Lunch with a view: 12 fab waterside eats
Make the most of summer's last hurrah and watch the world float by at these fabulous 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’s last hurrah and dine out at these Surrey pubs 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 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 chill, come in from the outdoor terrace and enjoy the views in the conservatory. Boom!
The Runnymede on Thames, Egham
As well as a lovely outdoor terrace overlooking the River Thames, The Runnymede also offers a unique private dining experience in the glass riverside dome – but only til Sep 27 so be quick. After that book a table by the window or on the terrace at the Leftbank Restaurant.
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.
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 as it’s just down river from the Guildford Rowing Club you’ll most likely see plenty of boating action.
Seasons Café and Kitchen (at the Lightbox), Woking
Coffee and cake, plus gorgeous home cooked lunches and brunches are the order of the day at the Seasons Café and Kitchen at The Lightbox in Woking. Okay, so you can’t technically see the water views from the enclosed courtyard , but it’s right beside the Basingstoke Canal and if you listen carefully, you’ll know it’s there.
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 Bushey Park, so the perfect place to refuel if you’re on a day out. Food is classic gastropub fare.
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 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 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. During September, there’s the option of a Riverhouse Champagne garden picnic in the riverside garden. 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.
Gomshall Mill, Gomshall
A quaint timber-framed former mill dating back to the 17th century on the banks of the Tillingbourne River with a lovely garden. Menus change regularly and the service is friendly and welcoming. The pub is popular with walkers.