Down By The River
Where to eat & drink in Swindon with a riverside view
If winter time is made for finding a cosy pub with a real fire, then in spring and summer it's surely finding one with a great pub garden on a bright sunny day.
And if you can throw in a riverside location then all the better!
Being near the Thames, Swindon's quite nicely located for a couple of pubs right on the water plus the odd one next to the river Rey, which flows through Swindon town centre.
The Riverside, Lechlade
With the River Thames to look on to and pub food menu full of all the starters, mains and desserts we all like, it's hard to beat The Riverside when the sun's out. May we even recommend hiring a boat from the pub too and making a real day of it on the water.
The Red Lion, Castle Eaton
Possibly the best riverbank view of the lot, The Red Lion has just undergone a major refurbishment and sits beautifully near the mouth of the Thames and serves very good pub food 7 days a week. If you've got a canoe you can also launch it from The Red Lion but we recommend just sitting back and watching the wildlife.
The Runner, Swindon
The Runner on Wootton Bassett Road in Swindon and its fantastic garden and terrace is just made for summer. You'll find a covered patio area overlooking the meandering River Ray below, so it's no wonder that Al Fresco dining at The Runner is proving such a popular pastime for lunch-breakers, families and couples alike.
The Trout, Lechlade
Another pub on the Thames with plenty of room in the garden, plus boat hire nearby if you fancy venturing out on the water.