Isabel and Ken Adams run the Waterdine with the help of, Marg, who looks after the bedrooms and of course Isabel’s mother Pam, who since moving into Bumbles Lodge has taken over some of the gardening the dog feeding and generally keeps us all in order.
The Waterdine is ideally situated as gateway to Wales and the Welsh Marches with several market towns, open gardens, Historic sites all within easy driving distances
Read our recipe blog for some of the dishes we serve at the Waterdine
Stayed: Jun ’11
“Excellent food, service and location”
An overnight stay, following an excellent dinner, in a beautiful location. Everything met our requirements and we would like to return again for a longer stay. Small and quiet, with an excellent focus on delivering the right level of quality and service. A very personal approach from the owners that made us feel very welcome from the moment we arrived.
This idyllic 16th century drovers’ inn includes the flagstoned and beamed Garden and Tap dining rooms, both with bucolic views of the river Teme. Chef Ken Adams modern British style of cooking offers must-have dishes such as Gloucester Old Spot terrine with black fig and raspberry chutney; breast of squab pigeon with risotto and beetroot, and filleted dover sole stuffed with smoked salmon served with crayfish sauce. Cornish crab cannelloni with chive sauce or roast fillet of turbot on leek confit tempt further. A trio of black cherry puddings or iced apricot parfait brings a meal here to a satisfyingly sweet end. The short, well-chosen wine list includes helpful tasting notes.
Arrived after a long journey from Suffolk to be met at the door by a very helpful and personable member of staff. This was very much the tone of the whole weekend.
The Waterdine is a comfortable inn set on the banks of the Teme and has breathtaking views across the surrounding hills. Whilst not 4* it is comfy and clean and offers a great way to de-stress. You can sit in the garden and listen to the burbling of the river or explore some of the amazing walks.
In the evening the restaurant has a great wine list and we were very impressed by the cooking of Ken Adams and his young protégé Tom Kinghorn (a name to remember for the future). The food was excellent, produce well sourced and well served.
Do visit the Waterdine you will not regret it; I’m certainly going back soon.
Oh and I forgot to mention that the breakfasts here are the best I have ever had. Where else do you get Omelette Arnold Bennett?
Surely things didn’t taste this good in the olden days? J had the ham hock, hyssop and parsley terrine. This tasted so right it was as if the pig had been born in terrine form, and all you had to do was wait till it stood still near a bush of parsley then slice off its hock. The jelly, the ham, the herbs, they all tasted so integrated, so rich, but not oppressive. It was marvellous.
Stayed: May ’10
“Excellent food, attentive and welcoming host, wonderful location.”
Peaceful and relaxing stay, excellent value for money.
Food, hospitality, ambience, laid back and wonderful location
Gisele Stayed: Jul ’11″Wonderful location; excellent evening meal; unbeatable breakfast.” Friendly and relaxing. Likes: Superb location. Excellent food and service Dislikes: No
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