The sun may be setting earlier and earlier and summer drawing inexorably to a close but there’s still time to take in all the splendour that the UK and Ireland have to offer.
So, before you pack away your shorts and summer dresses, why not jump in the drop-top or wind down the windows and head on over to a waterside restaurant to take in the last of the summer vibes and some wonderful views. Here are a few of our favourites…
Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias - Colwyn Bay, Wales – Michelin Bib Gourmand
Unsurprisingly, local seafood leads the way at this striking beachside brasserie. The owner is proud of his Welsh roots and it shows on the great value menu. The vibe is laid-back and the view over the tidal estuary is magnificent.
French Horn - Sonning-on-Thames, England – Michelin Plate
This comfortingly classical, 200 year old inn’s location on a bank of the Thames, fringed by weeping willows, is something rather special. On sunny days the terrific terrace is certainly the place to be – although the view from the formal dining room over the gardens and river is equally delightful.
Newbridge on Usk - Tredunnock, Wales – Michelin Plate
There’s always a warm welcome at this 200 year inn located on a bank of the River Usk. Grab a seat on the lovely riverside terrace and watch the local wildlife at play, while enjoying seasonal modern dishes which showcase herbs and vegetables from their kitchen garden.
Le Pont de la Tour - London, England – Michelin Plate
Now approaching its 30th birthday, French-inspired Le Pont de la Tour is the perfect place to celebrate an occasion. Its Thameside setting is one of the best in London, with jaw-dropping views of Tower Bridge, so make sure you get here early if you want to bag a spot on the terrace.
Sindhu - Marlow, England – Michelin Plate
Sindhu (named after one of Asia’s longest rivers) sits within the Compleat Angler hotel, in an idyllic spot beside Marlow Weir and the chain bridge. Here, Atul Kochhar gives South Indian recipes a sophisticated modern makeover. Take a stroll along the riverbank after your meal.
Panorama - Killarney, Republic of Ireland – Michelin Plate
For a meal to remember there’s Panorama, a large, grand restaurant within the luxurious Europe Hotel. Creative modern menus follow the seasons and huge windows make the most of the superb scenery, offering stunning views across The Lakes of Killarney to the mountains.
The Pierhouse - Port Appin, Scotland – Michelin Plate, New Addition to the Guide
Follow the two mile track from the main road and you’ll find yourself in this magical spot. Make a beeline for the terrace and watch the ferry chug back and forth across Loch Linnhe, while taking in the fabulous view across to Lismore. Traditional Scottish delicacies and fresh local seafood fill the menu.
River Café - London, England – One Michelin Star
This iconic restaurant’s location on the banks of the Thames is as much part of the experience as the cooking – ask for a seat on the riverside terrace or, failing that, a spot by the window. For over 30 years superlative ingredients have been at the centre of everything they do and dishes burst with authentic Italian flavours.
The Waterside Inn - Bray, England – Three Michelin Stars
If you feel like pushing the boat out, this illustrious restaurant in a glorious spot on a bank of the River Thames is for you. Head outside for an aperitif on the wonderful terrace and watch the boats and swans vying for positions on the river. Stunningly presented, sophisticated French dishes are a perfect match for the surroundings.
Harry's Shack - Portstewart, Northern Ireland – Michelin Plate
Harry’s Shack is an appealingly simple place, both in its shabby-chic design and refreshingly straightforward cooking. Local ingredients speak for themselves, with seafood from the local day boats the star of the show. It’s stunningly set on a sandy National Trust beach with views across to Inishowen.
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