About Us

What we’re about

As a family run business, we wanted to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere with wonderful food – somewhere we would go ourselves with our family. That’s why you’ll find we welcome everyone and our menu has thoughtfully been put together to cater for all tastes and appetites – even little ones have their own menu. We don't take pre-bookings, as there is plenty of seating inside and out for everyone.


We believe that our food and refreshments should reflect our beautiful surroundings of the Forest of Dean, that’s why our team has carefully selected and sourced the best local ingredients to serve you delicious breakfasts, lunches, light snacks and our tempting selection of homemade cakes.

Freshly prepared each morning, from our homemade lasagne to our signature 16 hour roasted pulled pork to our carefully selected local seasonal daily specials, we believe there's something for everyone - including Fairtrade Coffee and Rainforest Alliance Hot Chocolate.

Where are we?

Welcome to Beechenhurst Café in the Forest of Dean – lovingly maintained by the Forestry Commission for the enjoyment of all.

Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Forest of Dean, Beechenhurst Cafe sits on the former site of the Speech House colliery. . It is now the ideal base for a family day out with the adjacent adventure play area suitable for all ages and abilities and a great starting point for the famous Sculpture trail, family cycle track or one of the way marked walks starting from Beechenhurst Lodge.

It provides a beautiful and tranquil setting giving enormous pleasure to those who visit all year round. Beechenhurst is also host to Go Ape tree top junior adventure, the climbing tower and Archery. Create your own adventure in a world of trees.


Supporting local producers

Breakfast - Column 1

  1. Toast with butter and jam

    £ 2.25

  2. Beans on Toast

    Suitable for Vegetarians

    £ 3.95

  3. Local Smoked Bacon
    or Sausage Baguette

    £ 3.95

    Add a free-range egg 95p

  4. Free Range Scrambled
    Egg on Toast

    Suitable for Vegetarians

    £ 4.50

    Add Bacon £1.50

Breakfast - Column 2

  1. Pastries

    Selection of freshly baked Danish pastries from £1.95

  2. Woodmans Breakfast

    £ 5.50

    Smoked bacon, local sausage, free-range egg, sauteed potatoes, grilled tomato, sauteed mushroom, baked beans and your choice of toast or fried bread

  3. Lumberjacks Breakfast

    £ 7.50

    2 smoked bacon, 2 local sausages, 2 free-range eggs, sauteed potatoes, grilled tomato, mushrooms, baked beans and your choice of toast of fried bread

  4. Vegetarian Breakfast

    Suitable for Vegetarians

    £ 5.50

    2 vegetarian sausages, free-range egg, sauteed potatoes, grilled tomato, mushrooms, baked beans and your choice of toast or fried bread

Breakfast - Column 3

  1. Childrens Breakfast

    £ 3.95

    (A smaller portion for our smaller friends)
    bacon, sausage, free-range egg and baked beans

  2. Vegetarian Omelette

    Suitable for VegetariansGluten Free Food

    £ 6.95

    Our Omelettes are made with 3 free-range eggs, served with sauteed potatoes and grilled tomatoes.
    Onions, mushrooms and local cheddar cheese

  3. Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Cheese

    Gluten Free Food

    £ 6.95

    Served with sauteed potatoes and grilled tomatoes.

Lighter Lunches

Supporting Local Producers


  1. The Chef’s Homemade
    Soup of the day

    £ 4.50

    Served with white or malted wheat baguette and butter

  2. BLT Baguette

    £ 4.75

    Our classic favourite with 2 pieces of smoked bacon, mixed leaves, tomato and mayonnaise served on a white or malted wheat baguette

  3. Hand cooked Nachos

    Suitable for VegetariansGluten Free Food

    £ 5.25

    Corn chips smothered with cheese, hot salsa, jalapenos and sour cream

  4. Chilli Nachos

    Gluten Free Food

    £ 7.50

    Topped with a generous helping of homemade chilli con carne


  1. BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos

    Gluten Free Food

    £ 7.75

    Topped with our signature pulled pork

  2. Gloucestershire Mushroom

    Suitable for Vegetarians

    £ 5.25

    Our special mix of double Gloucester, mustard and Worcester Sauce sitting on toasted bloomer and topped with mushrooms before being grilled

