Whilst Kingston town centre is renowned for its historic Market Place and vast choice of High Street shops in the Bentalls Centre – it’s when you take a stroll along the River Walk that you relax into holiday mode.
The picturesque riverside with its noted bridges is adorned with blooming hanging baskets, stylish boats and quality bars and restaurants.
Just sit back and enjoy fabulous food and a relaxing drink or two, whilst watching all the activity along the Thames.
Our crew are often asked where the best places are to eat and drink upon arrival in Kingston. Here we share a few favourite places recommended for their freshly cooked food and stunning river views.
If you arrive by boat to Turks Pier at the back of John Lewis, just turn left and a two minute walk will take you to the pretty Boaters Inn.
Beer enthusiasts will love their eclectic mix of ales from local and national micro breweries, whilst the wine list offers plenty of choice for a relaxing summer tipple.
With plenty of outside seating overlooking the river, their exceptional menu includes a number of plates made for sharing. Friday to Sunday they have a BBQ kitchen running throughout the summer months.
Turn right at Turks Pier, or left at Town End Pier and just two minutes along you will discover a plaza of restaurants next to Richmond Bridge – all popular names you would find in the West End, with stunning riverside views.
Just another 30 seconds walk and you will find independent bistro Woodys Bar & Kitchen – serves locally sourced, fresh home made food – and is well worth a visit. Tables sit right alongside the river front – plus being family friendly, toys and games are on hand to help keep the kids amused.
The best ‘wurst’ sausages and beer go delightfully well together for a late brunch or lazy lunch! Following in the footsteps of its hugely successful sister restaurant in Richmond, Steins offers a Bavarian style experience that all the family can enjoy. If sausages are not quite your thing fear not, there is an extensive menu to suit all manner of tastes.
Just pass Woodys and you join the cosmopolitan Charters Quay. Here you will find plenty of Al Fresco eating with river views from well know names including Byron, Browns, Carluccio & Slug and Lettuce.
Kappaccino is where you can enjoy one of the best served coffees in Kingston and a pastry.
Opened December 2016, enjoy artisan beers and cocktails, afternoon teas, casual lunches and dinner.
All of these suggested places are just a minute or two’s walk from Turks Pier or Town End Pier. Our boat trips run April – September (and October half term)
It makes for a relaxing day out to take a river trip before or after lunch, whether dining a’deux, or when you have family and friends coming to stay.