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Top 9 pubs with riverside and seaside views in Kent

There are few things more satisfying than looking out onto a flowing river or watching waves lap the shore while sipping a beer or a wine or maybe a pink gin and tonic. But 'where can I find these places' I hear you cry?

Well look no further, here are a few you could choose:

The Tickled Trout in Wye
The Tickled Trout in Wye

The Tickled Trout, Bridge Street, Wye

Framed by country roads, fields and greenery, the Tickled Trout, in Wye, stands in a spot which has been home to an inn or tavern for more than 400 years.

The River Stour flows through the garden, which is filled with plants and flowers.

As the weather gets colder you can watch the stream inside next to one of the pub's open fires.

The Hampton Inn, near Herne Bay
The Hampton Inn, near Herne Bay

The Hampton Inn, Herne Bay

This Shepherd Neame pub sits right on the seafront near Herne Bay.

The building is the soul survivor of an 1800s village called Hampton-on-Sea.

In the late 1860s the buildings were drowned and flooded out to sea, leaving The Hampton Inn, then called the Hampton Pier Inn, the last one standing.

If you wanted to be close to the water, you can't get much closer than this.

Captain Digby in Broadstairs
Captain Digby in Broadstairs

Captain Digby in Broadstairs overlooks Kingsgate Bay

You would be forgiven for thinking the Captain Digby was a mini castle, it's not but the views are certainly fit for a king.

The family pub is one of the oldest drinking houses in Thanet, it was originally built in in the 1760s.

Situated on the clifftops, you can watch the tides come in and out of Kingsgate Bay to your hearts content.

The Ship & Trades in Chatham Maritime
The Ship & Trades in Chatham Maritime

The Ship n Trades, St Mary's Island

Located right next to one of the former yacht basins at the former Royal Naval Dockyard, in Chatham, the River Medway surrounds this pub.

You'll be able to spot Chatham Marina and historic Upnor Castle, where the Dutch invaded in the 1667.

The Shepherd Neame pub has won prestigious awards, including a Visit England Silver Award.

The Boathouse in Yalding
The Boathouse in Yalding

The Boat House in Yalding

Previously known as The Anchor, The Boat House in Yalding, is surrounded by the River Medway as it meanders down to its mouth.

Last year the Shepherd Neame pub underwent an extensive overhaul costing £1.3million.

The pub now has a raised exterior terrace leading on to a large decked area for al fresco dining.

But, as it's a bit chilly at this time of the year, you can look at the river views from the warm, glass fronted restaurant.

The Fordwich Arms in King Street, Fordwich
The Fordwich Arms in King Street, Fordwich

The Fordwich Arms, Fordwich

If you want to treat yourself to a Michelin Star experience the Fordwich Arms, in Fordwich, is the place to go.

The critically acclaimed pub was ranked the Best in Britain in 2019.

You can enjoy some of the finest food in the UK while watching the river Stour flow past.

There is a 1930s bar and oak panelled dining room with three open fires to keep you toasty in the winter.

In the summer months visitors can dine on the outdoor terrace which has beautiful river views.

The Riverside Tavern, Strood

Tucked away from the bustle of Rochester and Strood High Streets, the Riverside Tavern is a hidden treat.

From the leafy beer garden, you can look across the River Medway, with views of Rochester Castle, cathedral and bridge.

There's also a Russian submarine floating near the banks.

The Tavern is probably the party pub of this list.

As night falls it has more of a nightclub vibe with a list of celebrity drag queens coming to visit, including Bagga Chipz who was a finalist in this year's Ru Paul's Drag Race UK.

Beachfront pub The Zetland Arms in Kingsdown, near Deal
Beachfront pub The Zetland Arms in Kingsdown, near Deal

The Zeatland Arms, Kingsdown, Deal

If you wanted to be close to the sea, you couldn't get much nearer than The Zeatland Arms, in Kingsdown.

As written on its website: "You can virtually skim a stone on the waves from the patio outside".

The Shepherd Neame pub is right on the beach, surrounded by the pebbled shore.

As well as serving up hand cooked fresh fish and local ales, it's totally Instagramable especially as the sun sinks into the sea.

The Ferry House Inn in Harty Ferry, Sheppey
The Ferry House Inn in Harty Ferry, Sheppey

The Ferry House Inn, Harty

This 16th century farmhouse, has been transformed into an award winning pub, right on the Swale Estuary.

There is a brilliant circular walk from Harty, across unspoilt country down to the beach at Shellness which, at a leisurely pace, takes approximately 2-3 hours.

Then hikers can stop in at the pub and enjoyed family-farmed beef and lamb, home-reared free range game birds and the veggies, fruit and herbs grown in the pub's garden.

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