News from The Riverside

17th May 2021

We're Back!

We are now open 7 days a week indoors for food, a stay or just a drink (excluding Monday Lunchtime and Sunday evenings).

Our team is excited to welcome you all back, we wish to thank you all so much for the continued support over the last year.

Please be aware following government guidelines, Covid restrictions are still in place, requiring masks to be worn, tables must be 6 guests or 2 households and we require all guests contact information that attend the restaurant.

Booking strongly advised.

See you all soon.

7th April 2021

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back

Following on from the most recent Government announcement, we are pleased to confirm that we will be offering limited outdoor dining throughout April and into May.
From Wednesday 14th April, we will be open 12-5pm from Wednesday-Sunday.

Our accommodation and indoor dining will resume from Monday 17th May, when we will be open 7 days a week, except a Monday lunchtime, with full seasonal menu offering.

We look forward to welcoming you all back soon and hope for a warm and sunny April.

2nd March 2021

Reopening Soon

Following the recent Government announcement. Our restaurant and accommodation are now available to book from May 17 2021. Please call or email to reserve your space.

We are currently planning an exciting potential outdoor experience for the 12th of April to the 16th of May. Please follow our Facebook page for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you all back this year.

31st December 2020

Happy New Year from all of us at The Riverside at Aymestrey

Following on from the most recent Government announcement, Herefordshire will be entering Tier 3 as we enter 2021, forcing us to close our doors again. We thank all of our guests over the year for their continued support and look forward to welcoming you back when we’re allowed to reopen.

2nd December 2020

Covid Tier Update

Herefordshire entered Tier 2 on Wednesday 2nd December. In line with the announcement, we will be making the following changes:

- Alcohol can now only be served as part of a substantial meal.
- Tables are now limited to single households or support bubbles
- We will be calling last orders at 10pm and closing by the 11pm curfew.

29th October 2020

Despite the ever-changing circumstances and tough environment we find ourselves in, we remain open seven days a week.

Having taken the relevant precautions to keep both our staff and customers safe, we are proud to have been awarded AA COVID Confident Award.

Our team continue to work hard to ensure the restaurant and accommodation remain fully COVID-secure, and we ask guests to rearrange bookings if they show symptoms or have been in contact with someone with symptoms.

Our opening hours are:

Closed Monday lunch (Bar open from 3pm)
Dinner served 6pm-9pm

Tuesday to Saturday
Lunch served 12 noon-3pm.
Dinner served 6pm-9pm.

Food served 12 noon-6pm
(Additional options may be available for our residents - please contact us directly)
Bar closes 8pm

27th June 2020

Reopening 4th July 2020

We are glad to announce we are reopening on the 4th of July.  Our team are currently preparing our restaurant and accommodation to ensure we are fully Covid secure, and we ask all guests to rearrange any bookings if you show symptoms or meet anyone with symptoms.

Initially we will be operating with additional cleaning procedures, limited capacity and other precautions such as sanitiser stations, for the safety and wellbeing of our teams and guests.

You can view our COVID-19 Guidelines here and view our menus below.

23rd March 2020

Coronavirus Update

From the 23rd March we took the difficult decision to temporarily close the business for the safety of our team and guests.

Please stay safe.

In case of any emergencies please email us on

March 2020

"Riverside triumphs - even in adversity"

Essentially Catering Magazine

Despite visiting us as Storm Dennis hit, we're delighted that the Essentially Catering Magazine could "experience for ourselves what it is that ensures repeat visits time after time, but we also witnessed hospitality at the very top of its game in entirely unforeseen circumstances."

3rd October 2019

National Slow Food Award

We're delighted to have won the national Slow Food award for the Best Restaurant/Food Eatery in the UK!

The Slow Food movement was founded in Italy during the 1980s, initially to defend regional traditions, good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slower pace of life. The movement is now global, and Andy Link is the Marches representative for the organisation.  The awards were started six years’ ago to highlight the producers, restaurants and shops promoting the ethos of good, clean, fair food.

Andy says:

“I am hugely honoured to receive this award. I believe passionately that real food using high quality products from local producers needs the utmost support. We have lost too many flavours due to high yield taking precedence over taste and texture. This award was supported by a public vote, and it’s very encouraging to know that so many people value our work in the kitchen and value outstanding food, crafted with care and passion.

1st August 2019

10 top Herefordshire pubs and bars with a beer garden

We've been listed as one of the top 10 Herefordshire pubs and bars with a beer garden.  Why not come down and enjoy a pint by the River Lugg?

1st July 2019

The pick of the pubs

The AA Pub Guide is the go-to source for the best pubs for food, drink and accommodation in the UK - and we're extremely pleased to be included in the latest edition.

The book, which is released annually and is available from tomorrow (2nd July 2019), is a guide to the best pubs in the UK for food, drink, atmosphere and accommodation and contains traditional countryside inns, welcoming taverns, and foodie destinations, all selected by the AA’s expert inspectors.

17th April 2019

Pub & Bar Magazine's 'Best Pubs in Britain'

We're delighted to have been named as one of the best places to visit in the West Midlands by Pub & Bar magazine.

The National Pub & Bar Awards aims to put the finest on-trade businesses across the UK in the spotlight, showcasing just how diverse and creative the hospitality industry really is. Today’s announcement of this year’s 94 county champions shows the level of quality being delivered to pub and bar visitors every day of the week.

The pubs, which have been selected on overall best practice across a number of operational categories, will be officially crowned at a red carpet celebration at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly in London on Wednesday 22 May. At the grand final, which is hosted by restaurant critic Jay Rayner, 15 Regional Winners will also be announced, as well as the esteemed accolade – the overall National Pub & Bar of the Year.

“Selecting this year’s 94 County Winners has been nothing short of inspiring,” says Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine, which hosts the event. “From idyllic countryside pubs to inner city cocktail bars, this is the most eclectic and exciting industry in the world. It’s a privilege to help these businesses get the recognition they deserve.”

5 April 2019

Review -

Tristan O'Hana eats at The Riverside at Aymestrey.

23 April 2018

Visit England - Best Tourism pub 2018

What an unbelievable day... we are thrilled to have been awarded this amazing accolade!

Winning England’s Best Tourism pub... hardest two years but great to receive such a prestigious award, especially for all of the Riverside team who put up with me constantly and work so hard, as well as Richard and Liz Gresko for everything they taught me over the years and Coach House Inns for all the support and investment which enables us to do what we do.

21 April 2018

A Good Walk - Aymestrey, Herefordshire

Christopher Somerville's article in The Saturday Times about a lovely circular walk through the Lugg valley, which starts and finishes at The Riverside.

October 2017

The Joys of the Open Road by Simon Richardson

Fabulous article in Manx Life about enjoying R&R in the Cotswolds (Tewkesbury Park Hotel) and then onto us at The Riverside!

20 September 2017

Herefordshire Awards of Excellence 2017

We are thrilled to receive "Best Eating Out" award in Herefordshire today, as well as another national restaurant guide. Amazing achievement for everyone involved, staff who work so hard, but also the amazing Herefordshire producers, smallholders, even local artists that make the Riverside what it is.

Lots more to achieve and plans in progress...

August 2017

Review - Telegraph Travel

"This picturesque 16th century black and white former coaching inn, set in the heart of Herefordshire, offers superb food and six luxurious rooms. It sits by sparkling River Lugg, with al fresco tables from which to enjoy views and birdsong."