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The Riverside at Aymestrey

4.8
4.8
698 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.”

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 698 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. JL

    JackL

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very attractive setting next to the river with a pleasant ambience. We were made very welcome and the restaurant itself is very typically country pub. Service was very good. Starters were nice but not outstanding. Roast Sunday lunch as main was ok but I dont recommend eating at 4.00 as we did. The beef was good however the veg especially the courgettes were sadly tired and the Yorkshire pudding was completely dried out and dark brown. It ‘burst’ when you cut into it - I assume it had been about since the first sitting hours earlier. Meal was saved by divine pudding and little chocolate treat for my husbands birthday which we happened to be celebrating. We will try the restaurant again but I’ve had better Sunday lunches elsewhere.
  2. SC

    StephenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best food we have ever had. The care that went into its selection and preparation was obvious and it was all perfectly cooked and presented. A very memorable birthday celebration - we will return.
  3. RP

    RuthP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really delicious food. Beautifully presented. Friendly and attentive staff. Lovely setting.
  4. GW

    GillyW

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were very friendly and efficient and we had a lovely time.
  5. GJ

    GeorgeJ

    Shropshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service and the pub are very good, I did think the one starter was not so good value for money, all else was very good.
  6. EM

    EveM

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fabulous food in a lovely atmosphere. Would highly recommend
  7. JP

    JacquieP

    London

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Parking was difficult and Tesla chargers occupied by non Tesla staff cars - not willing to move them so that we could charge our Tesla. Too many dogs - made ours restless. Best thing was the home made fudge!
  8. CF

    ChrisF

    Leicestershire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were outstanding with the food being creatively made all with local ingredients, which made the experience quite unique. We sat outside in the gardens which was pleasant, however, the borders and garden which we looked around were a little unkempt and unloved! The later point did not detract from the evening.
  9. LC

    LizC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Had a great lunch, food was outstanding will definitely visit again.
  10. AV

    AmandaV

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Could not fault a thing from start to finish it was perfection at its best. Food was so fresh and cooked perfectly. The after taste left you wanting more. We shall be returning and even staying there as the rooms look delightful. Could not have had better staff anywhere they were all attentive and not in your face which I don’t like. Thanks for a lovely afternoon lunch.
  11. JB

    JamesB

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had another fantastic meal. The bowl of Collard Greens were amazing and the whole experience fabulous. Just wish we could have stayed the night to enjoy breakfast again!!
  12. ST

    SharonT

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful lunch for my husband’s birthday. The food was delicious and very imaginative. The service was friendly and attentive. What a great find! Will be back. Thank you.
  13. M

    Mattisoftlad

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was good and well presented. Unfortunately my wife's pigeon could have been rested a bit longer. Was very tasty though and so only a minor niggle. Only "issue" we had was the service, although friendly and polite, felt a bit rushed.
  14. c

    crimewriterkate

    London

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Hadn't been to the Riverside for a few years (haven't been much of anywhere, actually!) and we were glad for the opportunity of a return visit. The food was, if anything, better than ever, with subtle and interesting flavours and a varied menu. It compared favourably with a visit to a Michelin starred restaurant a few weeks ago - and provided much better value.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Shropshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    our first time - and it won’t be the last! fantastic food, amazing service and such a wonderful setting - we cannot recommend it highly enough for those looking for the ultimate fine dining experience!!!
  16. S

    Sarah

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and amazing service. Our 3rd visit and would highly recommend!
  17. PH

    PipH

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate at The Riverside on the last evening of a stay in the area. It was a wonderful way to end our time there. The food was excellent, the staff efficient and friendly, the atmosphere relaxing. If we are ever in the area again we would definetely book a table at The Riverside
  18. JH

    JoannaH

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was imaginative and beautifully cooked. Service was attentive but not overdone. Lovely surprise touch for my husband's birthday.
  19. PL

    PaulL

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal in Herefordshire for a long time. Will definitely be going back. Staff really friendly and nothing too much trouble.
  20. A

    Annie

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place. Not sure what I was expecting but it exceeded that. As 2 vegetarians we often feel a but hard done by, but the veggie option here was amazing. So good and didn't feel like we were missing out at all. Highly recommend and wish I was local so I could enjoy it again.
  21. M

