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The Riverside at Aymestrey

4.8
4.8
822 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Sustainable, authentic and historic country inn and restaurant, set in rural Herefordshire

Our pub & restaurant aims to showcase the best of Herefordshire food and drink in a unique and environmentally conscious way, supplemented by our own extensive kitchen gardens and foraged from the land surrounding our inn.

Relax and unwind in our cosy bar next to our burning log burners or retire to one of our unique boutique rooms or quirky garden lodges.

Enjoy a winter walk along the picturesque River Lugg valley followed by an evening experiencing a true taste of local food and drink, grown, prepared and served by our passionate and friendly team who work hard to make your visit unforgettable.

Winner of Pub & Bar Awards West Midlands Best Pub and National Chef of The Year Andy Link

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01568 708440

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Andy Link

  • Neighborhood

    Leominster

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 822 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. G

    Gwen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The staff were very friendly and helpful. Food was beautifully presented but the beef was a bit tough and actual cauliflower would have been better than a puree. The panna cotta was disappointing as it did not taste of the promised lavender. Overall a good experience and I would visit again.
  2. CH

    ChrisH

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our third visit having recently moved to the area. We were blown away by our first visit, but The Riverside keeps raising the bar. Yesterday was phenomenal. Thank you. You will have regular guests in us, and we have no hesitation in recommending you to our visitors.
  3. KB

    KerryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely pub and food. Menu a little limited but food was excellent. Highly recommend
  4. WC

    WalkerChris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We keep returning as the food is always very well cooked, and very tasty. The service is always friendly, and the ambience of the restaurant is fabulous. We also love that they have an area where we can bring our dog if we wish. We will be back again soon
  5. S

    Sabriel

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food in a warm welcoming atmosphere as always.
  6. BP

    BrianP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We enjoyed our visit and the food was very nice. Staff attentive although very bury
  7. RC

    RheaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don't have a bad thing to say about this place, the place is beautiful and homely, the staff are very friendly and the food well the food is beautiful everything I ate at the place from the duck to the carrots was beautiful. 5 stars all around Thank you
  8. SH

    SimonH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, service, cleanliness, beer, wine - struggling to find a negative - possibly wines went very pricey when going beyond the basics? Anyway, definitely going to get a few friends together to go back there again! (Wife was under-chef there many years ago to a future Michelin Star chef - so a real trip down memory lane!)
  9. V

    Victoria

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always have excellent service and beautiful meal. Been many times and the standards are high. Service is prompt and attentive and there isn't a big wait for anything. Lovely menu and Lovely staff.
  10. MP

    MP35

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stepping in from the impressive spectacle of the River Lugg in full raging flow outside, to the warm, quiet comfort of the Riverside, my party of three was immediately welcomed and shown to our table. Foregoing any starters and, being a Sunday, roast dinners were the order of the day. Seeing as we were in Herefordshire, it would have been rude not to order the Hereford beef... and what a perfect choice it was. For me, it was undoubtedly THE best roast beef I'd ever experienced - soft, tender, pink, melt-in-the-mouth, flavoursome, utterly unctuous! My two companions, visiting from the south-east, were equally blown away, every mouthful met with appreciative noises and justified compliments. All washed down with a perfectly matched house red Merlot. So, how to follow that? I was intrigued by the carrot-dangling blue cheese ice cream, with pear and walnuts. One companion was torn between that and the quince and apple crumble, whilst the other was disappointed that there was no cheeseboard choice. Fret not, as a hopeful enquiry with the polite and friendly waiter enabled all three dessert wishes to be met. My blue cheese ice cream - oh wow, I could have consumed bowlsful of that pure delight, delicately flavoured, it was a match made in heaven. My guest agreed wholeheartedly, even if she did have only half a serving... but then she also had half a serving of the crumble too, which she positively oozed over. As for the cheeseboard, a perfect selection, accompanied by unputdownable home-made crackers. Thankfully, the serving was sufficient for us all to sample and delight in. The fact is, such was our experience, that it was still our top topic of conversation two hours later! Rest assured, I'll be back!
  11. CJ

    CeriJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would thoroughly recommend the food here. Had a beautiful evening with delicious food and excellent service. So lovely to be able to dine somewhere that's a real treat with all the family including our dogs!
  12. MB

    MarkB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food served beautifully by true professional staff. A wonderful dining experience every time.
  13. PA

    PAMELAJ

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A rare treat of a restaurant. Imaginative, ethically sourced menu, lovely atmosphere and dog friendly. An irresistible combo.
  14. R

    Rhiannon

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish, great experience, lovely food & drink. Room was lovely too
  15. CW

    CarolW

    Shropshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nothing but the best service, food and cosy surroundings
  16. JP

    JohnP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely old riverside pub/restaurant with central blazing double-sided wood burner. First-class friendly service. Excellent food and wine.
  17. A

    Angie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an outstanding pub . The ambiance is relaxed and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The food is deliciously special. I will definitely be back again soon.
  18. C

