Food with a view: 15 fab waterside eats
Water, water everywhere and there's more than a drop to drink (thank god!). Watch the world float by at Muddy's fave waterside spots to eat and drink.
We may live in landlocked Surrey, but that’s doesn’t mean we can’t dine with water views. With both the River Wey and the Thames snaking through the county, there are plenty of opportunities to make the most of summer and dine out at these Surrey pubs and restaurants with water views. Yeah yeah, we’ve probably left some goodies off, and if you think there has been a libellous omission, genuinely please let us know (in the comments below).
The Stag on the River, Lower Eashing
We’re big fans of this 18th century pub perched on the banks of River Wey in Lower Eashing. There’s a lovely terrace, plus a grassy area – perfect for families and social distancing. Expect good gastropub food. And if you fancy staying over, book in to one of the boutique bedrooms.
Worplesdon Place, Perry Hill
Set on two acres of beautiful gardens overlooking it’s very own swan lake, Worplesdon Place is pretty perfect place to escape the daily grind. Put your feet up and enjoy good gastropub food – think beer battered cod and triple cooked chips to a proper Sunday roast. There’s a great gin menu too. Oh, and rooms, in case you fancy making a night of it! Just sayin’!
The Mitre, Hampton Court
Alfresco riverside dining on terraces at The Mitre in Hampton Court covers all the options. As well as The Coppernose café and wine bar, and the 1665 brasserie, there’s the Whispering Angel Bar, the riverside boathouse bar – and this is where we’d park behinds for a relaxed lunch with friends. Bookings a must.
The Swan, Walton-on-Thames
Riverside views, a sun-soaked garden and huts for hire – The Swan is perfectly positioned for water views. There’s a traditional gastropub menu that includes faves like steak and triple-cooked chips, beer-battered cod and a smoked haddock and prawn fish pie, plus thing like a mackerel salad pan fried hake, plus a burger shack. There are three garden huts for hire, each one kitted out with sofas and coffee table and enough space for about eight people. No need to book for outside tables.
The Inn on the Pond, Nutfield
This is your quintessential English pub in a pretty rural setting surrounded by fields and marshes, and overlooking the Nutfield cricket pitch and the eponymous pond. It’s popular with both walkers and cyclists – it’s on the National Cycle Route 21 – and I can vouch first hand for the delicious food and excellent choice of real ales.
The Weyside, Guildford
Perched on the River Wey just a stone’s throw from the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (so handy for a pre-theatre drink) is the Weyside Inn. There’s a big beer garden fabulous views of the water and heated huts for those days when there’s a bit of a chill. There’s a dedicated River Kitchen menu offering things like burgers and salads. And as it’s just down river from the Guildford Rowing Club you’ll most likely see plenty of boating action.
The Albany, Thames Ditton
A stylish gastropub with a glorious terrace overlooking the Thames just down stream from Hampton Court, and also an easy distance away from Bushy Park, so the perfect place to refuel if you’re on a day out. Food is classic gastropub fare but there’s an extensive vegan menu too.
The Bridge Hotel, Chertsey
With cracking views over the Thames, rooms if you fancy an overnighter, and great gastropub food The Bridge Hotel is onto a winner. And when the weather turns a bit chilly, come in from the outdoor terrace and enjoy the views in the conservatory. Boom!
The Wiremill, Lingfield
A former winner of the Muddy Awards Best Boutique Stay, The Wiremill, is lovely pub tucked away down country lanes. You may even wonder where you’re going, but behold the site when you get there, of this beauty sitting on a gorgeous lake that’s a hive of wildlife activity in the summer. But who are we kidding, you’re not there for the birds and the dragonflies, it’s the view and the food. And if you can’t drag yourself away, you can always stay the night.
The Runnymede on Thames, Egham
As well as a lovely outdoor terrace overlooking the River Thames and the brand new River Hideout a riverside pergola with burgers, homemade pizzas, poke bowls and salad on the menu, The Runnymede also offers a sparkling riverside picnic where everything is provided including the picnic in a wicker hamper and the rug. Cost is £35 per person.
The Mill, Elstead
A converted corn mill sitting right on the banks of the Wey with a lovely riverside garden where you’re sure to see plenty of ducks and swans swimming by. Food is excellent, especially the Sunday roasts, and there’s a decent choice of drinks with ales on tap and an extensive wine list.
The Anchor, Pyrford
Plonked right on the banks of the Wey Navigation Canal, not far from the gorgeous RHS Wisley gardens, The Anchor and its riverside garden is nothing short of delightful. You’ll need to be swift though – or lucky – to get a table outside on a sunny day. It’s a great place to park the car, take a wander along the river to work up an appetite, then kick back with your Pimms and watch the narrowboats go past. And reeeeeeelax!
The Bingham Riverhouse, Richmond
For class, character and gorgeous river views, plus the option to make a weekend of it, The Bingham has it all. Sip on a classic cocktail and watch the river world go by. If days are cool, keep cosy under the terrace canopy with heaters, wraps and lanterns and feast on the uninterrupted Thames view. Perfecto.
The Boaters Inn, Kingston
The name says it all, but what you may not glean is that this pub is also set within a park, the pretty Canbury Gardens. The riverside beer garden backs directly onto the park and a west-facing balcony – perfect for watching the sun go down.
The Greyhound, Carshalton
Fun fact. Ten years after eloping with Mr M, we renewed our vows – and the Greyhound is where we held our reception (or party, as I prefer to call it). The pub looks over the Carshalton Ponds, and as well as serving a good choice of pub grub, they also have rooms.