16 of the best riverside pubs in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 14:02 03 July 2020 | UPDATED: 14:42 13 July 2020

The Anchor, Pyrford Lock (c) milo bostock, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The Anchor, Pyrford Lock (c) milo bostock, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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When the sun is out and you’re in the mood for a drink, there isn’t many a better setting than a pub’s riverside garden or terrace. Here are 16 of our favourite riverside pubs

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1) The Weyside, Guildford

As the name would suggest, this pub - just down the road from the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - is perched right beside the River Wey.

Its terraced area is the best spot to admire the water and watch boats, rowers and animals drift serenely by. If you don't want to sit outside, you can still have a view of the river within the conservatory which is also available for private hire.

2) The Stag on the River, near Godalming

Head out of Godalming to the small village of Lower Eashing for a delicious meal or a drink on the terrace next to the Wey.

Despite its proximity to the A3, the location of this 17th century pub remains remarkably peaceful. If you want to make the most of this atmosphere then there are a selection of rooms on offer that are ideal for a variety of guests.

3) The Mill at Elstead

While you enjoy a pint of Fuller's in this unique converted corn mill, the River Wey will be flowing right below your feet.

With terraces at the front and the back of the building as well as extensive garden areas on the banks of the water, you won't ever be short of a spot to take in this magnificent riverside location.

4) The Barley Mow, Tilford

Said to be one of the most frequently photographed pubs in the whole country, The Barley Mow is a quintessentially British pub that looks out onto the village green that frequently holds cricket fixtures during the summer.

The rear of the pub is equally attractive as the beer garden goes right down to the River Wey. For a day out in the glorious Surrey countryside, it doesn't get much better than this.

5) The New Inn, Send

Sitting on the Wey Navigation Canal, this inn on the outskirts of Woking has moorings alongside its beer garden making it incredibly convenient for boaters to pull up for a bite to eat.

The canal's towpath also runs right by the pub's garden so a visit to the pub can easily be worked in alongside a lengthy canalside walk that could potentially take you all the way down to Guildford.

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6) The Anchor, near West Byfleet

Based in between Pyrford Lock and Pyrford Marina, The Anchor, its terrace and its wonderfully bright conservatory area are just metres away from the Wey.

Whether you've been visiting the noted RHS Garden Wisley, exploring the expanse of Ockham Common or playing a round at one of the many golf courses in the surrounding area, a visit to this pub is a must.

7) White Hart, New Haw

During the busy summer months you'll do well to secure one of the tables that are close enough to the water for you to dip your toe in, a testament to the popularity of this local on the Wey Navigation.

For over 200 years there has been a pub on the site with thousands of other patrons enjoying the same tranquil country scenes you can admire today.

8) The Pelican, Addlestone

By virtue of its south-facing position, the riverside garden at The Pelican is a real suntrap and so thoroughly attractive during the summer months and the long nights that come with it.

If you're visiting during the winter season you won't need to miss out on the views of the water as their conservatory area allows you to admire the River Wey without having to brave the elements.

9) The Old Crown, Weybridge

Shortly before the River Wey merges into the River Thames you'll find The Old Crown, a traditional family pub with its own moorings for true boating convenience.

In this area there are numerous bodies of water as well as several winding rivers and smaller tributaries which we would recommend exploring before ducking back to this pub to refuel.

10) The Red Lion, Shepperton

If you do find yourself exploring the collection of snaking streams and rivers then this recently refurbished spot on the Thames will be another stop you should certainly work into your day out.

Their new river garden was completed in 2016 and features a Balaeric style lounge area, a summer bar and 25 metres of mooring with overnight mooring available if dinner is purchased at the pub.

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11) The Magpie, Sunbury-on-Thames

At the height of summer the magpie's terrace is filled with hanging baskets and carefully maintained flowerbeds, creating a wonderfully bright area to complement the summer weather.

With Sunbury Park right opposite and Hampton Court just a little further down the river you will never be short of summery things to do in the nearby area.

12) The Britannia, Guildford

There are three riverside pubs within a few hundred metres of each other on the River Wey in Guildford and this award-winning pub is wedged in between The Weyside and The White House.

Just down from the uniquely-named Porridge Pot Alley, real ale is the star of the show with a number of perfectly-kept local ales being ably supported by a selection of great beers from further afield.

13) Gomshall Mill

This 17th century mill has only been used as a public house for a couple of decades and for most of its existence it has been operating on the River Tillingbourne as an important supply point to Guildford and Dorking.

Similarly to The Mill at Elstead, water runs right under your feet if you're inside the building while you can also watch it disappear below from the pub's small patio area.

14) The Compasses Inn, Gomshall

Despite being a relatively small village, Gomshall is lucky enough to be blessed with two pubs that sit right on the Tillingbourne.

As we move into the months where it's warm enough to sit outside, the pub's garden area will be decorated with a number of hanging baskets and bedded plants to create a lovely countryside scene with the river as its centrepiece.

15) The Percy Arms, Chilworth

This pub on the Dorking Road has had its interior styled to look like a South African colonial hunting lodge, making for a thoroughly foreign experience while you're out in the heart of Surrey.

The pub's outside area provides similar intrigue as you can take a perch next to a small brook that eventually connects back to the larger River Tillingbourne.

16) The White House, Guildford

Although not quite as grand as its namesake in Washington DC, this distinctive pub at the foot of the St Nicolas Parish Church is still a magnificent spot for a drink next to the Wey.

The terrace garden is always popular with those popping in for a summery beverage while you can also hire the upper terrace for a private party up above the crowds.

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