Set in the heart of rich, verdant Herefordshire countryside, this black and white timbered 16th-century inn sits prettily on the banks of the river Lugg, where guests sip local real ales and cider contentedly watching the river slowly meander under the ancient bridge. The six bedrooms are cosy, clean and very comfortable. The Riverside has just won the Visit England Best Tourism Pub award 2018 and is perfect for walking, fishing and shooting parties but what people really come here for is the food. Andy Link, chef/patron, is cooking up a storm. As well as foraging for myriad ingredients, Andy grows 50 different fruits and vegetables on site and specialises in cooking with local Herefordshire, Shropshire and Welsh border produce. Typical starters of oak-smoked haddock with lovage oil and sweetcorn or Monkland cheese soufflé with onion, chive and mustard are followed by 12-hour slow braised beef with smoked mash, Hispi cabbage and oxtail or Weobley Ash farm five to six-year-old mutton with pea, turnip and garden herbs. Simply the very best very local produce, cooked beautifully and fabulous value. A true gem.
Doubles from £80
+44(0)1568 708440; riversideaymestrey.co.uk
The amazing picturesque countryside landscapes in the River Lugg valley, with a diverse range of wildlife. Walking to Iron age hill forts to glacial gorges, seeing wildlife from native crayfish, otters, dragonflies and kingfisher in the River to the Red Kites and Buzzards that nest in the area.
Enjoy an evening meal prepared from the truly local produce from the chef’s kitchen gardens and heritage orchards, alongside the fantastic organic smallholdings that are spread throughout North Herefordshire. A showcase of regional flavours…seared mutton loin, with wild garlic from the River bank, and seasonal vegetable and herbs from the garden a popular dish with the locals.
Contemporary Herefordshire art and photography are displayed throughout the rooms, bar and restaurant a great gift or memento for you visit to the area. Many artists also open their workshops during H’Art (Herefordshire Art Week) in September each year, a fantastic opportunity to view their work and experience their craft.
CLAIM TO FAME
The pub is located on the Mortimer Trail, with allegedly-haunted Puckhouse Wood behind it, and the surrounding fields and hills were the scene of the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross in 1461, a key conflict in the Wars of the Roses.
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