The Riverbarn in the Sunday Times

The Riverbarn featured in the Sunday Times on Sunday 21 January.

“It’s a family affair at the Riverbarn, in Fonthill Bishop, where brothers Jonny and Tom Sutcliffe prepare dishes such as sea bass and champ, and lemon posset with Earl Grey prunes, while Jill and Ian (also known as mum and dad) serve diners in a series of unpretentious rooms with views of the cottage garden (three courses £25;” Source: Sunday Times


The Extra Mile Guide

The Riverbarn have been selected to appear in the newly published Extra Mile Guide written be renowned author Alistair Sawday and Laura Collacot. The Extra Mile guide aims to steer people away from mediocre, expensive motorway service stations and into the arms of the UK’s best farm shops, independent cafes, cosy pubs and quirky attractions, all within striking distance of the UK’s major routes including the A303.


AA Two Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence & Michelin Recommended.

Our chefs are delighted to have received the new AA Two Rosette Plate 2017 / 2018 for Culinary Excellence. We are also listed in the coveted Michelin Guide for the third consecutive year.


OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards

We are delighted to have  been awarded the OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award during numerous months during 2017.  We are also listed as one of  the top 10 places to eat for a special occasion.


Winner of the 2017 Muddy Stilettos Best Wiltshire Restaurant of the Year Award.

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Best Restaurant of the Year in the Muddy Stilettos Awards winning just over 39% of the votes cast. We were among some of the finest restaurants in Wiltshire including The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, Hywel Jones at Lucknam Park and Timbrell’s Yard in Bradford on Avon.

Muddy Wilts recently came and visited the restaurant and stayed in our Granary. You can read about Joanna’s visit on the Muddy Wiltshire Site

Best Restaurant
Winner of the 2017 Best Restaurant

Muddy Stilettos is the UK’s leading regional lifestyle blog, with over 100,000 readers and a social following of 50,000 across 18 English counties. The blog is the ‘urban guide to the countryside’ for intelligent, fun-loving women who live outside the metropolis, but who want to be in the know for the cool, quirky and unmissable things to do where they live – from destination pubs to romantic getaways, cool kids theatre to pop-up supper clubs.

New Accommodation at The Riverbarn

The Granary exterior

‘Unwind in Wiltshire’

Award Winning Restaurant now offers diners New Stunning Barn Accommodation

Just a three minute stroll from the Award Winning Riverbarn Restaurant, ‘The Granary’ offers stunning, high quality accommodation. The thatched barn has just been beautifully renovated and has wooden floors and a large sitting area with a comfy sofa and armchairs. A screened off bedroom area has a Hypnos superking bed which guarantees guests a really goodnight’s sleep. Further loft accommodation, with a single bed and sofa bed, offers additional flexibility. Please talk to them if a well behaved dog is a much loved member of the family and doesn’t want to be left behind!

Jill & Ian, the owners, have added the quality touches you would expect of high end accommodation including a Smart TV, free WiFi, a kitchen area with Nespresso coffee machine, toaster, kettle and fridge with complementary produce on hand to welcome guests upon arrival. A light breakfast can be taken within the comfort of ‘The Granary’ or the full choice, using the very best locally sourced ingredients, is available in the restaurant itself.

The Restaurant with its ‘Old World Charm – Modern British Cuisine’ enjoys an excellent reputation for its imaginative and flavoursome cooking. It boasts the ‘AA Two Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence’, is ‘Recommended’ in The Michelin Guide, is Winner of the ‘Opentable’ Diners’ Choice Award and holds a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Stunning food is prepared by chef son’s Jonny and Tom making it very much a family affair! The ever changing seasonal menu currently includes delights such as Pan fried scallops, curried cauliflower purée, prosciutto, almonds, brown shrimps – Pan fried sea bass, broccoli purée, toasted almonds, raisins, brown shrimp butter – Dark chocolate cremeaux, passion fruit curd, crème fraiche sorbet, coco nib.

During the warmer months of the year guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the beautiful enclosed garden or wander down to the tranquil river. For those celebrating a special occasion the owners are more than happy to accommodate special requests including champagne and flowers upon arrival. Their ‘Taste & Stay’ packages at The Granary include an overnight stay for two with a three course dinner, excluding drinks, and breakfast. Telephone for the latest prices.

Convenient for Salisbury, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Bath, Bristol, Avebury, Wilton, Stonehenge, Stourhead, Longleat & The South Coast, The Riverbarn, is ideal for exploring an area renowned for its natural beauty. More locally, why not take a stroll through the impressive stone archway to see the peaceful Fonthill Estate Lake, the location for the film ‘Chocolat’,  which is set in 9,000 acres of rolling farmland. ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’ was also filmed at nearby Old Wardour Castle.  Learn about the historically fascinating William Beckford and his Fonthill Abbey. The Riverbarn is also featured in many local walk books too.

Superking Bed

The Riverbarn Restaurant with Rooms

Fonthill Bishop, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 5SF

Described as: “A Gastronomic Revelation” & “An Exceptional Culinary Haven”

What makes it special: Award Winning Food, Idyllic Country Setting, Family run business ensures guests receive the attention they deserve!

Why stay: Stunning hideaway with understated luxury in an excellent AONB.

Who should stay: Couples looking for a Romantic Getaway or Foodies looking for a Great Dining Experience.

What others say: See Facebook, TripAdvisor, Airbnb

Location: 1 mile off A303, 2hrs from London,1hr from Bath. Tisbury Train Station – 3 Miles

Find out more visit:      For best prices: Telephone 01747 820232

Inside the granary
Beautifully renovated accommodation








Christmas  Cooking

As you would expect the Riverbarn is fully booked for Christmas Day. Before the Festive Season starts our Head Chef Jon has taken time out of the kitchen to share his Christmas Day tips and what he’ll be cooking the family this Christmas.

The Riverbarn Restaurant Christmas Cooking Tips