  3. Portion of chunky fries

    £ 2.50

  4. Cheesy chips

    £ 3.50

  5. Paninis

    £ 4.95

    Served with a dressed salad garnish.
    (Add a handful of fries £1.50)

    Tuna Melt
    Wiltshire Ham and mature cheddar cheese
    Pesto chicken and mozzarella
    Local brie, smoked bacon, cranberry sauce
    Local brie and homemade red onion chutney Suitable for Vegetarians
    Sundried tomato, pesto, mozzarella Suitable for Vegetarians


  1. Beechenhurst Baguettes

    £ 4.25

    Served on your choice of white or malted wheat baguette and with a mixed dressed salad.

    Tuna, mayonnaise, cucumber
    Chicken, smoked bacon, mayonnaise, tomato
    Local brie, smoked bacon, cranberry sauce
    Plain Wiltshire Ham
    Local cheddar cheese, tomato Suitable for Vegetarians
    Wiltshire Ham, local cheddar cheese
    Coronation Chicken, mixed leaves

  2. Packed Potatoes

    Gluten Free Food

    £ 5.95

    All served with a dressed mixed leaf salad.
    (Add extra toppings for just 95p per item)

    Tuna mayonnaise Gluten Free
    Mature cheddar and baked beans Suitable for Vegetarians Gluten Free
    Homemade chilli con carne Gluten Free
    Coronation Chicken Gluten Free
    Cheese and Coleslaw Suitable for Vegetarians


Supporting local producers


  1. Homemade Lasagne

    £ 7.95

    With salad and garlic bread

  2. Local Ham, Free-range eggs
    & chunky fries

    Gluten Free Food

    £ 7.50

    Local Ham, Free-range Eggs and Chunky Fries


  1. Pulled Pork Burger

    £ 7.95

    BBQ pulled pork with with coleslaw, chunky fries and dressed salad garnish

  2. Vegetarian dish
    of the week

    Suitable for Vegetarians

    £ 7.50

    Please see the in house specials board for details


  1. Hearty homemade
    Chilli Con Carne

    £ 7.50

    Served with potato wedges, garlic bread and topped with sour cream

  2. Homemade pie of the week

    £ 7.50

    Please see the in house specials board for details

Little Squirrels

Little Portions for Our Little Friends


  1. Beechenhurst Banger and Mash

    £ 4.25

    With garden peas and gravy

  2. Chicken Goujons

    £ 4.50

    Free-range chicken breast goujons, chips and beans


  1. Homemade Chilli Con Carne

    £ 4.50

    With potato wedges and garlic bread

  2. Half a Jacket Potato

    Suitable for VegetariansGluten Free Food

    £ 4.25

    With cheddar cheese, baked beans and a salad garnish


  1. Tomato and cheese Penne

    Suitable for Vegetarians

    £ 4.25

  2. Little Squirrels Lunch Box

    £ 4.50

    Choice of ham or cheddar cheese sandwich on white or wholemeal bread, fromage frais, popcorn and a carton of apple juice

Our Team

The Friendliest People

Management Team

Joe and Jimmy are there to welcome you with a friendly smile and always keen to make sure the service exceeds your expectations.

Offering a relaxed atmosphere, extensive menu, great service and wonderful views our team are on hand to make sure your visit to Beechenhurst cafe is a memorable one.

Kitchen Team

If you've enjoyed exploring the Forest of Dean you are sure to have worked up an appetite and our chefs understand that you want good food-fast!

They use their extensive experience to create a menu that is wholesome, fresh and full of flavour. Sourcing the best local and seasonal ingredients. Our dedicated kitchen team take care in creating amazing dishes for you to enjoy either outside amongst the fresh, forest air or inside beside our log burner at cooler times of the year.

Our Team

Our dedicated team are here first thing every morning preparing our fresh ingredients for you to savour during your time at Beechenhurst Cafe.

From front of house to our dedicated kitchen staff, our team is constantly working to make sure you and your family have a memorable time, every time you visit. Whether it’s a quick coffee you’re after or a relaxing lunch, our staff are always on hand to deliver you good, fresh food, and an excellent service. We look forward to welcoming you.

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