A little bit of History

A Grade II listed building lovingly refurbished in 2015, sitting alongside the river Avon in the centre of Bradford on Avon.


The origins of this Grade II listed building are not totally clear. It is believed that the main building was built as a home in the eighteenth century for the owner of the dye works next door, Mr Timbrell. A copy of an early nineteenth century painting by Samuel Spode showing the yard as it was then hangs in the restaurant. The original picture is owned by Bradford on Avon museum, close by.

Over the years, the property changed from being a home to housing the Tariff Reform Club, the Town Library and then the Conservative Club. In 1960 Bradford on Avon Rowing Club took over the building having merged with the Conservative Club and they made the extension which now houses part of the restaurant and some of the first floor bedrooms.

The Rowing Club moved out to a new clubhouse in the early 1980s and the property was converted into a traditional inn with rooms, known as the Riverside Inn. We came along after the inn had closed its doors and the property was about to be converted into offices and housing.