The Riverside Pub with rooms in Aymestrey, Herefordshire

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£80 per night

David Hancock says:

  • 16th-century timbered riverside inn
  • Relaxed, country-rustic feel
  • Seasonal menus; kitchen garden
  • Passion for local farm produce
  • Garden cabin rooms with views
  • Great walking on doorstep

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Overview

The Riverside Aymestrey, Herefordshire, HR6 9ST

The personal touch

Close to foodie Ludlow on the edge of Mortimer Forest in glorious walking country, this 16th-century, half-timbered inn stands tucked back from a stone bridge over the River Lugg against a backdrop of wooded hills. Andy Link took over the pub as chef-patron in 2016 having been head chef for 12 years during which time he developed the fabulous kitchen garden (hidden up the hill above the new garden rooms) and put this fine old inn firmly on the Herefordshire culinary map. Still very much a pub, with hop-adorned beams, scrubbed farmhouse tables, cushioned pew benches, sloping plank floors, cosy nooks, and roaring log fires all contributing to the simple and informal country atmosphere. The dining room is down a few steps from the bar in a timbered barn, a great spot for a relaxing Sunday lunch with friends and family. There are deep sofas and easy chairs by the raised wood-burner in the bar, tip-top Wye Valley beers on tap, summer alfresco seating beside the river, evening candlelight, a great bar menu, and a huge welcome to dogs, children and booted walkers – it’s a cracking dining pub with rooms. Plans are afoot to create a private dining room in the barn and to develop the riverside seating area.

Sticky fingers

Children are very welcome throughout the pub; there’s no children’s menu but smaller portions are available; families can stay overnight with sofas beds in the suites and extra beds also available (£10-£15 per night).

Muddy paws

Canine companions are allowed in the bar and overnight (£10 per stay), where they will find beds, bowls and treats on arrival.

Alfresco

Arrive early on summer days to bag one of the prize picnic benches beside the River Lugg. There are also tables on the terraced garden and you are allowed to explore the extensive kitchen garden up the hill, where you will find peaceful areas to sit with a pint.

 

What’s the Damage?

6 rooms; 3 doubles (£80-£100) & 3 suites (£120); 3 garden cabins/rooms from £100

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar, dining area & ground floor Stables room
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 4 Gold Stars & 2 Rosettes

Sleep

The Riverside Aymestrey, Herefordshire, HR6 9ST

Do not disturb

Comfortable, well-equipped rooms are split between the inn, the converted stables and three posh new cabins or garden rooms on the terrace above the inn. Featuring a double bedroom, tiled bathroom and a porch seating area, all overlook the valley, with one enjoying river views. The Hayloft suite on the top floor of the converted stables also enjoys views of the River Lugg. It’s a spacious room with crisp linen, feather and down duvet and pillows on a wooden sleigh bed, a comfortable sofa, old pine furnishings, local country artwork, and smart bathroom with walk-in shower, Noble Isle toiletries and bathrobes. Added touches include fresh coffee and milk and homemade biscuits. There are four equally comfortable rooms above the inn; one suite, two king-size and a snug double. Wake up to a delicious breakfast then don your boots and tackle a section of the glorious Mortimer Trail, which passes the front door.

 

What’s the Damage?

6 rooms; 3 doubles (£80-£100) & 3 suites (£120); 3 garden cabins/rooms from £100

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar, dining area & ground floor Stables room
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 4 Gold Stars & 2 Rosettes

Eat & Drink

The Riverside Aymestrey, Herefordshire, HR6 9ST

Mastering the menu

Food is taken very seriously at the Riverside and Andy is passionate about sustainability, ethical sourcing and food miles. His imaginative menus evolve with the seasons and are built around what is ready to be picked and pulled in his fantastic kitchen garden and the best produce he can source from farms and artisan suppliers on the doorstep. For example, local farmers supply the grass-fed mutton, Dexter beef and rare breed pork, and the trout is caught in the River Lugg. The one-acre allotment on the hillside above the pub is planned, planted, maintained and harvested by the chefs and gardeners. Seeds are propagated in the poly-tunnel and over 50 different types of fruit and vegetables are grown for the kitchen. This all translates to Lay & Robson smoked haddock soufflé with mustard sauce, 12-hour braised beef, kale and oxtail sauce, Weobley Ash Farm mutton, roasted carrots, white beans and rosemary sauce, and Shropshire free-range chicken, buttered turnip and barley. Puddings may include Wye Valley Stout parfait and bread and butter pudding with date puree and crème Anglaise. In the bar, tuck into Hereford beef open sandwich with celeriac and pear remoulade, mustard and beef dripping bread, or ale battered fish and chips.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm
Dinner: 7pm – 9pm (5pm – 8pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

8am – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday). Closed Monday lunchtime

What’s the Damage?

