21 of the best riverside pubs and restaurants in Berkshire
PUBLISHED: 15:15 15 July 2019 | UPDATED: 11:46 23 August 2019
Make the most of the sunshine and dine al fresco overlooking the river. Here are the best places in Berkshire to have a drink and watch the world float by
When the sun is shining, you can't beat a bit of al fresco dining or a cold drink watching the world go by. We round up some of the best places to drink and dine on the riverside in Berkshire.
Situated on an island on the Thames, this is one of Maidenhead's best al fresco dining and drinking spots. Soak up the sun on the upstairs terrace while you enjoy the stunning views and watching all the activity on the river. There's a great seasonal menu, and we recommend the cocktails!
Boulters Lock Island, Maidenhead SL6 8PE
Following a £12 million investment and four years of refurbishment, the Swan Hotel in Streatley will be reopening this July and unveiling the latest Coppa Club. Open all day, from an early breakfast to late evening drink, and right on the riverbank, it follows the waterside theme of the previous successful Coppa Club openings in Sonning, Henley-on-Thames and Maidenhead among others. Club and hotel guests can eat or drink in the open air on the riverside terrace, a few feet from the water's edge, and there's an all-day menu of uncomplicated, Anglo-Mediterranean dishes.
High Street, Streatley on-Thames RG8 9HR
Sit on the outdoor deck or in the restaurant and take in the breathtaking views of the Racecourse Marina. The fantastic menu offers food with African flair and flavours, and the cocktails are to die for too.
Racecourse Marina, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5HT
At this 12th Century family house and farming estate beside the Thames, you can enjoy a tour of St Margaret's Church, the Archimedes Hydro Turbine and Mapledurham Watermill and Gift Shop, followed by a traditional English cream tea at The Coach House Tearoom.
Mapledurham, Reading RG4 7TS
YTL Hotels' Monkey Island Estate is set on a picturesque island near Bray. The brasserie in the striking white-bricked Pavillion Temple building serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on the river. This place is so beautiful, you have to pinch yourself to make sure it's real.
Bray, Maidenhead SL6 2EE
Brought to you by Michel and Alain Roux, Roux at Skindles is in a perfect spot on the Thames next to Maidenhead Bridge, built on the site of the iconic Skindles Hotel. French-inspired, choose between the brasserie and the cocktail bar and enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.
Mill Lane, Taplow, Maidenhead SL6 0AG
The Terrace restaurant is the ideal place to go on a summer's day. Dishes are cooked in the outdoor kitchen on wood-fired ovens, and you can sit out on the terrace and soak up the gorgeous views across the landscaped gardens and the River Thames.
Bray, Windsor SL4 5UR
Head here on a sunny day and enjoy your food and drinks out on the terrace watching boats and swans glide past. The Brasserie has been awarded for its modern European cuisine, made using seasonal produce.
Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PX
Overlooking Eton Bridge, The Boatman is Windsor's only pub that's right on the river. Act like royalty and enjoy a drink or gastro-pub food out on the terrace or in the conservatory that has a retractable roof.
10 Thames Side, Windsor SL4 1QN
You can't beat dinner with a view. And St George and the Dragon is set on the banks of the Thames, offering great scenery and classic pub food dishes.
High Street, Wargrave, Reading RG10 8HY
Overlooking the River Thames, swimmers at the stunning Thames Lido can catch glimpses of boaters on the lock. Here you'll find everything you need: an outdoor pool, spa restaurant, bar and event space. Heaven!
Napier Road, Reading RG1 8FR
The spacious riverside terrace at the Blue River Cafe is perfect for al fresco dining and watching the boating activity on the water. The river garden, where summer barbecues are held, is also a tranquil spot for relaxing in the sunshine.
Bridge Road, Maidenhead SL6 8DW
Located alongside the Kennet Canal and the Aldermaston Wharf, this is the perfect spot for walking, cycling or hopping on and off a canal boat.
Butt Inn, Station Road, Aldermaston, Reading RG7 4LA
The Ferry is one of the best pubs in Cookham and has its own courtyard on the banks of the Thames. Pop in for a pint on a summer's day, a pizza or salad, or for a scrumptious Sunday roast. Afterwards, you can enjoy a stroll down the Thames Path.
Sutton Road, Cookham SL6 9SN
Nestled between the River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon Canal, this picturesque pub with rooms makes the perfect waterside retreat. There's a huge garden to relax in during the summer and the menu offers food that has been sourced from the surrounding rivers, farms and fields.
53 Station Road, Kintbury RG17 9UT
Sitting next to the bridge in this busy little village, you can enjoy lovely views of this stretch of the Thames from the dining room.
Sit back and relax out on the terraced patio at this traditional olde worlde-style pub that used to be the toll house and which overlooks the river Loddon.
Loddon Bridge Road, Earley, Reading RG6 7EN
Just off the high street, The Lock, Stock and Barrel is an ideal spot for a bite to eat mid-shopping spree, or for a drink or two in the evening. Right beside the River Kennet, we love that the patio area is heated for cooler evenings and there's also a roof terrace.
104 Northbrook Street, Newbury RG14 1AA
Right next to the swing bridge on the River Kennet, this traditional pub has a large garden great for whiling away the hours, and also has access to the towpath.
Station Road, Woolhampton, Reading RG7 5SH
Perfect for an al fresco pub meal, The Swan is situated on the banks of the Thames with its waters literally lapping against the edges of the outdoor seating area. Bliss!
Shooters Hill, Pangbourne, Reading RG8 7DU
This three-star Michelin restaurant with rooms is just stunning, nestling in a quiet spot on the banks of the Thames in Bray. Run by Alain Roux, it serves exquisite French cuisine and we think it is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion.
Ferry Road, Bray, Maidenhead SL6 2AT
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