Pretty riverside pubs in Hertfordshire to visit
Nothing beats lounging by the river in a pretty pub garden with cold drink in hand. We have gathered 11 of the best riverside pubs in Hertfordshire to do just that
367 Uxbridge Road, Rickmansworth
Lush greenery along the banks of the River Colne provides a tranquil setting for a glass or two of your favourite tipple at the aptly named Waterside in Rickmansworth.
With raved-about Sunday lunches, this 18th century pub also serves up homemade pies and fresh seafood alongside a substantial wine list. There is free car parking for customers and two gardens to relax in.
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2 The Folly, Hertford
In an attractive spot alongside the River Lee in Hertford is the Old Barge. With dark wood furniture, open brick fireplace and exposed beams inside, there is also a beer garden to catch some sun next to the water.
Real ale and cider lovers will be happy with the selection to sip alongside the modern British cuisine on the summer menu.
8 Station Road, St Margarets, nr Ware
Nestled next to the River Lee in the pretty village of St Margarets is the Jolly Fisherman pub.
Find a spot in the patio garden for some good British pub food from the ever-changing menu or a pint of real ale. Dogs are welcome in the beer garden.
Bulbourne, nr Tring
With a nod to the Grand Union Canal’s original name, the Grand Junction Canal, this pub is perfect for summer. There are uncomplicated pub classics served on the food menu, plenty of fine wines to choose from and real ales on tap too.
Unwind with an afternoon spent sunning in the attractive beer garden that features an orchard that blooms with flowers in the warmer months and even has beehives.
• The Boat
Gravel Path, Berkhamsted
With views over the Grand Union Canal, the Boat is a quirkily-decorated pub with a social atmosphere. Dishes made from locally sourced ingredients are on the menu and a changing range of ales and ciders are on tap.
Outside, there is plenty of seating in a secluded patio area. This welcoming family pub is great for families and fido can tag along too.
George Street, Berkhamsted
This is a traditional pub, accredited by CAMRA for its selection of real ales and ciders including locally brewed choices.
Also perched alongside the Grand Union Canal, with views of narrowboats navigating the locks, this no frills pub serves good food and you can even bring your pooch along. Keep an eye out for events including quizzes, live music and festivals.
Pouchen End Lane, Bourne End, Winkwell, Hemel Hempstead
Watch the boats coming and going along the canal in the picturesque village of Winkwell with pint in hand at The Three Horseshoes.
Built in the 16th century, this pretty pub has a menu consisting of British classics alongside some more inventive recipes. There are plenty of gluten free dishes with vegetarian and vegan options available. This is a great pub to refuel after a ramble through the village.
37-39 Station Road, Melbourn, Royston
This stylish restaurant and wedding venue perched on the River Mel was originally a mill house. Built in the 1500s, Sheene Mill is a self-proclaimed specialist in lobster and steak – and these should be enjoyed with views over the water.
Visitors can also indulge in an elegant afternoon tea or browse dishes from the seasonal a la carte menu.
London Road, Berkhamsted
Enjoy canal-side dining at the Old Mill with seasonally changing food from trusted suppliers including a breakfast menu, Sunday lunch and a two or three course fixed price menu.
Sympathetically decorated interiors lead out to the ‘secret’ courtyard that’s perfect for relaxing by the water. There’s a curated wine list, real ales on tap and a selection of cocktails to enjoy outdoors.
Waterside, London Colney, St Albans
Next to the River Colne in the picturesque village of London Colney is the Green Dragon, a historical country pub with traditional interiors and a welcoming beer garden.
Sunday lunch is ‘outstanding’ according to some diners. Check the specials board for something a bit different and settle down outside to experience the quintessential village atmosphere.
Mill Bridge, Hertford
Beef patties, chicken breasts or spicy bean patties sandwiched in a brioche bun with a range of tempting toppings served with fries – if these burgers sound like your food heaven, then the Woolpack is your riverside pub to visit.
Make your selection and head outside to the terraced beer garden and enjoy a tranquil afternoon by the canal at the self-proclaimed ‘burger specialist’ of Hertford.