The Riverside Inn sits alongside the River Lugg in a rural part of Herefordshire, offering peace…
The Riverside at Aymestrey
“Friendly hostelry in countryside setting”
Built in 1580, this character inn started catering to the passing sheep drovers in 1700; it’s midway along the Mortimer Trail, just by the ford across the River Lugg. All the country pursuits are here: choose between 10 circular walks and look out for otters, kingfishers, herons and deer on the way. The wood-panelled interior with low beams and log fires makes a cosy setting for the enjoyment of ales such as Wye Valley Butty Bach and Hobsons Best; ciders include Westons and Robinsons. The pub’s vegetable, herb and fruit garden is the source of many ingredients for the seasonal menus – Shropshire pressed pork and black pudding, pear and parsley broth might precede freshwater trout, fennel and English white wine sauce; celeriac ribbons, cracked wheat, cream, rosemary and Wigmore cheese; or slow-braised beef, oxtail sauce, smoked mash and kale.
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About the area
Herefordshire is split in two by the River Wye which meanders through the county on its way to the Severn and the sea. Largely rural, with Hereford, Leominster, and Ross-on-Wye the major towns and cities, its countryside and ancient villages are the county’s major asset.
Visitors can take advantage of a number of the trails which will guide them through areas of interest. Those especially interested in historic village life should try the Black and White Village Trail, which takes motorists on a 40-mile drive around timber-framed villages from Leominster to Weobley (established in the 17th century and known as a centre of witchcraft in the 18th), Eardisley (where the church boasts a 12th-century carved font), Kington, Pembridge and others. Other trails include the Mortimer Trail, the Hop Trail and the Hidden Highway, which goes from Ross-on-Wye to Chester. Hereford has a small Norman cathedral, which has a great forest of pink sandstone columns lining the nave. Inside is a chained library, a 13th-century Mappa Mundi (map of the world) and one of only four copies of the 1217 version of the Magna Carta.
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