The Best Riverside Pubs in Herefordshire | Pub Guide

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You may or may not be surprised to know that the most viewed feature on my blog is ‘The Best Canal and Riverside Pubs in Worcestershire‘. It seems we love nothing more than finding a sunny spot by the waterside whilst enjoying a cold drink and a good old English pub lunch!

Whether you live in the area or you are just visiting, then keep reading as I will reveal in this article where to find the best riverside pubs in Herefordshire.

The Saracens Head Inn, Symonds Yat

Situated in a spectacular position on the east bank of the River Wye in Ross-on-Wye, The Saracens Head Inn is popular with walkers, cyclists and canoeists alike. As well as enjoying good food and real ales in the cosy restaurant,  during warmer months you can also watch canoes, boats and the ancient ferry go by from one of the riverside terraces.


Riverside Bar and Eatery, Mordiford

Riverside Bar and Eatery is located on the grounds of Lucksall Caravan and Camping Park in the glorious Herefordshire countryside. Sit back in the beer garden and enjoy the wildlife next to the  picturesque River Wye set in the beautiful Wye Valley. Riverside Bar and Eatery has indoor and outdoor seating, and is open to both park guests and to the public. The family friendly eatery offers a selection of home cooked food, real ales, cider, cakes, milkshakes, ice-cream, coffee and more. 


The Boat Inn, Whitney-on-Wye

Overlooking the banks of the River Wye, The Boat Inn offers a warm welcome, good pub food, real ales, ciders, hot & cold drinks and and bar snacks. The idyllic location attracts a mix of visitors and locals, as well as being a popular egress point for canoeists. Whilst enjoying the view of the river, see if you can spot one of the local otters!


The White Lion, Ross-on-Wye

The White Lion sits proudly on the banks of the River Wye on the outskirts of the beautiful town of Ross-on-Wye. It’s the perfect spot to rest your feet following a scenic walk along the river. As well as the breath-taking views you can expect good pub food, roast dinners, tapas nights and there is a good drinks selection on offer. Eat, drink, sit back and relax for a while in The White Lion’s beer garden.


The Riverside Inn at Aymestrey, near Leominster

The Riverside at Aymestrey is an independent restaurant with rooms based just outside Leominster. The 16th century inn serves freshly made dishes created with locally sourced and foraged ingredients such as Herefordshire snails and trout from the River Lugg. Roughly a mid-way point, along the 30-mile Mortimer trail, makes The Riverside at Aymestrey the perfect spot to take a break from walking and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. 


The Bridge Inn at Michaelchurch Escley

In the most rural part of Herefordshire, next to the Escley Brook, you will find The Bridge Inn at Michaelchurch Escley. Named as one of the best country pubs, pub dwellers can enjoy a selection of Hereford beers, ciders and very local award winning Gin Hill Billy made next door by Black Mountains Botanicals Distillery. The Bridge Inn is a popular jaunt for foodies and visitors can expect a creative menu using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. In the summer there is a beautiful riverside beer garden and a lovely spacious terrace overlooking the Escley Brook, and in the winter a huge roaring fire.


Ye Old Ferrie Inn, Symonds Yat

Ye Old Ferrie Inn is a family-run pub, which has been standing on the banks of the River Wye since 1473. Set in a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Symonds Yat and Ye Old Ferrie Inn are perfectly located for exploring the Wye Valley, The Forest of Dean and the surrounding areas.  Soak up the stunning riverside views from the indoor restaurant or outdoor terraces. Whilst you’re there why not stay a while for a traditional pub lunch or dinner and sip on one of the many local gins, ales, beers and wines on offer.


The Bridge Inn, Kentchurch

This cosy and charming country pub sits on the banks of the river Monnow. The river runs behind the pub, forming the border between England and Wales. There is a sheltered outdoor seating area as well as a large patio and field with additional tables looking out to the Black Mountains, ideal to watch the sun go down and the river flowing by. In the warmer months the outdoor pizza oven is fired up and the chef regularly cooks on an open fire. Lunch, dinner, special menus, with a farm to fork ethos, are also available throughout the year.


The Hope & Anchor, Ross-on-Wye

Nestled in the heart of Ross-on-Wye, The Hope & Anchor is a pub & restaurant serving a classic homemade pub menu. There’s also an outdoor hut serving cakes, hot drinks and ice creams for those on the go. Within only a 7-minute walk from Ross-on-Wye, The Hope & Anchor is the ideal stop off for a cold drink and a bite to eat on a summer’s day in the spacious beer garden over-looking the river Wye.


For more ideas of where to eat and drink across the Three Counties, take a look at the food & drink directory.

{Article last updated March 2023}