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Riverside Hotel Branston

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We booked this hotel for one night just for a little break, very nice hotel with friendly staff. Room very clean and comfortable food good,and the view at the back is lovely. Would definitely go back.

Having had to book out of another local hotel due to environmental health issues, our friends found us this gem at short notice. The rooms were perfect, not huge but very clean and ideal for our short stay, with beautiful views over the river. We ate in the restaurant from the very good value 2 course choice, food arrived quickly even though they were busy. The majority of us had steak, all cooked differently but all came perfect to our requirements. The quality was extremely good. After the meal we asked to see the chef, Richard, so that we could thank him personally. Breakfast in the morning was again good value. We return every year to go to the arboretum and next year we will definitely be booking the riverside hotel. Thank you to all the staff for making our stressful weekend an enjoyable one.

Arrived at the Riverside pub to arrange Christmas dinner for Christmas day. Decided to stay for lunch and ordered from the Autumn menu. Very enjoyable and a nice environment. Worth a visit.Lovely walks along the river Trent is on the doorstep.

We booked this hotel for one night while visiting the area. Ideal location not far from the center of Burton On Trent, good prices and with a chef & brewer restaurant, which we usually really enjoy. First impressions were very good; clean, welcoming, smart, good sized room. Unfortunately the day we arrived was also someones wedding day. The bride went past us a few times, looking fantastic. We recently got married ourselves and so this didn't really bother us, but we were wondering how noisy it would be in the evening! When we checked in, there was no mention of the wedding or how it would affect our stay, fine. We went to our room after battling through a crowd of wedding guests smoking and hanging around outside, which will of course happen with a wedding group. We came back down later on and stopped at the doorway out of the bedroom complex, as they were having their wedding photos done right outside the doorway of the reception entrance! A strange place to have photos anyway, this caused us to feel like we were in the way and disturbing their event. When we managed to sneak past without being in the photos, a lot of the wedding guests looked at us and watched us walk past as if we were intruding. We went for dinner in the restaurant and were one of the first tables to be seated. We were looking forward to the meal as we had visited chef and brewer restaurants before. Our starters came out wrong - mistakes happen, so we didn't let it bother us too much. They corrected them as quick as they could and all was fine. By the time we had finished our starters, the restaurant had got quite busy. We waited what felt like a lifetime for our main courses. After a while, I realised we had sat down over an hour ago, and then came to notice that every other table that sat after us were having their mains, but we weren't. Once my husband caught the attention of the waitress, she explained there was only two of them in the kitchen and they were catching up. She then came back and said our meals were the next ones out. I worked as a waitress for almost ten years, and so I understand how difficult it is when you are short staffed. I couldn't help wonder, however, whether it was because they were also feeding the wedding party, though I had no idea of their arrangements for the evening so I can't say whether this made any difference. I had ordered a steak medium-rare, which came out well cooked with the texture of cardboard. It was dry, crumbly and had a very strange taste to it. I tried to eat it but it was probably one of the worst steaks I have had. I left the majority of it and ate the rest of the meal, which included burnt mushrooms, soggy salad but nice chips. My husbands burger was lovely, no problems there at all. By the end of the meal I was fed up and wanted to go back to the room. We left disappointed. We followed two wedding guests to the room complex, having to listen to them swear and shout at each other in a drunken state, before retiring to our room to listen to the swearing and shouting from the car park. Luckily our TV drowned out a lot of the noise, but the constant sound of doors slamming through the night was highly irritating. I work for a hotel group that only allow weddings on an exclusive use basis, meaning they have to book the entire hotel to be able to have a wedding reception at the property. This is because we want our other guests to be able to enjoy the hotel without feeling as if they are intruding on an event, which is very much how we felt. It also means the wedding party can enjoy the whole hotel and the staff are dedicated to helping them make the most of their day. I can totally understand why we do this, based on this experience. I hope the wedding party had a lovely day, and I don't have anything against them at all. I just feel that if the hotel had more space, they could perhaps dedicate a specific area for weddings so that everyone can enjoy their time at the hotel. I really think the staffing situation should be looked in to as well, because I don't think I would ever eat at this hotel again based on the food I had. We are hoping to visit the area again, though we will probably stay somewhere else!

02-09-17. Officially the best day of our life!!! Rob and I got married here after almost 10 years together, the place where our story started and the place where our next chapter begins. We want to say the biggest thank you ever to all of the team, especially Karen, Simon, Tom and Jess. The four of you ensured our day ran as perfect as it could have done, it literally was perfect. I am such an organised freak that every item was boxed and tagged and the reception was full when we dropped everything off much to Simon's delight � I was nervous about handing over control of the setting up but I must admit I couldn't have done it any better myself, I was overwhelmed when we had that room reveal, best moment ever. The food was flawless, timings were perfect, staff were phenomenal in helping us feel relaxed, the bridal suite was gorgeous. Again thank you to everyone especially the previous 4 named, we can't thank you enough. X

Stayed for 2 very comfortable nights made even better by extremely friendly staff where nothing was too much to ask. Superb food in the dining room and very pleasant atmosphere, gardens & rooms. Lovely views & gardens down to the river. Totally unexpected on the roads down to this place but what a great surprise to anyone. Well recommended !

what a lovely hotel to stop at, we went for a family wedding the beginning of september and the staff were really friendly and very helpful for whatever your needs are. we stopped overnight and do have to say that the rooms are very well presented, a big double bed and a dressing table in there and also lots of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk with a kettle in the room so you can make plenty to drink and also a hair drier was in the room. the bathroom had a massive shower in it (big enough for two people!) and they also had shower gels and shampoo for you in mini bottles so no need to take any with you. the breakfast in the morning was also lovely and you had a choice of cereal, fruit, yogurt and little pots of jam and marmalade, the staff then take your order for your breakfast and cook it all fresh. we would book this hotel again if we had to stop down this way again. no complaints at all.

We booked as we were visiting Burton with a dog. The hotel is very dog friendly, the staff love dogs and you can have breakfast and/or evening meal in the bar area of the restaurant, which is extremely pleasant. The hotel is by the river, so it is perfect for dog walking (or people!). The rooms are compact, but clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. Great breakfast, very friendly staff, good value.

0845 premium rate phone numbers to book a Room and ended up with a phone bill of £6 . Small rooms looked straight out on the views and people sat in the beer garden outside the window , Rooms were modern clean and very comfy bed

My wife and I spent two nights here. Small room, not that well ventilated. Only one small window. Good welcome on arrival. Noisy second night as there was a wedding party. Although I guess there's nothing the hotel could do about that. We ate in the restaurant the first evening. The food was good quality and a good selection. But It needed to be warmer, plates were cold. Also two of us had the sausage and mash which should have been Champ mash and fried onions. But it was only mash! We did point it out to the waitress but nothing was done. All in all a pleasant place to stay. Albeit small rooms and tepid food. A good breakfast and generally very helpful staff.

Riverside Drive, Branston Burton on Trent England

Hotel highlights

  • Free English breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from National Brewery Centre, Riverside Hotel Branston is within a 15-minute drive of National Memorial Arboretum. This 24-room, 3-star hotel has free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Ashby de la Zouch Castle is also 13.1 mi (21.1 km) from this Burton on Trent hotel.


Free English breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning. Explore the hotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


All 24 rooms provide coffee makers, free newspapers, and phones. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs. Other standard amenities include hair dryers and ironing boards.

Property features

Guests of Riverside Hotel Branston enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a garden. A stay here includes free parking.

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

57% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 510 reviews