It’s almost summer and hot weather is finally on the way! Whether you’re looking for a riverside terrace in the city, somewhere for a weekend away or a place to take the kids, we’ve got you covered. Here’s 7 of the best UK pubs with perfect waterside views for you to visit over the summer holidays.
Dove, West London
This old-fashioned traditional pub in Hammersmith has a lovely riverside terrace at the back, where tables on the veranda look over a low river wall to the Thames Reach. There’s also an exclusive area reached up a spiral staircase which is a prime location for watching rowers on the water. Drinks to enjoy on the riverside terrace include Fullers ESB, London Pride, Seafarers, a seasonal guest on handpump, and 19 wines by the glass. Turner painted his view of the Thames from here, and rumour has it that this is where ‘Rule Britannia’ was composed. It has been a popular place for many writers, actors and artists including Graham Greene and William Morris, whose Kelmscott House is nearby. Often busy, this grade II listed pub is a favourite for locals and visitors alike.
Founder’s Arms, South London
This modern glass-walled building on the South Bank has outstanding views of the City along the Thames from its riverside terrace. Near Tate Modern and Millennium Bridge, this pub is perfectly situated for a summer drink – choose from Youngs Bitter, guest ales and lots of wines by the glass. There’s also a great variety of affordable food to enjoy on the riverside, which is served all day. A popular drinking spot, you’ll often find customers spilling on to the pavement and river walls. You don’t have to leave your four-legged friends at home either, as dogs are welcome on the terrace.
Dundas Arms, Berkshire
In the countryside, one hour away from London, this newly refurbished 18th century inn sits on a pretty canal islet nestled between the River Kennet and Avon canal. The large waterside garden has plenty of well-spaced tables on grass and picnic sets on decking. In the summer there is alfresco dining and outside bar, perfect for soaking up the sunshine. Using seasonal local produce, the restaurant has an imaginative menu making the most of surrounding rivers, farms and fields. On tap there are lots of real cask ales, including Ramsbury Gold, local cider and 14 wines by the glass – all served from a unique bar counter decorated in old pennies.
Rain Bar, Manchester
Named after the former umbrella works it used to house, this pub boasts an award-winning sun terrace overlooking the Rochdale Canal. With a friendly relaxed atmosphere, there is home-cooked pub grub available, Lees cask ales and plenty of wines by the glass to enjoy in the sunshine by the canalside. There’s also a private terrace with a bar that can be booked for special occasions. One to arrive at early to secure your spot, this place gets busy fast!
Wateredge Inn, Cumbria
Situated on the edge of Lake Windermere, this 17th Century inn has stunning views of one of the most beautiful places in England. There is a focus on Cumbrian and British food (served all day) with changing specials to suit the seasons. The modernised bar has a wide variety of drinks including 6 cask ales on handpump, 9 wines by the glass, 10 gins and several malt whiskies to enjoy on the picnic tables by the water – but be wary, the tables near the water get snapped up pretty quickly! Easy to get to and a 10 minute walk from Ambleside town centre, this is the perfect place to enjoy nature in the Lake District.
Corn Mill, Wales
A fascinating riverside building, this cleverly restored watermill has a raised deck where you can overlook the water rapids of the River Dee below. Quite a lot of the old machinery is still in place including the huge waterwheel (which is often turning). From two serving bars there is Phoenix Brunning & Price Original and Facers DHB on handpump, various guest beers and ales, 20 wines by the glass, 50 malt whiskies and farm cider available. Food-wise there is a classic pub menu with a modern twist, with everything from sandwiches and scallops to curries and noodle salads. Surrounded by Llangollen hills and mountains, this place is a must-visit this summer!
Glenelg Inn, Scotland
Approached via a dramatic drive up a single-track road, this charming Highland inn is the closest place on the mainland to the Isle of Skye. An excellent variety of fresh Scottish cuisine is cooked daily and there’s Caledonian Deuchars IPA and local beers on handpump. The beautifully kept garden has outstanding views of the Isle of Skye across the Kyle Rhea strait, which is accessible via a car ferry in the summer. You can be sure to expect a warm welcome from both staff and locals.