Riverside House

The Riverside House Hotel

Set in an acre of mature, tranquil grounds, aside the gently meandering River Wye, this ivy-clad jewel of Stuart and Georgian architecture, with oak panelling and inglenook fireplaces, leather armchairs and the patina of 350 years of history, offers its guests the opulence and calm of a bygone era; a ‘Hardyesque’ retreat from the madding crowds.  Our Manager, James Lamb, would like to extend a warm welcome to guests both old and new.
 The hotel sits in a corner of the timeless village of Ashford in the Water, at the heart of the beautiful Peak District of Derbyshire - An ideal base from which to explore the rich heritage and activities the region has to offer. A peaceful weekend retreat, a chat with friends over a fine meal, a romantic & superlative backdrop for a function, wedding reception or civil ceremony, a pragmatic business meeting with a touch of style, or a place to curl up with a good book and a fine cognac; whatever your choice, this idyll of peace, tranquillity and calm offers its guests an unforgettable experience.
Built in varying stages between 1620 and 1760, the hotel features an ‘AA 2 Rosette highly commended’ restaurant and bar, where our Master Chef, John Whelan, creates gastronomic delight using exciting, local and fresh ingredients, to inform classic and modern vibrant menus.  Dinner is complemented by fine wines from our extensive cellar, and served at antique tables illuminated by candle-light.  
The hotel features a range of tasteful, individual accommodation, with hand-made soft furnishings, private facilities, and completely unobtrusive audio-visual equipment - Most of the fourteen bedrooms afford views over the beautiful River and gardens.  
In order to preserve the tranquillity of our patrons, we regrettably do not allow children below the age of 16 years to stay.

Dining at the Riverside

The Riverside Restaurant has always held a reputation for high culinary standards, delivered by a dedicated and passionate team who work tirelessly to meet the expectations of our guests, and to combine the gastronomy of our exquisite menus with an elegant dining experience, an intimate ambience, and unparalleled service.
Our Master Chef, John Whelan, utilises fresh local and European ingredients, freshly caught fish, and seasonally available game from the Chatsworth Estate, with creative flair and a delicate finesse that delivers classic & modern vibrant dishes to enthuse the senses, and inform the exquisite menus  the Hotel is renowned for.
The  Restaurant offers a pervasive sense of style and elegance, enhanced by antique features and candlelight.  The original kitchen dining area dates back to the property of the 1600’s, and features a unique inglenook fireplace.  
Your experience is further complimented by fine wines from our extensive and ever growing cellar, with rare & delicate tastes and bouquets awaiting your discovery - For our more discerning and regular visitors, we can also ensure that the vintage of your choice is always available and uncorked in anticipation.  To complete your meal we recommend an after-dinner digestif from our selection of fine ports, cognacs and malts.
The Riverside Restaurant is ideal for intimate private dining, family gatherings, corporate events, wedding celebrations, and subject to availability can be booked exclusively.
The Restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner service, and also features lighter options such as fresh seafood and delicatessen style sandwiches. Afternoon tea is always available, with cakes, scones, fancies and sandwiches, all made daily by our Pastry Chef.
Whatever the occasion, formal or informal, you can always be assured of superb food, fine wine, a great selection of aperitifs & spirits, and warm & attentive service.


▪ There is level access into the hotel, dining, bar and reception area. There is also a level access seating area outside
Disabled toilets are available.
Accommodation: a ground floor bedroom is available but the bathroom has a standard bath and therefore may not be accessible to wheelchair-users.

Contact Details
Riverside House Hotel, Fennel Street
Post Code
DE45 1QF
Email Address
Contact Number
01629 814 275