6 waterside eating spots
Ahh, is there anything better than a stroll along the waterside? Actually, yes - a waterside pub that includes a long lazy lunch and some superb views across Leicestershire and Rutland.
Nestled at the bottom of the famous 10 lock staircase on the Grand Union Canal, this picturesque pub is family-friendly and just as well, the kids will love watching the boats go by. It’s a popular hotspot for lazy, summertime drinking so be sure to get there early.
The Nevill Arms, Medbourne
The setting for this pub with rooms is incredible, a true bucolic riverside dining spot in the heart of the beautiful Welland Valley. Outside, there’s plenty of seating by the river bank overlooking the leafy village green. The pub recently changed hands and only reopened this past weekend after going through a major facelift. Expect a new refined menu to go with the new decor and those pretty riverside views.
The Finch’s Arms, Rutland
Great food, beautiful views of Rutland water, top-notch service – it’s no wonder this village pub is such a hit with locals. Tucked away in the heart of the Hambleton Peninsula on Rutland Water, bag a seat on the terrace and enjoy views of the water as the sun starts to set. If you can’t tear yourself away, book a room upstairs and wake up to the gorgeous water views too. Bliss!
Bridge 61, Market Harborough
This teeny tiny traditional canalside pub is located right at the bottom of Foxton Locks. Don’t expect anything fancy, but if it’s a drink you’re after, collect your order from the hatch and enjoy it outside, while watching the world go by.
The Moorings, Barrow Upon Soar
This quirky riverside bar/pub and deli is a hit with the locals and it’s not hard to see why. There’s a garden menu that includes sharing platters and wood fire pizzas and they’ve even got a mobile bar so you can enjoy your fave tipple while enjoying ‘that’ view (see pic above!). If that wasn’t enough, they’ve just set up a floating stage on the river for live music every Friday night!
Pilling’s Boathouse Restaurant and Bar, Quorn, Loughborough
A bit of a unique place – a traditional inland marina which has been given a major modern makeover. The setting is idyllic and peaceful and the restaurant serves everything from brunch right through to dinner. There’s also the option to hire one of their day boats if you fancy a trip down the river (just be careful if you’ve been quaffing Champers).
Any other waterside gems worth mentioning? Let me know in the comment box below.