The Riverside Inn

The Riverside Inn, Aymestry – Leominster, Herefordshire

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Set on the southern edge of the Mortimer Forest, 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 water meander slowly under the ancient bridge. The six original bedrooms are homely, clean and very comfortable – we adore the three fabulous garden rooms, beautifully designed inside and out, with all creature comforts and full of character. Each has its own deck overlooking the glorious, unspoilt Herefordshire countryside. The Riverside is ideally located for walkers on the central point of the scenic Mortimer Trail, as well as being perfectly positioned for fishing and shooting parties. But what people really come here for is the food. Chef patron Andy Link cooks up a storm. As well as foraging for a myriad of ingredients, he grows 50 different fruits and vegetables on site and specialises in cooking with local Herefordshire, Shropshire and Welsh-border produce. Simply the very best and always fabulous value.

Doubles from £90

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