Down by the riverside
PUBLISHED: 11:27 05 August 2010 | UPDATED: 15:18 20 February 2013
Choose a glorious riverside setting for a memorable lunch or dinner. We've selected a few of our favourites...
Magnificent Victorian Gothic pile in 35 acres of gardens that wander down to the Thames. In summer you can enjoy alfresco dining on the terrace with views over the river. Modern European menu using local produce.
Where: Windsor Road, Water Oakley, Windsor SL4 5UR
Tel: 01753 609988
River views from cosy dining room. In summer dine alfresco on the terrace overlooking the Thames amid fragrant flowers and herbs. Award-winning modern European menu with Pacific Rim influences.
Where: The Bridleway, Goring-on-Thames, RG8 0HS
Tel: 01491 872667
With the Kennet and Avon Canal on one side, the River Kennet on the other, there's plenty to watch with a lock gate nearby, too. Choose from canalside jetty or riverside terrace. Good draught ales, blackboard menus in the bar and modern British menu in the restaurant. Perfect waterside summertime pub.
Where: 53 Station Road, Kintbury RG17 9UT
Tel: 01488 658263
The Riverbar Restaurant
This watermill, at Newbury Manor Hotel, has been restored to become a very popular waterside eatery. Watch freshwater crayfish in the river below.
Where: London Road, Newbury RG14 2BY
Tel: 01635 528838
The Swan at Streatley
The hotel, on one of the loveliest spots on the Thames, has just undergone a massive refurbishment that extends to its two AA rosette award winning Cygnetures restaurant, furnishing it with a clean, crisp and modern feel with stunning views of the River Thames. Another new addition to the restaurant is the head chef - Andrew West-Letford (See page 89). Tranquil spot - enjoy afternoon tea or elegant modern European dishes on the Terrace beside the Thames.
Where: Streatley-on-Thames, Berkshire RG8 9HR
Tel: 01491 878800
Renowned restaurant with wow factor. Handed down from father, Michel Roux, to son, Alain, this is a restaurant with top foodie credentials. Classic/modern French menu. Also said to have one of the loveliest riverside settings in southern England - at the end of a no-through road on the banks of the Thames. You can enjoy drinks in the little summer house, and there's a jetty to tie up boats.
Where: Ferry Road, Bray SL6 2AT
Tel: 01628 620691
Bowaters Restaurant, Macdonald Compleat Angler
The restaurant has its own riverside terrace at this famous country house hotel. Absolutely idyllic setting on the banks of the Thames. Modern British heritage food and traditional afternoon teas. During summer enjoy Pimm's on the lawns.
Where: Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1RG
Tel: 0844 879 9128
The Beetle & Wedge Boathouse
Lively, informal restaurant on the site of the original Moulsford Ferry Service. Open charcoal fire in older part of boathouse, delightful beamed conservatory overlooking River Thames and, in summer, dine alfresco on the terrace and jetty. Contemporary British dishes and snacks.
Where: Ferry Lane, Moulsford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 9JF
Tel: 01491 651381