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The Rock
Ranked #2 of 6 Blackwood B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 August 2015

Just returned from a 3 month business trip and stayed in "The Rock", about a mile from Blackwood. Wonderful owners and staff. Very comprehensive help-yourself continental breakfasts, good, "honest", home cooked food from a comprehensive menu. (Try the great pepper sauce with the rib-eye, Caribbean chicken or the bread and butter pudding.) Excellent local and "guest" beers. (But) perhaps best of all...being made to feel part of the extended family from minute one.

An all round good old-fashion "pub with accommodation" with no screaming children running around the dining room or bar causing havoc.

Guests were welcome to make sandwiches for lunch the next day or order a larger picnic with all the trimmings the night before. If I got in late, there was always a hot meal and a cold beer waiting.

Don't expect yards of glass, highly polished stainless steel and up-to-your ankles shag-pile - IT'S AN OLD PUB - but it's clean and tidy with the attention to detail in catering for the many and varied needs of the guests, surpassing most "5 stars". (Need your phone charging, run out of toothpaste, forgotten your razor, or need a tablet post over-indulgence - it all available.)

On food, they do not cater for those with food intolerances or allergies, but you want something that's not on the menu, or want something excluded, the chefs are always up for it.

Room are not huge, but the beds are big and comfortable. There's (remarkably fast) free wi-fi with access to a standalone computer and printer if required.

So, unreservedly recommended for the long or short term guest. It's home from home.

(Cracking local walks with stunning valley views. 24 hour supermarket and other services about a mile away. )

Room Tip: Room above the bar is a bit noisier by ok after about 21:30
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  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 July 2015 via mobile

We arrived at The Rock which we had chosen because of it's location being so close to Maes Manor where we were attending a Wedding. There is Plenty of parking at rear, we were greeted by Jennifer the owner who showed us to our rooms after arranging an early lunch for us as we had to leave quite soon to get church for Wedding . The rooms were beautifully clean ,a good size with spotless bed linen ,towels and en-suite. We had two rooms and were the only guests that were staying this night so we had the well stocked breakfast room all to ourselves! Thank you Jennifer and staff for a great friendly one night stay in The Rock

Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 June 2015 via mobile

As always perfect. I'm a regular here for food but never thought about a review. You have to have the garlic mushroom starter mmmmmmm. Top class as always.
Staff are very plesent it no complaints. 5 star every time.

Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
Thank Simondon69
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Reviewed 11 May 2015 via mobile

Me and my husbands first sunday meal in nearly 6 years and it was lovely. The owners were lovely and understanding with our son who is nearly 4 and wouldnt sit still. When we have our next meal out we will return. Thank you very much.

Stayed: May 2015, travelled with family
Thank donna m
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Reviewed 8 May 2015

Where do I start? I travel extensively throughout the world with work and this was indeed a business stay. From being greeting me in the car park with an umbrella as the Welsh weather was once again being predictable, to my room with everything (and I mean everything...) you could possibly ever think about needing - my stay was one of the best I've had in months and that includes all the swanky 5* hotels. Spotlessly clean and delightfully friendly staff. Free wifi. Lovely help-yourself breakfast with, again, everything you could want. Will I stay here again when next in Wales? Without a doubt...

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled on business
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Thank Kate B
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Additional Information about The Rock

Address: Tredegar Road, Blackwood NP12 1DD, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Southern Wales > Caerphilly County > Blackwood
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Blackwood
Price Range: ₹ 5,595 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Rock 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your hosts Paul and Jennifer Taylor extend a warm welcome to you here at The Rock. The former winners of the Enterprise Inns National Pub of the year competition have put their plans to emigrate down-under on hold. Having taken on the tenancy of The Rock in July, they have completely refurbished the entire hostelry throughout. We offer an elegant, well stocked bar, choice of real ales, interesting selection of wines and some old fashioned soft drinks which all catch the eye as you approach. The menu is comprehensive, predominantly fresh food based, catering for both those on the move lunchtimes, as well as those who prefer to linger. Our specials are innovative and changed regularly. ... more   less 

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