Referred to by locals as the Essex Riviera, this part of the southeast and the River Crouch is a mecca for sailing enthusiasts and hugely popular with our local yachting fraternity; particularly berth holders at Fambridge Yacht Haven and visitors who frequent in and out of season.

Or perhaps you’re thinking of chartering?

Either way, you’re going to want tips on where to find good quality sustenance; whether it’s a light snack, dinner with friends, somewhere to celebrate, a cosy fireside nook after a bracing walk along the riverbank or a stunning terrace to relax with a sundowner, while you wonder at the scenery and local wildlife.

To keep it useful, we’ve come up with a shortlist and split them into pubs along the River Crouch, pubs in neighbouring Burnham-on-Crouch and for those hoping to explore further afield, waterfront pubs and restaurants in Essex. Explore...

The Anchor Hullbridge

Best waterfront pubs on the River Crouch

The Anchor Riverside Hullbridge Tidal access only by boat

A gem of a pub. Located in Hullbridge, named after the original Roam bridge - connecting Hullbridge to South Woodham Ferrers – which burnt down in the 16th century during a battle between the King and Duke of Essex. The pub has a cosy interior and spacious beer garden overlooking the river, a great spot to unwind and enjoy a refreshing pint. They’ve got a selection of real ales and a mouth-watering menu featuring locally sourced ingredients. Check out their “bottomless brunch” menu and keep an eye on the website for live music!

Old Pub Bar Ferry Boat Inn

Best waterfront pubs on the River Crouch

The Ferry Boat Inn North Fambridge 24hr deep water access

As the crow flies from our marina, the nearest pub you’ll find is our very own Ferry Boat Inn. Less than a mile’s bike or walk away, it’s the perfect spot to unwind, either in the colder months warming your toes by the log fire in the bar or in summer basking outside in the beer garden. Either way, the staff are friendly and the produce fresh, locally sourced from around Essex, every dish prepared to order plus a great choice of guest ales, showcasing local brewers. This Grade II listed building comes with a 500-year history and has been lovingly restored, with adjoining B&B accommodation, tastefully furnished, all with ensuite facilities. Perfect for friends or family if they’re joining you in North Fambridge.

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Best waterfront pubs on the River Crouch

The Barge Inn at Battlesbridge - Tidal access only by boat

This is a historic pub with great food, great character and excellent service. And it’s dog friendly. Last time we checked they were showcasing 135 World Gins – including the non-alcoholic - although they suggest you don’t have to necessarily try them all in one visit.  You’ll also find cask-conditioned Ales and craft beers.  For lunch, dinner or a lighter snack, the menu is tempting, the roast excellent, hot and tasty! Staff very friendly and helpful too.

The Hawk @ Battlesbridge - Tidal access only by boat

Charming country pub in lovely countryside surroundings. In the centre of Battlesbridge, reviewed as warm, cosy and inviting on the inside with a lovely outdoor space for brighter days. Lots of choices of kid’s meals, great food, great service – even when busy. Dog friendly too.

The Anchor Burnham On Crouch

Best waterfront pubs in Burnham-on-Crouch

The Star Inn - On the north bank of the River Crouch, this lovely 17th century coaching inn has a cosy bar and a patio overlooking the river. They have self-catering accommodation if you’ve got family and friends visiting and offer venue hire if you’d like to host a shindig!

The Anchor Hotel - With its vibrant bar and stunning marina views, it’s a popular spot for locals and tourists. Enjoy a refreshing drink on the terrace as you choose your next yacht, as they glide by!

Royal Corinthian YC

Best waterfront pubs in Burnham-on-Crouch

Ye Olde White Hart - A characterful gastropub that prides itself on its modern take on good old fashioned British grub. They offer innovative dishes like lamb rump with rosemary and garlic jus or aubergine parmigiana. Add a pint of locally brewed ale and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. Check the website for live jazz nights.

Royal Corinthian Yacht Clubnon-members welcome Weds & Friday lunchtime & don’t forget the Sunday carvery. Popular yacht club offering a wide range of watersports and social events for all ages. They host a very active Junior series, and the clubhouse has bars and dining space where you can sit suspended over the water, enjoying birds eye views up and down the river, the bird sanctuary on the opposite bank and a very social sailing scene.

The Peterboat Leigh On Sea

Best waterfront pubs and restaurants in Essex

The Peterboat, Leigh-on-Sea – visitor berthing available at Leigh Marina. Family-run bar and restaurant, well known locally for fish dishes and lovely waterfront location.

The Queens Head, Maldon. Situated on the blackwater river, right on the quay in Maldon. Family friendly and happy to welcome dogs on leads in the bar, but not in the restaurant.

The Company Shed West Mersea

Best waterfront pubs and restaurants in Essex

The Company Shed, West Mersea – Anchor in the river and land on the West Mersea Pontoon. Great little seafood shack/restaurant along the coast road at West Mersea. Reputed to serve fantastic oysters, fish and crab cakes. But book, it’s popular. Good local wine available, but if you’ve got one in the cool box you’re welcome to BYO!

Yachtsmans Arms Brightlingseavisitor berthing at Brightlingsea Waterside Marina. Friendly waterside pub serving homemade grub and a nice range of cask ales and lagers. The crumble is meant to be delicious!

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Best waterfront pubs and restaurants in Essex

The Jolly Sailor, Heybridge - visitor berthing available in Heybridge Basin through the lock. Lovely spot after a walk to grab a bite to eat and a refreshing glass!

Bradwell Marina Clubhousevisitor berthing available in the Marina. The clubhouse overlooks the marina and includes a fully licensed bar and restaurant.

Just a little food (& drink) for thought...

This little stretch of Essex water offers such a fantastic selection of places to eat, drink; whether you’re looking for cosy and intimate or lively and musical!

Let us know how you get on with our shortlist.

Where did you go?  What did you eat?  What were the ales or non-alcoholic gins like?  And if you find other gems you’d like us to add to the list, please let the Fambridge Yacht Haven team know.

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