The Riverside at Aymestrey

4.7
361 Reviews
£25 and under
British
The Riverside at Aymestrey is situated deep in the heart of Herefordshire countryside just on the southern edge of the Mortimer Forest, yet still close to Ludlow and Hereford.

Authentic and atmospheric, the 16th century black and white building is surrounded by the natural beauty of the River Lugg valley. A small and lovely village with lovely people completes the setting.

“I took over The Riverside as Chef Patron in May 2016, having been Head Chef here for the past 10 years.

My passion for my kitchen garden, sourcing local produce and menu innovation is tremendous. My team and I look forward to welcoming you to The Riverside in the near future.”

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 361 people are saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TanyaTB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning setting. Very welcoming. Excellent service and delicious food and wine. A memorable evening

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ShonaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, stunning venue great views and amazing food and service.
Will definitely be back!

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Angiebaby6
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday lunch,so it was a special day.The service was perfect,a warm welcome.Great atmosphere in the lovely courtyard.The food was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious.They even presented me with a birthday dessert.

I can't wait to go back.

TO
TheOwlpen
Perthshire
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal as ever and our first since lockdown easing. Despite being outside the weather was kind and the courtyard created enough atmosphere to make it a very enjoyable lunch.

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FoodEatwr
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The food was good but that was about all. We had our slot booked and it took 40mins for someone to take our food order and then it was another 50mins for our steak to arrive. Being outside seating only, 90mins was unacceptable. When we asked why the chap said because some other people had turned up earlier than they booked. So they should have been told to wait. They allow dogs and there was a little yappy thing barking the whole time we were there, not great when having an expensive meal in the country. No one said anything to the people with the dog. If local will be going to the Oak at Wigmore next time as that place is amazing for similar price.

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JonathonR
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully appointed traditional riverside pub, excellent staff, friendly, efficient and BEAUTIFUL food. Johnson and co of course cannot wait to put places like this out of business.

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RayG
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great staff, lovely property and a very good atmosphere considering the circumstances.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Having visited the Riverside many times before I was very disappointed. Not withstanding the Covid issues, we found the staff very disinterested is providing a decent service level. Food was just OK. We have no plans to return.

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Malcolm
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As usual very good food. Menu a bit limited but considering the difficulties of COVID restrictions The Riverside is doing a grand job.

DB
DawnieB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our last meal out before my partner commences Chemotherapy.
Just wanted somewhere local & atmospheric before his treatment begins.
We love our suppers out & now with the pandemic escalating we will dine at home from now on.
We are regulars at The Riverside & always have good food & wine.
Looking forward to returning in the spring all being well.

JD
JamesD
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious meal in a cosy pub. Brilliant covid measures put in place

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EmmaM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was second to none as always. Thank you for a lovely meal x

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JulieW
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh tasting, well-cooked comfort food served in a relaxed atmosphere. Cheerful staff. Lovely surroundings.

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SheilaF
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Felt very safe in current. situation. Quiet so ambience inevitably missing but feeling safe compensated. Have visited several times with small and large parties and always been happy with interesting well cooked food and good service.

SB
SusannaB
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great stay here in one of their garden rooms, beautifully appointed and then dinner in the restaurant which was absolutely gorgeous

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BenThomas
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and service. Lovely quaint little pub

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Elizanne
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal and a restaurant that absolutely deserves its Slow Food in the UK Award for best restaurant in England!

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JulietN
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not sure how anything could be improved. Stunning location, warm and welcoming, great service and food to die for, perfect!

DB
DeborahB
Shropshire
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to say service at The Riverside is back to its usual high standard. Everything to recommend here and nothing to fault. Hope to be back again before Christmas.

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InquiryGirl
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious. My only minor moan is that the food could have been a bit hotter.

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ruthW
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Small menu, which is a good sign of freshly cooked food, with a reasonable choice. Slow cooked beef & chocolate desert excellent

TO
TheOwlpen
Perthshire
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food as always. The braised beef is to die for. Never disappoints, when so many restaurants have cut back because of Covid.

JS
JayneS
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always really good whatever you order. Staff very polite and efficient. Always a nice atmosphere even visiting with Covid 19 restrictions, as a customer I felt very safe and staff were very professional.

JP
JoanneP
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt extremely safe and well cared for regarding covid hygiene /social distancing rules. The staff were lovely and very efficient. We adored the ambience and the food was beautiful. A lovely experience.

JA
JohnA
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent venue which we look forward to using again when the weather allows use of the riverside walk. Excellent proactive communication to deal with the difficulties of covid restrictions. A booking confirmation that confirmed that our wish to bring our dog, as requested with the online booking, was acceptable would have saved a 'phone call to check.
Thank you for a very pleasant lunch.

DM
DavidM
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The welcome and subsequent service was very warm and friendly.
The menu choice in these COVID times was sufficient and well balanced and the well priced wine list offered more than an adequate choice.
The food was well presented and cooked. I thought the Barley Risotto starter, with local herbs, was outstanding. The pigs cheek was also good. The artichoke crisps with truffle mayo dip (called a snack) needed more mayo when used as a sharing pre-starter.
We had main courses of Hake and also Chicken, both of which were enjoyable.
We did not have desserts.
We would recommend the restaurant (indeed, have already done so) and would come again.

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SarahK
London
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely meal here- the pub has beautiful views & our family of five were very well looked after. The short menu was full of locally sourced seasonal food - which was delicious. We managed the pub walk afterwards which was beautiful.

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Gordon
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imaginative, original choices on the menu and a relaxing place to be for lunch, in present circumstances highly commendable.

JG
JohnG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Professional and courteous, Sunday lunch with panache .

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beckyH
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was amazing. This was our diet time and it didn’t disappoint at all, we would highly recommend on all levels.

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TimS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent place for lunch: excellent food at very reasonable prices.

CV
ClareVN
Herefordshire
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Sunday lunch was nice, the starters in particular were special as were the roast potatoes, the other vegetables were tasty, however the beef was not as good as I had expected it to be.

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AndreaP
Herefordshire
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Variety of flavours and seasonal, local produce. Thoroughly enjoyed it all. Will definitely book again.

PM
PaulM
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tasty food, beer was kept just right. Overall an enjoyable experience.

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SN234
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal. Friendly service, delicious food, great ambience. Highly recommend.

JD
JimD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a delight. The chef is always imaginative, the result impeccable. And a good wine list.

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KathrynE
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the Riverside. Delicious food and great service. Cannot fault it.

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RogerB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delightful lunch in the bar. Very friendly welcome and helpful service. Would definitely go back.

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Pips
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our only criticism was that the staff didn’t know how to make up a whisky mac, it should not be made up with ice and lime! Otherwise we had a very enjoyable evening.

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Heather
Herefordshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely evening out, and the food was very good.

FAQs

The Riverside at Aymestrey offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01568 708440.

The Riverside at Aymestrey is rated 4.7 stars by 361 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.