6 rooms; 3 doubles (£80-£100) & 3 suites (£120); 3 garden cabins/rooms from £100

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar, dining area & ground floor Stables room
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 4 Gold Stars & 2 Rosettes

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Riverside

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Ludlow Brewing Company, Ludlow SY8 2PQ

In converted railway shed, this artisan brewery doesn't do guided tours as such but you can pick up bottles of brews like Ludlow Best and Black Knight from the shop and it also has its own small bar where you can taste before you buy.

3

The Three Tuns, Salop Street, Bishops Castle SY9 5BW

The renowned and historic Three Tuns and adjoining brewery (under separate ownership) has been the community hub of this unique little town since 1642. Explore the independent shops and rest and refuel on good food and a pint of Clerics Cure at this friendly and unassuming pub.

4

The Ludlow Food Centre, Bromfield SY8 2JR

Part of the Oakly Park Estate, the Ludlow Food Centre offers a unique food shopping experience where farming, food production and retailing come together under one roof. Buy beef, lamb, Old Spot pork and game reared on the estate, and vegetables from the walled garden, as well as top quality produce from local artisan producers, many of whom make the food by hand on the premises. Allow time for breakfast, coffee or lunch at the excellent all-day Ludlow Kitchen Restaurant.

6

Hobson’s Brewery, Cleobury Mortimer DY14 8RD

Established in Cleobury Mortimer by the Davis family in 1993, Hobsons is one of the leading craft brewers in Shropshire and one of the most sustainable breweries in the country. The owners are passionate about craft and provenance and the primary ingredients are sourced within 30 miles of the brewery. Look out for the brewery nights and foodie events at the brewery, which includes a brewery tour and beer tastings.

7

Wye Valley Brewery, Stoke Lacey HR7 4HG

Wye Valley Brewery is a friendly, family-run brewery that cares about real ales, real pubs and real people. Established by Peter Amor in 1985, the brewery moved to Stoke Lacy in 2002 and it is now recognised as Herefordshire’s leading cask ale brewery. You can visit the Brewery Shop and there are regular brewery tours and tastings during the year.

8

Tally Ho, Bouldon, Craven Arms SY7 9DP

Exploring Clee Hill on foot, then plan your route to take in the traditional Tally Ho at Bouldon, buried down twisting lanes in the heart of Corvedale. Recently resurrected by a polar explorer, it offers local ales and hearty food.

9

Harp Lane Deli, 4 Church Street, Ludlow SY8 1AP

Established in 2014, this independent deli is run by people who are passionate about quality food and drink. Food is fresh prepared daily in the kitchen using seasonal ingredients from local suppliers. Call by for excellent coffee and cake, warm lunches or choose sandwiches, terrines and tarts from the deli counter, and peruse the shelves full of goodies to take home.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Riverside

Activities

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Wye Valley Canoes, Glasbury-on-Wye HR3 5NP

On the banks of the Wye, four miles outside Hay-on-Wye, this canoe centre has a fleet of Canadian canoes, single kayaks and double kayaks, which you can hire for a few hours or a few days. You paddle downstream and, when you get to where you're going, simply give them a ring and they'll come and collect you.

3

The Edge Adventure Activities Centre, Much Wenlock TF13 6DB

The Edge Adventure Activities Centre at Much Wenlock, south-east of Shrewsbury, offers the chance to indulge in a huge range of popular activities. There's clay pigeon shooting, archery, zip wire, quad biking and much more. It's a great venue for a family party or a birthday treat.

12

Ironbridge River Cruises TF8 7NJ

Enjoy the River Severn from the water at Ironbridge and get a unique view of the world-famous, historic structure. Gliding through the water, you may even spot otters, deer and kingfishers. There’s always plenty to see on the Severn.

13

Fly with Buzzards , Church Stretton SY6 6TA

Soar above Shropshire in the company of buzzards, savouring the stunning views of verdant landscapes from a two-seater glider. One-day flying courses are available to give you a taste of adventure.

Shopping

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Hay Makers Gallery, St Johns Place, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5BN

The Hay Makers is a co-operative of professional designer makers. The gallery opened in the 1980s and has flourished ever since; you'll find a broad range of work on display, from furniture and wooden bowls to ceramics, stone-carving and textiles. Regular exhibitions throughout the year showcase some of the finest contemporary British makers.

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Roses & Fishes, Broad Street, Ludlow SY8 1GZ

This boutique-style shop in Ludlow's elegant town centre offers a wide and striking range of inspiring items, including soft furnishings, furniture, table lamps, chandeliers and limited-edition prints, plus original works of art and jewellery.

7

55 Mill Street, Ludlow SY8 1BB

Shopping is a real pleasure at 55 Mill Street in Ludlow - a collection of traders housed among the historic buildings in this wonderful old town. Expect a treasure-trove of decorative antiques, French brocante (bric-a-brac), vintage clothing and textiles, architectural antiques and garden furniture. 01584 877200.

