We seem to be enjoying a late Summer! With mild weather forecast for the week ahead, here’s a reminder of some of our favourite waterside pubs to escape to.
What really distinguishes this thoughtfully refurbished old pub is its splendid position, almost straddling the South West Coast Path and nestling beneath the 617-ft Golden Cap pinnacle. Inside, there’s plenty of character in the three smallish, light rooms: padded wall seating, nice old wooden chairs and stools around scrubbed tables on bare boards, model ships and lots of historic photographs of the pub, the area and locals.
The Ferry Inn, Pembrokeshire
An old whitewashed waterside pub with spectacular views of the Teifi estuary from an attractively furnished picture-window dining extension. Good freshly made food, Brains ales and several wines by the glass. Plenty of room outside on linked decked areas, own jetty/moorings and at the start of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
Dundas Arms, Berkshire
Waterside inn between the River Kennet and the Kennet & Avon Canal with plenty of outside seats, newly furnished bar and dining rooms and good choice of food and drinks; stylish bedrooms.
The Pheasant Inn, Northumberland
In a quiet valley surrounded by forests, and not far from Kielder Water, is this family-run former farmhouse. The low-beamed lounge has ranks of old local photographs on stripped stone and panelling, brightly polished surfaces, shiny brasses, dark wooden pubby tables and chairs and upholstered stools ranged along the counter.
The Old Ferry, Cornwall
A welcoming 17th century inn just up from the river with lovely views from the terrace. A traditional bar with nautical memorabilia, old photographs and woodburner and the back room hewn into the rock. Well kept Sharps ales and at least one guest, nice wines, good food from lunchtime sandwiches to daily specials and children’s menu, friendly french landlord and helpful staff.