About Us

Family Run Restaurant with accommodation

“The Riverbarn is at the heart of its community & at the top of its game”

Host Jill and Ian Sutcliffe have created a warm, welcoming atmosphere in this family run business. Chef sons Jonny and Tom have gained considerable critical acclaim for their imaginative and flavoursome cuisine. We are proud to be ‘Recommended’ in The Michelin Guide, hold the coveted ‘Two AA Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence’ and be ‘Winner of the Opentable Diners’ Choice Award’. The Riverbarn has its own unique atmosphere. Tables in the delightful garden too provide the perfect relaxing setting for alfresco dining in the warmer months of the year!
The stylish ‘Granary’ and three other comfortable rooms enjoy an AA Four Star rating. Convenient for Salisbury, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Bath, Bristol, Avebury, Wilton, Stonehenge,
Stourhead, Longleat and The South Coast. The Riverbarn, is ideal for exploring an area renowned for its natural beauty.

The local area

There is so much to see and do in the local area. Why not take a stroll through the impressive stone archway to see the peaceful Fonthill Estate Lake which is set in 10,000 acres of farmland and which was the location for the film ‘Chocolat’. Also learn about the remarkable history of William Beckford’s Fonthill Abbey. ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’ was also filmed at near by Old Wardour Castle. The Riverbarn is featured in many local walk books too.

Parts of The Riverbarn are over 600 years old and it has operated as a business for the last 100 years. In the past it has served as the local shop, a gallery and a Post Office. The latter still provides essential amenities for the locality on two mornings a week. It’s possibly the smallest Post Office in Wiltshire, if not the country! The Riverbarn complements the businesses, trades and services on the magnificent working Fonthill Estate by offering excellent dining experiences as well as catering for special events, parties and private functions by arrangement.


Getting Here

The Riverbarn is in the small village of Fonthill Bishop, situated on the Fonthill Estate under 2 miles from Tisbury. Tisbury station has mainline services to London and Exeter. By car Fontill Bishop is just 1 miles from the A303 approximately 20 minutes from Stonehenge or Stourhead.


“Scrumptiously tasty food. Very comfortable accommodation. A gem!”