The Daily Telegraph - Saturday



THE ROEBUCK, RICHMOND, SURREY Keith Miller, restaurant writer

The best sunsets in London, and therefore the world, are to be enjoyed from Richmond Hill. Which by some measures isn’t in London at all. Whatever. It’s got great sunsets. Just stay with me. Before the Bad Thing I often used to meet my friend Mike there. On fine evenings we’d time it so we hit the Roebuck in time to appreciate the said sunsets from the long, thin terrace opposite the pub, which looks down across Petersham meadows and the looping, thickly wooded river, to the western marches beyond. pubs/surrey/roebuck

THE HARE AND HOUNDS, BATH Pip Sloan, assistant food editor

With its glorious Georgian high ceilings and windows looking out onto the rolling hills of Bath, the Hare and Hounds is up there with the most bucolic places for a pint. Bag a spot on the decking or a white picnic table on the lawn in front and take in the views with a pint of Hare and Hounds ale – and if you’re lucky, they might have their outdoor pizza oven fired up. hareandhou­


Simon Lewis, commission­ing editor Escape London on the M40 and turn right as soon as the landscape turns green to find this large converted country house on a high hill overlookin­g the Colne

Valley Regional Park, which is 40 square miles of rivers, canals, lakes, waterbirds and distant scudding sails.

TOPSHAM BREWERY & TAPROOM, EXETER Adrian Tierney-Jones, beer writer

A lively and much-loved brewery taproom that sits alongside the Exeter Canal basin, snuck away in a stone-built warehouse. Thankfully, there’s a sizeable beer garden to the side, plus a bevy of table-and-bench combos on the quay. Come mid-April, I dream of sunny afternoons sampling beers brewed on site, such as the 6.8% IPA Iceworks. topshambre­wery

THE ANCHOR BLEU, WEST SUSSEX Madeleine Howell, lifestyle writer

I find it impossible not to feel my mood soar sitting in the patio and beer garden of this family-run waterside pub overlookin­g the gently bobbing sailing boats of Bosham Quay. Opt for a Jarrold’s gin, brewed locally at the the Nodding Donkey Distillery in nearby Chichester, and order the fresh sea bass with lemon butter. Afterwards, you might enjoy a pleasant stroll along the surroundin­g quayside paths, spotting wildfowl and waders as you meander.

THE RAKE, LONDON SE1 Melissa Cole, beer writer

Small but with a perfectly formed and recentlyre­furbished deck, the Rake on the edge of Borough Market has long been one of the beer destinatio­n pubs in the capital, and for good reason. With everything from reasonably-priced cask beer to seriously spendy big fancy bottles, it has something for everyone.

THE PERCH, OXFORDSHIR­E Morgan Lawrence, lifestyle assistant

Take a short stroll down the Thames and along Port Meadow, a historic common stretching from trendy Jericho to Wolvercote, and you’ll reach the Perch. One of Oxford’s oldest watering holes, the 17th-century thatched pub has bucketload­s of charm, a menu of British pub classics and craft beer. Flanked by towering willows, the patio and garden area can seat up to 120 covers and guests can visit the Shed Bar, which offers a full bar service and gourmet-burger menu.

OLD NEPTUNE, WHITSTABLE, KENT Tomé Morrissy-Swan, lifestyle writer

"Neppy" is a short walk from the centre of Whitstable at one end of the beach – not by it, not near it, but on it. This venerable sailor’s haunt is everything I love in a pub: cosy, rustic, unpretenti­ous. A fantastic range of ales from the local Whitstable

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