    Charmaine

    Herefordshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always have a fantastic time at the Riverside. Great staff and wonderful food. Thank you
  19. j

    jackt

    Shropshire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a delight to be at the Riverside once again. Keep up the good work.
  20. LJ

    LindaJ

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four of us enjoyed a fabulous Sunday lunch on New Year's Day. We all opted for beef which was absolutely delicious. Two of us had lemon panna cotta with meringue and pears which we really enjoyed. As always there was a warm welcome from George and the service was really friendly. Look forward to returning soon.
  21. BB

    BarbaraB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and friendly efficient service. Pleasant table by a window but too close to an open door with people coming in. Otherwise perfect.
  22. R

    Richard

    Herefordshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to the Riverside several times finding it consistently offering excellent food and service
  23. JA

    JamesA

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Service, Amazing food, feel like your in some up market London expirence, will be going again.
  24. JI

    JILLW

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The quality of food in this restaurant never fails to please and worth every penny
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Herefordshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again had the pleasure of eating and staying at the Riverside. From the moment we arrived to check in we were treated as valued customers. The food was as usual delicious and cooked and presented with real care and precision. Easy to see why the Chef is an award winner. Service is precise and attentive with George the General Manager overseeing every detail to ensure that diners eat have a memorable time. Nothing is ever too much trouble irrespective of how busy the restaurant is. The Breakfast was superb and as with everything at Riverside the produce is of the highest quality. Bedroom was well appointed and spotlessly clean. Already booked to go back for a longer stay.
  26. G

    Grateful

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Not ideal table placement but otherwise everything else to our liking and as we have come to expect.
  27. MB

    MandyB

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Riverside is always are first choice and it’s never disappointed yet .
  28. CH

    ChristineH

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambience. Attentive, professional service. Interesting and creative menu with locally sourced food. Vegetarians well catered for. Excellent wine list. Delicious meal! What’s not to like?
  29. HH

    HelenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely cosy pub in a great location on the river. Food was delicious and staff very friendly.
  30. GT

    GrannyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love dining at the Riverside - all members of our family choose to dine here and they welcome us as friends and the staff are so thoughtful and welcome our newest member of the family too who is just 12 weeks old. The food is amazing - perfect portion sizes but it is the flavours that we remember most.
  31. B

    Becks

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic food and beautiful setting thoroughly enjoyed it!
  32. WM

    WhiteM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just moved to the area, saw how inviting this restaurant looked whilst driving past. Tried to get in that evening but closes at 6.30 on a Sunday. Went a few days later and well worth the wait. Flavoursome food, well presented and locally sourced. Wines were served at the perfect temperature and a good selection available. Characterful old building and extremely polite, attentive staff. Good to know we have this great eatery on our new doorstep. Looking forward to becoming regulars.
  33. LK

    LesleyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at the Riverside just seems to get better and better. Interesting combinations, locally sourced and beautifully cooked. The staff were also excellent, friendly without being intrusive. Looking forward to my next visit.
  34. CR

    ChrisR

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, good selection with something for everyone, nicely presented. Service polite and efficient even when we wanted to split the bill 5 ways!! Can wait to return again soon. Chris
  35. AG

    AnnetteG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Award winning chef and restaurant and a special treat for my sister on a miserable, cold day. Lovely place, great decor and warm. Attentive staff. Short Sunday lunch menu but that's much better than having lists of food that can't have been freshly made. Choice of four main courses including a vegetarian option. Had the roast beef which was nice and pink and sister had the turkey which was moist and flavoursome. Steak knives could be a table option. Delicious spiced mulled wine. Will certainly return.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch for two, one of whom is vegetarian and gluten intolerant. Lovely service with the menu items checked for flour or gelatine. My companion was served a small portion of a main course as a starter, which was excellent.
  37. SK

    StephenK

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, and the staff very accommodating and pleasant.
  38. F

    Fownhopian

    Herefordshire

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent meal, served in cosy room on a very cold day. The sourdough bread was good starter. For mains we enjoyed the hake in a whey sauce and baby carrots, and breast of duck, attractively served with spinach and artichokes in a rich sauce and creamed celeriac. The truffle chips are strongly recommended as a side order. Dessert featured a delicious combination of meringue, poached pear and panna cotta. Good value wines by the glass. A good claret went well with the duck, and an interesting Spanish blend of verdejo and Sauvignon blanc was a good match for the hake. Coffee came with a piece of very indulgent fudge. Service was friendly and attentive, and the meal was very reasonably priced.
  39. PP

    PatriciaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Only removed one star because one dessert was a bit ordinary.
  40. TW

    TraceyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    A gem! An unassuming country pub but with an impressive menu. We went on a Wednesday lunchtime and it was busy. Our food was absolutely delicious. I would have given 5 stars however I felt the service, although really friendly, was a little inattentive but this was remedied by a complimentary glass of wine. We shall return.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

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

The Riverside at Aymestrey is rated 4.8 stars by 822 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for The Riverside at Aymestrey

The Riverside Inn, Aymestrey, Herefordshire HR6 9ST

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Leominster

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    British, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andy Link

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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