Waterside

There's nothing we like more than a refreshing pint down by the water's edge...
Founders Arms, London
The Founders Arms is a modern Young's pub on the south side of the river very close to Blackfriars bridge, offering the usual Young's range of drinks and pretty decent food. It has a large terrace with seats and tables by the river, there are no major roads nearby and there's a nice view of the...
White Cross , London
In Richmond, on a warm summer's evening, everyone wants to be by the river and the White Cross is where they come. Drinkers, hordes of them, milling between the water's edge and the pub, occupying a space that gets steadily less accommodating as the tide comes in (there's even a high side...
The Banker, London
Tucked down a side street under the shadow of Cannon Street station we weren't expecting the Banker to be much of a revelation. We were wrong - it's a spacious pub, well lit, with a cracking conservatory area overlooking the river. And there's reasonable outside seating also with river views....
The Lobster Smack, Canvey Island
A real gem of a pub, hidden away in the remote, coastal location of Holehaven Point, the Lobster Smack is well worth seeking out. The pub has been in business for a few centuries, its isolation formerly making it a one-time favourite haunt for smugglers, while it has also been suggested as a...
Bay Hotel, Robin Hood's Bay
A waterside pub in the truest sense, the vista from the shore of this North Yorkshire former smuggling den is brooding and rugged. Tourists wait for high tide, whose waves rise some five feet against the high wall adjacent to the pub (sadly, we were unable to capture these on film due to our...
The Ferry House, Surlingham
The Ferry House inn at Surlingham, even though the ferry itself is long gone, is an example of English pubdom at its best. Cheery and friendly, it appears to cater both to the local and tourist market, and has a superb location right on the southern bank of the River Yare, which is made the most...
Beeses Riverside Bar & Tea Gardens, Bristol
Situated beside the deeply running river Avon below a steeply wooded bank, this lovely bar is a haven of tranquility. There is a monthly quiz, a monthly open mic evening and live music. The decking and marquee area make it a unique location for various functions. There's an annual beer festival...
Captain Kidd, London
The Captain Kidd is a pretty respectable pub in a very good location. It's built in an old warehouse and you wouldn't believe it hadn't been there for a hundred years but it actually dates from the 80s - the 1980s, that is. It's a Sam Smiths pub so there are no surprises with the drink - it's...
Old Thameside Inn, London bridge
The Old Thameside Inn has become well established on the tourist trail, this once overlooked Nicholson's pub is now a hive of activity most of the time. And why not? With fine views of the city from the riverside terrace (if you can get onto it) and a decent range of drink and food on offer it's...
Peveril, Peel (IOM)
In contrast to the other pubs we visited on the Isle of Man, the Peveril is, indisputably, the place to head if you are a fan of the different varieties of Okells beer. They were pretty much all available here, including Mild - which we struggled to find elsewhere on the island. And they were...
Rose and Crown, Wivenhoe
All the right elements are here: a riverside location, a decent choice of drinks and - we noted approvingly when visiting on an afternoon in the middle of the week - the right sort of atmosphere to appeal to people who don't work nine to five jobs. Nor were they all students or unemployable...
Queen's Head, Maldon
The Queens Head is a large family friendly pub on the attractive River Blackwater in Maldon. Approaching from road it looks like a pretty Victorian pub and indeed the smaller bar that side of the pub is rather comfortable and traditional. Around the back however, where the swathe of outdoor...
Lord Nelson, Southwold
There is a kind of misty eyed vision of what Great British Pubs should be: welcoming, great beer, cosy and snug fireside seating with a dog at your feet and bucket loads of rosey cheeked regulars with banter galore lifting pints and laughing heartily. The Lord Nelson is one of those pubs. To eat...
The Still & West, Portsmouth
This must be one of the busiest pubs in the city because of the enviable position it has bang on the edge of Spice Island where the Solent meets the Portsmouth docks - and the photos on the walls of naval ships are worth the price of a beer alone. Outside seating is a huge draw as long as it's...