Five of the best waterside pubs in the UK

Whether by a river, lake or even the sea, there’s something extra special about enjoying a few drinks or bite to eat by the water. Waterside pubs provide a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle. A chance to watch pretty canal boats float by and listen to the gentle ripples of the water. Join us as we explore five of our favourite Chef & Brewer pubs by the waterside, each with its own unique charm. 

The Rose Revived, Witney

Nestled on the banks of the River Thames sits the picture-perfect Rose Revived, a countryside pub with buckets of charm. Ivy creeps over its Cotswold stone walls, meaning lush greenery surrounds you mere feet away from the gently flowing water. Rose Revived offers simply stunning views of the riverside, and it’s very close to the Standlake Common Nature Reserve, another incredible area full of natural beauty.

Feeling peckish? The Rose Revived menu has lots of tasty treats. Try the Halloumi Fries and Cottage Pie Croquettes – the perfect accompaniment to your ice-cold beer. If you’re in need of something a little more substantial, not to worry. There are plenty of other hearty pub classics to choose between. 

If a tranquil escape to a waterside pub near you is on the cards, the Rose Revived is one we’d recommend popping into. Even if the weather’s playing up, the inside is just as nice. With its tasteful decor, large bay windows and crackling fires, it’s the perfect spot to settle in and get cosy.


The Victoria, Menai Bridge

Perched by the Menai Strait that scythes its way through North West Wales to separate Anglesey from the mainland, the Victoria offers spectacular views across the water. Priding itself on high quality pub food, you can soak up the scenery come rain or shine from the garden patio that has a covered outdoor seating area – as well as from indoors thanks to the restaurant’s picture windows. 

Whether you’re ordering from the regular menu or one of the ever-changing seasonal specials, you can complement your meal with an award-winning cask ale, craft beer or gin. And for when you want to make your stay a little longer, why not book a room at the hotel and treat yourself to a cosy night or two away. 

There’s plenty to see in the local area with all that extra time. Not least the host of natural spots along the Menai Strait where you can enjoy those pretty views. You can also venture further afield to explore spots like Llanberis with its lakeside railway and slate museum or Beaumaris with its historic castle, as well as the epic Snowdonia National Park. 


The Little Harp, Clevedon

On the estuary of the River Severn sits the enchanting Little Harp, a country pub just a short drive away from Weston-super-Mare. This waterside pub is actually named after the bay that it overlooks. This cosy, cheerful pub boasts incredible views over the river across to Wales. It’s also close to some idyllic areas to explore, including Clevedon Sea Lake.

Take in the sea views over a pint or a tasty pub meal. Our Pork, Apple and Cider Terrine is a great starting point. If you fancy a sweet treat, don’t miss our finishing touches. From British classics like our Bramley Apple Tart to Salted Caramel Sundaes, there’s something to suit everyone. 

The Little Harp’s location by the bay really sets it apart from many other riverside pubs. It’s a wonderfully cosy setting in which to snuggle up by the fire and watch the waves amble on in.


The Bridge, Shawford

The Bridge Inn is a postcard-worthy riverside retreat that is the ideal destination for a countryside walk. It’s located in the heart of Shawford, beside the remarkably beautiful River Itchen. 

This is the perfect country pub for nature lovers. The River Itchen is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the wide array of protected species that call it home, while the Bridge also borders the captivating rolling chalk hills of the South Downs National Park. 

The waterside pub gained fame as the location of grumpy Victor Meldrew’s death in the sitcom One Foot in the Grave. The Bridge was selected for the show because of its picturesque setting. Savour a refreshing drink on the pretty terrace during the summer, listening to the river as it winds its way through the lush countryside. When the weather turns, head inside to piping hot pub meals and a roaring fire. 

Serving seasonal specials and traditional British classics, the menu here will have you spoilt for choice. From sea bass to shepherd’s pie, we’ve got something for every palate. 


The Old Mill, Brighouse

An attractive, stone-built mill sitting in extensive grounds, the Old Mill is a beautiful waterside pub surrounded by atmospheric woodland. It rests on a bend in the Calder River and offers lovely country walks through Calder Valley. 

It may be a peaceful haven of tranquillity, but the Old Mill is just minutes from the M62, making it incredibly easy to reach. It’s cradled in the gorgeous Calder Valley, offering ramblers and nature lovers plenty of opportunity to do exactly what they do best. 

The Old Mill once formed part of Kirklees Priory, which was founded in 1155 and stood for 400 years. It became well known for its rumoured role in the death of legendary outlaw, Robin Hood. Perhaps you could reflect on whether it really is okay to steal from the rich to give to the poor as you enjoy a delicious meal out on the pub’s riverside terrace in the glorious sunshine. 

Perhaps you want to tuck into a filling Sunday lunch with all the trimmings. Or you’re just sharing some smaller plates with the table. Whether you’re catching up with friends or dining with the family, there’s a hearty British classic waiting for you.

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Waterside pubs are more than just a spot for pub food and drink. They open the door to history, nature and relaxation. Countryside pubs by the water give us a chance to unwind and listen to the sounds of the countryside while learning about its rich, often colourful heritage. 

To pay a visit to one of our waterside pubs is to take a trip through the heart of Britain's stunning natural beauty. Come and discover the magic of an enchanting waterside pub for yourself.