8

Burway Books, Church Stretton SY6 6BN

Situated in the charming little Shropshire town of Church Stretton, Burway Books is a proudly independent bookshop where you can browse and buy to your heart's content. Expect to see some of the very collectable Lone Pine titles by Malcolm Saville - the stories are set in the locality.

9

Bodenhams, Broad Street, Ludlow SY8 1NG

Bodenhams on Ludlow's picturesque Broad Street is the place to go for an extensive range of men's and ladies wear for use indoors or outdoors. The black-and-white timber-framed building in which the shop is based dates back more than 600 years.

10

Great English Outdoors, Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5DF

A fabulous shop (and online store) stocking handmade goods from Welsh wool blankets to leatherwork (including purses and wallets made from 200-year-old reindeer leather), plus beakers and bangles, beautiful bags and ethically made British tailored clothing.

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Hay-on-Wye HR3 5DG

This charming market town is most famous for its literature festival (in May) and its enormous selection of second-hand bookshops. There are meant to be more than 30, some general and some more specific, such as Murder & Mayhem, which specialises in crime. There are lots of non-book based independent shops as well.

Places to visit

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Attingham Park, Atcham SY4 4TP

Attingham Park is Shropshire's leading year-round attraction, and with its acres of parkland, miles of walks, walled kitchen garden and graceful mansion, you can see why it draws so many visitors.

14

Ironbridge Gorge, Ironbridge, TF8 7DQ

With its steep-sided, densely wooded hillsides and awesome industrial legacy, Ironbridge Gorge is one of the most dramatic landmarks in the region – if not the whole country. There’s so much to see and discover that a visit to the museums at Ironbridge – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and often described as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution - can grab your attention for hours, even days.

15

Shipton Hall, Much Wenlock TF13 6JZ

Located in a glorious setting in the Corvedale Valley, southwest of Much Wenlock, Shipton Hall is renowned for its stunning views and gardens. A prime example of Elizabethan domestic architecture, a stone dovecote, 12th-century church, four-storey tower and rococo interior décor enhance Shipton’s appeal.

16

Wenlock Priory, Much Wenlock TF13 6HS

Shropshire contains many hidden gems and this is surely one of them. Wenlock is all that remains of a medieval priory. During the 19th century it was the home of William Pennybrookes, a leading figure in the local Wenlock Olympian Games, which are still running today.

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Shrewsbury Castle, Shrewsbury SY1 2AT

You’ll find a great deal to occupy and entertain you in the historic border town of Shrewsbury, including its wonderful castle housing the impressive collections of the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust. Expect uniforms, paintings, weapons and medals from the 18th century to the present day.

18

Acton Scott Farm, Church Stretton SY6 6QN

Located in 18th-century buildings to the south of Church Stretton, Acton Scott’s historic working farm is a great visitor attraction for all the family to enjoy. Its key aim is to provide a fascinating glimpse of rural life at the turn of the 19th century.

Walking

www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/walking

On Aymestrey’s doorstep lie miles of byways and bridleways, threading their way across some of Britain’s most spectacular landscapes. The glorious border country of Shropshire and Herefordshire is a walker’s paradise. Most ramblers head for the four dramatic ridges of Wenlock Edge, the Long Mynd, the Stiperstones and the Clee Hills – A E Housman’s ‘blue remembered hills’. There is also a host of gentler, less demanding walks to enjoy throughout the region, and a stroll through Mortimer Forest is the perfect prelude to a fine dinner.

Cycling

www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/cycling

There’s huge potential for cycling in Shropshire, with many good circular routes starting in the county’s market towns. For something more adventurous, try the Shropshire Cycleway, which follows the county’s meandering boundary. There are also various national cycle routes running throughout the region, including the Mercian Way and the Six Castles Cycleway.

Events

www.foodfestival.co.uk

www.ludlowfringe.co.uk

www.ludlowspringfestival.co.uk

www.shropshiretourism.co.uk

www.bridgnorthfestival.org.uk

The Wenlock Olympic Games, held every July, is one of the region’s more unusual traditions. Elsewhere, there are festivals, carnivals, fairs, shows and exhibitions throughout Shropshire all year round. The Ludlow Spring Festival in May is famous for its classic cars, great real ales and fantastic music. In summer, Ludlow comes alive during its annual fringe festival, and in September the historic old town plays host to the popular food festival where you’ll find passionate local chefs, workshops, hands-on cookery demonstrations and foodie surprises. The Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival, held from mid-August until early September, includes great music, art, film, poetry and much more.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Beside the A4110 between Mortimers Cross and Leintwardine, 10 miles south west of Ludlow and 18 miles north of Hereford on the Herefordshire/Shropshire border

By Rail: The nearest station is Leominster, 7.5 miles or a 15-minute taxi journey away from the pub

Address:

, Aymestrey, Herefordshire, HR6 9ST

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