    Macca17

    Herefordshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We booked for Sunday lunch and the earliest they could was 3.30, a clear indication of how popular the Riverside is. Although we were a little early we were offered a drink at the bar or to go straight to the table and we chose the latter. The menus arrived immediateLy and our drinks order taken. The menu, although a Ittle restricted, offered beef, chicken, fish and a vegeratian option so all bases were covered. My wife chose the beef andI went for the chicken. Both dished were outstanding, cooked to perfection and with an excellent variety of vegetables again perfectly prepared. The cauliflower purée outstanding. We both temarked that the food was so good that it was a shame that we had cleared our plates. We both went for pudding, my wife had a honeycomb ice cream based delight and I had poached pear with blue cheese ice cream. All I can say is that ever you are offered blue cheese ice cream then go for it big time, it’s brilliant. The puddings matched the mains in quality and tastiness. The service more than matched the food - attentive but not overbearing which made the meal all the mote enjoyable. In summary, an outstanding meal that left us both feeling that as long as the Riverside keeps this up then the world will be a better place. Highly and thoughtful recommend. Book now, you won’t ne disappointed
  22. DR

    DenisR

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. We had the Beef Sunday lunch and it was very good. The beef was tender and perfectly cooked and many of the the vegetables were fresh from the Pub's garden. The pureed carrots and cauliflower were particularly good and the service was excellent. Food arrived hot and we were in no way rushed to finish. This is our second visit to the pub and the area and we would unhesitatingly recommend it.
  23. GP

    GiuliaP

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food, ambience and staff. Would certainly recommend!
  24. SW

    SallyW

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely fresh home grown food. The deserts defeated us but tasted delicious too. Overall a lovely setting and I would like to return during the day as the riverside tables looked lovely.
  25. J

    Jabyline

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed having lunch at The Riverside. The service was attentive and friendly without being over the top. The food was delicious and there wasn't a disappointing dish in the whole meal. The experience exceeded our expectations and we will definitely be returning.
  26. JN

    JimN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic setting and lovely staff who were attentive and happy to help. We sat in the terrace garden with our dogs and received fantastic service and food. Will be coming back again.
  27. KS

    KarenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, beautifully presented.It was lovely to try some different flavours that we hadn’t experienced before. The service was very good and every member of staff we met was welcoming and friendly. We will definitely go back again.
  28. CV

    ChrissieV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleased with this restaurant. Don’t want to write any more
  29. SP

    SimonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and helpful, efficient staff. We booked over the internet as we were staying in the area and it proved to be a great choice! Thank you.
  30. A

    Akiss

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food excellent at this attractive pub. Food out of this world, although desserts a little too sweet for our tastes (I guess that’s the nature of deserts though). Went on the Monday during the heatwave for husband’s birthday, and although initially disappointed that they weren’t serving food outside as a result, on reflection it shows they care about their staff’s wellbeing so another plus point. We’ve been before when in this part of the country and very much look forward to our next visit. Amazing food, prompt service and lovely, lovely staff.
  31. GW

    GillyW

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely meal. It was perfect for a celebration and we are looking forward to going back as soon as we are able.
  32. NC

    NigelC

    Shropshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Very little change on the menu , the table was on a raise floor with very little ventilation. The winter veg theme needs looking at for the summer.
  33. JW

    JulianW

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food .not a massive menu but still a good different choice. I had hake which was very good And poached pear walnuts and blue cheese icecream. Fantastic meal. All set in lovely gardens
  34. GJ

    GeorgeJ

    Shropshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, friendly staff and lovely setting.
  35. AS

    AndyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    From the road, this establishment does not catch the eye, but do not be fooled, it is a charming place, both inside and out. The inside is olde worldly, with bags of character, with various eating areas on different levels. The staff are very attentive, with the food being of good quality. The clientele appear to be mainly middle class, which is an indication of the quality of the hotel. This was our first visit to the restaurant, having received a recommendation from a local, and were more than happy with both food and venue. Would we go back, most definitely.
  36. JP

    JamesP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming inn, good food and beautiful setting. We sat outside in the garden far from the bay, and the service was still excellent
  37. OB

    OldBelloni

    Gloucestershire

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting the area the Riverside came highly recommended, so in for a penny, as the saying goes ……. We were not disappointed in the least. The food was exemplary and delicious. The service attentive and professional. The whole experience was nothing short of perfect.
  38. PH

    PhilipH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location by the river. Food wonderful I had the steak. Desert of Chocolate Delice was beyond delicious. Highly recommended
  39. CJ

    ClaireJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as always! Such a beautiful location matches by wonderful food.
  40. I

    Izzie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very hospitable staff who made us feel at home. Outstanding food and our first eating of snails. Good selection of drinks and pleasant ambience, the garden was delightful.

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 698 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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