Last weekend’s Summer pubs guide which came in two parts with The Guardian and The Observer featured several Thames pubs. Nearly all were ones which I have considered to have been spoilt over the last thirty years.
But the reviews make interesting reading. Most encouraging is the description of The Olde Bell at Hurley where walkers are mentioned along with homemade pork pies and lemonade. I have avoided the place for some years but maybe it’s time I went back.
I love long lunches but when walking it’s often important to be able to have a simple lunch and move on after about an hour without being trapped by the slow service of a three course meal.
Both The Perch and The Trout above Oxford get a mention.
The best one is probably The Dove at Hammersmith although it is on the wrong side of the river, opposite the towpath but worth crossing Hammersmith Bridge.