Riverside pubs in Kent

Here are our picks for great riverside pubs in Kent (c) Filosoff, Thinkstock

Here are our picks for great riverside pubs in Kent (c) Filosoff, Thinkstock - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

There’s nothing better than spending a summer afternoon next to the river in a pub garden sipping on a pint of ale or a glass of wine. We have gathered 8 of the best places to do just that

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The Riverside Inn

The Riverside Inn in Ashford is situated on the beautiful River Stour and owners Jon and Teresa pride themselves on providing a warm and friendly service to every person who walks through the doors. The picturesque beer garden is a treat for the summer months with dogs and children also warmly welcomed. Enjoy your ale and delicious food in this inviting garden.

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The Man of Kent

The lovely beer garden at the Man of Kent in Little Mill backs onto the River Bourne that runs up to a small bridge which creates the cosy atmosphere enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. The pub itself was a 16th century coaching inn and retains many period features which adds to the charm. With real ales on offer and delicious food served, you can enjoy a long afternoon by the river watching your worries drift away with the water.

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The Shipwright’s Arms

The Shipwright’s Arms in Hollowshore is a sanctuary away from city life. Often used as a stop off for those rambling through the Kent countryside, there is a strong focus on conversation and good food and drink over technology and games machines here. So grab your favourite beverage and settle down in this cosy pub.

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The Fordwich Arms

Located on the River Stour is the quintessentially British traditional pub the Fordwich Arms which serves real ale and tasty food. Next to the fire is the perfect spot in the witer, or head out into the beer garden during the warmer months and soak up the summer sun. Enjoy a cold drink at the end of your day of exploring the old town of Fordwich.

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Ship & Trades

Looking over the Chatham marina is the Ship & Trades a pub that dates back to 1875 but has contemporary nautical interiors providing a pleasant contrast between old and new. Sit outside and look out over the River Medway while enjoying a delicious pint or a glass of wine with your freshly prepared meal.

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Tudor Rose

Also located on the River Medway in quaint Upper Upnor is the Tudor Rose. Its close proximity to Upnor Castle makes it the perfect place to recharge after a tour around the ancient fort. You will feel like you’ve been transported back in time in this traditional pub, with dark wood and leather chairs.

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The Tickled Trout

The adorably named Tickled Trout in Wye is nestled next to the River Stour and is steeped in 400 years of history which is reflected in its traditional décor including an open log burning fire and large oak beams. The gardens are stunning in the warmer months, grass lawns with trees and flowers running up to the River Medway; what a perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine or two.

The Fighting Cocks

Wile away a long afternoon next to the river at the Fighting Cocks in the village of Horton Kirby. With a conservatory restaurant that overlooks the gardens and river, it is the perfect spot for taking a load off or head out into the large beer garden and sit by the river with a drink in hand. Perfect.

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