5 hot spots to watch the boat race
It takes years of training to make the team and it’s really exciting to be at the heart of the action to see all of the dedication pay off – even better when you can enjoy it with a cool glass of Suffolk’s finest! So whichever shade of blue you’re backing (or if you really don’t mind who wins), here is our list of top 5 pubs along the race route – from start to finish line – to enjoy an Aspall Cyder in the heart of the action.
Dukes Head Putney
Great riverfront location. Close enough to touch the rowers at the start line! The pub has private rooms upstairs for intimate gatherings with great vibes. There are floor to ceiling windows in the main bar and they serve really good food. The downstairs bar stays open until the wee hours with live music playing to carry on the party long after the race. The outside bar, serving Aspall, is so close to the river you may get swept away when the tide comes in!
Dukes Head Putney's website
The Ship Mortlake
Built in 1781, the Ship is without doubt most famous for its location on the finishing line of the Boat Race. Located at the end of Ship Lane off the Lower Richmond Road in Mortlake, to the rear of the Budweiser Brewery, the Ship is set back off the river.
The Ship Mortlake's website
Other pubs nearby with outside bars where you can enjoy an Aspall include the Boathouse Putney, White Hart Barnes, Coach & Horses, Barnes, Old Ship Hammersmith, Coat & Badge Putney, Jolly Gardener Barnes and Sun Inn Barnes.
The action starts this Sunday, 6th April at 5.55 pm. For more information about the race see the Boat Race website.
'Boat Race 2012 In Hammersmith 1' by Lapatia licensed under CC BY 2.0
'Race of reserve crews during the Boat Race in spring 2013 (4)' by Petr Brož licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0