for two people. There is no alternative prize.

All prizes are subject to availability, and The Old Passage reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative product of equal or higher value if necessary at its discretion.

The prize draw is open to everyone, except employees and contractors of The Old Passage, who is a UK resident aged 18 years or over.

The winner will be selected at random after the closing date by an independent judge from all entries. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The winner will be notified by direct message by 16th December 2018. Following such notification, the winner will be required to contact The Old Passage with their full name and contact details.

If The Old Passage cannot: (i) contact the winner (via Facebook messaging) within a reasonable period of time; or (ii) the winner does not respond with their contact details, we reserve the right to re-draw winners and thereafter until another winner on these terms is found.

It is a condition of entry that the winner’s name will be used for promotional purposes. This will only be in summary.

New Year’s Day brunch

Come and celebrate the start of 2019 in style with us at The Old Passage with our famous New Year’s Day Brunch.

Our New Year’s Day brunch is the perfect treat to see in the New Year and is available from 11am – 3pm. Booking is essential, as last year we were fully booked.

Choose from a large range of breakfast style dishes or heartier lunch menu items, fresh seafood will be in abundance as ever – and why not enjoy a Bloody Mary, a Bucks Fizz or a glass of Champagne to top it off?!

View the full  menu here – NYD Brunch Menu.